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An Interview with Johan Blom, Co-Founder and Business Manager Tribility AB
April 9, 2015
Most of the time when people are talking about 3D printing, the main subject of the conversation is what type or brand of printer they are using. They may also talk about the type of filament or other materials they are using too. However, as anyone who has tried 3D printing before knows, those are not necessarily the only elements that come into play. The other key piece of the puzzle is the software, and it is pretty clear that not all packages are created equal. A few weeks ago we were introduced to Tribility AB, a Swedish company which was begun to combat this very issue. Tribility was founded by Johan Blom and Johan Nordström, two users who had grown frustrated with the software options available to them. Thinking there had to be a better way, the company soon developed Tribility Core, what they call the Smart 3D Printing Solution. We were able to connect with Johan Blom to discuss the evolution of the company and development of their product, and other 3D printing topics. The interview was conducted via email, and the transcript is here below.
1) How and when did you decide to get into 3-D printing? What is it from your background that led you to this point?
2) Who are the key employees at your company and what are their roles?
3) How did you come up for the idea for Tribility Core? Was it out of your own frustrations with 3D printers you had used?
4) What type of material or filament does the Tribility Core work best with? Do you have plans to expand into other materials in the future?
5) What printers are compatible with Tribility Core at this point? Is the goal to become fairly universal sometime down the road, or even to develop your own 3D printer?
6) What are build sizes are possible within Tribility Core at this point? Is the output tied to whichever printer you have chosen to pair with the server?
7) Did you develop all of the software used with Tribility Core in-house?
8) Are there plans to release other software packages with future builds?
9) Do you have a particular target audience or industry in mind with your current 3D printing options?
10) In your mind, given the wealth of 3-D printing technologies and devices out there, what makes yours stand out from the crowd?
11) Given the explosion in the industry, what do you see from it in the next 5-10 years? Will it continue to become more crowded and do you think we will reach a point where it becomes commonplace for everyday consumers to have a 3-D printer in their house?