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An Interview with Paul Hiscoe, Co-Founder of 3D Print World, Aylesbury
February 9, 2015
As the world of 3D printing continues to explode and more and more establishments are being founded, we are always on the lookout to capture information about the happenings and report on them. We recently had the chance to speak to Paul Hiscoe, one of the co-founders of 3D Print World, Aylesbury, UK whose business was awarded a grant from their local district council to develop and promote this emerging technology. 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) When was your 3D Print World in Aylesbury established and what made you decide to partner with Cartridge World?
3) What types of printers and do you sell at 3D Print World? Are they all pretty much units that use FDM/FFF? Also, what types of filament (ABS, PLA, PVA, etc.)?
Starting with the Haephestos which although a reprap kit, is the most consumer-like kit you can buy. Really easy to assemble and excellent results. It starts at £399 in kit form, or we’ll deliver it assembled it for you for £499. For school, office and light industrial use, the Witbox is a really reliable workhorse.
We’re currently evaluating a desktop and and all-in-on unit. If we’re happy with their usability and performance we hope to introduce them in the near future.
We mainly use PLA, although occasionally make things for people in ABS.
4) What other services, if any, related to 3D Printing do you offer at your store?
5) Who is your target audience there in Aylesbury? Businesses, consumers, hobbyists, etc.?
6) When did you find out about this grant and what made you decide to apply? Was it a competition where you were against others stores/businesses pitching ideas?
7) Since you were awarded this grant, have you noticed at all an uptick in your business or an increase in the interest towards the technology?
8) In the article in the Bucks Herald, it mentions as part of the grant you will be providing training to Bucks UTC students. Are you and your staff taking your equipment to the college and teaching yourself? Are you incentivising the students with special deals on your printers/kits?
9) How long is the grant good for and when does the money have to be spent? After the initial funding is gone, will you be able to apply for more assistance to keep the programs going?
10) 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?