Andreas Klemsdal at Finansavisen (one of the top business newspapers in Norway) recently wrote a follow-up article on Uformia (the original was posted in October 2010). What follows is an excerpt and a rough translation.
The Economist predicts that industrial production will slowly move back to the western world as any business can produce goods by using a three-dimensional printer. Forbes magazine says that the U.S. will be self-sufficient in goods such as clothing and shoes within five years. The sale of 3D printers has tripled in the past year.
In the small northern Norwegian village of Furuflaten sits Americans Cherie Stamm and Turlif Vilbrandt, with the mighty Lyngen Alps directly outside their office. They came here to climb mountains, but spend all their time trying to climb to the top of an industry that is now emerging. The two founders are working around the clock to spread their software that will improve opportunities for designing three-dimensional elements.
Tradeshow in London
The 3D printing industry will have its first big trade show in England's capital.
- It is the first major show bringing together designers, students, industry, artists, anyone interested in 3D printing.
"For us it is a perfect way to introduce ourselves," says Cherie Stamm.
- "Among other events, there will be a fashion show with clothes made of 3D printers and exhibitions of 3D printed art," says Turlif Vilbrandt.
25 years of research
Uformia has developed software for anyone who works with 3D design on a computer, especially those wanting to take these designs out to a 3D printer. According to the founders, Uformia's platform is mathematically perfect and therefore can describe all three dimensional forms without limitations.
-"Our software understands the whole object," say a committed Vilbrandt. Uformia is based on 25 years of research, but until now computers have not been fast enough to take advantage of this knowledge. Today our programmers reside in Australia, UK, Russia, Japan and the United States and they all work to further develop Uformia's products."
Northern Norway vs New York
- How long can you hold out in Furuflaten/Tromso?
- "We will probably look at the possibility of having two bases. As we grow, it will be necessary to recruit talent and we must look at the possibility of having an office in London, New York or California. But we will always have a base in northern Norway", said Stamm.