If vending machines can dispense beer, pizza and movies, why not 3D-printed objects?
Combining the hyper-local convenience of Redbox with cutting edge technology, Dreambox is a vending machine that aims to fuel the 3D-printing revolution from the bottom up.
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Dreambox was created by co-founders David Pastewka, Ricard Berwick and Will Drevno, who all met in a mobile application development class and competition at the University of California, Berkeley. Frustrated by their lack of accessible, on-campus 3D printing options and the two- to four-week lead time for online 3D printing services, the trio came up with the idea for a more ubiquitous option.
"Having an item 3D printed with a Dreambox is as simple as uploading or choosing a design online, clicking the ‘Print' button and retrieving the item once it's ready," the group states in their press kit.
Users can also upload designs via a USB stick at the machine. If they don't have their own 3D models, customers can select one from a catalog of designs or use one of the many apps that help customize a model. Once an item is selected for printing, it's sent to the nearest Dreambox and added to the queue.