Fully equipped with 3D printers, soldering stations, drill presses, and CNC routers, many would assume that Velocity Start’s Makerspace is in it’s finest form. However, just last week it got even better when Lani launched their website platform that makes 3D printing easy for anyone to try. We sat down with Lani’s Head of Marketing, Jose Domingo to chat about how Lani is making 3D printing more accessible, and their recent partnership with Velocity Start.

Non-frequent 3D printer users might not realize just how complicated the process and technology behind 3D printing is. Users will input anywhere from 10-200 commands to generate a print, and are required to know specifics about slicing software, filament temperature, material, print speed and more.

“A big problem right now is the accessibility to 3D printers, and the knowledge needed to utilize them. In addition, every print requires users to plugin to the 3D printer directly from their laptop or computer, and let it print for however long the object requires – which often exceeds several hours.”

Hailing from the Velocity Garage since November 2014, Lani’s team of 7 is making 3D printing easy and accessible to anyone and everyone through their software platform and hardware product. Their solution begins with a software platform, which enables schools, libraries and students to connect with each other and centralize 3D printers from their phones, laptops or computers.

“Users simply upload their print to our website, choose a couple options, and press print. It’s as easy as that.” Domingo explains. “We also created the lanibox, a hardware tool that you simply plug into your 3D printer, and the printer connects wirelessly to your phone, laptop or computer. What’s amazing is that it’s an automation and management tool for 3D printers to become 3D print centres”.

Supporting our companies is at the core of Velocity’s community values, and Jose speaks about our recent partnership. “At the moment, we are partnered with Velocity Start and are utilizing their space with the 3D printers they have, and will connect them with our lanibox. What this means is that people within UWaterloo can choose Velocity Start as a print centre and pick up their prints right on campus”.

The Makerspace is currently reserved for University of Waterloo students only, however Lani hopes to expand in the future with more local makerspaces, like Communitech’s 3D printers.

“3D printing has always been hype, but there’s always been a barrier to it. We want to be the company who actually makes 3D printing accessible and democratizes that use of technology”.

Our partnership with Lani is in action and we invite University of Waterloo students to explore this newest resource to help them succeed in their entrepreneurial journey. Find out how to get access to the Velocity Start Makerspace here.