3D printing shop, HoneyBee3D, offers rapid prototyping and classes

Nick Kloski of HoneyBee3D describes the 3D printing process at his retail 3D printing shop in Oakland's Montclair district.

3D printers allow budding designers or inventors to easily create real objects from three-dimensional designs. While personal printers range from $400 to $4000, HoneyBee3D, a 3D printing retail shop in the Montclair district, allows people to design and create 3D objects without having to invest in their own printers.

Nick Kloski and his wife Liza Wallach own HoneyBee3D. Kloski has worked in technology for the last 15 years, getting his start at Sun Microsystems, which Oracle acquired in 2010. “In college I was an English major and my wife is a jewelry designer,” he said. “This business uses both of our skills in liberal arts and technology to create awesome things.”

Most HoneyBee3D customers come to the shop for prototyping. “They know that this is a faster route to seeing their inventions come to life, so we work with them and we charge a design rate,” Kloski said.

HoneyBee3D opened last October and offers classes for children, adults, artists and potential 3D printing investors. “Our business model right now is focused mainly on classes and business consulting, but in six months it may be very different because this field is evolving,” Kloski said.

“Classes and business consulting are at their core designed to get this technology out in front of people so that they figure out ways of using it to do whatever they need to do.”


One Comment

  1. John Green

    Retail shops have really become more popular, considering the fact that one can actually see and get a hang of the printers rather than images/information on the internet. Check out the link for a lot more retail stores worldwide. 3dprintingforbeginners.com worlwide

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