Yesterday (03.12.2015) at 4th Grzybowska Str. in Warsaw, Poland the grand opening of the new store of polish 3D printers manufacturer Zortrax took place. The shop called simply “The Zortrax Store” was visited by a group of prominent polish journalists specializing in new technologies and representatives of universities. I was also pleased to participate in this event, leading a short lecture concerning the development of the 3D printing market both in Poland and in the world, and now I would like to pass to our readers a report from the whole event.
The Store is located in a very prestigious location in the absolute center of the capital (approx. 10 minutes walk from the Palace of Culture and Science), surrounded by large corporations and 5 stars hotels. Its interior is very stylish and much more spacious than the first room, which was opened by Zortrax year ago in Cracow. By the way – that store was recently closed and its equipment was transferred in full to Warsaw.
Zortrax Store is to serve two functions – the first is obviously sale of 3D printers and filaments, and the second – much more important and more interesting, is to create a educational center devoted to 3D printing technology, where workshops and trainings will be conducted. Zortrax established cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Military University of Technology in Warsaw, and is also in advanced talks with other universities on joint educational projects in this area.
The Zortrax Store will be run by 3D Phoenix – Warsaw company specializing in the sale of 3D printers, filaments and accessories for 3D printing. Interestingly, 3D Phoenix has in offer other 3D printers besides Zortrax (eg. MakerBot, Monkeyfab PRIME, 3NOVATICA Gate and Flexa), but even so, Zortrax still decided to choose this particular company to conduct his official Warsaw store.
During the event company presented its flagship product in form of Zortrax M200 3D printer as well as all famous 3D prints that were presented by the company at the recent Paris and Frankfurt fairs. We could also take a look at the long-awaited new Zortrax’s 3D printer – Inventure. Unfortunately the device was not working and seemed only as demo version. From what I could see, presented machine was equipped with only one extruder and printhead instead announced two. Despite this, it makes quite a good impression in terms of design and applied design solutions. To learn how it prints we will have to wait a while…
In conclusion, The Zortrax Store looks impressive, and having such a prestigious location it can count on great interest of visitors. If the company manages to accomplish educational projects that were announced, Zortrax Store has a chance to become certainly something much more than the simply “store of 3D printers“.
All photos courtesy of: MSLGROUP