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Can’t Decide on a 3D Printer? Aniwaa Launches New Comparison Tool

Aniwaa, a company that helps industry users research, evaluate and purchase additive manufacturing equipment, recently launched an online 3D printer comparison platform. The company provides online buying guides for various equipment, such as augmented reality devices, laser cutters, drones, home appliances and even underwater sea scooters. However, the core of its product research is 3D printers and 3D scanners.

“3D printers are a fast-growing category. We’re seeing many professional applications reaching maturity and a strong untapped potential overall,” said Pierre-Antoine Arrighi, Aniwaa co-founder. “New hardware is being released frequently, which is creating a very fragmented market space and making it difficult for potential buyers to make an informed choice. That’s why we’re constantly improving our tools to help our users find the best AM [additive manufacturing] hardware for their needs and budget.”

Aniwaa’s new tool is more than a buying guide. The platform connects potential buyers with sellers via an online quote request form in which consumers can select a product they are interested in and get more information, including a price quote, directly from the manufacturer or retailer. Users of the platform can filter searches by criteria, such as price, build volume, temperatures, materials used and brand.

The new platform offers a clearinghouse of product information, comparison tools, and a direct link between potential buyers and sellers. Aniwaa reportedly has more than 2,100 products that users can filter based on their needs and specifications. Prospective buyers can also view multiple products side by side to get a comprehensive overview.

Aniwaa recommends that professional consumers take some steps when shopping for a 3D printer or scanner. First, research and compare products on the company’s online platform. Once a product is selected, request a quote or ask for advice. The request will be reviewed by an Aniwaa representative. Finally, the supplier will send a quote for the product in question.

“I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved,” said Martin Lansard, Aniwaa CEO and co-founder. “With the COVID situation, physical trade shows are declining sharply while the product discovery and comparison phases are moving online. This new release strengthens Aniwaa’s position as the go-to additive manufacturing platform, helping not only buyers but also suppliers—from manufacturers aiming to build their brands to resellers looking for qualified leads. We’re all excited by what’s ahead and look forward to supporting the growth of our industry and helping 3D printing companies thrive.”

Aniwaa is not alone in seeking to facilitate AM device transactions beyond buying guide blog posts. With the COVID-19 pandemic’s halting of industry trade shows, as well as limiting face-to-face business interactions, other companies are trying to fill in the gap virtually. One such company, 3D Evaluate, also provides an online comparison tool for 3D printers and allows users to order free 3D-printed sample kits associated with products of interest. Once the kits are examined, buyers can contact suppliers directly for estimates.

You can find the new comparison platform at Aniwaa.com.