A partnership between 3D Hubs and BitPay is creating a new link between bitcoin and 3D printing technology, giving bitcoin users access to 13,000 3D printers.

CoinFox wrote earlier about a partnership between BitPay and the global payment company Adyen that makes it possible for any company using Adyen as a payment processor to accept bitcoin. One of such companies, 3D Hubs, is using taking advantage of this and making bitcoin transactions available to all its customers.

3D Hubs is a decentralised printing network connecting more than 13,000 machines all over the world. Any owner of a semi-professional or industrial 3D printer can become a hub on the network, allowing them to earn money with their printer when they are not using it for their own projects. Anyone looking to print their 3D model can upload a design on the network and find a printer in their neighbourhood. The network also allows different people interested in 3D printing to meet each other. 3D Hubs receives money from the customer and sends it to the printer, retaining an 18% fee. The printer receives money by PayPal or bank transfer but the customer can now pay in bitcoin.

Bram de Zwart, co-founder of 3D Hubs, told journalists that the decision to adopt bitcoin payments was taken after multiple requests from the 3D Hubs community. According to Wouter Vonk from BitPay, 3D Hubs and BitPay have a lot in common.

“While we are making the physical concept of money digital, 3D Hubs is making digital concepts physical”.

It is not the first time that the two technologies are linked. In January, the Canadian online 3D printing store ISG, which sells 3D printers, printed objects, and related services, entered into a partnership with BitPay and began to accept bitcoins.

3D printing has been often considered as the technology of the future. It allows people to create personalized products out of a wide array of materials. Main materials listed on the 3D Hubs website are plastics, resin, nylon, and sandstone, but various 3D printers can work with such materials as metal, ceramics, tissue, and even food.