CubeForme – 3-D printing subscription-box service focused on designer gadgets

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Kyle Pham and Nick Nguyen of University of Southern California, University of California, Irvine.

CubeForme is a subscription-box service that aims to provide a fun and easy way to experience 3-D printing while promoting the creations of different designers every month. An array of curated products, including gadgets, games, and art pieces, are manufactured and shipped in the monthly box; items are also available for on-demand purchase online. The startup was founded and bootstrapped by two undergraduate students in Southern California who teamed up to spread awareness of 3-D printing. By connecting designers with the general public, CubeForme seeks to bring the technology to households and cultivate a more accessible 3-D printing culture.

CubeForme was bootstrapped with about $2,000 from its two student founders. The startup launched its subscription-box service, which costs $15 per month, in November 2015 and two months later added the on-demand product offering to its website. Featured designers make a 10 percent commission on orders while CubeForme maintains profit margins of close to 50 percent. The startup recently added four students to its team and established partnerships with My Mini Factory, a 3-D printable object download platform; MatterHackers, a 3-D printer distributor and software developer; and a number of product and design sites such as Brit & Co. and Monthlyboxhub. The startup was also invited to participate in last year’s Los Angeles Gadget Expo.

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