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Printers, Backers and Friends,
It’s hard to believe that over one year has passed since we were able to celebrate the closing of a successful campaign, all thanks to an incredibly supportive backer community. To help us mark our one-year milestone, we’re excited to share a piece of news that will help expose more printers to the benefits of Pico and help strengthen the 3D printing and RepRap community even further.
B3 Innovations’ Pico is now available on retail shelves at all 25 Micro Center locations in the USA!
Amazingly enough, Pico was first offered on retail shelves on January 9, 2015, the exact day of our one-year anniversary. This was completely coincidental. We were pleasantly surprised and ecstatic when Micro Center first approached us at our local Akron Mini Maker Faire in 2013 (before we even launched on Kickstarter). A nice gentleman, a corporate Micro Center merchandise buyer, came up to our table with a keen interest in Pico and its benefits. We exchanged business cards and a promise that he would contact us some time after launch.
After seven months, we received this email:
“Good morning! We met last year at the Akron Maker Faire. I am the buyer for 3D printer accessories at Micro Center. I would like to talk to someone about carrying 3D Innovations (sic) products in all of our stores. Please send me direct contact information for the person I should be speaking to so I can set up a conference call.”
We encourage you to stop at your nearest Micro Center location to see some of the things on which we’ve been hard at work. The packaging for Pico has been refreshed with a colorful new redesign and the accessories got the same treatment. If you’re in need of a reliable, extremely small and innovative all-metal hot-end, extra nozzles, or a bowden kit, you can now pick one up in-store for immediate printing.
In other news, we've been hard at work preparing for an exciting 2015—we can't wait to share what we have been working on. Until then, to kick the year off, we will be adding a new unassembled Pico for those who prefer to do-it-themselves. Stay tuned.
We wouldn’t have been able to do this without your support. Thank you. The RepRap printing community will forever be changed thanks to your vision and belief in B3 Innovations and Pico. We’re grateful for the opportunity to bring about changes and improvements to such a dynamic market.
We cannot thank you enough for what has been and continues to be a journey of successful achievements and positivity.
The B3 Team
All Kickstarter orders have been completed! If you haven’t already received your order or a notification your order is en route please let us know.
We want to thank each and every one of you for making this possible. You helped us start something we truly care about. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we grew from two guys with a printer, to a burgeoning team of enthusiastic engineers, entrepreneurs, and designers. And we’re not done yet; you will see many more innovations from B3 as we grow our business, our team, and our dreams.
If there is anything we can help you with in the future, whether you're launching your very own Kickstarter, starting a business, or need sponsorship for a little league baseball team, please let us know! We could have been one of those campaigns that didn't make it, or never delivered, but we are thrilled you took a chance and stuck with us — I hope we didn't disappoint.
We sent a 'Thank You' note with every order containing the names of every backer who changed our lives, and we will not forget this. One day we hope to emblazon the walls of our offices with a mural much the same as that thank you card because that’s how much you mean to us. Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.
- B3 Team
P.S. If you ever find yourself in Cleveland, OH… Give us a ring, we would love to buy you a drink.