Voodoo Manufacturing Inc. is taking 3-D printing to people who cannot afford to buy their own machine, but still have a need to make something new.
The startup officially launched Oct. 6 after four months of working out the kinks.
Based in an 1,800-square-foot warehouse in New York's Bushwick, Brooklyn, neighborhood, Voodoo uses a lot of printers — and very few people. And the firm may have discovered a viable business model for all 3-D desktop printer makers.
Currently, Voodoo is made up of five people — four co-founders, all from Brooklyn-based 3-D-printer maker MakerBot, and one new hire. It will be adding sales staff this year, according to Voodoo co-founder and CEO Max Friefeld, who will turn 24 next week.
On Oct. 6, the company opened up its website for business. Anyone can now upload a file of something they want printed, get a price quote, have the products made from Voodoo's fleet of printers, then shipped the next business day.
Relying on networking software that the Voodoo founders developed at MakerBot, the company can keep 127 MakerBot Replicator 2 printers operating around the clock. The software both monitors and controls the printers — which can be prone to clogging or running out of plastic filament mid-production — so that only one full-time worker and one half-time employee are needed to keep them running.
The company has a service agreement with MakerBot that allows it to continue using the networking software.