In addition to prototyping for the WIESEMANN 1893 brand, Siskowski launched ENABLE 3D, a platform they have already been using to provide their own customers with 3D files to print their own tool holders and other accessories. When Siskowski launched ENABLE 3D in 2020, he saw a rise in consumer applications of 3D printing at the time. As a result, he decided to venture into space because he knew that they could offer customers a value-add to products they already own.
ENABLE 3D offers about a hundred different digital designs of tooling accessories, such as wall holders, on Thingiverse. The files can be downloaded for free and printed on a customer’s 3D printer. Although users of ENABLE 3D can produce items themselves, the startup also offers a coproduction and decentralized production approach. For those who do not have access to a 3D printer, customers can reach out to ENABLE 3D’s community printing service and submit a request. One of its community members will print out the request with their own 3D printer and send the final product to the customer, at a low cost.
ENABLE 3D has been so successful that they are now offering the platform to other companies who similarly want to enable their customers with 3D printable objects. The METHOD X allows WIESEMANN 1893 to test these files first and make sure they meet their high standards before distributing the files to customers.
“With ENABLE 3D, we commercialize and develop additive manufacturing use cases, and all of those use cases focus on the coproduction side of things. In those applications, we have a brand or a designer, and the production is done by the consumer,” said Siskowski. “With the WIESEMANN 1893 brand, we continue to develop different tools and products. But with all our projects, whether it is for WIESEMANN 1893 or ENABLE 3D, we are working hard to close the circular gap.”