Crowdsourcing Innovation: Ken Kwok, ShenZhen Weistek CO.,LTD

Crowdfunding sites are offering a new path for inventors with original ideas. We talk to inventors looking to gain the public’s favour...

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Ken Kwok

Job title:  VP of Sales and Marketing      

Organisation: ShenZhen Weistek CO.,LTD

Location: Shenzhen, China


Product: IdeaWerk Speed

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What it does & how it works:

The world’s fastest 3D printer.

Print any of your ideas into a 3D object. Download or draw or scan a 3D models and use one printer to print it out by using the 3D printer and filament.

What makes it special?

The speed is five times faster than all other 3D printers.

What’s your background, and what inspired you to come up with the idea?

I sourced consumer electronics for ten years for Walmart and RadioShack. We want to make 3D printing as instant as a normal 2D printer, so you can email your 3D objects and other people can print out your idea in a second.

Why Kickstarter?

For our customers, to get the product noticed.

Is Crowdfunding good for innovation? How so?

Yes, because people on Kickstarter are all looking for unique gadgets which they cannot find in traditional stores.

Reactions on KS so far?

Still need more time to see.

What have you learned from your campaign?

Again. It’s all about our customers.

When is the product due to ship?

End of Dec 2015

How do you make your 3D printer so much faster than other competitors?

It’s like Intel in a PC: All 3D printers on the market are using an open source chipset. We partnered with a European chipset company and spent 6 years on developing a real time processor to improve all calculation from milliseconds to nanoseconds.

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Do you think there will eventually be a 3D printer in every home, and what has to happen in order to speed public adoption of the technology?

Yes definitely. When all materials become printable, printing speed is superfast, drawing is very easy, scanning is easily compatible, then every family will have one. 

Do you think 3D printing manufacturers put enough thought into the software side of things, or is it more important to get the hardware right first?

No, the whole market is so behind in software. Software is very critical, like Apps is the real success key feature for Smart phone.

Possible business use/advantage?

Of course. They can save costs on samples and create much better communication for all product designs.

What’s next for the company and the product?

Material improvement. Cloud service for printing. Make a printer 5 year old kids will like and can use.