Gunnar Schulze (Co-Founder), Marlene Vogel (Co-Founder), and Florian Reichle (Co-Founder) © Anne Schönharting
What inspired you to found your startup?
The immense potential of 3D printing was easy to spot, and we realized quickly that everyone in the market was focused on the 3D printing hardware. But this physical 3D printing is already becoming a commodity. The much more interesting market is the design generation and handling, which has to be done by software.
How do you define success for yourself and your company?
Making people happy – whether that’s by creating great products for our customers, cultivating a fulfilling work environment for our team, generating huge returns for investors, innovating an industry, and just being pleased to go to work for ourselves.
Is there anything you’d do differently if you could do it again?
Focus on fewer things at the start, we were a bit over ambitious. And, we would also make sure to hire only the best people.
What problem does your product solve?
Trinckle simplifies and automates many design processes. Our particular focus is the biggest advantage of 3D printing: customisation. Most of the business models relying on 3D printing need to automate their design processes in order to build profitable and scalable business.
Where do you see your company in 1/5/10 years?
Our vision is to not only handle customization needs, but to become the platform for all 3D printing applications. We want to be the first stop for any company that needs a solution for their 3D model generation.
How are you different?
With our software customisation is brought into the cloud and it’s easy as pie. paramate is a software designed for the co-creation age, and it offers the opportunity to integrate end customers in the design process using a web-based configurator. Paramate automates various steps in the 3D design process and previously unseen CAD functions for generating 3D applications. To top it all off, we offer unparalleled visualisation capabilities, so your products will always look amazing.
How often does your product/service show up in a user’s day or week?
It depends a lot on how paramate is being used and what the volume of a particular market is. For businesses where customisation is at the core of what they do, paramate will be daily companion. In an e-Commerce setting our customers may not interact with paramate regularly, but end customers/users would interact with paramate whenever they buy a 3D printed piece.
Impact: how are you doing good and building a better future?
We democratise production and simplify it dramatically. Once you have an idea all you need is a website and our software.
How has the startup scene in Berlin changed?
The startup scene is much better known than it was even a few years ago. Now, everyone in Berlin knows what a startup is. Many students no longer aim to work for the better-known consulting or banking firms. Instead they want to build their own thing. There is also more political attention, more investment capital, and more places to meet and work. The attitude of lager companies has also shifted and they are more willing to work with startups. It’s like the hype moment of ‘startup’ right now.
What are the pros and cons of launching your startup from Berlin?
– Berlin attracts a lot of talent from all over the world
– It is still cheaper than other places
– You have experts and skilled people for almost everything here
– You can build up strong networks and get inspired by people with same mindsets
– Central within Europe
– Lots of programs from government etc. that support start ups
– Strong competition for attention
– No industry, no easy partnerships around the corner
– No professional public institutions
Trinckle was featured in “The Hundert Vol. 10 – Startups of Berlin“, October 2017.