3Dprintler.com on display at CES 2016

It’s down to business for the 4,139 exhibitors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, and for one Ottawa company, it’s “the perfect opportunity to showcase” what it does.

This is the second year that 3Dprintler.com has sent a team to CES, according to its communications director Charlie Leduc.

“The benefits (last year) were immediate in terms of user registration on our server pages, social media involvement and general interest from potential investors,” Mr. Leduc said.

Last year, the company attended through its subsidiary company, 3DPonics, which makes an award-winning 3D-printable open-source garden system targeted at schools and universities to assist in teaching maths and sciences. While Mr. Leduc said its presence at CES introduced it to educators from around the world, it also showed the company where the weaknesses were in the 3D printing industry.

“Based on last year, listening to what people were looking for, or some of the problems that other companies were having in the field, we shifted our focus from being a service provider,” Mr. Leduc said.

Instead, 3Dprintler.com is a search engine for the industry, he said.

“People can log on to our website if they want to print something, upload a file, and then instantly get comparisons between all the major service providers for cheapest price based on location, the type of material that they need, et cetera.”

3Dprintler.com has a team of seven operating its booth at the show, which features a live demo of the search engine and videos and banners explaining what it does. And while CES organizers are hoping to attract somewhere near the 176,000 people they did last year, Mr. Leduc said the “good stuff” happens after the event.

“What we are really trying to do here is establish more partners for 3D Printler, to find solid investors that will help us take it to the next level,” he said. “The bulk of all the actual meetings, the tangible stuff that occurs, always happens after the show.”