The growing importance of community in a tech-driven world.

Can you believe that it was a year ago that Kabuni first opened its doors as a community hub for Vancouvers creative entrepreneurs?

For those of you who weren't able to join us for our Birthday Social, we have some big news for you that we are very excited to share; Kabuni has been acquired by the visionary omnichannel company, Print The Future - making Ideas on Demand a reality through 3D printing. With a global vision for 200 retail stores and a thriving online hub, this acquisition will allow our creative community to be at the forefront of the 3D Printing revolution.

First of all, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who has come to a Kabuni Social, attended a Kabuni Academy workshop, feedback session, roundtable or been a member of the space. You have all played a big part in our journey so far. Community has always been at the forefront of Kabuni, with networking, investing in local businesses and supporting the success of others, being what weve strived towards. Our new direction will carry these same values forward and our monthly networking Social, as well as educational workshops, will be back in full swing after the summer.

As a start up, it is so important to focus in on what is working and move on from what isnt.

Although our creative community recognized that Kabuni was a beautiful space to be and a great community to be involved with, it proved to be difficult to nail what we do in one sentence. This may have been where we were going wrong - trying to do too many things for too many people. With that said, we made the decisions to say goodbye to our app that was built to connect designers with clients and also to our member-based co-working space. However, this has created room for a new concept that will empower anyone to unlock their design potential.

Our aim is still to empower and educate creatives in the city. Our aim is still to create a hub where people can network, learn and collaborate. Our aim is still to build an engaged and committed community. But, our new mission, is to help you create your idea on demand:

Have you heard about 3D printing through the grapevine but cant conceptualize how it could be of any use to you personally?

Have you always had an idea for a great product but havent been able to find it in a store or known how to make it a reality?

Do you have an existing design, but arent sure whether 3D printing is the right direction for your vision?

Have you always wanted to create your own line of furniture?

Kabuni can help at whatever stage of this journey you are at. Our 3D printing specialists are on hand to take you through the design process and make your idea a reality. To give you some idea of the recent advancements in this technology:

The next material to become widely used is glass.

You can already print with wood.

You can even 3D print diamonds.

You can 3D print medicine.

You can 3D print chocolate and other foods.

3D planes are looking to take off in 2020.

With the materials and resources that are available through Kabuni, the only limit is your imagination. To register your interest head to The first 100 creatives who submit their design idea will have a chance to feature their piece at High Point Furniture Market in October - a world-class event attended by 75,000 design enthusiasts.

If you want to follow our journey case study by case study, make sure youre following us on social media. You can also check out our concept video here.

by Harriet Goodwin, Communications Manager at Kabuni

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