3-D Printed Action Figures! - Hilmar Gunnarsson of Modio

Hilmar Gunnarsson, founder and CEO of Modio, envisions a future of affordable desktop 3D printing utilizing multiple materials, including embedded electronics. Modio is the first step toward ensuring that Hilmar will remain a mover and shaker in that emerging market.

The result of thousands of hours of research and development, Modio is a 3D modeling app for designing and printingposable action figures. Check out their website to see what folks have been creating.

3D printing is still a young industry. Hilmar discovered at the outset that he’d have to break new ground to create his app. The amount of work required was stunning. “3-d printing today has some limitations,” he says. “The biggest hurdles have been around the way 3-d printing works today. And getting all the joints to function, to snap together, to stay together… That’s been the biggest challenge. We spent thousands of hours fine-tuning.”

The work is paying off. “We have just launched a product. The feedback from the community has been awesome. Everybody loves it.”

Positive feedback on the app market is encouraging, but Hilmar knows that success now depends on getting the word out. “The next challenge for us is to market it all over the place. We built the product, now we need to tell everybody about it.”

Motivation has never been an issue. “I’ve been fascinated with 3-d printing for a long time,” he tells us. “I’ve been following it for a long time. I’ve been fiddling with it for a long time.” And now that he’s turned his passion into an app that people love, he’s more inspired than ever to see Modio through to success. “We have people getting in touch with us, showing us what they made with it. It’s a unique feeling to be able to create something cool and see how other people have embraced it, and love it, and want to see it taken further. We are really motivated by the community to take this to the next step and keep it going and pushing it.”

Check out our interview with Hilmar at this year’s Startup Iceland to hear more about his startup journey.

You can find Modio on LinkedIn here, and on Twitter @modio3D.

Underwriter: Promogogo

Interviewer: Thubten Comerford
Producer: Hrefna Helgadottir
Video Editor: Jacob Curtis
Transcription: Eric Inman

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