Michael Joyce, founder and CTO of B9Creations, always felt a burning desire to improve lives through technology. This passion ignited his interest in space exploration, which led him to a degree in mathematics and a 10-year career as a pilot in the US Air Force working in the software development field.
In 2011, Mike's passion to improve lives through technology evolved to 3D printing.
From a Kickstarter company to a global 3D printer manufacturer, B9Creations has become the industry leader in production, speed, and value. With an ever-increasing catalog of 3D printing solutions, it now stands as the market leader in jewelry, prototyping and manufacturing, research, medical devices, and model making.
In the beginning, Mike struggled with 3D printing and advanced manufacturing technologies that were too slow, too expensive, or produced poor quality products. Mike wanted to address the barriers of cost, speed, and resolution through the appropriate hardware, software, and processes and turn 3D printing into an engine of growth for businesses today.
Mike’s fearless focus and background in technology development enabled him to develop multiple patented and patent-pending innovations, providing a platform for the first version of the B9Creator.
As a tech professional, Mike chose to develop his own intellectual property (IP) to avoid the pitfall of so many other 3D printing companies infringing on others’ patents. Following months of patent research, testing and tech development, he launched his own machine.
The very first commercially available B9Creators were initially funded via Kickstarter, a support system for innovative and creative technology projects. The first of two Kickstarters raised over $510,000. B9Creations delivered its products for both Kickstarters on-schedule, something less than one-third of the funded companies achieves.
The B9Creator received high marks for customer satisfaction from the beginning. Commitment to customer satisfaction is the language of the company’s culture and is unique in the 3D printing industry, where even basic tech support is often locked behind a paywall.
Having outgrown its start in Mike's garage, in 2014, B9Creations moved into its own facility with over 4,000 square feet for production, research & development, marketing, and customer support.
To solidify B9Creations’ brand of commitment and support, Mike began building a team of professionals equally committed to his vision, ensuring the new facility incorporated native-lean manufacturing, quality control, and growth opportunity, while keeping the company’s dollars focused on the products and customer-centered mission.
B9Creations launched an entirely new 3D printer in early 2017, the B9 Core Series, a powerhouse of speed and resolution built based on feedback from real customers. Four times faster than industry average, with a user-friendly interface, high-quality resins, and resolution as fine as 1/3 the size of a human hair, the B9 Core Series serves a breadth of clients in jewelry, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, medicine, research, model making, and more.
In 2018, B9Creations added the most intuitive 3D scanner for speed, accuracy & simplicity to it's product line. Giving B9Creations the opportunity to offer and end-to-end 3D printing solution to their customers. Designed specifically for scanning jewelry and small objects, the B9 Scan 350 can precisely capture each detail, cut, or facet of intricate designs in minutes.
The company more than quadrupled their facility in 2019 when they moved to an 18,000 square foot office and manufacturing plant.
Your push-button operation shouldn’t stop at the printer. Along with 3D printers & scanners, B9Creations offers products to automate post-processing. Their first launch was the B9 Model Cure, a solution that dramatically cuts the curing time of resins. The next launch was the B9Clean, an automated cleaning unit that minimizes the mess and manual effort of traditional cleaning methods. Our advanced equipment is paired with an ever-expanding resin line engineered for industry needs.
As B9Creations furthers its robust IP portfolio and expands it catalog of affordable and powerful 3D printing solutions, our commitment to our customers and dealers in 66 countries across the globe remains strong. To hear how 3D printing transformed their businesses, read our case studies or blog.
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