A new wave of fabric printers has been unveiled.
And it’s here to stay.
The $4 million technology firm has just launched a $100,000 (£62,000) contest to help people design the machines that will be used to print calendars and other calendars.
The company says it will take a $1,000 donation from every single person who designs their own fabrized calendar.
The idea is to inspire designers to develop new designs.
But there is a catch.
Anyone who designs a calendar for the contest must sign a non-disclosure agreement before being able to advertise it.
That’s a huge barrier to entry.
This is a new trend, says Fabrizi, and it is not limited to the US.
The firm’s chief executive, Andrew Hoey, says that it has a similar campaign in place in Australia, and plans to launch it soon.
“The fact that people are willing to spend the money is a great validation of the business model,” he says.
“I think we are all a little bit surprised at the response from this new space.”
A fabrizing machine is a computer controlled device that can print onto fabric, paper or any other fabric material.
A machine uses a laser to print on a computer monitor a series of numbers and letters, and then uses the printing head to align the paper to the printed numbers.
This process takes a long time, which makes it hard to compete with cheaper, more advanced printers.
It can be done in minutes, so a lot of people don’t realise it’s going to take so much time.
But the machines can be quite powerful.
They can print on fabric as thick as 30cm (12 inches) and cut the paper in minutes.
They also print on high-quality paper such as polyester, but that requires a lot more processing time.
A printer that can process 3D printing paper costs $4,000.
This new technology is similar to how printers can print in 3D, so that can save the company about $50,000 per calendar.
“It’s a fantastic way to cut down the cost of manufacturing a calendar,” says Mr Hoe, who has been working on the technology for five years.
“We have a long-term view on the way we’re going to do that.”
The firm says that more than $1.5 billion has been spent on fabrizer machines since 2009.
But it has been struggling with competition from cheaper machines.
The machines can print as thick or as thin as 3mm (0.6 inches) of fabric.
But most printers are 3D printers, so there’s no guarantee they will cut as well as a printer printed in the same material.
Mr Hyey says that the new machines are a major improvement.
“Fabric printing is an area where we’ve really been struggling,” he said.
“But we’re seeing a big opportunity.”
This new competition has been a big hit for Fabrizzi.
“If you look at the number of new people who have signed up for the fabrizzi competition, they’re all people who don’t normally enter the contest,” Mr Hosey said.
One of those is an American who was inspired by the company’s recent press release.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to get in on this, to start getting people to look at us as a business,” he told ABC Radio.
The Fabrizzis are looking to expand the contest.
“In the next few months we’ll be working with people who want to do fabrizzys and start creating a range of calendars,” Mr Foey said, adding that the firm has an ambitious goal to have every calendar printed on the machines by 2019.
Fabrizis are not the only companies looking to enter the fabrial printing market.
Last year, a company called Vectrix launched a Fabrizing Machine Challenge.
It has raised $1 million from a group of investors including Google Ventures and Amazon.
This year, another company, Xos, has launched a fabrize competition.
The team behind the contest has raised more than £300,000 so far.
But Mr Hohoe says that Fabriza is a company that has the right ingredients for the future.
“Our technology has been designed to scale and scale well,” he explained.
“For example, we’re using a new technology called FlexPrint.
It’s a 3D printer that’s designed for printing on a range.
It prints on a variety of materials.
It really does allow for a much higher number of print jobs to be done, and that’s something that we’re really proud of.”
The company has plans to offer its machines for a lower price.
The new machines will cost between $4 and $5, and they will have an open design process, which means that they will be able to be printed in many different ways.
The main focus of the FabriZis is to create calendars