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asknet adds 3D printer to its range of hardware

asknet’s business unit Academics, a pioneer of e-commerce solutions for higher education & research institutions, is expanding its portfolio thanks to a partnership with c&H Ausbildungsmedien GmbH and will be offering 3D printers from MakerBot® in the future.

“We are highly committed to making access to new technologies and products as easy as possible for our customers,” says Michael Baumann, Vice President Business Unit Academics. “We are especially pleased to add such a high-quality product to this segment with MakerBot®, one of the leading manufacturers of desktop 3D printers.”

3D printers have long since become an indispensable tool for researchers. In medicine in particular, they are opening up completely new possibilities, though their scope of application in the fields of architecture, design, art and engineering also continues to expand. At the moment, there are many enthusiastic and dedicated proponents who are exploring even more potential areas of use for 3D printing.

And not only will asknet’s offering make it easier for higher education & research institutions to procure 3D printers, these customers can also benefit from an initial special promotion: In addition to the MakerBot® Replicator® 2 desktop 3D printer, customers will also receive the DesignCAD 3D design software specifically tailored to 3D printing needs and access to the FabHelp 365 Private helpdesk portal for one year. With FabHelp, users can learn the basics of 3D printing and DesignCAD 3D PRINT (including Add ON) around the clock.

What’s more, each order comes with a 1-kg MakerBot® PLA filament, which is needed for printing. 

“We are thrilled that our longtime partner asknet AG is helping us to further open up 3D printing as a new business field in the research and education segment. A new branch is forming, especially in industry, which is in desperate need of qualified additive manufacturing ? or 3D printing ? experts,” says Werner Dolata, Managing Director c&H Ausbildungsmedien Distribution GmbH. “asknet AG now offers higher education institutions optimal solutions for incorporating 3D printing technologies in the education process.”

About MakerBot®
MakerBot®, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq: SSYS), is leading the next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot now boasts the largest distribution of professional desktop 3D printers, especially to innovative and industry-leading customers, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot®, visit

MakerBot® Europe GmbH & Co. KG is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. As a 3D printing specialist, it is responsible in the EMEA region for the sale of MakerBot products, training and support for distribution and reseller channels, as well as programs for integrating 3D printing into schools and higher education systems. MakerBot® products are available worldwide from various distribution partners. To learn more about MakerBot® Europe, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About c&H Ausbildungsmedien
c&H Ausbildungsmedien Distribution GmbH was founded in 1993 and has its roots in software distribution for higher education and research institutions. In early 2015, the independent 3D printing division was established with the purpose of supporting the entire 3D printing process, from the preparation to the printing of 3D models. In the FabHelp lab set up at c&H, hardware, software and consumables and how they interact are evaluated in close cooperation with manufacturers. It is also the development site for corresponding solutions and services for private consumers and customers from the fields of education and industry in German-speaking countries.

About asknet
asknet, a pioneer in the development of global e-commerce solutions, offers extensive expertise and individual shop solutions to ensure worldwide electronic distribution of products of all kinds 24/7 in more than 190 countries. Customers benefit in selling digital and physical goods from both the possibility of handling a variety of international payment and logistics processes as well as the extensive experience of the company in the development and operation of successful e-commerce platforms. 

Founded in 1995 as a spin-off of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) the company is also a partner of around 80 percent of German universities and research institutions. Here asknet offers as a large account reseller for manufacturers such as Adobe and Microsoft a comprehensive range of software licenses and services related to the procurement and distribution of software. In addition, asknet distributes via the established internet platform "" a wide range of software to students. In 2014 the company generated transaction revenues of more than 100 million euros. For more information, visit

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