3D printing’s popularity has been increasing in recent years, the reason behind this is because it’s the technology that allows you to create anything you can imagine into an object you can hold in your hands. bq is one of the leading producers of 3D printers and here is where you will learn about bq’s history, how long it takes to create one of their machines and the process of the assembly of their machines.


The bq factory produces an average of 414 products per day, these products range from the robot Zowi (for children to learn about robotics) to its 3D printers, including their latest release, the Witbox Go! (the first 3D printer with an Android operating system).


bq Zowi


bq is one of the most prestigious 3D technology brands, it’s in the Top 3 of the best-selling brands in Europe and among the Top 10 of the best-selling brands in the world with the sale of more than 7,000 printers per year, reaching more than 50 countries in the world.


How did bq’s 3D Printers begin?


After years of study and research, bq engineers developed what would be the first prototypes of 3D machine, which after several tests and adjustments could begin to be produced in their factory in Navarra. In the factory there are 2 spaces, there is the storage centre with the products and materials necessary for the assembly and the other space is the production and development area, where the technical engineers and the workers dedicated to the assembly and preparation of the machines for sale and distribution.


Each one of the 3D printers produced inside the factory has different assembly times, from the shortest (Zowi robot) with 2 minutes, going through the Witbox Go!, which takes between 10 and 12 minutes, the Witbox 2 with the maximum time of 20 minutes and the Hephestos with only 7 minutes. The Hephestos uses a robotic system that streamlines the placement of the pieces to assemble each of the 3D printer kits.


bq WitBox 2


bq is a brand that has always promoted the RepRap movement and with it the replication of printers by other 3D printers. Therefore, it has a large room with 3D printers working all year round to create pieces that will be used in the following generations of 3D machines. Since the assembly of each of the machines has been achieved, different experts are dedicated to reviewing the printers so they comply with the highest level of quality and the printers can reach your home or office without any failure. They perform different printing tests that evaluate the performance of the extruder, the speed of the machine, the sound when printing and the quality of the printed models.


bq’s most recent printer to be released is the Witbox Go! and it has been created to turn 3D printing into something much more accessible. With this machine it’s possible to create 3D models in just one click, as well as being able to be operated in a very simple way through a smartphone.


“We just launched the Witbox Go!, so the growth curve will be higher and it will last much longer.”



bq WitBox Go!


Another of the flagship products, which is also produced in the factory, isn’t really a printer, it’s the Zowi robot, which is an education toy that teaches children about robotics in a simple and fun way. The robot allows them to learn programming and electronic assembly, the Zowi was chosen the Best Connected Toy in 2016.


There’s no doubt that the history of a bq 3D printer goes much further than just seeing it in shop windows. With hours of production and development within the factory in Navarra, bq have managed to bring 3D technologies to all parts of the planet and make 3D technologies much more accessible to all.