manufacturing

  • Five Good 3D Printers You Can Buy Before The Holiday

    If you’re looking to build your own Christmas tree out of plastic this year, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve collected my five favorite 3D printers that you should be able to order and receive before or on Christmas. While it might be tough to get one or two of these on such short notice if the ones you love want to do some 3D printing, you can do no better than these five. Read More

  • Watch This Amazing 3D-Printed Clock Made With A Multi-Toolhead Printer

    Watch This Amazing 3D-Printed Clock Made With A Multi-Toolhead Printer

    In the future multi-toolhead robots will harvest our organs and control our reproductive cycles. Until then, they can make amazing clocks! This clock, created by Matt Olczyk, was made using a ZMorph 3D printer, a printer that can swap tool heads to perform different actions. The ZMorph system has a CNC mill, dual extruders, an (optional) chocolate extruder, and even a laser burner. By using all… Read More

  • STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing Crunch Network

    STEM Education, Meet The New Manufacturing

    STEM education and the maker movement have flooded our nation’s schools, making project-based learning much easier to mark off of the instructional “must do” checklist toward meeting new criterion and readying students for a career. Our school districts are feeling the pressure to be innovative and find new ways to engage students with technology while adhering to the… Read More

  • Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers Can Now Create 3D-Printed (Plastic) Hair

    Researchers at Carnegie Mellon have created a system to put realistic-looking plastic hair on 3D printed objects. While this doesn’t help the follicularly challenged humans among us it does allow you to add cute hairdos to 3D printed characters and even simulate hard growth on living things. The system uses a standard 3D printer with special programming that extrudes a little plastic… Read More

  • “Desksourcing” Is A New Labor Market Concept In The Mobile-First World  Crunch Network

    “Desksourcing” Is A New Labor Market Concept In The Mobile-First World 

    I’ve always been fascinated by how labor markets work. People are the foundation for how things get done. How we organize across and within companies impacts both creativity and efficiency. The first big labor market shift in my lifetime that I can remember was outsourcing. Fueled first by globalization and ignited further by Internet connectivity, arbitrage opportunities in labor… Read More

  • Join The Giants Of The Maker Movement At TC Disrupt In San Francisco

    Join The Giants Of The Maker Movement At TC Disrupt In San Francisco

    Makers rule the world. Whether you sling code or craft hardware, the ability to build is of absolute importance in the new economy. That’s why I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be hanging out with Makerbot CEO Jonathan Jaglom, TechShop head Mark Hatch, and Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen on the main stage at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Read More

  • Shotput Wants To Be The AWS For Logistics

    Shotput Wants To Be The AWS For Logistics

    “We’re in a unique, extremely unsexy industry,” explained James Steinberg, who founded Shotput with fellow Northeastern University graduate Praful Mathur around 18 months ago. Part of Y Combinator’s summer 2015 class, Shotput provides an end-to-end product delivery and fulfillment suite to customers. Started as a response to the frustration the cofounders experienced… Read More

  • Software For The Full-Stack Era Crunch Network

    Software For The Full-Stack Era

    The history of software is dominated by companies that automated how the biggest companies in the world did business. IBM automated clerical tasks, SAP unified corporate financials, and Siebel digitized Rolodexes for relationship-driven salespeople. With that focus in mind, it’s no wonder that many of the world’s largest technology companies survive based on their ties to IT… Read More

  • YC-Backed GetScale’s Quality Control System Protects Factory Workers And Hardware Companies

    YC-Backed GetScale’s Quality Control System Protects Factory Workers And Hardware Companies

    At first glance, GetScale’s cameras might seem like just another factory surveillance system. The startup, however, wants to make life easier for engineers and assembly-line workers by allowing them to communicate directly and record the entire manufacturing process. Read More

  • The Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen In America Crunch Network

    The Next Industrial Revolution Should Happen In America

    The ‘Industrial Internet’ is poised to overhaul the way companies manufacture goods, in turn changing our everyday interactions with products. Imagine yourself five years from now, sitting around a picnic table with a group of friends. One of them just landed a coveted manufacturing gig right after getting her master’s degree, and is now pulling in $200,000 a year. Another… Read More

  • Disrupt Alum PartPic, A System That Identifies Replacement Parts, Raises a $1.5M Seed Round

    Disrupt Alum PartPic, A System That Identifies Replacement Parts, Raises a $1.5M Seed Round

    PartPic, which launched at last year’s TC Startup Battlefield in San Francisco, announced it has closed a $1.5 million dollar seed round from a group of 15+ angels, VCs, and strategic investors including Robert Saunders, Joanne Wilson, the Arc Angel Fund, and the Jumpfund. PartPic works like this: After being licensed by a manufacturing company, PartPic obtains 360 degree photos… Read More

  • Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Hello?! Nokia Releases Official Statement Denying Reports It Will Return To Mobile Handsets

    Nokia sold its handset business to Microsoft last year, but since then rumours have bubbled up now and again that the firm is planning to return to the mobile space. Citing anonymous sources, Re/code recently lit the touch-paper on a round of new stories floating this idea. It reported that the firm was plotting more mobile moves, spearheaded by Nokia Technologies, the division which handles… Read More

  • Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    Makerbot’s Saddest Hour

    In the process of growth, startups change. They change from scrappy three-person operations to behemoths with new employees rolling in daily. They go on hiring sprees and the founders no longer know the people sitting at cubicles outside their offices. Bigger companies – Google and the like – start sniffing around. And those changes add up – going from 50 mph to lightspeed is… Read More

  • ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts or you can simply print it yourself. It’s one of the purest open source hardware plays I’ve seen in a long while and it just goes to show how cool it is to be able to print your… Read More

  • Vanhawks Raises $1.6M To Help Put The Valour Smartbike On The Road

    Vanhawks Raises $1.6M To Help Put The Valour Smartbike On The Road

    Smartbike startup Vanhawks, part of the Y Combinator Winter 2015 class, has raised $1.6 million from Real Ventures, Olympic triathlon gold medallist Simon Whitfield, Brenda Irwin of Relentless Pursuit partners and various angels. The company will use the funding to help deliver its Valour smartbike, which raised over $820,000 on Kickstarter last year, to its first customers starting this spring. Read More

  • The Internet Applied To Things And The Third Industrial Revolution Crunch Network

    The Internet Applied To Things And The Third Industrial Revolution

    There’s a new vanguard creating the future of the U.S. manufacturing economy. Companies like MakerBot, TechShop and Kickstarter are playing a large part in fixing the breakdown between historical industrialized employment and manufacturing models, which people still depend on for work, and the more flat and networked world in which we now live. Read More

  • Maker's Row Manufacturing | Built in Brooklyn

    Built In Brooklyn: Maker’s Row Bets On US Manufacturing

    For the first episode of our new show Built In Brooklyn, we took the “built” part of the title pretty seriously. I mean, we here at TechCrunch think it’s pretty meaningful to build a great website or mobile app — but there’s some extra cool about visiting the manufacturers who are actually building or assembling physical goods. I got to see some of that… Read More

  • To Give U.S. Manufacturing A Boost, Maker’s Row Gets $1M From Index, Comcast, Alexis Ohanian & More

    To Give U.S. Manufacturing A Boost, Maker’s Row Gets $1M From Index, Comcast, Alexis Ohanian & More

    The emergence of vertically integrated e-commerce operations like Everlane and Flint and Tinder highlights how a new generation of startups is using  entrepreneurial muscle for economic regeneration in the U.S. And the growth of these companies is a sign of how consumers are supporting this idea, too. New startup Maker’s Row now wants to take this concept to a much wider audience: today… Read More

  • Mr. China Goes To San Francisco

    Mr. China Goes To San Francisco

    A block from the Mariposa on-ramp and in the eye-line of 90,000 cars whizzing by on 280 sits an old warehouse that was home to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, a local alt weekly, and Digg. Most of the building is gutted and inside they are working on the “greatest enabler of hardware on the planet,” according to PCH International head Liam Casey. It will be the new home of Lime Labs… Read More

  • Yota To Mass Produce E-ink Phone In Singapore

    Yota To Mass Produce E-ink Phone In Singapore

    Russian phone maker Yota Devices will start making its first dual-screen e-ink YotaPhones in Singapore. The company has signed with Hi-P, a manufacturer in the country, to have it mass-produce the devices. Yota’s COO, Lau Geckler, told us that he is also in Singapore to help set up Yota’s Asian sales office and the company’s second R&D facility. Its original R&D center… Read More

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