3d printing

Investors discuss how labor shortage is shaking up the construction tech stack

The pandemic wasn’t the only challenge to hit the construction industry. The rising cost of raw materials coupled with labor shortage has left the industry scrambling for solutions to bridge gaps.

Prusa buys 3D-printer seller Printed Solid to expand US footprint

Lots going on in the world of desktop 3D printers — that’s not a sentence I thought I’d be writing anytime soon. Days after MakerBot and Ultimaker announced merger plans, one of the companie

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MakerBot and Ultimaker are merging

Desktop 3D printing firms MakerBot and Ultimaker this morning announced plans to merge. The new single company will be backed by NPM Capital and MakerBot-owner Stratasys and co-led by existing CEOs Na

Anker launches AnkerMake, its first 3D printer

Anker today launched a 3D printing brand named AnkerMake. Its first printer, the AnkerMake M5 just made its Kickstarter debut, with a $499 price tag. The diminutive price packs in a comprehensive feat

China’s EV chassis maker PIX raises $11M to build its own smart vehicles

The autonomous driving industry in China has enjoyed a boom over the past two years, with both institutional and corporate investors pouring money into a driverless future. Companies thriving in the d

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Ford is now using robots to operate 3D printers without human help

Ford’s Advanced Manufacturing Center has developed an interface that allows machines from different suppliers to speak to each other in the same language and operate parts of the production line aut

Diamond Age picks up $50M to lay the foundation for the future of houses built by robots

Hot on the heels from its $8 million fundraise just a few months ago, Diamond Age is back for a top-up, with a $50 million Series A financing to continue its mission to make homeownership more afforda

MIT spinoff, OPT, ramps up production of its 3D-printed nasal swab

If you’ve heard of OPT Industries (and odds are you haven’t), it’s due to the MIT spinoff’s roll in printing a novel nasal swab. It’s the kind of thing that might not have gotten much play d

Stämm Biotech raises $17M for its next-generation, 3D printed bioreactor

In the past year, there’s been a lot of hype around biomanufacturing — from growing cell-based meat to microbe-powered medicine manufacturing. But none of synthetic biology’s darlings ca

ICON raises $185M in Tiger-led round to build more homes with its 3D printing tech, now approaching $2B valuation

ICON, which creates homes using 3D printing, has raised an additional $185 million in a round led by Tiger Global Management, TechCrunch has learned exclusively. The financing is said to be an extensi

Ford makes it easier to 3D-print accessories for its Maverick pickup

Ford teased the prospect of 3D-printing your own accessories when it unveiled the Maverick hybrid pickup truck, and it's acting on that promise, with newly-released CAD files.

Scrona has big manufacturing plans for its tiny 3D printing

Scrona AG caused a minor splash all the way back in 2015 when it snagged a Guinness World Record for the “smallest inkjet-printed color image.” The 80 × 115 micrometer picture of clownfish was a

Carbon updates its workhorse 3D printer line with shiny new M3 and M3 Max models

3D printing stalwart Carbon today lifted the veil on its next-generation 3D printing workhorses, the Carbon M3 and M3 Max. Aimed at high-end prototyping and manufacturing processes, the printers are a

Is cell-cultured meat ready for prime time?

Cell-cultured meat is a hot topic, yet the process for producing meat in this manner remains slow and costly.

Formlabs promises up to 40% speed increase with new 3D printers

When Formlabs launched on Kickstarter nearly a decade ago, it stood out from the (then) crowded field of 3D printing startups by offering an accessible approach to high-res stereolithography. It was a

How to build a better rocket company

We spoke to three rocket makers who have either already launched, achieved orbit or are well on their way: Firefly Aerospace's Lauren Lyons, Astra's Benjamin Lyon and Launcher's Max Haot.

UBQ Materials’ plastic replacement product attracts $170M from impact investor TPG Rise

UBQ Materials, which claims it has developed a plastic-like material made from 100% unsorted household waste, has raised a $170 million funding round led by TPG Rise, TPG’s global impact investing p

3D printing company Essentium set to go public via SPAC

The world of additive manufacturing is not immune from the SPAC craze. Desktop Metal, Shapeways, Markforged and Velo3D have all either completed or announced plans to go public through the process. Au
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