Makerbot

  • Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services Crunch Network

    Evaluating IP infringement risks for designers and consumers of 3D printing services

    Incredible design and manufacturing capabilities are available to almost anyone right now, thanks to 3D printing services and the designers/makers who populate those services’ marketplaces with designs that are creative, original and/or functional. While we wait for the law to catch up to the technologies underlying 3D printing services, it makes sense to consider where the biggest IP… Read More

  • Makerbot doubles-down on its sure bets, professionals and teachers

    Makerbot doubles-down on its sure bets, professionals and teachers

    The promise of premium home 3D printing hasn’t panned out. Hobbyist printers are common and cheap these days – there are plenty of models at around $500, the price of a really good laser printer – but the original vision of a 3D printer on every desk didn’t quite pan out. And Makerbot learned that piece of news the hard way. When the company started it was the brand… Read More

  • Here’s MakerBot’s bid for the future

    Here’s MakerBot’s bid for the future

    The other week, I spoke with the new CEO of 3D Systems. He told me that he believes the consumer 3D printing business “is not real.” That’s not exactly the vote of confidence one is looking for when talking to the head of the company that more or less created the space three decades back. And indeed, it’s been tough going, of late. The once hyped technology has taken… Read More

  • Glowforge raises $22 million to popularize its 3-D laser printers, catalog of materials

    Glowforge raises $22 million to popularize its 3-D laser printers, catalog of materials

    Of all the ways to make a 3-dimensional object, 3D printing is still the freshest, whether what’s involved is plastic extrusion, milling away wood or metal, or the spinning of cells into functional living tissues. Now, a company that makes a desktop laser cutter and engraver for home or office use, Glowforge, has raised $22 million to start mass production of its devices. The startup… Read More

  • Students’ 3D-printed fungarium and Martian mini-farm win NASA ‘Star Trek Replicator Challenge’

    Students’ 3D-printed fungarium and Martian mini-farm win NASA ‘Star Trek Replicator Challenge’

    NASA believes the children are our future. Why else would it ask them for ideas about how to feed astronauts in 2050? The nationwide “Star Trek Replicator” contest that began in February has spawned hundreds of 3D printable ideas, and the winners have just been announced: a housing for radiation-loving fungi and a tiny farm for Martian pioneers. Read More

  • Cities drive the maker movement Crunch Network

    Cities drive the maker movement

    Bringing back local industry to cities helps build strong local economies and strengthens our workforce. The maker movement is encouraging entrepreneurs to share ideas, and the city is the central place where it lives, breathes, and succeeds. Read More

  • Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+

    Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+

    Makerbot has just announced the availability of their new Smart Extruder+, a PLA 3D printer head that offers “better performance over a longer period of time.” This is the first major upgrade to Makerbot’s extruder since the launch of their Fifth Generation printer. The new head is the first that has been tested by parent company Stratasys for reliability. I tested an… Read More

  • Despite Layoffs, MakerBot Is Confident Going Forward

    CEO Jonathan Jaglom Talks About MakerBot’s Challenges

    It’s been an eventful year for 3D printing company MakerBot: it got a new CEO, opened a new factory in Brooklyn’s Industry City and announced multiple rounds of layoffs. We visited the Industry City facility back in September and spoke to CEO Jonathan Jaglom (previously an executive at Stratasys, which acquired MakerBot in 2013) about where he sees MakerBot going from here. Read More

  • Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices

    Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices

    Makerbot CEO Jonathan Jaglom has announced that they are laying off about 20% off the company’s 400 staff or about 80 people. The move follows a previous round of layoffs that dropped 20% of the original workforce and closed the company’s three retail stores. The company is also closing one of its office spaces in Industry City and is relocating the software and sales teams to… 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

  • Stratasys Spins Off Bold Machines, Its 3D Printing Incubation Unit Run By MakerBot’s Bre Pettis

    Stratasys Spins Off Bold Machines, Its 3D Printing Incubation Unit Run By MakerBot’s Bre Pettis

    Some more reorganization afoot at Stratasys, the 3D printing and manufacturing company: it has announced that it has spun off Bold Machines, a unit of the company founded in September 2014 focused on incubating new products made with 3D printing. Bre Pettis, the founder and former head of MakerBot (acquired by publicly-traded Stratasys almost exactly two years ago for $403 million) will… Read More

  • 13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    13 TechCrunch Stories You Don’t Want To Miss This Week

    This week, Apple Watch deliveries officially arrived to the first pre-order customers, Q1 earnings were released and Google announced its wireless cell service Project Fi. These were our best stories of the week (4/18-4/24). Read More

  • Facebook Testing Caller Id App “Hello” | Crunch Report

    On today’s Crunch Report, Google announces Project Fi cell service, what your favorite apps will look like on Apple Watch, Makerbot’s uncertain future, and Facebook’s user base is flocking to mobile. Crunch Report airs Monday through Friday at 7 PM ET / 4 PM PT. Read More

  • Securing A Huge Growth Round Crunch Network

    Securing A Huge Growth Round

    Pitching VCs is a serious challenge at any stage, but asking for a $30-60 million check is usually the sale of a founder’s life. Convincing an investor to accept a valuation that most normal people think you’d deserve in a year’s time (at best) piles on the challenge. I’ve recently been working with a few of our portfolio companies on these kinds of deals and wanted… 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

  • Makerbot Adds Thingiverse Groups, A Way To Share Models With Like-Minded Makers

    Makerbot Adds Thingiverse Groups, A Way To Share Models With Like-Minded Makers

    Thingiverse, Makerbot’s collection of public 3D models, is one of the keys to its continued success. However, thus far it has been a fairly lonely affair with users uploading their models and interacting with individuals only rarely. Now there’s Thingiverse Groups, a small tweak that lets you create an online group of like-minded makers. Quoth the Makerbot blog: Our new… Read More

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