industrial design

I was swearing under my breath when Apple got all swoony-eyed about its fancy new 1080p camera on the new MacBook Air M2. We live in a world where 1080…

FFS, Apple, stop this nonsense and just put a decent camera in your laptops already

Platforms like Figma have changed the game when it comes to how creatives and other stakeholders in the production and product team conceive and iterate around two-dimensional designs. Now, a…

Gravity Sketch draws $33M for a platform to design, collaborate on and produce 3D objects

Fractory is positioning itself as part of that new guard of flexible custom manufacturing. It announced a Series A of $9 million (€7.7 million) that underscores the trend.

Fractory raises $9M to rethink manufacturing supply chain for metalworks

From a young age, Will Bruey, the co-founder and chief executive of Varda Space Industries, was fascinated with space and running his own business. So when the former SpaceX engineer…

Space manufacturing startup Varda, incubated at Founders Fund, emerges with $9 million in funding

3D-printed rocket startup Relativity Space has closed $500 million in Series D funding (making official the earlier reported raise), the company announced today. This funding was led by Tiger Global…

Relativity Space raises $500 million as it sets sights on the industrialization of Mars

As a hardware startup, Astrohaus stands apart because of its unique offerings focused specifically on writers and writing. Its debut product, the Freewrite, looked like an old-school travel typewriter with…

The Freewrite Traveler is an outstanding, but expensive, dedicated portable writing laptop

Despite fundraising in the middle of a worldwide pandemic that has managed to shut down a significant chunk of global manufacturing, the developer of a metal composite 3D printing technology,…

Velo3D, a supplier of 3D printers to SpaceX, raises $28 million

Divergent, the Los Angeles-based startup aiming to revolutionize vehicle manufacturing, has cut about one-third of its staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended startups and major corporations alike. The…

Manufacturing startup Divergent 3D reduces staff by one-third

New York University is among the many academic, private and public institutions doing what it can to address the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) among healthcare workers across the…

NYU makes face shield design for healthcare workers that can be built in under a minute available to all

The impending shortage of ventilators for U.S. hospitals is likely already a crisis, but will become even more dire as the number grows of patients with COVID-19 that are suffering…

Prisma Health develops FDA-authorized 3D-printed device that lets a single ventilator treat four patients

Dyson said it will end its electric vehicle project after determining it could not make the car commercially viable or find a buyer. The company, known for its high-tech vacuum…

Dyson kills its electric car project and turns to solid-state batteries

Two months ago, we reported that Carbon was set to raise up to $300 million, bringing the 3D printing company’s valuation up to a lofty $2.5 billion. The real numbers…

Why Carbon just raised another $260 million

The future of rocket manufacturing has touched down in Mississippi. At NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, nestled in Hancock County, Miss., right on the border of Louisiana, the Los…

Relativity is building a 3D-printing rocket manufacturing hub in Mississippi

Like a kid shooting spitballs, designer Beer Holthuis has figured out that sopping wet paper is the best material for making mischief. His 3D printer, a primitive RepRap clone that…

This 3D printer squirts out wet paper pulp

The Zortrax Apoller is a Smart Vapor Smoothing device that uses solvents to smooth the surface of 3D-printed objects. The resulting products look like they are injection molded and all…

The Zortrax Apoller safely smooths 3D prints

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have found that 3D printers have fingerprints, essentially slight differences in design that can be used to identify prints. This means investigators can examine…

Researchers discover a new way to identify 3D printed guns

French watchmaker Unitam and 3D printing company Stainless teamed up to build a unique 3D printed watch, essentially the first of its kind. The team created the watch case using…

French designers build a 3D-printed metal watch

Zortrax has launched a new printer, the Inkspire, that prints using an LCD to create objects in high-quality resin in minutes. The printer – essentially an upgrade to traditional stereolithography…

Zortrax launches a new high-speed, high-resolution printer, the Inkspire

3D Hubs, like MakeXYZ, was a community-based 3D printing service that let anyone with a printer sell their prints online. Founded in the heyday of the 3D printing revolution, the…

3DHubs, once a community 3D printing service, is now sourcing all 3D prints internally

XYZPrinting may have finally cracked the color 3D printing code. Their latest machine, the $1,599 da Vinci Color Mini is a full color printer that uses three CMY ink cartridges…

XYZPrinting announces the da Vinci Color Mini

If you build it, they will come. And if you 3D-print it, they will come faster, cheaper and more sustainably.

How 3D printing is revolutionizing the housing industry 

Detroit-based Floyd has announced a $5.6 million Series A funding round that will let the company expand its operations and release new products. The company has been in Detroit for…

Furniture maker Floyd raises $5.6m to expand product line, move into new Detroit HQ

Kat Kinkead and Peter Weijmarshausen met at their old company, Shapeways. Weijmarshausen recently stepped down as CEO and was looking for something cool to do when he and Kinkead realized…

Beheld is a new startup that lets you scan, send, and print yourself

When Greg Mark takes his 3D printer to VCs he gets blank stares. The Boston-based CEO of Markforged, a 3D printing company that specializes in printing carbon fiber and metals,…

Markforged raises $30 million from industrial investors

Markforged, a 3D printer manufacturer based in Boston, has just announced two new models — the X3 and the X5. Both of these printers are designed to create carbon fiber-infused…

Markforged announces two 3D printers that produce items as strong as steel

In this episode of Technotopia I talk to Greg Mark, founder of Markforged. Mark recently made news with his new metal printing technology that heats metallic objects in a microwave,…

Greg Mark talks about the future of 3D printing

MakePrintable, a new 3D printing site, does what it says on the tin. The service will take a 3D model – maybe one you scanned in or something you made…

MakePrintable turns 3D models into printable objects

3D printing is in a bit of a doldrums. The novelty has worn off and the limited utility of the technology has been made clear. The bloom is especially off…

The Makerbot Replicator+ is still the easiest 3D printer on the market

The promise of 3D printing has been kind of a dud. Aside from a few cool Yoda heads and some small plastic pieces, there have been no “indie” players doing…

The Markforged Mark X lets you teleport precision custom parts from designer to printer

Calramon Mabalot is a pretty wild kid. He likes 3D printing and, along with his brother, he builds lots of cool projects – including a mechanical hand for a local…

Nine-year-old boy prints a mechanical hand for his teacher