manufacturing

  • In Utero 3D lets you touch your baby before it’s born

    In Utero 3D lets you touch your baby before it’s born

    A Polish company, In Utero 3D, is doing something really sweet. They’re printing 3D models of babies in the womb so blind mothers can feel their children before they’re born and experience the same joy sighted mothers have when viewing ultrasounds. Their project, called Waiting Without Barriers, is based in northern Poland but is available in Europe. For 1PLN or 1 Euro they will… Read More

  • Augmented reality makes prototyping easy on Shaper’s Origin CNC machine

    Augmented reality makes prototyping easy on Shaper’s Origin CNC machine

    Innovations in 3D printing have done their part to inspire maker-culture. We print, or at-least try to print, drones, human organs, and even medications. Additive techniques are practical and accessible for much of the prototyping process. However, just because we can print synthetic drugs with 3D printers, doesn’t mean we can print something as simple as a walnut radio. Shaper, a… Read More

  • Made In Space plans to create a superior optical fiber in microgravity

    Made In Space plans to create a superior optical fiber in microgravity

    Made In Space, the company that owns and operates a 3D printer on the International Space Station, has announced their next big project: growing optical fiber in microgravity. The company is scheduled to send a new manufacturing product to the ISS in the first quarter of 2017. If initial tests are successful, the company could begin producing higher-quality optical fiber for applications here… Read More

  • iContainers, Expedia for transporting freight internationally, raises $6.7 million

    iContainers, Expedia for transporting freight internationally, raises $6.7 million

    iContainers, a startup with ambitions to make moving goods from warehouse to warehouse anywhere in the world as easy as booking a hotel room, closed $6.7 million in growth capital today led by Serena Capital. CEO Jaime Jimenez wants to take the Expedia model and build it out for transporting freight long distances. Right now there are more costs built into global shipping than artificial… Read More

  • Venture investments in new manufacturing technologies could reshape American industry

    Venture investments in new manufacturing technologies could reshape American industry

    A wave of venture investment into new manufacturing startups looks set to transform American manufacturing. While the foundations for these companies may have been laid in cities like Boston, New York and San Francisco, the startups that are driving this next industrial revolution hail from more unlikely hubs of technology innovation in the smaller urban centers of the Sun Belt and the Southeast. Read More

  • NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is sending a 3D printer to space that you can use

    NASA is preparing to send its first commercial manufacturing facility to the International Space Station (ISS). The 3D printing company Made in Space has partnered with NASA to send their Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) to the space station on a launch scheduled to take place next Tuesday. Users on Earth can pay to use AMF, a 3D printer specially designed to operate in a microgravity… Read More

  • Is 3D Printing The Next Industrial Revolution? Crunch Network

    Is 3D Printing The Next Industrial Revolution?

    It was in 1909 when Henry Ford, master of efficiency and standardization, famously said that a “customer can have a car painted any color…so long as it is black.” While the First Industrial Revolution introduced machines to replace hand labor, Ford helped usher in what was ultimately the principle of mass production; using those machines to produce large quantities of… Read More

  • 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

  • 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

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