3D Printing For The Home – 3D Printing Funding For A 3D Printer Everyone Can Afford

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in 3D Printers

3D Printing For The Home – 3D Printing Funding For A 3D Printer Everyone Can Afford

Many prominent people believe 3D printing technology is not ready for the home. We respectfully disagree. When you help us to succeed, you are helping to bring this technology to everyone at a price that is easily affordable. Our dream is to make the user experience of this technology as seamless as it can be and to open up the technology while at the same time not being greedy and squeezing our customers for unsustainable profits. (How ironic for Pirates yeah.) We at Pirate3D are creating a full 3D printing solution for home consumers. We want this technology to be freely available to everyone (at great and affordable prices!) and also easy to use (great user experience!). Our long term mission is to be innovative at every level of 3D printing, from object design all the way to printing. Here is what we offer: Easy and Intuitive set up, The Buccaneer is built to be as easily set up as possible. You do not need to mess around with raw spools of plastic lying around on your table because it is now integrated into the machine via cartridges. There are no unnecessary wires or parts that get in the way and every Buccaneer is fully set up and ready to go in...

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3D Printing Financing – 3D Printing Start Ups Update. Where are These 3D Printing Companies Now?

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in 3D Printers, 3D Printing

3D Printing Financing – 3D Printing Start Ups Update.  Where are These 3D Printing Companies Now?

Tim Caffrey, an associate consultant at Wohlers Associates Inc., a firm in Fort Collins, Colo., that provides insights into 3D printing trends, says that many of the most forward-thinking startups (often created by young inventors like Ratai) are primarily using crowdfunding (or crowdsourcing) campaigns to not only raise finances to develop increasingly cost-effective technology, but also to rally consumer buzz for 3D printing on various social media sites. “Crowdsourcing has enabled many personal 3D printer manufacturers to raise capital to develop, build and market their products,” he says. “In fact, four of the top 10 all-time Kickstarter technology products are 3D printers.” Several years into the creation of 3D printers, Caffrey says he’s seeing even more significant developments in the manufacturing sector among companies that are making their own product prototypes using 3D printing to output models, and tools that enhance their work in any number of fields—like engineering, medical and aerospace. “The mainstream press has given a large amount of attention to 3D printing,” says Caffrey. “Innovations are not necessarily occurring on the consumer level, but patents are expiring and innovations from industrial 3D printing will likely trickle down to the consumer market. Over the next few years, we’ll see more materials available and probably see systems that are easier to operate and have reliability that approaches that of a 2D document printer,” he adds. What is driving the technological push toward consumers? Some of the youngest, most inventive startups in the U.S. and Europe today. The Kinkos of 3D Printing? Startup company AIO Robotics, based in in Los Angeles, has used crowdfunding to build its latest invention—the ZEUS, an all-in-one 3D printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. While it’s primarily being used in a robotics laboratory to build customized parts, AIO anticipates that consumers will also be able to create their own 3D-printed goods soon with just the touch of a button. “From kitchen utilities and furniture parts to artistic decoration or customized gifts for friends, people could easily create and share physical objects with others,” says Jens Windau, CEO of AIO Robotics. “In the past, consumers had to buy a separate scanner, go through a complicated set-up process and transform scanning data into printing data before starting a copy process. The ZEUS has automated this entire process and no longer requires users to have technical knowledge.” With the exception of overly shiny or particularly dark surfaces, the device can be used to copy and send just about anything in 3D. And while Wohlers doesn’t necessarily predict that there will be a 3D printer like the ZEUS in every home anytime soon, he says designers are attracted to the idea of a simple, easy-to-use all-in-one device like this. “We think the most likely scenario will be 3D print shops, both local and online, similar to the 2D print service stores available today at Staples, Office Depot and...

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3D Printing Crowdfunding – 2013 Crowdfunding Stories on 3D Printing Deals

Posted by on Feb 16, 2014 in 3D Printers, Startups

3D Printing Crowdfunding – 2013 Crowdfunding Stories on 3D Printing Deals

3D printing gets crowdfunded in a big way 3doodler The 3Doodler is tiny but powerful. 2013 was a tremendously successful year for 3D printers on Kickstarter. Products like the 3Doodler ($2.3 million), the Buccaneer (nearly $1.5 million), and Peachy Printer ($650,000) vastly overshot their funding goals and proved that Kickstarter is still a powerful platform for getting complicated hardware projects off the ground. We fully expect 2014 to bring us a whole new crop of crowdfunded 3D printing projects. 2013 was year that big brands finally discovered what 3D printing can do for their marketing. Consider Coca-C0la, which used 3D printing to give customers miniature versions of themselves, or Disney, which took the same approach with 3D printed Imperial Stormtroopers for park visitors. Victoria’s Secret brought 3D printing into the fashion world via a partnership with Shapeways, and Neiman Marcus pushed it into jewelry when it started selling 3D printed items in its stores. Even big retailers have signed on: In the retail world, both Staples and Office Depot announced their plans to sell 3D printers in their stores. Online, Amazon opened a section of its site dedicated just to 3D printing. Hollywood, too, got involved via films: The Hobbit and Enders Game both showed pretty clearly that 3D printing can be a friend to...

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3D Printing Market Estimates Are Up – 3D Printing Growth to Remain High

Posted by on Feb 7, 2014 in 3D Printers

3D Printing Market Estimates Are Up – 3D Printing Growth to Remain High

Credit Suisse revised their 2016 projection for the 3D printing market an increase of 357%. A note which came out Tuesday cites the reason for the increase as overlooked opportunities among consumers and “pro-sumers” like engineers, architects and educators. Shaffer predicts that these “pro-sumers” are the key to widespread growth in the additive manufacturing market: “We think eventually there could be near ~100% penetration amongst engineers as it becomes a common element of the engineer’s toolkit…The number of registered architects in the US [now stands at 222,500]. We think this represents another potential growth driver, although we acknowledge the computer design proficiency amongst architects is likely lower than among recent engineering graduates…We think children under 18 will be a primary driver of adoption; they are more likely to have heightened computer proficiency, and technological awareness is high in this age group.” In addition Shaffer points out that these “prosumers” are less sensitive to costs of 3D printers than other consumers. “Reliability, print quality, build size and service are key pro-sumer concerns rather than simply price”, notes Shaffer. This positive adjustment to projections bodes well for the 3D printing...

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3D Printing Meals – Are Investors Willing To Fund Personalized Food?

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in 3D Printers

3D Printing Meals – Are Investors Willing To Fund Personalized Food?

In the mood for Pizza? Why have it delivered when you can print it in 30 minutes or less? What if instead of rolling out the dough and adding the pepperoni, the pizza was made with a 3D printer? A company from Spain, Natural Machines, is looking to raise capital to make the process of cooking just a little more high tech. Originally the company was interested in just 3D printing sugar based sweets, such as chocolate and candy, but it since moved on to bigger food items, including common household meals like pizza. The 3D food printer is called “Foodini” and the best things to print are foods that start out as being malleable – like pizza, pasta, sauces, and soft veggies. The user provides the initial ingredients for the machine by buying off the shelf groceries, and then the Foodini “prints” the food out for you in a personalized design. Will investors fund the cooking appliance of the...

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3D Printing Investments Growing – 3D Printer Shipments Increasing

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in 3D Printers, Investing

3D Printing Investments Growing – 3D Printer Shipments Increasing

3-D printing has become one of the most talked-about technologies. Stock prices of the four publicly traded makers have soared, and shipments of desktop printers used by hobbyists and small businesses have increased dramatically. With the final companies reporting earnings over the past week, investors got a better idea of where this rapidly growing industry is heading. The printers build three-dimensional objects by laying down superthin layers of plastics and other materials. They have been used to make everything from jet engine parts to models of 007’s Aston Martin for the James Bond movie “Skyfall.” Many of the applications in 3D Printing can be found at the 3D Printing Video site known as the 3D Printing Channel. The two biggest players in the market, 3D Systems and Stratasys, make printers small enough to sit on desktops and large enough to make engine parts. Investors want to see that these two companies, after a number of mergers and acquisitions, can grow by selling more machines rather than by buying other businesses. Stratasys management said third-quarter sales of high-priced production printers grew 27 percent as more customers adopt 3-D printing for finished goods. Manufacturers have been using 3-D printing primarily to make prototypes and mock-ups, though that is changing. Stratasys’ shares are up 52 percent this year, to $126.49. “There’s more of a migration to using 3-D printing to make end-use parts on the high-end systems,” said Andrea James, vice president at Dougherty & Co., on CNBC’s “Street Signs.” “There’s growing use in the aerospace and automotive and other industrial...

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