The grass roots of the maker movement are green and flourishing. TechShop, a franchise of fabrication storefronts, founded by Jim Newton and Ridge McGhee in 2006, which offers makers the tools and training they need to create DIY projects, build prototypes, or pursue their hobbies, announced in November 2017 that it was going into bankruptcy. Just as we barely digested … [Read more...] about Does the demise of TechShop (maybe) spell doom for makers?
Autodesk acquires Instructables, extending its reach into the growing Maker Movement. The CAD industry is arming in a new war for consumers. Autodesk has acquired San Francisco-based Instructables, a popular online community for people who want to join the ranks of the rapidly growing Maker movement. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Instructables.com is a … [Read more...] about Autodesk buys a DIY online recipe book
With recent VC funding and plenty of media buzz, the spin-out from Royal Philips Electronics continues its quest to become the leading marketplace for using 3D printing for personal product manufacturing. We talk with co-founder and CTO Robert Schouwenburg. All the recent talk about the Maker movement, and recent moves by several companies, have put a media spotlight on … [Read more...] about Shapeways seeks to lead personal manufacturing revolution
Bundles start at $1,500 for 3D CAD software and 3D printer kit. The target is the rapidly growing Maker market of DIY inventors and craft workers. Low-cost 3D CAD developer Alibre has teamed up with 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems to offer a new software/hardware bundle. The new bundle starts at $1,500 and up, depending on features. Alibre will do the sales and marketing … [Read more...] about Alibre and 3D Systems offer low-cost design/print bundles
Freedom of Creation and The3DStudio.com are expanding the availability of 3D content for printing, and 3D Systems wants the trend to go global. This week 3D Systems acquired two boutique companies in the 3D printing content space. Both Freedom of Creation and The3DStudio.com are known for expanding the boundaries of what can be done with 3D printing. Taken together, and … [Read more...] about 3D Systems acquires two boutique 3D printing content companies