3D-printing marketplace Shapeways raises a $30 million Series E.
According to Gregory Kress, he is Shapeways CEO,“We can help them to market it and develop and sustain a small business”. “I see Shapeways shifting from delivering one niche of that customer experience to truly helping our creators from almost a platform perspective and allowing us to become a one-stop shop.”
“The capital will be used to accelerate company growth and launch additional services to support Shapeways’ overall vision to become the complete end-to-end platform helping creators ‘design, make, and sell,’ regardless of 3D modeling experience,”
“We’ve just hit our 10 millionth product printed, but we are just getting started; there is so much more to do,” he added more, “We want to enable more creators to reach success, and this will include supporting them through design services, manufacturing beyond just 3D printing, and helping them create small businesses.”
According to Lux Capital partner Zack Schildhorn,“The plan is to put this product creation engine in the hands of millions more, though more approachable and expansive services and Life-changing businesses will be built on this platform.”
Their first project is, “Design with Shapeways and Spring & Wonder for jewelry
The future of 3D Print fashion and imagination.
“We are in an extremely individualistic age of fashion,” explains Michelle Finamore, curator of Fashion Arts at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and co-curator of the current exhibit.
Actually riding around at 30 km/h on a 3D printed means of transportation is pretty gnarly, if not foolhardy. So we were actually pleased when we dug deeper and discovered that [E-Mat]’s unicycle build is actually just a very nice cover and battery holder. We say “just”, but a 3D-printed design takes a couple of…
First Running Shoes with 3D Printed Midsoles from New Balance
New Balance announced launch of the first high performance running shoes with 3D printed midsoles. The shoes will be first launched in Boston in April 2016. Subsequently they will be launched in select locations worldwide. New Balance is collaborating with 3D Systems for this product. The midsoles are 3D printed using selective laser sintering (SLS) process that uses a powder called DuraForm® Flex TPU.
New Balance started using 3D printing technology for shoes in 2013. With this announcement, they are bringing 3D printing technology to commercially available shoes. According to Robert DeMartini, President and CEO of New Balance, “With 3D printing we are able to pursue performance customization at a whole new level. The New Balance Innovation Team is showcasing the latest in performance running and these advancements signify an important step forward to becoming one of the world’s top athletic brands.”