CES 2016 – Our Key Takeaways [Photos]

CES 2016 – Our Key Takeaways [Photos]

As first-time attendees, we left Kitchener last week with our walking shoes on hoping we were prepared for what was ahead of us, and as hoped, we were in our element - New technology…*drool*  

2015 - What A Great Year

2015 - What A Great Year

What an amazing year it’s been, and how could it go any other way when it started with Andrew scoring a ride in a 3D printed car?

Looking back at last year’s Year-End post, it’s crazy to see how quickly things can progress. This time last year, we were just moving into our new space at 72 Leger Street, and working to streamline production and shipping. 

Fast forward 12 months, and we’ve shipped all Kickstarter and Beta Discov3ry units, and have opened up regular orders on Structur3d.io AND recently-launched Amazon.com. We’ve also streamlined and scaled manufacturing and shipping, and launched a community forum to not only keep in touch, but also share tips, tricks and projects with everyone. We’re not slowing down.

2015 by the numbers

I present you Exhibit ‘A’. In 2015, the Structur3D Team:

  • Attended
    • 2 World Maker Faires (San Fran and NYC)
    • 2 Maker Faires (Detroit and Ottawa)
    • 1 Mini Maker Faire (East Bay)
    • A Maker Festival (Toronto)
    • A Maker Expo (Waterloo)
  • Demoed at Mid West RepRap Fest, Target San Francisco
  • Co-Hosted Toronto 3D Printing Innovation Night
  • Attended Rapidx2, TCT, Inside 3D x2, Launch Scale, Inside 3D Printing, and 3D Printer World
  • Graduated from the first cohort of HAX Boost
  • Sent Discov3ry Extruders to more than 50 university research labs worldwide

As I’m the noob here, I wanted to see what Charles and Andrew thought of 2015.

Charles’ top 2015 moments

Well, I can’t really top starting out my year by officially becoming a Canadian citizen and shipping our first batch of Discov3ry units. I also gave two invited talks: “The Untapped Opportunities for 3D Printing with Soft Materials” (RAPID2015 Toronto) and “How to Build and Grow a Hardware Startup” (ACTION Conference 2015). I reconnected with my PhD supervisor when he came to visit Toronto in June, and of course, he saw the value of the Discov3ry and bought one for his lab. In December, I visited Saudi Arabia to train a customer at King Saud University on the 3D printer system he bought from us.

Andrew’s top 2015 moments

Obviously getting to ride in a 3D printed car is pretty close to the top of the list, along with shipping our first batch of Discov3ry units. Getting to see the 3D printed Shelby Cobra is up there too. I also really enjoyed working with the co-op team throughout the summer. Overall, you can't really beat attending Hax in San Francisco, after a whirlwind tour of NYC Maker Faire, and the TCT Show in Birmingham, UK, and finally getting back to Canada after nearly 2 months of traveling.

See you in 2016!

We’re going to take some time to visit with our friends and families over the holidays, and of course spend time in the lab extruding, experimenting and exploring.

Don’t worry, we’ll share in the fun. Don’t be shy to share your projects either. We love seeing what you’re up to with your Discov3ry Extruders.

We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays, and we’ll talk to you next year (Sorry, couldn’t resist the worst Dad joke ever).

Food, Glorious Food: Going beyond 3D Printing Nutella

Food, Glorious Food: Going beyond 3D Printing Nutella

In addition to our widely popular Nutella and Icing Sugar prints, we often explore 3D Printing with new foods, some of which have already been requested or attempted by others.

In this project, we showcase our experiences with Organics Pure Honey, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Certo Liquid Pectin and Philadelphia Cream Cheese.

Mixing Materials: Three Approaches to 3D Printing with Polyurethane

Mixing Materials: Three Approaches to 3D Printing with Polyurethane

On the one hand, printing with reactive material is complex, especially if several parts have to be mixed. On the other hand, this mixing allows for plenty of unique compositions which give the operators control over the desired characteristics. Read more about my experiment with polyurethane. 

THE MARKETING TEAM IS GROWING. WELCOME MELANIE!

THE MARKETING TEAM IS GROWING. WELCOME MELANIE!

We are expanding our marketing efforts to better tell the Structur3D Printing story. Today we’re happy to introduce you to the newest member of the Marketing Team, Melanie Masson.

Updated Discov3ry Quick Setup Guide

Updated Discov3ry Quick Setup Guide

We have updated our out of the box quick setup guide for the Discov3ry to include some of the things we overlooked the first time around.

Technical Details of Printing with Off-the-Shelf Silicone

Technical Details of Printing with Off-the-Shelf Silicone

We at Structur3D Printing realize that silicone is one of the most popular materials our customers want to print. In fact, we have been printing with silicone a lot as well. For this case study we selected a silicone material and a geometry to provide all our case study data. The off-the-shelf silicone material we have chosen is the one we have had the most success with. 

Integration Tutorials

Integration Tutorials

For the new adopters of the Discov3ry

Now that you have received your paste extruder, you are likely working on integrating it with your 3D printer. Thanks to a couple dedicated individuals we have already received tutorials for the Ultimaker and the Printrbot Metal. Considering there are over 100 printers on the market, crowd-sourcing this information will save us all time. 

The Next Chapter for Structur3d

The Next Chapter for Structur3d

STRUCTUR3D PRINTING ON ITS KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN AND LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT YEAR.

One day you find yourself tinkering in your workshop, trying to make something happen. Then Kickstarter happens and suddenly you have hundreds of people telling you they believe in your idea. The validation is something you’ve never felt before. What happens next is a marriage between you and your backers - bound by the promise of delivering a quality product.