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PRESS RELEASE: Discov3ry, first universal 3D paste extruder, out in the wild

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PRESS RELEASE: Discov3ry, first universal 3D paste extruder, out in the wild

Structur3d Printing ships first batch of extruders to fulfil Kickstarter promise

Waterloo, ON , February, 25, 2015: Since exceeding its Kickstarter fundraising goal by 400% last July, Structur3d Printing has been working hard to deliver on their promise. This milestone was achieved when the entire Structur3D Team hand-delivered the first Discov3ry unit to Beta Backer, Cameron Turner in the lobby of the Communitech Hub. Turner, who plans to use the Discov3ry at home, excitedly said, “The kids will be printing lots and lots of cookies.”

Photo by Meghan Kreller

A simple, ingenious, and affordable add-on solution, the Discov3ry gives printing enthusiasts the ability to do more with their existing 3D printers by experimenting with easily sourced materials like silicone, clay, cake frosting, conductive electric paint — and of course, Nutella.

With the first delivery complete and the manufacturing process finalized, Structur3d Printing expects to continue to ship batches of Discov3ry units in regular intervals until every Backer order is fulfilled. The extruder will be shipped to makers all over the globe including those residing in Brazil, Germany, South Africa, Japan, and Australia. 

Commenting on the company’s plans for the future, Chief Executive Officer, Charles Mire states, “We are looking at many ways to grow from the development of custom materials to strategic partnerships. Several research facilities around the world have ordered a Discov3ry to help pioneer innovation.”

About Structur3d Printing

A recent graduate of the HYPERDRIVE program at the Communitech Hub, Structur3d Printing is a Waterloo-based start-up dedicated to advancing the potential of 3D paste printing. Inspiring everyone from makers to industry leaders, they hope to become a brand name in the 3D printing world.

Web: www.structur3d.io
Twitter: @structur3dprinting
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Structur3DPrinting

Contact

hello@structur3d.io
226-600-4851

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A Canadian Formality

This past week I became a Canadian citizen. It's the end of one long journey for me, while several others are simultaneously underway. The ceremony itself was a friendly event, with a very diverse group of people who all endured different struggles to reach this point. For that moment, the atmosphere was one of optimism, of new opportunity, and happiness to forever be able to call Canada home.

So how did this journey begin for me? I am originally from Texas, and much of my extended family still lives there. My original career track was in software. As a mostly self-taught developer, I used to write code in Perl (with a decent mix of bash, korn, sed, and awk) on *nix systems. I wanted more from my career, though, and reached the decision that I wanted to become a scientist. My first choice was to study physics, and after a number of years of hard work holding down a full time developer job and going to school at night, I earned a Master's in applied physics. I felt great about that achievement, and knew I could go further and get a PhD. I began trying to figure out how to make that happen.

Through my graduate experience, I met a professor who ended up moving to Australia. He knew I wanted to do a PhD, and told me about scholarship possibilities there. He guided me on the application, and I ended up getting a full scholarship. At that moment, the heavy weight of reality set in: I was embarking on one of he biggest journeys of my life -- not only a PhD, but one in another country. How could I say 'no' to such an experience? But reality is always messy.

My wife and I (mostly her, as I had a deadline by which I had to be in Australia) sold our house in Texas, and moved to Australia. The way the PhD program there worked, I had up to three and a half years to complete my PhD research (for perspective, in USA the typical PhD takes 5-7 years). It's probably good I wasn't as intimidated as I should have been. We struggled to settle in to our new home, but we quickly made new friends which helped enormously. A lot of Australians are exceptionally nice people, and we loved the overall culture there. The country itself is stunningly beautiful, with pristine beaches, rugged wilderness, rain forest, grasslands, and desert. Hiking became one of my favourite pastimes. 

I managed to work through the massive amount of stress and frustration and complete the PhD in the time allotted. By that time, I really wanted to stay in Australia, but the right opportunities weren't there. I wasn't ready for this new experience to be over, and reflected on ways to extend the journey. Coincidentally, my wife is originally from Canada, so we decided to move there. This is where my next struggle ensued: immigration. While I started on the procedural side of this, I was also job searching.

By luck, we chose to locate to the Kitchener-Waterloo area, as my wife had family nearby. I don't think I could have been luckier in this choice, as KW is the Silicon Valley of the North, with a very robust startup scene. Since I didn't have much of a network here, my job prospects were limited. But I always did want to start my own company. And helping entrepreneurs is one aspect where Canada really shines.

I connected with local entrepreneurs and slowly built up my network, all the while trying to figure out what my startup would be. I kept going back to my core skill sets, both software and my PhD specialty -- which was 3D printing of polymer materials. I decided my strength was on the science side, so I sought to leverage that knowledge into a startup idea. I launched, validated, and bootstrapped Structur3D Printing with Andrew.

Canada provides funding to startup incubators like Communitech, and local investors fund accelerator programs like HYPERDRIVE (now Communitech Rev). The free services of the Startup Services Group at Communitech are available to anyone wanting to launch a company, so I started there. We were encouraged to apply for HYPERDRIVE, and we did. To our pleasant surprise, we got in, and I haven't looked back since. I knew at this point Canada was going to be my new home.

I filed my citizenship application as soon as I met the residency requirements, and in early December 2014 I got the notification to take the citizenship test. I passed the test, of course, and was on my way to completing this part of the journey. As I look forward now, and Structur3D Printing continues to grow into a larger company, I am keen to give back to the community and country that helped this all happen.

--Charles Mire, CEO of Structur3D Printing

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Talking 3D printing with the Prime Minister

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Talking 3D printing with the Prime Minister

As a participant of the Hyperdrive Accelerator program, we're based in the Communitech Hub, a refurbished old tannery building, which is now home to offices for Google, Desire2Learn, and a vast number of young startups.

A couple weeks ago, we received notice that a "very important person" from the Government of Canada would be visiting the hub.

Hmmm, who could that be? 

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The 17 Most Exciting Startups at the 2014 Maker Faire

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The 17 Most Exciting Startups at the 2014 Maker Faire

The Bay Area Maker Faire is ground zero for the cutting edge in DIY and maker technology. It's the place to go to see the future of democratizing technologies, that distribute the means of production.

We're super thrilled to be unveiling our new Discov3ry Universal Paste Extruder at the event, but we're almost as excited about all the other awesome startups we'll be sharing the experience with.

One thing we noticed, was that there wasn't much detail given about the startups that were chosen to exhibit and what they've been working on. So we put together a list our selves. 

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Interview with Structur3d Printing Founders

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Interview with Structur3d Printing Founders

Our friend Alan Quarry, recently sat down with us to learn more about our company and our soon to launch Discov3ry paste extruder for desktop 3D printers. 

The videos give some great insight into how we hope to empower makers to make so much more than they could before.  We're pushing the continued democratization of manufacturing.

If you enjoy these interviews, check out AQ's Blog and Grill for more interviews with other entrepreneurs, including Gary Vaynerchuck, Guy Kawasaki and Jay Baer.



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Structur3D Printing joins Communitech HYPERDRIVE for Cohort 4

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Structur3D Printing joins Communitech HYPERDRIVE for Cohort 4

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We are proud to announce that Structur3D Printing is one of 5 companies joining the Communitech HYPERDRIVE startup incubator at the Communitech Hub.  The program is a 6 month sprint aimed to help us accelerate our startup by providing us with with a world class team of mentors, office space, as well as some cash infusion. More on the HYPERDRIVE program here.

The other companies we are joining are bitHound, Clipter, Wagepoint, and Weston Expressions, congrats everyone!

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