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Your Next Hardware Project Might Be Biological, and Other News from the Solid Conference

Your Next Hardware Project Might Be Biological, and Other News from the Solid Conference

O’Reilly Media held its annual Solid conference this week in San Francisco. It’s an annual show  covering “Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things.” We found it eye-opening, informative, and occasionally controversial. Here’s some of what we heard at this year’s show: Synthetic Biology Joichi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, explained... Read more »

By , 06/26/2015 @ 3:00 pm

Categories: CNC & Machining, Electronics, Maker Pro, Science | 4 Comments on Your Next Hardware Project Might Be Biological, and Other News from the Solid Conference


New 3D Printer Uses Molten Glass

New 3D Printer Uses Molten Glass

Micron 3DP, a maker of extruders for 3D printing, has been exploring an exciting new area: 3D Printing with glass. This exploration seems like a somewhat natural transition for the company. The “hot end” of the 3D printer is the part of the extruder assembly that literally melts the plastic... Read more »

By , 06/26/2015 @ 6:00 am

Categories: 3D Printing & Imaging, Art & Design, Maker News, Maker Pro | 7 Comments on New 3D Printer Uses Molten Glass


LittleBits Receives $44.2M in Funding, Names New Key Hires

LittleBits Receives $44.2M in Funding, Names New Key Hires

LittleBits, the New York-based open source hardware startup that produces modular snap-together circuitry kits, announced this morning that it has raised just over $44 million in its Series B funding from DFJ Growth as well as Morgan Stanley, Grishin Robotics, and Wamda Capital, among others. This is one of the largest... Read more »

By , 06/25/2015 @ 1:15 pm

Categories: Electronics, Maker News, Maker Pro | 6 Comments on LittleBits Receives $44.2M in Funding, Names New Key Hires


This 3D Printer Mod Lets You Carve Metal With Electricity

This 3D Printer Mod Lets You Carve Metal With Electricity

Take any 3D printer, throw on this modular head, and use it as an EDM machine to do precise metal carving. Exciting stuff! What’s EDM? Electro-Discharge Machining or “spark erosion” is a fairly specialized field that not many hobbyists are familiar with. The technique flips traditional electrical design upside down... Read more »

By , 06/18/2015 @ 8:00 am

Categories: 3D Printing & Imaging, CNC & Machining, Open Source Hardware, Tools | 3 Comments on This 3D Printer Mod Lets You Carve Metal With Electricity


Root Venture VC Raises $30 Million for Early Stage Hardware Startups

Root Venture VC Raises $30 Million for Early Stage Hardware Startups

When Avidan Ross was planning his wedding, he bought a Jinan G. Weike LG500 laser cutter to make his own escort cards and table numbers. “She got a diamond, I got a 90W laser,” he said. It was that mentality that led Ross to launch a $30 million fund — or,... Read more »

By , 06/16/2015 @ 10:32 am

Categories: Maker News, Maker Pro | 1 Comment on Root Venture VC Raises $30 Million for Early Stage Hardware Startups


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