Tekla S. Perry for IEEE Spectrum: Velo3D, based in Santa Clara, Calif., has $22.1 million in venture investment to do something in 3-D printing: That makes it fourth among 2015’s best-funded stealth-mode tech companies in the United States, according to CB Insights. This dollar number is about all the hard news that has come out of this startup, founded in 2014 by Benyamin Butler and Erel Milshtein. But job postings, talks at conferences, and other breadcrumbs left along Velo3D's development trail—has created a sketchy outline of this company’s plans. Consider which 3-D printing technology is ready for disruption: metal. 3-D printing of plastics took off after 2009, when a key patent that covered the deposition technology expired; we now have desktop printers for 3-D plastic objects as cheap as $350. Printing of metal objects—done regularly in industry, particularly aerospace—uses a different, and, to date, far more expensive technology: selective laser sintering. This technology melts metal powders into solid shapes; it requires high temperatures, and far more complicated equipment than what’s found in the layering sort of printers used for plastic. The patent for this technology expired in early 2014—just before the formation of Velo3D. At the time, industry experts indicated that there wouldn’t be cheap metal printers coming anytime soon, but rather, would only come after “a significant breakthrough on the materials side,” OpenSLS’s Andreas Bastian told GigaOm in 2014. Could Velo3D’s founders have that breakthrough figured out? Cont'd...
The worldwide market for the agricultural robot has seen a boost in 2015 and many new products that are in field tests are expected to be commercially available by 2016.
Gimball model drone eliminates the peril of flying close to people and potentially damaging structures.
Lightweight, compact solution offers breakthrough experience for drone pilots
The Center for Advancing Innovation and The Medical Center of the Americas Partner to Launch the SPACE RACE to Advance Promising NASA Inventions
The Center for Advancing Innovation and The Medical Center of the Americas launch the SPACE RACE challenge for student and entrepreneur teams to launch high-tech start-ups and to have the potential to receive significant seed funding.
By and large the people you encounter in the military and Defense are smart, dedicated, and honest. They are haunted by the specter that the equipment they procure may result in the death of American servicemen. If you have a product that can save lives, then you might just have yourself a sale.
Drones were sold by the squadron this past holiday as intelligent machines but they're really just tricked out remote-control planes. Few have the common-sense necessary to detect/avoid obstacles, figure out where they're at or how to get home.
Autonomous Ground Vehicles and Aircraft Demonstrate New Collaborative Capabilities for Keeping Warfighters Safe
Carnegie Mellon and Sikorsky, A Lockheed Martin Company, Pioneer Ground-Air Cooperative Missions
Rapid Imaging Software, Inc.announces partnership program for augmented reality software.
Driverless Tractors and Drones to be Among the Key Applications for Agricultural Robots, According to Tractica
Labor Trends and Economic Factors Will Drive the Global Agricultural Robotics Market to $73.9 Billion in Revenue by 2024
RE2 Robotics, a leading developer of robotic manipulator arms, shared the Company's year in review for 2015.
ABI Research Forecasts Continued, Steady Growth for Both the Toy/Hobbyist and Prosumer UAV Sectors
If machines are a reflection of their creator, then their ability to save the imperilled arises from our pursuit of empathy, our willingness to throw our chips behind the right cause when and where the money matters.
DroneOS is a new hardware/software commercial standard for reliably managing drones. The combined ground/air solution is a fully integrated, one stop shop for managing all prosumer and enterprise grade drones.
Enhanced Thomson Website Saves Time with Easier Access To a Rich Library of Mechanical Motion Products And Solutions
Thomson Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of mechanical motion control solutions, has launched a new, multilingual website that improves access to its extensive library of mechanical motion product and application solutions.
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