Get Ready for 2015
Looks like the 3D printing industry will be making a big breakthrough this year. Be sure to keep an eye out for SoundFit. We've got some big plans of our own this year. Check out the article below: http://3dprint.com/34560/2015-3d-printing-gartner/
San Leandro = Tech Hub!
The San Leandro Chamber of Commerce commissioned Direct Images Interactive and PilotCity to create this promotional video about its community of movers & MAKERS. Twenty San Leandro companies and over 70 community members are featured including Type A Machines, SoundFit, Mind-2-Matter, Fleet, PhaseSpace, Mayor Stephen Cassidy and Dr J. Patrick Kennedy. The video was produced by Derick Lee and directed by Bill Knowland. Video @ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO70aR5QPGM Check out SoundFit and other BAAMHub partners @ http://baamhub.com/home. Bay Area Advanced Manufacturers (BAAM) is a coalition of Bay Area companies engaged in 3D Printing seeking to make it as easy as possible to go from idea to object. BAAM does this by integrating products, services and solutions into a common, seamless user experience.
Press Release 10/9: Bay Area Advanced Manufacturin...
Type A Machines Launches Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing Hub Largest cluster of 3D-printing-related companies under one roof. SAN LEANDRO, Calif. – October 9, 2014 – Today Type A Machines, manufacturer of the award-winning Series 1 3D Printer, announced it was launching the largest cluster of 3D-printing-related products and services under one roof. By joining forces, the 12 member companies of the Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing (BAAM) hub “make it faster, cheaper, and easier to produce goods here in America than overseas,” said Espen Sivertsen, CEO of Type A Machines. “BAAM is dedicated to developing new manufacturing jobs as well as new manufacturing technologies,” he continued. “We are honored that Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Steny Hoyer could be present the day BAAM was launched officially.” “In the areas of advanced manufacturing, 3D printing, and regional economic growth, the East Bay continues to lead the way,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee. “Today's announcement of the formation of the Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing is another great example of that leadership and investment in business-to-business opportunities that create good-paying manufacturing jobs here in the East Bay.” Many business owners find traditional prototyping and manufacturing too expensive for low-volume (less than 10,000 units) or highly customized products. Dan Walters, for example, owns Copper Harbor, Inc. The small San Leandro-based chemical company wanted to develop single-use packaging for the company’s powerful, two-part adhesive. Traditional prototyping in the US followed by manufacture in China would have required an estimated $50,000, a great deal of time, and a minimum order far larger than Copper Harbor needed. So Walters turned to 3D printing instead. For less than $5,000, Copper Harbor prototyped and manufactured a key component of its packaging. The company kept its expenses low, avoided waste, and retained a major customer by using a Type A Machines Series 1 3D Printer and supplementary services from BAAM member Mind 2 Matter, a 3D print service bureau. ABOUT BAAM The seed for BAAM was planted in early 2014, when Sivertsen discovered that a significant number of Type A Machines’ customers were using their 3D printers as a low-cost alternative to injection molding. There are 200+ startups in the 3D printing space but little collaboration between them. As a result, customers often face a host of problems in moving from idea to object.Those customers needed a speedy and affordable prototype-to-product pipeline, the pipeline now provided by BAAM. For customers, this pipeline cuts cost and time to market. For society as a whole, it reduces manufacturing waste and helps create skilled, new manufacturing jobs here in the US. BAAM is located at The Gate, a former automobile manufacturing plant turned technology and art center in San Leandro, Calif. BAAM members include: Type A Machines, which produces the award-winning Series 1 3D Printer. Mind 2 Matter, a full-service 3D printing service bureau. SoundFit, developer of 3D scanning technology including the SugarCube scanner. MadeSolid, which offers amazing 3D print filament and materials. Falcon Imaging, a full service maker of standard ABS and PLA 3D printer filament. HoneyPoint 3D, which offers dedicated 3D printing and 3D scanning retail stores. PhaseSpace, which develops 3D optical motion capture systems. Cad Crowd, which offers freelance 3D design, 3D modeling, and CAD drafting. Pinshape, an online marketplace that helps designers share and sell 3D models. OmNom, an "all in one" plastic 3D printed parts recycler/filament maker. Fleet edu, a business structure originally funded by the City of San Leandro that fulfills the critical gaps of education in STEAM curriculum, project-based learning, and Common Core. Dreamforge, which develops 3D printing software. For more information on member companies of BAAM, visit www.baamhub.com.
BAAM Launched: 3DP Innovation Cluster At The Gate
SoundFit is part of BAAMHUB.COM, we are working with twelve 3D-printing-related comapnies to deliver a complete prototype-to-market manufacturing pipeline. It is simple: SoundFit scans an object. Type A Machines 3D prints the model using a filament engineered by MadeSolid for investment casting. Mind-2-Matter investment casts the 3D printed part in metal. Image from Mind-2-Matter (http://mind-2-matter.com/2014/04/innovative-engineering/)
SoundFit @ Sunday Streets Berkeley: InnovationCorr...
SoundFIt At Sunday Streets Berkeley: Art & Innovation Corridor (SHATTUCK AVENUE FROM UNIVERSITY to ADDISON (East Side) SoundFit: 3D scanning demo by SoundFit. Scan and create a digital model. Bring small objects to scan! Berkeley Streets - Cycle, stroll, dance, discover, skate and play in the street! More info @ http://www.sundaystreetsberkeley.org/activities/ 10/12 11AM - 5PM Map @ http://bit.ly/1uRrNme About SoundFit: With SoundFit’s affordable, easy to use 3D desktop scanners you can scan and create a digital model in minutes. The SugarCube™ uses 3D scanning technology, modeling software, and cloud computing to eliminate unnecessary processes and costs. This radically transforms the economics of manufacturing and making.
SoundFit At East Bay Maker Faire (SUN 10/19 10AM-5...
Make • Create • Craft • Build • Play @ East Bay Maker Faire SoundFit is now part of BAAM, the world's largest cluster of 3D printing-related companies under one roof. That matters because we can now give you a better, more seamless experience across many products and services designed to support you and your business. If you’re local, you and your family can have tons of fun this Sunday at the East Bay Mini Maker Faire. Drop by the BAAM booth to say hi. Type A Machines - 3D Printers SoundFit - 3D Scanners Mind-2-Matter - Turning Thoughts Into Things Fleet.edu - Delivering digital arts + fabrication Info @ http://ebmakerfaire.wordpress.com/.
3D scanning technology can be applied at any point in a manufacturing sequence, saving time, money and material. 3D scanning provides for higher quality, better fitting parts that are less costly to manufacture. Anyone in manufacturing, engineering, design, development, surveying or testing benefits from advances in 3D printing. SoundFit’s scanners are key to the rapidly growing 3D printing industry; they bring 3D precision at a lower price point, allowing 3D scanners to penetrate consumer, industrial, retail and academic/scientific markets. SoundFit’s entry market is audiology (16K North American audiologists and 32K EU audiologists). The SugarCube™ scans ear impressions for custom fit earpieces aimed at music, bluetooth devices, hearing/swim protection and hearing aids. SoundFit scanning technology is not limited to audiology. With its low price point and scalable/customizable technology, SoundFit enables innovation in custom fit and mass customization markets. Soundfit is partnering with Autodesk, Type A Machines, and other startups to develop scan-to-print solutions for makers and manufacturers so that they can go from idea to object in as few steps as possible.
"Hype Around 3D Printing?"
SoundFit's affordable, desktop 3D scanners eliminate obstacles to the wider adoption of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies. Beta units available in OCT! Contact SoundFit for more info. FROM http://www.inside3dp.com/: 3D printing is fast becoming a transformative force in manufacturing, the medical field and several other industries. While the excitement we are currently witnessing is partly justified, it is important to remember that 3D printing is still in its infancy and it has still many hurdles to pass before we can talk about a revolutionary force. Read @ http://www.inside3dp.com/33-reasons-resist-hype-around-3d-printing/ Here are 33 reasons to avoid the hype around 3D printing: You can not buy a desktop 3D printer today and make anything you want. 3D modeling is still far too difficult for most people. It will take you 2000 hours in CAD to learn make very complex shapes. Most people feel inhibited when offered a blank canvas on which they can create anything. Many 3D printed things in the news have the shape of something but are not functional parts. If I take a piping bag, put in pate and squeezed out the shape of the liver I could probably call CNN for 3D printing a liver. But, this liver will not be functional. In today’s crowded media landscape simple messaging is the norm. This turns the media from a critical watchdog into a braying hound repeating simple messages over and over again. Desktop 3D printers are in many cases unreliable when compared to other consumer electronics devices you own. Surface quality, strength, heat deflection & color of 3D printed parts are not adequate enough for most applications. Post processing means that there still is far too much labor involved. Industrial 3D printers are too slow, expensive, small & not productive enough. Many industrial optimizations such as conveyor belts and automatic processing of files or depowdering of parts have not been applied to 3D printers. Metal 3D printing is for the most part very lab and not fab. Material costs are ridiculously high, inhibiting 3D printing development. Much of the analysis coming out by stock and other people about 3D printing is not based on any real understanding of the technology and is quite frankly hilarious. 3D printing is a collection of many different technologies all better or worse at making various things. We are not collectively developing a Star Trek Replicator at the moment. Company A is making a machine to make tea at home, Company B tea in the workplace, Company C is doing coffee etc. Why will everyone have a desktop 3D printer? We don’t all use our own sewing machines to make our own clothes. There is no common parts infrastructure for 3D printer parts. No wide spread motherboard, CPU or case ecosystem. We don’t have a postscript for 3D printing so “your 3D printed files are like a box of chocolates.” There is no closed loop control on industrial machines or processes which means that your aircraft part is currently also “like a box of chocolates.” Mainstream 3D printing materials such as SLS and SLA degrade due to UV degradation making parts ugly and brittle after a year in the sun. The only 3D printing process that is food safe is ceramics. Many industrial 3D printing materials are proprietary and one has no idea what is in them. 3D printing is developing much slower than you think. Because you’ve been exposed to a lot of technologies in a short time frame it seems as it is going faster than it is. I made a 3D printing presentation in 2008 and only had to change two slides to use it recently. Try that in the internet or mobile world. Of every ten news stories that come out on 3D printing roughly a quarter contain factual errors. Many of the “3D printing organs” stories have not been based on publicly available research but rather are funding requests via the media. Repeatability of 3D printing parts is very low when compared to traditional mass manufacturing technologies. Many nice and shiny 3D printed parts you’ve seen on TV require hours of post-processing to get them to look that way. At the very least, 3 3D printing Kickstarter projects have been pure fantasy. There are still no functional 3D printed shoes available, despite of what you may have heard. The “3D printing revolution” is a savvy rebranding of a decades old technology through social media and extensive spending on PR. What do you think? SoundFit wants to know...
Enabling Manufacturers & Makers with 3D Scanning T...
Manufacturing and marketing revolutions are about to catch fire thanks to recent advances in 3D printing and scanning. The economics and small size of custom earpieces make it an ideal flash point product for this revolution. The SugarCube scanner uses 3D scanning technology, 3D modeling software and cloud computing technologies to radically transform the economics of 3D manufacturing. Economics associated with point of sale production for custom earpieces make the SugarCube an ideal tool for the on-demand manufacturing of custom ear products. If you are interested in being a BETA customer, please contact us @ http://bit.ly/1hRK8dg.
Enabling manufacturers & makers with affordable, easy to use, desktop 3D scanners. Our SugarCube™ scanner uses 3D scanning technology, 3D modeling software and cloud computing technologies to radically transform the economics of manufacturing and making. Scanners in BETA. Contact us for more info! Scanning ear molds, feet, hands, meteorites, jewelry, and much much more!
SoundFit @ San Leandro by Design: "Out of the Box"...
SoundFit will be demoing our SugarCube scanners. The 3D printer population is growing daily; our 3D scanners extend the functionality of those printers. How will 3D Scanning change your life? What opportunities will it create for you? SoundFit is revolutionizing the 3D manufacturing industry. Event info below: Join San Leandro business and community leaders for our 2nd San Leandro by Design: Out of the Box experience on Bayfair Center’s scenic rooftop terrace. This year we are celebrating San Leandro’s Pioneers of Innovation –San Leandro established and startup companies that are leading San Leandro’s proud manufacturing past, present and future. Last year’s event launched San Leandro as the next great business, technology and innovation center in the nation. Recent press coverage confirms that this launch is being recognized throughout the SF Bay Region. During the last year, we’ve firmly identified ourselves as a City that Makes Things. The growth of advanced manufacturing technology companies at The Gate, renewed plant investment by established manufacturing businesses throughout San Leandro, and the City plans to execute theNext Generation Workplace District Study recommendations are all evidence that San Leandro manufacturing is back! Together, let’s celebrate the maker companies who are driving San Leandro’s renaissance. No cost to attend, and there are a limited number of tickets – register today! REGISTER ON LINE AND GET TWO FREE BEER TICKETS! (claim your drink vouchers when you check in at the event) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/san-leandro-by-design-out-of-the-box-pioneers-of-innovation-tickets-12944971759
Over 750 million people live within 10 miles of a ...
Got CUSTOM FIT? When you want something custom fit, there is no CAD model that captures your personal shape -- but 3D scanning does. SoundFit's SugarCube scanner is the perfect compliment to the growing network of 3DPRINTERS. Read 3DHubs blog "Local 3D Printing Available to 750 Million People" The 3D printing movement is getting up to incredible speed. After starting out a little bit over a year ago we have grown quite a bit. Not only are we now working with a kick-ass team of 16, we have also passed the magical number of 5000 printers on our platform. What does that mean? Quite a lot: you are part of the 3rd industrial revolution and contributing to the pioneering movement of decentralised manufacturing movement. To back these statements up with some rock hard data we went over to NASA to crunch some numbers (no joke). After a couple of hours their supercomputers came out with this statement: over 750 million people globally have a Hub within 10 miles! That means that 10% of the world population is within arms reach of being able to 3D print. Talking about local printing! This of course couldn’t have been possible without you guys. Thank you Hubs, Makers and our entire community for being incredibly awesome. Onto the next 5000! So what are the top 10 most active communities on 3D Hubs? Milan New York Amsterdam Los Angeles Antwerp Den Haag London Eindhoven Utrecht Paris http://blog.3dhubs.com/post/87879656112/local-3d-printing-available-to-750-million-people?utm_source=customerio&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=press_release
SoundFit’s Solution. The 3D printer population is growing daily; 3D scanners extend the functionality of the printers. SugarCube™ scanners capture objects in high resolution offering the best accuracy in models and texture maps. The SugarCube™ brings precision to a lower price point, allowing scanners to penetrate consumer, industrial, retail and academic/scientific markets. Sign up for BETA at http://bit.ly/1ixEooA. SoundFIt Revolutionizing 3D Scanning.
Save Time & Money
Until now, ear impression scanners have cost from $10,000 to 20,000, only affordable for extremely high volume users. We will be unveiling the SugarCube™, the first simple, low cost, digital ear impressions scanner that every audiologist can afford. With the SugarCube, you will be able to send us your ear impressions over the internet in minutes, saving days in transit. Once we get a customer’s digitized impressions, we can start our manufacturing process and ship them out the next business day.
SoundFit At BAAM (Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing)
BAAM in the news @ http://www.insidebayarea.com/News/ci_26283396/San-Leandro-entices-tech-startups-entrepreneurs. San Leandro entices tech startups, entrepreneurs. This small town between Oakland and Hayward is coming out of the downturn like few places around, attracting tech startups, artists and brewers to a onetime traditional industrial hub. "San Leandro is embracing change for the first time in decades," said Deborah Acosta, the city's first innovation officer. The boom is the result of a happy convergence of action and resources -- available long-vacant or underused manufacturing sites; a businessman who financed a fiber optic loop in city-owned conduit and the city jumping into a public-private partnership with him, the first of its kind in the Bay Area; and using broadband to lure tech firms.
Bay Area Advanced Manufacturing (3D INNOVATION CLU...
Join SoundFit and other BAAM partners at BERKELEY SPARK's "East Bay Innovation Tech Corridor". We are bringing 3Dprinters and 3Dscanners, amazing prints from Type A, investment casted sculptures from Mind-2-Matter, and much much more. BAAM: Bay Area Advanced Manufacturers (BAAM) is creating the total toolchain solution of 3D scanners, printers, softwares and services. We are 10 startups working together at The Gate in San Leandro. BAAM is excited to showcase our idea to object solutions at Berkeley Spark. FLEET: FLEET is a group of mobile interactive vehicles that delivers digital arts and fabrication (3D Printers, 3D Scanners, Laser Cutter, CNC Router, +) to schools, corporations and events to empower the next generation of makers and manufacturers. HoneyBee3D: HoneyPoint3D are dedicated 3D Printing and Scanning Retail Stores. We offer pay per prints, educational classes, printer and filament sales, rapid prototyping, corporate team building events and 3D Scanning services. Www.honeypoint3d.com Mind-2-Matter: Turning Thoughts Into Things. From concept to creation, Mind 2 Matter is your one stop source for 3-D design. Our expert modelers can turn your sketch or two-dimensional drawing into a 3D design ready for printing. Mind 2 Matter offers 3D printing services for prototyping, one-off production and low volume production runs. http://mind-2-matter.com/ OmNom: OmNomProject is a benchtop recycler that transforms waste plastics into 3D printer filament. Designed to eat plastic bottles, plastic bags and failed 3D prints all for reuse again. OmNom is a modular unit consisting of a grinder, extruder and winder sold separately or together. Our goal is to make each component easily adaptable to existing non-recycling extruders on the market. http://www.omnomproject.com/mission/ SoundFit: Enabling manufacturers & makers with affordable, easy to use, desktop 3D scanners. Our SugarCube™ scanner uses 3D scanning technology, 3D modeling software and cloud computing technologies to radically transform the economics of manufacturing and making. Scanners in BETA. http://soundfit.co/ Type A Machines: Type A Machines is a leader in 3D printing, delivering the best printer possible with an unmatched return on investment. By engaging with and learning from the 3D printing community, we encourage independent modification, develop technologies that benefit our users, and set new industry standards. http://www.typeamachines.com/ The Gate: The Gate is an 18-acre East Bay building at 1933 Davis Street in San Leandro, that has been transformed into art, technology, maker hub offering unique opportunities for today’s startups and creative-commerce class. www.TheGate510.com
SoundFit's 3D Scanners @ Berkeley SPARKS (SAT 7/19...
SoundFit will be demoning our 3D desktop scanners at SPARKS in Berkeley. Check us out! Berkeley Spark is a free community-driven art, innovation, science, and technology festival with the goal of providing a place where people can create, collaborate and connect with each other while highlighting and celebrating the depth of local culture and innovation while celebrating community engagement. http://berkeleyspark.org/ New This Year: East Bay Innovation Tech Corridor at Berkeley Spark 2.0 Building upon the East Bay’s thriving technology climate, Berkeley Spark is hosting the East Bay Innovation Tech Corridor, representing the convergence of art, science and technology. We have invited a number of local innovators, designers, makers, entrepreneurs, scientists, thought makers, experimenters and other creative types to join us and share their ideas and designs with the Berkeley community.
Disruptive Technology and Timing
The SugarCube™ scanner uses 3D scanning technology, 3D modeling software and cloud computing technologies to radically transform the economics of 3D manufacturing. Economics associated with point of sale production for custom earpieces make the SugarCube™ an ideal tool for the on-demand manufacturing of custom ear products. Our SugarCube™ scanner is manufactured for less than 1/10th the price of its competition. The SugarCube™ achieves resolution of 250 microns. BETA signup @ http://bit.ly/1hRK8dg
SoundFit + San Leandro = Maker City!
By Deborah Acosta, Chief Innovation Officer, City of San Leandro San Leandro lost some of its manufacturing edge in the later part of the 20th century, but this City has continued to make things even during the off shoring of many manufacturing companies overseas. Companies like Scandic Springs, Koffler Electric, Applied Fusion and many other state-of-the-art San Leandro companies continue to supply parts and prototypes for companies like Apple Computers, Tesla, NASA. San Leandro’s fiber optic network, Lit San Leandro, has catapulted this City into a new age of advanced manufacturing. Cutting edge new companies like Type A Machines (3D printer manufacturing), Soundfit 3D scanning), Omnom (recycles 3D print waste and plastic bags into new 3D printer filament), PhaseSpace (production of motion capture cameras) are taking advantage of San Leandro’s inexpensive industrial space and its fast fiber optic network to create new jobs and bring a new level of prosperity – and excitement – to our City! San Leandro – We Make Things!
Showcasing BAAM's idea to object solutions @ MakeS...
Low cost 3D printing is already starting to revolutionize manufacturing. Unobtainable or high-cost parts are now increasingly printed. Don't have a 3D model? See how SoundFit can turn the physical into digital! Don't want it in plastic? No problem - come see a live demonstration of how our partner company Mind2Matter turns plastic into metal! With all of the Bay Area Advanced Manufacturers (BAAM) members in one place, the entire idea-to-object tool chain is ready to bring jobs back to America. Get ready to build great things with desktop manufacturing. Bay Area Advanced Manufacturers (BAAM) is creating the total toolchain solution of 3D scanners, printers, softwares and services. We are 8+ startups working together at West Gate in San Leandro. BAAM will be showcasing our idea to object solutions at Make San Leandro. Get ready to build great things with desktop manufacturing. Make San Leandro 5/31 San Leandro 10AM-6PM Downtown San Leandro - West Estudillo Event info @ http://makesanleandro.com/
Make San Leandro
SoundFit is a co-sponser of Make San Leandro. The City that Makes Things will showcase the raw talent that exists in San Leandro. In the weeks to come, keep coming back to hear from our exhibitors and learn more about the innovation that is happening in San Leandro. Check out San Leandro – We Make Things! May 31st at the San Leandro Cherry Festival! http://www.sanleandro.org/depts/rec/special_events/cherry_festival/
Check out SoundFit's SugarCube Scanner @ MakeSanLe...
SoundFit enabling manufacturers & makers with affordable, easy to use, desktop 3d scanners. Revolutionizing 3D scanning! Make San Leandro Info: A family-friendly day of tech, science, and maker-centric interactive booths and exhibits, Make San Leandro celebrates entrepreneurship, creativity, and the thrill of making. San Leandro is a very exciting place to be these days, with families, tech businesses, and makers of all kinds gravitating here to enjoy the close community, top-notch schools, the fastest fiber loop in the nation (100 gigabit), and the creation of San Leandro's Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Zone. Come to the first annual Make San Leandro event, and see what all the buzz is about – and if you have a next-generation maker at home, bring them on down for a free day of hands-on exhibits, entertainment, and fun! Make San Leandro 5/31 San Leandro 10AM-6PM Downtown San Leandro - West Estudillo Event info @ http://makesanleandro.com/
Custom Fit Ear Products
Enabling Audiology Manufacturers With Affordable, Easy To Use, Desktop 3D Scanners. SoundFit’s SugarCubeTM scanner captures objects in high resolution with full texture maps, and offers users tiered pricing based on volume and scanning resolution. Our scanning technology can be customized and scaled to address a diverse range of market verticals. Manufacturing and marketing revolutions are about to catch fire thanks to recent advances in 3D printing and scanning. The economics and small size of custom earpieces make it an ideal flash point product for this revolution.
SugarCube Scanner - Beta Signup
SoundFit offers a cost effective 3D scan to print service that every audiologist and communications dealer can afford. We save our customers time and money by enabling on-demand manufacturing of custom fit adapters for music, Bluetooth devices, communications, and hearing aids. Sign up @ http://bit.ly/1hRK8dg Investor info @ http://soundfit.co/investor_partner_relations. Partnership info @ http://bit.ly/1fpqg0K.
SoundFit at Maker Faire 2014
MAKER FAIRE BAY AREA 2014: FOUR WEEK COUNTDOWN + MAKERS ANNOUNCED! From Maker Faire Site: "You’ll find makers of all types at the Faire including ones representing some of the hot topics out there: personal drones, what’s next in 3D printing, projects from young makers, wearables, food making, hackerspaces and makerspaces, professional makers, and more. As you can see, there’ll be a little something for everyone." http://makerfaire.com/ SoundFit's scanner will make a special apperance. Stay tuned for more info! Ben
Custom Toys Today. Custom _____(fill in the blank)...
Got Toys? Makezine's "Coming Soon: In-Store 3D Printers for Customized Toys" gives us a glimpse of the future of 3D printing and toys. "Pittsburgh-based PieceMaker Technologies was showing off prototypes of their in-store 3D printing kiosk. The concept: customers pick a model, choose a color, place their order, and walk out 20 minutes later with a finished piece." Story @ http://makezine.com/2014/02/17/piecemaker/ SoundFit's 3D Scanner enables mass customization for toys, insoles, gloves, ear pieces, and more. Affordable, easy to use, desktop 3D Scanners. SoundFit’s SugarCube™ scanner captures objects in high resolution with full texture maps, and offers users tiered pricing based on volume. SoundFit offers a cost effective 3D scanning service that you can afford. We are currently in BETA. Contact SoundFit for more information. . SoundFit is revolutionizing 3D Scanning
REV'ing 3D Scanning By Enabling MFRs and MKRs
3D is the next revolution with the advent of lasers, optics, and supercomputers 3D models of complex objects are achieved in minutes. The 3D printer population is growing daily; 3D scanners extend the functionality of the printers. 3D models will become the norm replace photos with 3D video to follow. SoundFit platforms target for the consumer, industrial, and mobile markets. High and Ultra high resolution models with full color texture maps will achieve unparalleled realism. Revenues are generated every time a scan is processed or an object is printed. Revolutionizing 3D scanning by enabling manufacturers & makers with affordable, easy to use, desktop 3d scanners.
SugarCube Scanner By SoundFit.
SoundFit's SugarCube™ Scanner is the first high resolution 3D Desktop scanner that's affordable even for low volume users. Using the SugarCube, customers can simply, quickly and inexpensively capture and send 3D models, over the Internet, to custom manufacturers anywhere. Just as email is faster and cheaper than overnight letters, SoundFit's service is faster and less expensive than sending physical molds or models by post or overnight delivery services. Contact us with inquiries!
Can 3D Printing Save The World?
SoundFit thought you would find this interesting... "Not Everything's So Wonderful About Our 3-D Printed Future" Whether it's a question of quality control for new manufactured kidneys or the theft of intellectual property, a new report from Gartner is a roadmap of the technology's potential downsides. 3-D printing has been touted as a win-win technology that could save U.S. manufacturing, send medical equipment to the developing world, and give us fresh organs and tissue when we need them. It's also seen as an economic driver. McKinsey Global Institute says additive manufacturing could boost GDP by $550 billion a year by the middle of the next decade. - Read entire article @ http://www.fastcoexist.com/3025740/not-everythings-so-wonderful-about-our-3-d-printed-future Remember, to 3D print - manufacturers and makers need 3D models. SoundFit's SugarCube is the affordable, easy to use "scan to print solution". Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information or to sign up for our Beta launch.
Maker Movement & 3D Printing - shared by Jeremiah ...
Jeremiah Owyang of Crowd Companies shares "Maker Movement and 3D Printing: Industry Stats" with the SoundFit community! Thanks for sharing with us. Check out his blog for posts on the marker and sharing economies, and emerging trends in 3D printing. This maker movement puts power in the hands of the people to fund, design, prototype, produce, manufacture, distribute, market and sell their own goods. This movement impacts global manufacturing as creation shifts geographically to local, philosophically to sustainability and legally to force the adaptation of new IP laws as people move from consuming to creating and sharing. The following material features links, sources and dates, sorted in logical orders, to help you find key data that you’ll need to make informed decisions. Additionally, I’ll link to other listings and indexes that will provide further context. One of my goals is to serve as an industry curator to advance our collective knowledge, research, and in addition to own personal understanding. If this is truly a sharing economy, then we must be willing to share what we learn and know with others. If you would like to read an overview that includes three distinct business opportunities for corporations, read the full report on the Collaborative Economy Value Chain. Please leave comments with your input and URL. I’ll be happy to add and credit you. Scope: The practice of individual people or non-traditional groups creating physical goods and products. Market Capitalization and Value Economic boost: “Makers pump some $29 billion into the economy each year.” USA Today, Oct 2013 3D printing value: “The overall market for 3-D printing products and services hit $2.2 billion in 2012, a compounded annual growth rate of almost 29 percent compared to the $1.7 billion the industry recorded in 2011.” Wired, May 2013 Revenue of 3D printing: “North America & Asia-Pacific accounted for more than 68.0% of the 3D Printing Materials Revenue in 2012.” MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013 Surge in sales: “MakerBot [a 3D printer manufacturer] had sold approximately 7,500 machines from 2009 to 2012, generating an estimated $10 million to $15 million in revenue.” Wired, Apr 2012 Breadth of the movement: Approximately 135 million U.S. adults are makers: “People who employ their creative skills in craft activities, such as making clothing, jewelry, baked goods or works of craft or art. That’s 57% of the American population age 18 and up.” USA Today, Oct 2013 Market Projections 3D printing projected growth: “3D printing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 23% from 2013 to 2020 and reach $8.41B in 2020.” MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013 3D printing growth projections: “World demand for 3D printing is projected to rise more than 20 percent per year to $5 billion in 2017.” Reports and Reports, Dec 2013 3D printing historic growth: “There was a 35,000% increase in 3D printers sold from 2007 to 2011, with 66 3D printers sold in 2007 and 23,265 sold in 2011.” Yahoo Finance, Nov 2013 Increased material demand: “The market for 3D printing plastic materials in terms of revenue was worth $70.5 million in 2012 and is expected to reach $209.6 million by 2018.” Ciol Bureau, Dec 2013 Europe growth: “Europe is expected to be the second-fastest growing market, with a CAGR of 15.7% from 2013 to 2018, owing to rising consumption in this region, where end-user markets of 3D printing materials are growing steadily, especially in manufacturing industrial and consumer products. The ROW market is expected to grow the least, compared to other regions in terms of revenue.” MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013 European position: “Europe is poised to pass the Americas, in terms of revenue in 3D printing, by 2020.” MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013 Global demand for 3D printing: “World demand for 3D printing is projected to rise more than 20 percent per year to $5 billion in 2017.” RnR Market Research, Feb 2014 Global demand for 3D printing supplies: “Global 3D Printing Materials Market to Reach $408.5 Million by 2018” MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013 Aerospace growth projections: “Much of the growth in 3D printing from 2014 to 2020 will come from the healthcare and aerospace industries.” MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013 North American and Asia Growth: “North America & Asia-Pacific Accounted for more than 68.0% of the 3D Printing Materials Revenue in 2012.” MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013 Regional growth: “The North American region dominated the 3D Printing Materials Market revenues in 2012. Asia-Pacific is expected to grow at a high CAGR from 2013 to 2018, followed by the North American region.” MarketsandMarkets, Nov 2013 Venture Capital Investing Andreessen Horowitz invested $30M in Shapeways, putting its confidence into the 3D printing industry. Wired, Apr 2013. Previously, Shapeways raised $5m to spin out of Philips. Shapeways Blog, Sep 2010 MakerBot raised $10M in Venture Round funding. TechCrunch, Aug 2011 Shapeways raised $48.5M. CrunchBase data from 2014 CustomMade raised $25.25M. CrunchBase data from 2014 Etsy raised $60M. CrunchBase data from 2014 Maker’s Row raised $1M in seed funding. CrunchBase data from 2014 Startup Valuation and Growth “CustomMade grew from 350 makers in 2009 to more than 12,000 makers at the end of 2013 with $25.7M in venture capital funding.” Sacramento Bee, Dec 2013 “TechShop, a maker co-working space, has experienced 798% revenue growth in the last 3 years.” The Verge, Sep 2013 “Etsy is valued at $600M and has 263 employees. $2.28M per employee. Etsy increased sales by 71% in one year: 2010 – $307M to 2011 – $525M.” BitRebels, Jun 2012 “Etsy has 875,000 shops; 13,000,000 items; 2,900,000 items sold per month.” BitRebels, Jun 2012 “There are 15 million Etsy DIYers in over 150 countries with 690,000 new members joining every month.” BitRebels, Jun 2012 Etsy sellers don’t identify as hobbyists. 74% consider their Etsy shops as businesses. 91% aspire to grow their sales in the future. Etsy sellers are 88% women, 97% run their businesses from home, and they’re geographically dispersed around the US. Income earned on Etsy makes a real difference in people’s lives. It is used for household expenses, discretionary spending, savings and investment. Etsy sellers are characteristic of a larger shift to flexible work. 18% sell goods full-time. Only 26% have other full-time traditional jobs. Etsy shops are a new kind of “start-up” that aren’t run by stereotypical Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who want to grow as big as possible as quickly as possible. Etsy sellers are independent, self-sufficient and they want to stay that way. Survey of 5,500 Etsy sellers, Etsy, Nov 2010. Mergers and Acquisitions: Stratasys acquired MakerBot for $403M, TechCrunch, Jun 2013 Materialise acquired 3D prototyping firm e-Prototypy, TechCrunch, Feb 2014 3D Systems acquired Xerox’s Solid Ink Engineering & Development Teams, WSJ, Jan 2014 Events: Maker Faire has had over 50 events globally, with flagship events across key cities.Wikipedia, 2014 Google and MAKE Magazine held the Second Annual Maker Camp, with over 1 million kids participating in the online camp teaching teens to build, hack and explore.” TechCrunch, Jul 2013 “With its two flagship fairs in San Francisco and New York and 86 worldwide mini-fairs, Maker Faire had 280,000 attendees in 2013.”
The Gate - innovation hub for next generation manu...
San Leandro by Design, Type A Machines, SoundFit, and the City of San Leandro are developing plans for an innovation hub for next generation manufacturing technologies at the Westgate facility in San Leandro (aka “The Gate”). In coordination with its development partner San Leandro by Design, the city has repurposed the former Caterpillar manufacturing plant into the Westgate Center for 21st Century Manufacturing, attracting tenants such as Type A Machines, a 3D printer manufacturer, and SoundFit, a 3D scanner manufacturer. It intends to attract other companies that support aspects of the new manufacturing including other manufacturers and service bureaus who build custom products using these new technologies, to software and cloud computing services that enable them, and media and training organizations that facilitate knowledge transfer. To enable innovation in 3D manufacturing, companies at The Gate will have the opportunity to explore technology partnerships, participate in regular “lab” meetings, and rent access to new scanning and printing technologies. The Gate is now working to recruit other partners to support the development of the Westgate center. The Westgate center provides multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, access to a large and well-educated workforce and access to to high speed fiber optic networks. San Leandro’s tradition as a city that makes things. Entrepreneurs of all sizes, from major companies to startups with a great idea, call San Leandro their home. For additional information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Deborah Acosta, San Leandro Chief Innovation Officer, at (510) 577-3353 or email@example.com.
SoundFit is revolutionizing 3D Scanning
Affordable, easy to use, desktop 3D Scanners. SoundFit’s SugarCube™ scanner captures objects in high resolution with full texture maps, and offers users tiered pricing based on volume. SoundFit offers a cost effective 3D scanning service that every audiologist and communications dealer can afford. This cost per unit is less than that of shipping ear impressions and enables on-demand manufacturing of custom fit adapters for music and Bluetooth devices and hearing aids. Every day, aging people lose a bit more hearing. Ultimately they buy hearing aids. Noise protection earplugs and noise isolating communications and music headsets can help prevent this hearing loss. Hearing aids, plugs and headsets rely on one thing: custom fit earpieces. The major earpiece manufacturers rely on 3D scanners as part of their manufacturing process, but at $6,000-$20,000 per scanner only the manufacturers and largest audiology clinics can afford them. That means audiologists ship a lot of ear impressions overnight at $15/package, an expensive and slow alternative. Thanks to new 3D scanning algorithms and cloud computing, SoundFit can offer a 3D scanning service with a monthly cost that every audiologist and communications dealer can afford, and whose cost is less than shipping impressions.
SugarCube 3D Desktop Scanner & 3D modeling Service
Soundfit has begun shipping new beta units of its SugarCube scanner. SoundFit has developed a 3D Desktop Scanning service that helps sellers of custom fit products to quickly capture and transmit to manufacturers the 3D models they need, enabling speedy, low cost manufacture of 3D custom products. We create the 3D models that 3D printers need --without the time, effort and expertise to build CAD models from scratch. When you want something that custom fits you, there is no CAD model that captures your personal shape -- but 3D scanning does. Our SugarCube Scanner, in Audiologists and Communications Dealer’s offices capture your personal ear shape and transmit to a custom earpiece manufacturer: in minutes, not days, at less than the cost of shipping in just 3 easy steps •Form Factor: •Desktop 9” x 9” x 9” •Attaches to PC by USB cable •Functionality: •Images ear impressions •Uploads images to cloud server •Converts 2D images to 3D models •Sends model to 3D manufacturer •Features: •Fast: Images ear impression in under 2 minutes, •Reduces turn around time: cuts delivery to manufacturer from days to minutes •Easy: 3 Simple Steps: Scan Left, Scan Right, Place Order •Affordable: 1/3 cost of other ear scanners, saves on shipping •High Resolution: better than 100 microns •Full Color Texture Mapping: can see mark-ups on scanned objects •Intellectual Property: Patents filed
SoundFit introduces our Beta SugarCube - 3D Scanne...
It has taken a lot of effort from everyone. To our investors, believing in us and the product and it’s potential. To our partners who have helped us in many ways making steps forward. And lastly to all the SoundFit staff and their family members who have endured long hours at work to reach this point. We still have a lot of hard work but this is a nice point to stop and take a breath.
Cool Tools for Makers - SoundFit 3D Scanner Demo 1...
SoundFit's SugarCube 3D scanner will be on display at "Meet the CIO / San Leandro by Design: Cool Tools for Makers" on Dec. 5. Register @ http://bit.ly/1dSCQFA "Soundfit, of San Leandro, will have a 3-D scanner that helps streamline manufacturing of custom-fit earpieces used in hearing aids." Cool Tools for Makers When: 5 p.m. Thursday Where: East Bay Maker Labs, Bayfair Center (near Target store), San Leandro Info @ http://www.mercurynews.com/portal/business/ci_24647683/san-leandro-innovative-tech-tools-maker-movement-display?source=rss&cid=dlvr.it&_loopback=1.
SoundFit joins "San Leandro by Deisgn: Out of the ...
SoundFit is very excited about being part of the “San Leandro by Design: Out of the Box!” initiative. This program is a community roundup that brings together innovative companies in the area. The goal is to form a new technology hub in San Leandro. This past Wednesday night, San Leandro by Design hosted an event at Bayfair Center. It was a huge success. We’ll keep you posted for future events.
SoundFit Demo At AutoDesk Reality Capture Summit
SugarCube 3D Scanner demo and presentation to AutoDesk Reality Capture Group.
SoundFit introduces the SugarCube
SoundFit introduces the SugarCube Impression scanner. With competing scanners costing $10,000 and up, only earpiece manufacturers could afford them. With our low cost monthly service have changed the game so that every audiologist can have their own scanner and eliminate shipping.
SoundFit Founder Scott McGregor @ GMIC
GMIC hosts mobile executives, entrepreneurs, developers, and investors from around the globe and across platforms to build partnerships, to learn from industry thought leaders, to better understand mobile technology trends, and to shed light on how mobile is positively changing the world.
Out of the Box! - Big Data, Speed, and US MFR
SoundFit will be demoing The SugarCube 3D Scanner at Out of the Box! - Innovation Community Roundup; Big Data, Speed, and the Renaissance of American Manufacturing Come join local community and business leaders on Bayfair Mall's scenic rooftop terrace to set the course for San Leandro's future. This event is your chance to help create the business network and explore groundbreaking ideas that will launch San Leandro as the next great business, technology, and innovation center in the nation. Bring along your wildest ideas, your favorite collaborators, and an appetite for great food and drinks. Experience the innovation showcase on the rooftop and discover for yourself new ways to create opportunities in San Leandro's commercial districts. Some of San Leandro's favorite businesses are cosponsoring this event. In addition, we will be featuring locally sourced food and beverage vendors. This inaugural celebration, hosted by San Leandro by Design, is the first installment of a monthly event series that will feature San Leandro's brightest thought leaders and most committed community advocates. Don't miss your chance to share in the conversation and shape tomorrow! This month's theme will be Big Data, Speed, and the Renaissance of American Manufacturing, and will feature San Leandro's own Patrick Kennedy of OSI Soft as our special guest. Info @ https://sanleandro-outofthebox-11-23-13.eventbrite.com/
SoundFit to Attend Inside 3D Printing Conference a...
SoundFit, developer of the SugarCube™ 3D scanner, will be attending Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in San Jose on September 17 and 18. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a meeting or for more information about our SugarCube scanner. The SugarCube scanner is a 3D image capture device designed to produce print ready files that are compatible with any industry standard 3D printer. The user places a sample inside the box, selects scan from the SoundFit image capture software, fills out a digital order form, and then hits the send button. Manufacturing partners receive the order form and scans, and simply print the file(s) to create molds.
SoundFit Nears Completion of Alpha Testing for Sug...
SoundFit is proud to announce that SugarCube Ear Impression 3D scanners are in full operation at selected alpha test sites. Audiologists using the SugarCube 3D scanner immediately recognize business benefits that include faster turnaround times and the elimination of many shipping costs. SugarCube Ear Impression 3D scanners are incredibly easy to operate. Users place an ear impression inside the scanner and then hit the scan button. After scanning one or both ear impressions, a digital order form is completed and transmitted, along with the digital scan file(s), to a manufacturing facility. The receiver uses their 3D printing system to print each ear mold. For audiologists, this removes the time and cost associated with packaging and transport of customer ear impressions. Contact us at email@example.com for information about SoundFit's SugarCube scanner or to get an application for becoming a beta test site.
SoundFit will be at Audiology NOW, April 5th & 6th
SoundFit will be holding private demonstrations of the SugarCube Impression scanner April 5th and 6th in conjunctions with Audiology NOW in Anaheim, California. Contact us to setup an appointment.
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The SugarCube scanner creates a 3D model of an impression in minutes.
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