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/
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