Tips on building an investor-worthy prototype

You’ve got an idea, you’ve found a need, you’re solving a problem and now you want to build a prototype. What most startups don’t realize is the amount of time and funding needed to build out an MVP. Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) is known as the leading prototype engineering company in Arizona and have built everything … Read more

The Force is alive and well at CES

Video contribution by Xavier Smith A 3D printed Stormtrooper, robots by NASA and your own personalized BB-8 are just some of the StarWars inspired products found at CES 2016. Sphero, known for their connected play toys, worked closely with Star Wars, Disney and LucasFilm to develop the BB-8 droid and now have a mini one … Read more

3D printed objects rising out of a pool of dark liquid

A large figure rises out from the darkness of the swamp and turns into this humanoid/plant elemental creature – it was the vision I had when a 3D printed sphere ascended into the light out of a pool of midnight colored liquid resin. NewPro3D, a Vancover-based company, showcased their 3D printer with Intelligent Liquid Interface (ILI) … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: In a galaxy far, far away edition

Celebrate the long-awaited release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with these Star Wars-inspired tech gadgets. From 3D printed Jedi jewelry to an R2-D2 Bluetooth speaker, geek out with these tech gadgets that will transport you to a galaxy far, far away.   Azmara Asefa jewelry Emerging fashion designer Azmara Asefa, who showcased her laser … Read more

Phoenix Fashion Week struts 3D printed monocles, laser cut jackets and new app for fashionistas

Tech is increasingly becoming a bigger part of the fashion industry — from apps, to 3D printing. At Phoenix Fashion Week this year, designer Azmara Asefa showcased her clothing designs. Models strutted down the runway with her laser cut jackets and 3D printed jewelry and monocles.   For the runway, Azmara created laser cut eye … Read more

Local Motors to begin taking pre-orders for their 3D printed car

Chandler-based company Local Motors announced earlier in the week that they are beginning to take pre-orders for their 3D printed electric car, with hopes of getting them into customers’ hands by late 2016. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuxZUDiM6QQ[/youtube] “We plan to start taking orders for the highway-ready 3D-printed car in October, but I don’t have a specific date yet. We … Read more

Apocalyptic fashion of the future — Phoenix Fashion Week

Laser cut shirts and jackets, 3D printed jewelry, and an apocalyptic-theme strutted the runway at Phoenix Fashion Week’s Shop Garment District where emerging designer Azmara Asefa showcased her futuristic designs. Azmara’s brand tagline is “Apocolypse. Ready.” and while her inspiration comes from futuristic style, her laser cutting and 3d printing skills come from her education … Read more

Local Motors unveils new 3D printed car design

Video contribution from Austin Paetow We’ve seen 3D printed wood, chocolate, and even pizza, but the future of 3D printing includes something bigger and more powerful — cars. Manufacturing technology company Local Motors announced their winning 3D-printed car design as part of Project Redacted Tuesday. The 3D car designed by Kevin Lo will be highway … Read more

Southwest Maker Fest hope to create culture of makers – wrap up

Inventors from across the Valley gathered over the weekend in downtown Mesa for the second annual Southwest Maker Fest. Exhibitors displayed robotics, artistic pieces and more for everyone to come and enjoy. The event has doubled in size and aims to enhance Arizona’s “maker” culture where inventors can gather and collaborate, according to Thomas Sollars, … Read more

Space travel to startups, 3D printing without limits – PHX Startup Week

Photo contribution Thomas Hawthorne While the majority of us won’t become astronauts, we can certainly learn to 3D print like one. In December 2014, NASA emailed a design file of a ratchet wrench to the International Space Station where the astronauts 3D printed the first tool in space. Back here on Earth, if you want to … Read more

Toaster size artificial heart system bridges transplant gap- video

SynCardia Systems, a privately-held owner and manufacturer of the world’s first and only FDA, Health Canada and CE approved Total Artificial Heart, is helping patients of all generations transition as they await a heart transplant. Their device is used as a bridge for heart transplant for people suffering from end-stage biventricular heart failure in which both … Read more

Weird and wild things you can 3D print with new filaments

CES came with its fair share of crazy 3D printing projects. One of the trends for this industry are the new filaments hitting the marketplace such as carbon fiber, wood, metal, stone, chocolate and more. For some of the larger companies, MakerBot and 3D Systems, there was a significant emphasis on the educational programs and printing projects to … Read more

Army MREs have a new ally, the 3D printed pizza

Imagine a chicken fajita tortilla dinner having a shelf life of over three years, and once it’s time to eat it, that mexi-dish tastes like the best meal you’ve had in a long time. For our United States Armed Forces, those dishes are known as Meals Ready-to-Eat (MREs) and are the main operational food ration … Read more

Workshops, media lab, mentorship and more – free resources to grow your business

Building connections and utilizing free resources are two excellent ways to drive results for today’s entrepreneurs. Whether you are seeking access to basic office space or need to find 3D printing stat, we’ve rounded up the best locations to check out some FREE resources: Digital Solutions Lab, Cronkite School’s newest addition, gives the ASU community and … Read more

3D print a house, car… or a heart

The evolution of 3D printing has been accelerating, from faster print times to more precise detail in finished pieces. With footprints forming in medical breakthroughs, innovative and sustainable home construction, and even printable treats, the once niche craft is also becoming more widespread and available for use. Amazon joined onto a trend set by other … Read more

Local Motors presented at first-ever White House Maker Faire

Local Motors, Inc., a Chandler, AZ company and the world’s leading open-source hardware innovation company, was part of the first-ever White House Maker Faire, June 18, 2014. In February 2014 the White House announced its intent to celebrate America’s students and entrepreneurs who are inventing the future. The event took place at the White House … Read more

Chocolate, lipstick and a bedroom – 3D printers are lovestruck

The 3D printing industry has grown vastly over the past few years, with advancements in the food, beauty, and housing industries-and now you can impress your date with a few printed items. Here are a few 3D printing innovations that might spice up your romantic relationship. Food Can it really be done…3D printed food? The … Read more

ASU and Phoenix Children's Hospital build 3D printed hearts for pre-op strategies

Arizona State University and Phoenix Children’s Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which is the premier regional referral center in the Southwest and is the fifth-largest program of its kind in the country, have teamed up to perform what is believed to be the first virtual implantation of a pioneering artificial heart. Physicians and ASU engineers are … Read more