Following what Stratasys is calling successful incubation, the company has announced that it has spun off its “Bold Machines” unit. This new-product incubation company will be run by MakerBot founder, Bre Pettis who also conceived Bold Machines when he stood down at MakerBot last year. Described as a workshop that helps customers innovate and bring their ideas to life with the help of 3D printing, Bold Machines sees Bre back where he belongs, making 3D printers do cool things.
“I have built tools that empower other people to build products for the last decade, and I’m excited to jump over the fence and build products myself,” says Pettis. “With a strong passion for innovation and the future of product design, we will begin a new chapter with Bold Machines. We believe that by changing the way things are made, 3D printing will have incalculable impact on our lives and our future.”
“It’s important to have entities such as Bold Machines to advance the adoption of 3D printing and make it more accessible,” says David Reis, Chief Executive Officer at Stratasys. “Bre is a visionary and has an unceasing desire to answer the question ‘What’s Next?’ I look forward to a continued close-working relationship with Bre.”
“Stratasys will continue to innovate new products, as well as work with its partners and customers to pioneer ground-breaking applications, to make 3D printing more accessible and widely adopted,” concluded Reis.
Bold Machines will continue to explore the frontier of product manufacturing using Stratasys 3D Printers. This includes 3D printers from the PolyJet, Fortus, Solidscape, and MakerBot product lines.
Today the announcement went out that I will be spinning out Bold Machines as an independent product design workshop.
— Bre Pettis (@bre) June 15, 2015
Pictured above, this form the “Weekend Project” series Bre did at MAKE. This was from 8/11/2006, almost 10 years ago. Bre’s first post on MAKE was “MAKE VIDEO PODCAST: Computer Controlled CNC Etchasketch” – 04/12/2006.