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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 3 2014
Last updated November 3, 2014

SwarmBuild: A Digital Fabrication Platform (Canceled)

SwarmBuild connects designers, makers and startups to engineers and machine shops working in CNC, 3D printing and laser cutting.

SwarmBuild: A Digital Fabrication Platform (Canceled)

SwarmBuild connects designers, makers and startups to engineers and machine shops working in CNC, 3D printing and laser cutting.

$2,504
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
29
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Nov 3 2014
Last updated November 3, 2014

About

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Right now, makers, innovators and startups have a problem. They can design a prototype and make it with desktop manufacturing. They can raise money on sites like this one. But how do they turn their raw prototype into the first functional unit and then the first production run? For this, they have to connect to professional engineers and manufacturers with million-dollar machines-laser cutters, CNC, advanced 3d printers, water jet and plasma cutters. Here is what successful Kickstarter project teams are telling us:

"[Prototyping] took up most of our energy and our time. As a startup, manufacturers are often hesitant to invest too much engineering time into a startup, and it's your biggest need." -Shivani Jain, CMO/CFO,Cubii ($300K on Kickstarter)

"[Setups involve] Huge initial cost…Machine shops and fabricators need 100% "this is what we need made, no revision.”" -Sean Bonner, Global Director, Safecast ($100K on Kickstarter)

"[The ideal would be] being able to go one site and find fabricators." -Domenic Di Giorgio, Founder, Darkly Labs ($500K on Kickstarter)

So we have built a website to address that pain. At SwarmBuild, we connect hardware startups and individual makers to consulting engineers and manufacturers. You can upload your design, choose a material, technology and deadline, and we will connect you to a manufacturer. Here's a demo of us uploading the parts for a drone to be manufactured with laser cutting and water jet:

If your design is complex, and you'd like some engineering expertise, you can choose from our engineering partners (more coming soon):

Engineer gallery
Engineer gallery

You can see one of our engineer partners, Gerald Beranek of GenYWorx, and the cool things he's designing for 3d printing, injection molding and CNC on videos on our Youtube channel here:

You can also check out some of our manufacturing partners on our YouTube channel, like MC Ginsberg from Iowa City, running a high-end prototyping studion:

And you can see our updates on our blog, http://blog.swarmbuild.com. Along with site updates and news, we post videos of our partners, tutorials and interviews with startups and investors in the hardware renaissance scene.

We are currently in the first cycle of the Iowa Startup Accelerator program. So far, we have a website, several engineering partners and 20 machine shop partners, with initial users. Your funding will help us:

1) Grow our global network of machine shops to 100, offering startups and makers worldwide advanced local manufacturing services in a wide array of technologies and materials.

2) Grow our network of engineers to 20, allowing startups and makers to take their idea from concept to manufacturable design affordably and easily.

3) Grow our worldwide network of users, delivering our services to thousands of startups and makers.

4) Continue developing our platform to meet the needs of our customers and partners and deliver a great user experience.

5) Begin to implement our instant pricing algorithms, so you don't have to wait for a quote to come back-you'll be able to see how much it will cost to have your design made by every individual manufacturer instantly!

Risks and challenges

We already have manufacturing partners standing by, ready to fill orders. After we are successfully funded, we will not have any issues filling orders. Our team is committed to making this project a success-we've been working on it for 18 months before getting into our current accelerator program, so we have a lot of sweat equity invested, and will continue working on it.

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    A lasercut 6"x2" SwarmBuild Funder decal for your laptop-tell the world you helped revolutionize digital fabrication. Just peel and stick on.

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    A custom lasercut decal for your laptop. 12"x2" or smaller. Any vector file you want, laser cut, just peel and stick.

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    A CNC-milled SwarmBuild Funder aluminum block with your name on it.Put it on your desk to impress visitors!

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    A water jet cut aluminum SwarmBuild Funder A4-sized plaque with your name. Hang it on the wall or put it on your desk!

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    50 acrylic laser cut business cards with your choice of imagery on them. Just upload a business card-sized vector image and we will deliver to your address.

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    A full-day tour of the coolest digital fabrication shops, engineers and designers in Israel. Lunch, breakfast and dinner included. We will start at our office where you will meet the SwarmBuild team, and continue to visit with our advanced design and manufacturing partners, showing you the latest and greatest in engineering and fabrication. We will also include a box of laser cut acrylic business card and a water jet cut aluminum plaque naming you as one of our premium funders. Airfare and lodging not included.

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- (30 days)