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How 3D Carving & 3D Printing Will Shape the Future - Zach Kaplan / Founder of Inventables

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Zach Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Inventables, which makes software and hardware for 3D carving. Their flagship products Easel, Carvey, and X-Carve are used by a new wave of makers to make everything from circuit boards to skate boards. Zach was named a “modern Leonardo” by the Museum of Science and Industry and a 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business. Inventables has the stated goal of putting a 3D carver in every classroom by the end of the decade.

In This Episode You Will Learn:

  • The differences between carving and 3D printing
  • What can you make with a 3D carver
  • Who is buying and using these carvers
  • How they prepared to raise $600k on Kickstarter
  • How they plan to get a 3D carver in every school by the end of the decade
  • Why they decided to make their very expensive software free
  • How they plan to make money while giving away software
  • What the future of 3D printing and carving is
  • What will be the result of having all these carvers available

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  • Bevy: a Chicago startup delivering everything you need, but don’t want to own, for amazing experiences. Own Less. Live More. 

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