Duffy Ignite Offers App Design Services For An Equity Stake

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By Liz Fedor, Twin Cities Business

“Martin Davis envisions a “less cheesy” version of Shark Tank unfolding soon within the downtown Minneapolis walls of Duffy, the legendary design and branding firm.

Duffy’s CEO uses the Shark Tank analogy to describe a new incubator program called Duffy Ignite. Entrepreneurs will pitch Duffy to secure the company’s services in exchange for equity stakes in their startups.”

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Stratasys 3d Printers Ramp Up Healthcare Applications

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By Dee DePass, Star Tribune

“When twins Lincoln and Nolan Potts were born in November, their heads were perfectly shaped.

By April, it was clear that weeks of lying in cribs and strollers had caused a condition known as flat head syndrome. They’d each require a specially fitted helmet to reshape their skulls over a critical 14-week growth period.”

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Stratasys Spins-Off Bold Machines, A New Product Design Workshop

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“MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced that following the successful incubation, it has spun off its “Bold Machines” unit. The new-product incubation company is run by MakerBot founder, Bre Pettis.”

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Stratasys & Makerbot Eye The Sky With The CubeSat Challenge

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“3D printing has been increasingly expanding into the aerospace industry, changing the ways in which products are prototyped and manufactured.

Accordingly, Stratasys along with its subsidiary MakerBot, has just announced the CubeSat Challenge on GrabCAD, which supports the world’s “largest” community of mechanical engineers. The CubeSat Challenge is a chance for the GrabCAD community to leverage 3D printing in ways that will add innovative dimension to the CubeSat, which is a “standard” small research satellite built by universities, aerospace startups and independent makers globally.”

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Minneapolis mom launches DIY website for handmade kids clothing

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By Katharine Grayson, Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

“A Twin Cities startup is launching a website that lets consumers create handmade clothes for their kids without sewing a stitch.

Amber Gunn Thomas started Minneapolis-based The Patchery after leaving a marketing career to pursue independent consulting work and spend more time raising her children.”

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Stratasys Consolidating Units Into 3D Print Services Powerhouse

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“MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys, Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a global leader of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced it has combined Solid Concepts, Harvest Technologies and RedEye to form Stratasys Direct Manufacturing.

Stratasys believes this move better positions the company to meet growing customer needs for additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) services as a production method.”

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Former Apple Engineers Launch Astropad For Digital Creatives

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AstropadMatt Ronge and Giovanni Donelli met years ago at Apple and have been collaborating together ever since.

Now, the duo has decided to take consulting business Astro HQ to the next level with their inagural product release of Astropad — turning the iPad into a full fledged graphics tablet.

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Proto Labs Caps Another Strong Year With Record Growth

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By Stephen Montemayor, Twin Cities Business

“Shares of Maple Plain-based Proto Labs Inc. jumped Thursday on news that the company reported record fourth-quarter revenues and a big increase for the year.

Proto Labs, which specializes in quick-turn manufacturing of custom parts for prototyping or short-run production, said revenue rose 27 percent to $56.1 million for the fourth quarter ending December 31. Net income for the quarter also rose to $10.2 million, or 39 cents per share, up from $9.5 million for the same quarter a year ago.”

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