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3D Printers Could Be Coming to a Library Near You

3D Printers in Public LibrariesPublic libraries have always been the place where you can go to borrow books, CDs, DVDs, and magazines. And in recent years, it’s now where you can go for 3D printing services.

"Libraries represent the public on-ramp to the world of 3D printing and design,” said Dan Lee, chair of the Advisory Committee for the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).
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GrabCAD Gets Enlisted for Biodegradable Plastics Initiative

Bio-industrial designer Megan Valanidas was working on her concept models for the Plastic Exhibition display in Dublin, Ireland. While she was in the middle of pouring and curing bio-plastic gel in her studio, she realized: I need a 3D printer.

For help, Megan reached out to a friend from college who she was still in touch with -- Biniam "Bini" Kebede, GrabCAD’s Software Product Designer.
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10 Tips for Pitching to Investors

Pitching to investorsOne key ingredient all startups need is money. Even if you are working out of homes and coffee shops, there are unavoidable expenses, like legal services, accounting, travel, compliance certifications, and prototyping.

And if you and any co-founders aren't in a position to bankroll activity until product revenue (or crowdfunding) comes in, you'll need to ask for money -- which means looking for investors.

And to get potential investors to invest, you need to pitch them.
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Fictiv: The Rapid Prototyping Solution Startups Love

How Fictiv Helps StartupsWe've talked about 3D printing your product prototype and how with the right team and software, you can do it yourself! However, when you need to mass produce your prototype, it's time to check out your options.

Prototyping and manufacturing your new product are two key steps in the process of going from idea to selling-and-shipping. For entrepreneurs, startups and small vendors, a likely option will be to outsource.

The process of finding, vetting and selecting a manufacturer, however, can be daunting and fraught:
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7 Tips to Help You Master Media Interviews

Working with the press and media -- whether it's online, broadcast and print reporters and editors, bloggers, freelance writers, and others -- is an important part of being a business. "Working with" can include everything from media interviews and being quoted in topical articles, to being included in product round-ups.
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