100x faster, 10x cheaper: 3D metal printing is about to go mainstream We've been hearing for years now about 3D printing and how it's going to revolutionize manufacturing. As yet, though, it's still on the periphery. Plenty of design studios and even home users run desktop printers, but the only affordable printing materials are cheap ABS plastics. But a very exciting company out of Massachusetts, headed by some of the guys who came up with the idea of additive manufacture in the first place, believes it's got the technology and the machinery to boost 3D printing into the big time, for real. Desktop Metal Desktop Metal is an engineering-driven startup whose founders include several MIT professors, and Emanuel Sachs, who has patents in 3D printing dating back to the dawn of the field in 1989. The company has raised a ton of money in the last few months, including some US$115 million in a recent Series D round that brings total equity investments up over US$210 million. The hype is real. The Studio System: Rapid prototyping This could be huge, folks.
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Student Hub Chegg Files for IPO, Aiming to Raise $150 Million - Kara Swisher - Commerce Chegg, the startup that began as an analog online book rental service and has itself transformed into a multifaceted digital hub for students, has filed publicly for an initial public offering to raise about $150 million. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company has already been working with the Securities and Exchange Commission, doing what is called a “secret filing.” This speeds up the offering process, getting regulatory issues resolved quietly and also keeping the IPO shielded from scrutiny at the start. Now it will be three weeks before the company can start its official road show to sell itself to Wall Street, which will then be followed by the IPO itself. As part of the transaction, Chegg said it had added four members to its board, which now includes CEO Dan Rosensweig, former Netflix CFO Barry McCarthy and Kleiner Perkins partner Ted Schlein. Chegg will use the money it is raising to expand its offerings. It needs that cash.
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