Type A Machines, a US manufacturer of low-cost 3D printers has closed down. It is not yet clear if this is the first of many to come, as the industry consolidates or just a single event due to the company’s own inability to compete. The company came from the US maker community – similarly to the more successful Aleph Objects – and faced some challenges in scaling up and catering to a professional user target.
Andrew Rutter, Founder and CEO, gave the announcement on the Type A website:
“As an industry pioneer, Type A Machines was birthed from the grassroots maker movement. Founded in 2012, its origins were at the NoiseBridge hackerspace and Tech Shop, moving to the East Bay to expand its manufacturing efforts.
Makers of the award winning Series 1 3D printer, Type A Machines pushed the industry forward while remaining true to its open source origins. The Series 1 was the first 3D printer to include on-board Wi-Fi, the first to include material profiles, and thanks to its unique extruder, could print in more materials than any other 3D printer ever.
“I’m deeply appreciative and proud of the many customers, partners, and individuals who helped make Type A Machines a unique and innovative company, who pushed the boundaries of what was possible, and dedicated themselves to an ideal. Our future will be a bit better thanks to them.”