Autodesk unveils $100m 3D-printing investment fund to spur on developers

3D printers remain relatively expensive

Design firm Autodesk has announced the world’s first 3D printing investment programme, offering over $100m to developers over the next few years.

The Spark Investment Fund will enlist and reward developers improving the Spark 3D printing software platform while spurring innovation in the sector.

Autodesk aims to incentivise a push in the 3D printing industry in a move which could accelerate the technology's entrance into the mainstream - and even households.

Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager of consumer products and 3D printing at Autodesk, said: “The days of taking a closed, top-down approach to innovating for additive manufacturing are behind us. Numerous industries recognize the value of tapping into entrepreneurs or startups with better ideas and approaches, and 3D printing is no exception.

“The Spark Investment Fund will empower innovators to improve 3D printing, and to help us unlock the tremendous promise of this technology.”

3D printing can bring invariable dangers and benefits to consumers, allowing individuals printing guns, copy-written goods and even skeleton keys with the devices.

New technology is disrupting business and everyday life at an exponential rate - a topic investigated by The Drum's head of TV, Dave Birss, who has released a series of documentaries on the suject.

The first UK premier of the series, which explores how technology is disrupting the halth sector, will be unveiled this evening in London.

Watch the trailer below.

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