Tend.ai raises $2M for robot arms that operate multiple 3D printers and workshop machines

by admin November 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm

Back in June, Tend.ai came out of stealth with its versatile system allowing a robot arm to tend to a dozen or more printers, laser cutters and other modern workshop tools. Now the company has raised $2 million to continue its work, courtesy of True Ventures.

Tend.ai’s software allows a robot arm to start, stop and monitor multiple 3D printers and other devices, removing finished products and initiating new prints. That means people running businesses don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to check on a long print, or manually unload all the devices in the morning. It’s a big labor saver.

“Right now, industrial robots are really good at doing things that need to be done a million times exactly the same,” said co-founder and CEO Mark Silliman in an interview. “But going from enterprise to SMBs [i.e. small and medium businesses] is they’re not necessarily as standardized. So making something that works in a dynamic environment is where a lot of our efforts are going.”