From ‘Printing’ Bones to Manufacturing Additive Software, Stanley’s Hartford Accelerator is Home to 3D Technology

 

THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON hartford courant ON MARCH 15, 2019

"I'm very fond of communal workspaces, " says Drew Taylor, at right, CEO of AstroPrint, about the Stanley Black & Decker Inc. digital accelerator in downtown Hartford. Tayor is collaborating on a project with Dmitry Skomorokhov, director of sales, of startup Kwambio. (Patrick Raycraft)

"I'm very fond of communal workspaces, " says Drew Taylor, at right, CEO of AstroPrint, about the Stanley Black & Decker Inc. digital accelerator in downtown Hartford. Tayor is collaborating on a project with Dmitry Skomorokhov, director of sales, of startup Kwambio. (Patrick Raycraft)

Developers of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, are discovering new things to make. Dmitry Skomorokhov, who heads business development at Kwambio, an additive manufacturing company, is working at the digital work space of Stanley Black & Decker Inc. in downtown Hartford to print material used as a bone implant in the human body.

By Stephen Singer, Business reporter for The Hartford Courant

Developers of additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, are discovering new things to make.

Dmitry Skomorokhov, who heads business development at Kwambio, an additive manufacturing company, is working at the digital work space of Stanley Black & Decker Inc. in downtown Hartford to print material used as a bone implant in the human body.

The new application, called the Adam Project in a nod to the biblical tale of Adam’s rib, shows how far 3D printing has been developed. By using a biopowder, including calcium phosphate, a printer can make a bone implant inserted in the body, Metal or plastic used as implants are replaced, he said.

“How can we avoid unnatural things from being put in the body?” said Skomorokhov, who is from Ukraine.

Skomorokhov, who splits his time between Hartford and the Pfizer research site in Groton, said he expects his biopowder to be approved in Europe in a year or two, much more quickly than in the U.S. Kwambio will produce a “small batch” of printers available to hospitals, he said.

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His customers would be hospitals that choose from three types of printing and bio materials, depending on the bone to be made, such as a jaw bone.. Following more research and development and clinical studies, the first bones should roll out in 2022, Skomorokhov said.

Drew Taylor, CEO of AstroPrint, a cloud platform and application marketplace for consumer 3D printing, is working at the Stanley Black & Decker site because it allows him to find potential customers among Connecticut’s manufacturers.

The AstroPrint Platform is a set of software products that work together via an AstroPrint account using its software that connects to printing files, additive manufacturing and other functions for customers.

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“This gives them the chance to share 3D printing resources,” Taylor said.

His company is an “internet of things for 3D printing,” he said.

AstroPrint develops cloud-enabled software that works with a control pad. When connected to a desktop 3D printer, it can appeal to users with little technical know-how. Users can obtain data from 3D printers from one dashboard that enables shareable resources from one system.

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Stanley Black & Decker, a manufacturer of tools and security equipment, established the accelerator last year to encourage startups in 3D printing, which is seen as the next step in manufacturing.

Martin Guay, vice president of business development at Stanley Black & Decker, said the New Britain manufacturer and its partner, Techstars, a Boulder, Colo.-based business accelerator program that provides seed funding and networks for tech startups, will select sustainable packaging startups to join additive manufacturing startups.

Ten companies were selected last year, with four, including Kwambio and AstroPrint, remaining at the downtown Hartford site.

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“They can continue to benefit from being exposed to Hartford and other companies in the area,” Guay said. “Plus it helps the local ecosystem, the more startups we have.”

He would not disclose how many companies seek to participate in the digital accelerator, saying it’s a “triple-digit number.”

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