Despite their multiple innovations in the desktop 3D printer market, California-based manufacturer Type A Machines has gone out of business.
The past year has seen a dramatic change to the desktop 3D printer industry; the market is flooded with cheap DIY 3D printer kits, and established hardware manufacturers are struggling to compete.
Perhaps the first major casualty of these difficult conditions are Type A Machines in California. In a statement on their website, the company has announced they have ceased operations with immediate effect.
“It is with a heavy heart we announce that, after 6 years serving the maker community, Type A Machines is closing its doors,” says Founder and CEO Andrew Rutter.
“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.”
For existing customers, a downloads page is still active on the site, with links to resources and software for the continued operation of their Type A Machines 3D printers.
A Brief History of Type A Machines
Alongside the likes of MakerBot, LulzBot and Printrbot, Type A Machines sprang from the grassroots maker movement in the United States.
The company’s flagship machine was the Series 1 3D printer. Remarkably, Type A Machines held true to their open source roots while still pushing the boundaries for innovation.
For example, the Series 1 was one of the first desktop 3D printers to include on-board Wi-Fi connectivity. It was also one of the first to include material profiles in its software, to minimize printing errors when loading up new materials. It also had a very capable extruder, one of the first to tackle bleeding edge materials like Nylon composite filaments.
For achievements like these — and more — we’d like to raise a glass to the memory of Type A Machines. The 3D printing industry will be poorer without them.