If you've been using the bholdable cup for hot sake, you'll love the new btipsy sake jug! Designed with two walls to insulate and holes to fit your fingers exactly, the btipsy goes with the bholdable in form and function.
The best way to experience them is as a set, which we're calling the btipsy too.
Thirsty for more than sake? At your request the new bholdable mug is a larger version of the bholdable cup, and can hold a full 6 ounces of coffee, tea, or anything else you can think of.
We've made some fresh new upgrades at bhold! We're now at bhold.co, and our store has that lovely "new site" smell.
The bspun, bsnug and bstrong are all now available in 3D printed metal which make them great decorative accessories for the home or office, and of course they keep their original functional features, too.
And the bheard is now available in ceramic. Since its speaker feature is purely acoustic, sound quality is as good as what you've heard with nylon.
Finally, check out our brand new Etsy shop. Check us out, follow us, and favorite us while you're there!
The White House's first ever Maker Faire was a momentous occasion, coinciding with the first ever National Day of Making and hosted by President Obama himself. There was everything from a robotic giraffe to a desktop CNC machine to batteries that charge by simply walking.
bhold founder Susan Taing was invited as Honored Maker, out of 100 invited makers representing 25 states. Check out our pics on Instagram and Facebook, and check out the White House's site to see social media posts from all participants.
The President gave an energizing speech to show his encouragement of the maker movement and to announce several supporting initiatives, including:
- Partnerships with 13 federal agencies and companies to expand access to start-up grants, strengthen relationships with American manufacturers and major retailers, and offer business mentoring and training.
- The launch of 4 new high tech manufacturing hubs across the country with more on the way, with new efforts led by the Administration and by more than 90 mayors to spur manufacturing innovation and entrepreneurship. See the report here.
In his speech, President Obama proclaimed that "America has always been a nation of tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs," adding that the goal was to keep innovation and creativity strong enough to allow Americans to make anything. "Today's DIY is tomorrow's Made in America… One of the best ways to create more jobs is by boosting American manufacturing."
To take part in this amazing movement, keep an eye out for what’s coming next from the government, and most importantly… get out there and make!
On June 12-13 from 12-7pm, we're exhibiting at the Trade Show at Northside Festival, a discovery festival in its 6th year in Brooklyn. There will be Music, Film and Innovation segments throughout the 8 days, and the Trade Show will be free to attend. We'll bring our products and prototypes ready to present to you there. Mark your calendars!
We're happy to announce today our latest new product, the bjacked cable organizer set! It's a ball and jack combo made of one bspun jack-shaped cable wrap and two bbouncy ball-shaped cable clips.
The bspun cable wrap keeps your small cords for phones and tablets in control, while the bbouncy cable clip keeps your large cords for laptops and other electronic devices neat and tidy. Both are flexibly designed to fit a range of sizes and are light enough to toss into a laptop bag to keep your cords from kinking on the go. Each organizer can also be used at home for cable organization.
The bspun actually spins like a top, and the bbouncy features a living hinge and a magnetic closure.
See the evolution of bjacked's product versions over time! Thank you to our labs testers for their great feedback.
The set retails for $45, while each individual piece starts at $25. Playful, simple yet practical, they’re perfect for keeping cables neat while on the go. Take them for a spin now.
On May 10-11 and again on May 17-18, bhold will be participating at WantedDesign through NYCxDESIGN week, New York City’s official citywide celebration of design with international designers exhibiting installations, pop-up stores, workshops, and more.
Beyond showcasing our designs and 3D printing process, we’ll be hosting the 3D studio space at The Factory Floor in Industry City, a workshop-oriented portion of WantedDesign where we’ll be teaching 3D modeling and techniques. We've also been selected to be a part of American Design Club's FIELD DAY show.
If you’ve always wanted to get into designing your own 3D printed pieces, sign up for one of the workshops we’ll be teaching:
Saturday May 10th
12pm: Responsive Product Design with 3D Printing (1h30min, instructor Susan Taing, founder and CEO of bhold)
Sunday May 11th
12pm: Intro to 3D Modeling with Tinkercad (1h, instructor Diego Kwon, Associate Graphic Designer, bhold)
Saturday May 17th
12pm: Intro to 3D Modeling with Rhino (1h15min, instructor Elizabeth Whitaker, Associate Product Designer, bhold)
Sunday May 18th
12pm: Intro to Digital Sculpture for 3D Printing (1h30min, guest instructor Ryan Kittleson, Digital sculptor and 3D design educator)
All workshops are open to the public (fees vary by workshop) and require no previous experience. Sign up for workshops at the links above, or just stop by Industry City and say hi at our pop-up space.
Update: You're all invited to join us for the Opening Party at 8pm on Saturday, May 10th. RSVP here.
It’s our first birthday! We're celebrating today by introducing bhold minis.
Minis are miniatures of our most iconic designs. We’ll make a new set available each year, so you can collect them all! Our inaugural set features three of our most popular designs: the bholdable espresso cup, which was featured in 3D Printshow's Product Design Showcase and in the Museum of Arts and Design, the bheard sound pod, which was featured in the New York Times, and the bsnug earbud wrap, which we’ve heard from you is your overall favorite. A multicolor set comes with three minis and are perfect as a decorative accessory.
The best part? A set of minis is only $15. Or, stop by at one of our upcoming events or on Twitter today, and a few lucky people will get minis on us.
Thank you all for your support over our first year. Here’s to another great year of 3D printing designs inspired by you!
note: Our actual birthday was on April 26th, but we are observing it today :)
From April 15-20, we'll be back at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City as the Shapeways Designer in Residence for the final week of the Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital exhibit. Stop by to see how computer-aided production has impacted art, architecture and design, all on the 2nd floor of the museum. We’ll be around all week, so come over and ask us anything about 3D printing and design!
You'll also find bhold at The Store at MAD, where the bholdable espresso cup and bheard sound pod will be available for purchase.
We'll be at Maker Faire Bay Area, the original Maker Faire, on May 17-18th, and at Westport Mini Maker Faire on April 26th.
The Westport Mini Maker Faire is in its third year in CT and is still open for maker applications!
At both events, we’ll feature our latest designs and bhold labs prototypes. We’ll also recruit for new labs testers, so definitely stop by if you’re interested! We look forward to seeing you there.
The Inside 3D Printing conference will take place again this year from April 2-4 in NYC at the Javits Convention Center. On April 3rd at 2:30pm, I'll be speaking at the Meet the Makers: Inspiring Innovation panel, along with Wayne Losey, Creative Director of Dynamo Development Labs and makers Kurt Wendt and Todd Blatt (speaker bios here).
We’ll blend fashion, technology, 3D printing, and DIY product development for your entertainment, and talk about how 3D printing is driving the hands-on homegrown revolution in arts, crafts, science and engineering. Come join us!