The Maker Movement Economy

So much of what we believe is wrapped up into this great infographic by The Grommet! We've been "in the trenches" experiencing much of what you see here and 100% believe in the Maker Movement's power to reshape our local economy. As President Obama said when we were invited to the first-ever White House Maker Faire, "Today's DIY is tomorrow's 'Made in America'".

We're excited for what's next!

Meet Makers and Manufacturers

We’d love to see you at one of our events this next month!

Next Top Makers Queens Pop Up
31-00 47th Ave, #1105, Long Island City, NY
Sep 18, 7-10pm

NYC and former Mayor Bloomberg back Queens as the latest technology and manufacturing hub. Next Thursday, join us over prosecco, local brews and farm-to-table food as we exhibit alongside other makers, manufacturers and meet entrepreneurs, journalists, city leadership and educators for a wonderful evening in the historic Falchi building. Explore our rich maker ecosystem here in New York's most diverse borough!

Maker Faire New York
New York Hall of Science
Sep 20-21

A reminder that Maker Faire NY is next weekend! It's an extra special maker faire for us as it was our first Bhold event so it will have been one year since public launch! Come see the latest Bhold designs, check out our latest 3D printers and join in the Bhold Labs fun!

Design For Manufacturing Summit #7
Brooklyn, NY
October 9, 2014

Founder Susan Taing in an invited speaker at the Design For Manufacturing Summit in Brooklyn. DFM is about connecting industrial designers, product developers, makers, engineers and manufacturers to create a leaner manufacturing ecosystem. If you’d like to attend, enter “Bhold” as the promotional code or use this link for a discounted rate of 40% off the normal registration fee. 

Summer in NYC - Bhold's calendar of events

Meet us at one of our events this summer to discuss product design and making and see our latest work in person!

Shapeways and Quirky Meetup
Quirky headquarters, 606 West 28th Street, Floor 7
Aug 19 at 6:30pm

Join us next Tuesday, August 19th from 6:30 to 8:30pm at a Shapeways meetup at Quirky''s headquarters about product design and the process of taking an idea through to prototype and final product. Founder Susan Taing will be speaking as a panelist along with Lucas Goossens of LucasPlus designs and Quirky inventors “You Can Call Me Phil” and “Vector.” See a 3D printing demo and discuss your ideas in interactive breakout groups after the talk!  Register for the meetup here.

Accent on Design at NY NOW with AmDC
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Booth #4270
Aug 17-20 9am-6pm daily, 9am-2pm on Aug 20

Bhold will be exhibiting with AmDC in the Accent on Design section of the NY NOW show. Along with other members of AmDC, we will be showcasing our latest work for the upcoming season. NY NOW is a global industry tradeshow that draws over 35,000 attendees from all 50 states and 80+ countries. NY NOW is open to trade only.


Maker Faire New York
New York Hall of Science
Sep 20-21 10am-7pm on Sat, 10am-6pm on Sun

We will be back for our 2nd year at Maker Faire NY on September 20-21st. It's an extra special maker faire for us as it was our first Bhold event so it will have been one year since public launch! Come see the latest bhold designs, check out our 3D printers and join in the bhold labs fun!

Stay in touch with us by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest - @bholddesign at all of them. We hope to see you at one of our events this summer!

Written by bhold team — August 13, 2014

Drink Up! Expansions to the Bholdable Line

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.

Bottoms up!

Shiny New Upgrades at bhold

We've made some fresh new upgrades at bhold! We're now at, 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!

White House Maker Faire

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!

Written by bhold team — June 23, 2014

Meet us at Northside

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! 

The new bjacked, a playful cable organizer set

We're happy to announce today our latest new product, the bjacked charger cable set! It's a ball and jack combo of the bspun jack-shaped cable wrap and the bbouncy ball-shaped cable clip.

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.

bhold at NYCxDESIGN by WantedDesign

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.


Introducing bhold minis

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 :)

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