3D printed embedded electronics company raises $US 12 million

Boston-based Voxel8, maker of the world’s first multi-material electronics 3D printer, has raised $US 12 million in a series A financing round.

BetaBoston reports that investors include Autodesk, through the company’s Spark investment fund, Braemar Energy Ventures, and ARCH Venture Partners.

“Instead of printing a plastic part that’s useful as a prototype, or useful as jewelry or art, Voxel8 really enables the printing of functional parts that have electronics embedded in them,” ARCH managing director Clint Bybee said, according to TechCrunch.

“This is really the first time that this capability has been brought to market.”

Voxel8’s pre-order and developer kits were introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. It includes conductive paste, filament and silver ink in its printed parts.

"Voxel8 is leveraging over a decade of research, which has led to 17 patents (10 issued) on functional materials, printheads, and other processes for 3D printing, from my lab,” said Dr. Jennifer A. Lewis, the company’s founder and the Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, at the time.

According to Lewis’s company, it will start shipping the desktop printers – which sell for $US 8,999 – later in 2015. It then plans to develop enterprise-sized machines.