Autodesk announces $100m investment in 3D printing
Spark Investment Fund is 'world’s first' 3D printing investment program
Autodesk has announced that it intends to invest up to $100m in 3D printing companies over the next several years.
The Spark Investment Fund, which will be operated within Autodesk, will invest in entrepreneurs, startups and researchers.
"The days of taking a closed, top-down approach to innovating for additive manufacturing are behind us. Numerous industries recognise the value of tapping into entrepreneurs or startups with better ideas and approaches, and 3D printing is no exception," said Samir Hanna, vice president and general manager, Consumer Products and 3D Printing, at Autodesk. "The Spark Investment Fund will empower innovators to improve 3D printing, and to help us unlock the tremendous promise of this technology."
Autodesk recently announced Spark, an open software platform for 3D printing designed to connect digital information to 3D printers and are now encouraging companies and individuals to apply to participate in the Spark Investment Fund's investment portfolio.
Spark Investment Fund recipients will become part of the Spark partner program and have access to marketing and other developer services available to Spark partners.