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Type A Machines / www.typeamachines.com / Headquarters: Oakland, Calif. / Employees: 12 / Specialty: Hardware and 3-D printing
machines / Andrew Rutter, co-founder: "It's not about reinventing the wheel, but finding an elegant solution to things."
Pursuit of Innovation
as a major player in a rapidly evolving industry, type a machines strives to
provide customers with customizable 3-d printing machines. by bianca herron
type a machines takes pride in
its team of highly dedicated
employees who are committed to
helping the company succeed.
Unsatisfied with early 3-D printers, Andrew Rutter set out in 2010
to build a machine that engineering
professionals could update and improve. Rutter, co-founder of Type A
Machines, is British and immigrated
to the United States that year, bringing a 3-D printer. He couldn't formerly
work until he finalized his immigration paperwork, so he started tinkering with the machine in his spare time.
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Rutter thought the conventional
machines were designed without consideration for the person actually using the printer, so he started working
on his own design.
"I thought, 'I could clearly do better
than this,'" Rutter recalls. "It wasn't
long before people started offering me
money for my design and after a while
I eventually agreed."
In 2012, Rutter co-founded Type A
Machines. Though the Oakland, Calif.-based company is only five-yearsold, Type A Machines is now the San
Francisco Bay Area's largest 3D printer manufacturer.
Type A Machines makes the
award-winning Series 1 line of 3D
printers, featuring a 12-inch build
volume, browser connectivity and