Startup WingWarp Raised Over $1 Million Aided by Nautilus 3D Printer
WingWarp is a San Francisco based software startup. Their platform functions as a digital cameraman. Using iPhones and a specialized software suite, youth sports teams can produce professional quality films of their games and share highlights in real time.
WingWarp wanted to be able to test different angles, spacing, and number of phones to develop hardware that customers could easily use to engage with their platform. Traditional manufacturing methods like Injection Molding and Machining posed very high costs for iterative design and testing.
Enter the Nautilus by Hydra Research
WingWarp began by printing their prototypes in PLA, a commonly used 3D printing plastic, but found that the parts would break too easily so they began exploring other materials. With the guidance of Hydra Research they discovered Nylon CF15 by Fillamentum, a chopped carbon fiber reinforced nylon with high-impact resistance and exceptional layer bonding properties. Because of the Nautilus 3D Printer’s versatility and focus on engineering they were able to make this switch without any hardware modifications or accessories.
Having a physical product for potential customers and investors to see and hold is often instrumental in convincing them that what you are doing is more than just an idea. The team at WingWarp experienced just that. They successfully raised over $1 million from Silicon Valley investors.
WingWarp has been using Hydra Research 3D printing, modeling, and consulting services for about 6 months now decided to purchase their own printer. WingWarp plans to launch their product and will get it in the hands of millions of people. They foresee many more hardware iterations and will be using the Nautilus 3D printer to do that.
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