Inventor Mike Toutonghi in his lab

This invention makes 3D printers spit out electronics

“This is a breakthrough,” inventor Mike Toutonghi told VentureBeat. He believes his electrically conductive filament will allow consumers to 3D print much of the electronics for, say, cell phones, flashlights, drones, and wearables.

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MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis steps down

Pettis will remain within Stratasys, the 3D printing company that acquired Makerbot for $403 million last year.

Cortado cloud printing

Point & print: Cortado's smartphone app talks to 2D & 3D printers

As various technologies have grown simpler and more platform agnostic, printers have lagged behind, with their seemingly infinite drivers and error messages. Cortado aims to bring printing up to speed with its “Cloud Printer” app, which the company will announce at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat 2014 conference today.