Stanley Black & Decker opens 3D printing venture to concrete candidates

Sources: Stanley Black & Decker, Hartford, Conn.; CP staff

The entrepreneurial Stanley+Techstars Additive Manufacturing Accelerator program for 2018 will support up to 10 entities targeting processes that build or print 3D objects by adding layer upon layer of concrete, metal, plastic or other material.

The mentorship-driven program stems from a three-year partnership between Stanley Black & Decker and Colorado startup accelerator Techstar, and is based near the former company’s Connecticut headquarters. Through 2018-2020 installments, it will support development of 3D printing, rapid prototyping, direct digital or layered manufacturing, and additive fabrication technologies.

Stanley+Techstars will run this year’s program in the third quarter, and through Apil 8 is accepting applications from candidate startups here. Up to 30 startup businesses completing the Accelerator program will co-locate with Stanley Black & Decker’s new Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, Manufactory 4.0, in Hartford, and have access to mentoring and resources to grow their ideas into viable businesses. —