In January we were invited to join NYDesigns, a design and manufacturing incubator which supports and promotes creative entrepreneurs. Sponsored by the City University of New York, NYDesigns is based in Long Island City, Queens... so we’ve since moved in to join them!
We're excited to join other startups who have also adopted Long Island City as their new home, an area of New York City that has support to be a new tech and innovation hub. Former Mayor Bloomberg and New York City's Economic Development Corporation (EDC) have also backed LIC as a 3D printing and innovative manufacturing hub.
We also thought we'd share some photos of our new LIC office.
It's been great here, and it’s important to us to be in a workspace where we have more support and more space to grow. Look out LIC, we’re here!
Two of our favorites, the bsnug and the bspacey, have just gone through bhold labs yet again. We’ve updated based on our testers’ feedback, and we have new versions of each, ready for you!
The bsnug earbud wrap now features a hollow core. Just thread your earbuds through the bsnug, and then wrap as much or as little of the cord as you like. The new design makes it convenient to shorten the cord when you’re on a run, or wrap the cord completely when you need to put it away. The unique shape of the bsnug protects your microphone from damage and keeps the cord kink-free to increase its lifetime.
This is now available in addition to the bsnug stand, which holds your phone up when you're video chatting or watching a movie.
The bspacey combo organizer has a new, streamlined shape. A combination of the bneat earbud winder and the bstrong hook, the bspacey is light and strong and can be tossed into your bag with ease. The new streamlined design increases the strength of the hook without adding any additional bulk.
What should we put through bhold labs next?
We wanted to introduce people to bhold in a new way, with our 3D printed accessories in action. So we made a new video, featuring everything from the bheard sound pod to the bholdable tumbler to the bsteady phone mount. Check it out below and tell us what you think!
Want to see what we've been up to? We’ll be at 3D Printshow and NY NOW in New York this February.
3D Printshow, the first global 3D printing event, is in New York for the first time. It has all the latest in 3D printing, including a catwalk for 3D printed fashion, a hospital section to see 3D printed organs and prosthetics, an arts gallery, and a 3D printed car. (We know we’re most excited about the feature on 3D printing in space.) You can register here to explore everything about the future of the technology.
We’ll be presenting at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea from Feb 13-15. Stop by our booth, and check out our bholdable espresso tumbler in the 3D Printshow Product Design showcase!
NY NOW with AmDC
We’ve been selected to join the American Design Club to showcase our designs at NY NOW, the market for home + lifestyle. We’ll be in the Accent on Design section at the Javits Center in NYC from Sunday-Thursday, Feb 2-6. If you’re a retailer or another exhibitor, come say hi!
See you next month!
Looking to amplify and improve the sound on your phone? Insert your smartphone into the bheard sound pod to hear a full range of sound ― highs, mids and lows. Use it for your music, or when your friend’s on speakerphone.
The bhold sound pod is our newest graduate from bhold labs, where we tried design after design with our testers. We went through 36 versions! In the end, the one that gave us the best sound quality and phone support is the current pod-like shape, one that can only be made in one piece with 3D printing.
A great stocking stuffer if you are still searching for holiday gifts. Fits phones up to 5.3" x 2.7" x 0.5", about the size of a Nexus 4.
A big thanks to our bhold labs testers for their thoughtful feedback!
Our first batch of 3D-printed bhold labs designs have graduated, just in time for the holidays! The bsnug stand and the bsteady any-phone car mount are now ready for the big time. And to celebrate, we’ve opened Shapeways and Sculpteo shops as new places to get them.
On the go? Wrap your earbuds around the bsnug stand to keep them safe and tangle-free. Sticking around? Unwrap your earbuds and use the groove as a phone stand to video chat, watch a movie, or just keep your playlist visible.
Available in two sizes, the bsnug stand is lightweight and small enough to toss in a pocket or bag. Choose the smaller one to stay compact, or go for the larger one for a quicker wrap or a thicker phone (up to 0.4 inches thick).
bsteady any-phone car mount
The flexible design of the bsteady any-phone car mount fits any phone and almost any car. Hang your phone from your car vents to keep your GPS or playlist in easy sight. The any-phone design will still work when you swap in your friend’s phone or upgrade yours, and the open sides mean it’s easy to charge your phone as you go.
More places to get bhold goodies
We're making it easier for you to get bhold goodies by opening up shops on Shapeways and Sculpteo! We're excited to join both designer communities.
If you'd like to see our new designs in person, come find us at our holiday fairs this month!
We have a fun December planned! Come join us.
Museum of Arts and Design
We'll be at MAD from Dec 3rd to 8th each day from noon to 6pm for the Shapeways Designer-in-Residence program at the Out of Hand: Materializing the Post-Digital exhibit, a first-of-its-kind look at the impact of computer-aided production on art, design and architecture. Check out the exhibit, then come by the second floor to say hi and ask us anything.
During MAD's Pay-As-You-Wish night on Thursday, Dec 5th, together with Shapeways we're hosting two talks on 3D printing:
7:00pm - "Introduction to 3D Printing and Materials" by Lauren Slowik, Shapeways Education Evangelist
7:45pm - "Designing with 3D Printing" by Susan Taing, bhold founder and CEO
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
On Dec 6-7 and Dec 20-21 from 6pm to midnight, we'll be at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a year-round night market in a warehouse in Greenpoint, previously a pop-up holiday market in Williamsburg. Come find local foods, play table tennis, listen to live bands and stop by our booth. We'll have 3D printed goodies for everyone on your holiday list.
BUST Holiday Craftacular
We'll be at the BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular and Food Fair on Dec 14-15 from 10am to 7pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Stop by our booth for some unique 3D-printed gifts for your friends, then stay for the DJs and DIY workshops!
Hope to see you there!
Want to see the behind-the-scenes of bhold’s design? Come visit the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) from December 3rd to 8th, where I’ll be the Shapeways Designer in Residence as part of the museum’s new exhibit Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital. It explores the latest trends in digital fabrication in contemporary art, architecture, and design, so bhold fits right in.
Our team will be on-site, designing, printing and tweaking our prototypes as we work on our upcoming products. We’ll also showcase our multi-functional 3D printed accessories, like the bspacey hook and earbud wrap combo and the bholdable thermally-insulated espresso tumbler. It's the future of 3D printing and design, come to life before your eyes.
We’re honored to be included by MAD and Shapeways, the exhibit sponsor. Stop by and ask us anything about the future of 3D printing or design.
See you there!
Today through Wednesday October 30th, get 20% off all of products!
Sale ends 11:59pm PDT on 10/30/13. If you placed an order 7 days prior to the start of the sale, we will automatically refund you the difference to your credit card. Please note that Factory Floor attendees had an early start and were able to purchase at the discounted prices in person.
We are happy to announce that we will be at The Factory Floor, a makers’ market in Brooklyn that showcases furniture and home goods by NYC designers and makers. It will take place over two weekends on October 19-20 and October 26-27 from 10am to 6pm.
We hope to see you there!