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Ohmni Launch Day

2 years went by in a blink of an eye. It seems just yesterday we were cramped into Jared's 1-bedroom apartment, working off makeshift soldering stations and coding from the kitchen floor.

Fast forward 2 years, we have our own office and manufacturing space in the heart of Silicon Valley, a dream team built from scratch, and most importantly, amazing supporters that really believe in our vision: bringing affordable and useful robotics to everyone, in every home.

OhmniLabs Introduces Ohmni, A Home Robot that Transforms How Families Stay Connected

Silicon Valley-Based Startup Launches Indiegogo Campaign to Bring the Ohmni Experience To Families Around The World

Santa Clara, California — April 12, 2017 — OhmniLabs (https://ohmnilabs.com/), a Silicon Valley-based robotics startup, today announces the launch of Ohmni, a home robot that lets families connect in a more natural and engaging way than any video chat. During the crowdfunding campaign, the robot will be available for an introductory price of $1,395. This price is $500 off the MSRP.

Vacuum Forming the OhmniLabs Way

At OhmniLabs we like to try different ways of prototyping to help us move faster with testing and developing new products. 3D printing has always been our top mean for prototyping and production. On the other hand, thermoforming is a common manufacturing process that we want to test and see if it is suitable for our prototyping needs. Thermoforming appears in everyday products including packaging, trays, bins, and disposable cups due to its aesthetic flexibility to form very organic shapes. Hobbyists like to prototype using vacuum forming machines, a simplified version of thermoforming, because they can replicate complex shapes at a much lower cost compared to other processes. While the market price of a vacuum forming machine is around $2,500, we believed we could build our own with a $300 budget.

Featured on Autodesk's "Designing Differently" Publication

In the early days of OhmniLabs, we chose Autodesk's Fusion360 as our design platform of choice for its powerful design tools, collaboration features, and low cost. Today, we learned that Autodesk featured us as a customer success story on their Fusion360 blog.

How to Design for 3D Printing


(Image source: Autodesk)

The biggest misconception for 3D printing is that anyone can easily design parts and print them instantly. Even with recent advances in consumer level 3D printing, 3D printing has yet to allow anyone to print parts without already having experience or spending the time to learn about the process. This guide breaks down the essentials on how to design parts, if you are new to 3D printing or are struggling to achieve good results. 

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