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Welcome to another month of the Fictiv Hardware Roundup, where we share interesting news, education, events, and opportunities from the hardware ecosystem. Have an interesting article, job posting, or event you’d like to share in the Hardware Roundup? Submit your suggestions here and we’ll do our best to include them in the next issue.      

Industry News 

Applications are now open for the next HAX Growth batch, starting on August 7th. HAX Growth is an 8-week launch bootcamp for B2B and B2C hardware startups based in downtown San Francisco. Space is limited, so get your application in ASAP. [via HAX]

Kiddo, a fun wearable smart band for kids that monitors their health, activity, and sleep levels launched this month on Kickstarter. They’ve already blown past their funding goal and have 15 days left to go. Check our their prototype gallery for some great shots on how the product came to be. [via Kickstarter]

With Desktop Metal recently out of stealth mode, people are increasingly curious about the potential applications of the technology. Engineering.com spoke to Jonah Myerberg, cofounder and chief technology officer at Desktop Metal on the beginnings of the company and the future of the metal 3D printing industry. [via Engineering.com]

Hardware Knowledge 

Tom Glass reports on the importance of undergoing passivation with stainless-steel automotive parts, and the many advantages of electropolishing to produce corrosion-resistant parts, which are imperative in the automotive industry. [via MachineDesign]

Also with particular attention to the automotive industry, American Machinist recently released an in-depth guide to the many available gearboxes, their advantages, key differentiators, and where they can be used most effectively. [via American Machinist]

Ever thought of using sous vide to heat treat your 3D printed parts? Mechatronics Engineer Justin Lam has a thorough article on how using a temperature controlled water bath (like a sous vide) provides a more stable, uniform, and controllable heat source, and increased the mechanical strength (under some circumstances) . [viaJustin Lam]


CODAME’s annual 3D Web Fest returns on the evening of Friday, June 30 at the Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco. 3D Web Fest is an art + tech bonanza showcasing the cutting edge of 3D visualization, with an eye towards the weird and wonderful. [Register here]

SEMICON West is July 10-July 13 at the Moscone Center and surrounding locations in San Francisco. Connect with folks working in design, manufacturing, and electronics to discuss how IOT is transforming automotive, medical, and manufacturing industries. [Register here]

On the right coast, Designers + Geeks are hosting Nir Eyal, author of Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products on July 20 in New York City. This is a great place to learn a useful methodology to increase product adoption and meet fellow product designers and entrepreneurs. [Register here]


Flare, a startup building personal safety devices for women and marginalized communities is hiring a VP of Engineering, after recently closing a seed round with the support of Bolt. [via Flare]

Eatsa is hiring a Mechanical Engineer with a specialization in automation to improve their mechanical systems and reinvent the fast food industry. [via Eatsa]

Playground Global is hiring an Industrial Designer for their team of hardware enthusiasts to work on an expansive range of technology products. [via LinkedIn]

For the Love of Engineering 

I have fallen down a rabbit hole of Wire EDM gifs. Mesmerizing precision. Some of my favorites – herehere, and here.

Until next month!

Madelynn Martiniere

Director of Community at Fictiv