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Rapid prototyping: 3D printers can do that

rapid prototyping

What is rapid prototyping?

Prototyping a product used to take months and cost tens of thousands of dollars. 3D printers, like you might find in a local makerspace or even a library, cut that down to hours and pennies.

When businesses are coming up with new design ideas or product, they often look to prototypes and scale models to test out their vision in the real world. While advanced, manufacturer-ready prototypes still cost a lot in terms of dollars and days. 3D printers have made rapid prototyping and creating proof of concept scale models accessible to even the most bootstrapped startup, student or budding artist.

Even with today’s admittedly rudimentary 3D “consumer level” printing technology, a model or a part can be turned from a digital design into a physical thing quickly and for just a few cents per gram of media needed to print. Quick real-world testing helps refine the design and planning phases of the product cycle, whatever the 3D printed model may be.

Ting Works at The Haven in Charlottesville

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Showcasing our community initiatives and involvement across our Ting Towns.

The Haven

The history of The Haven

The Haven is a day shelter and housing social service provider located in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. This multi-resource center offers respite services and housing assistance and is committed to the ethos that the solution to homelessness is housing.

The Haven started as the coming together of several different community groups including a group of concerned community members, the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless and Tom Shadyac, a University of Virginia alumnus and filmmaker.

Tom and his crew were in Charlottesville in 2005 shooting a film and got to know many of the people experiencing homelessness in the area. Moved by their needs, he connected with project managers, community leaders and the TJACH to come up with a concept for a downtown shelter. In 2010, The Haven opened its doors as a community day shelter.

The Haven

Starting an online business: why you should build an online presence

Starting an online business

Starting an online business

We’re lucky to be part of a generation where we can experiment with business ideas and endeavors with relative ease and minimal start-up capital. The resources available for starting an online business and getting it up and running are abundant.

When your business is online there is no need to look for the ideal location within set budget constraints. Much of the start-up stress of setting up a business disappear.

That’s part of the magic of building businesses online. It can often be virtually free or much cheaper than opening and operating a traditional bricks and mortar business.

Here’s just a few reasons why you should consider starting an online business and how to begin building an online presence.

Check out Ting Works in action at New City Arts

Ting Works

Showcasing our community initiatives and involvement across our Ting Towns.

Ting WorksFostering an arts community in Charlottesville

Charlottesville is a city that lives and breathes art. Charlottesville galleries, exhibitions, theaters and venues play host to emerging and established artists alike and the programming rivals any major metropolis.

So, what makes the arts in Charlottesville so great? New City Arts Initiative Executive Director, Maureen Brondyke would tell you its all about the thriving, rich artistic community. Connection, networks and support systems have allowed artists, and the arts, to flourish in Charlottesville. At the center of this network you’ll find New City Arts Initiative and all the important work they do.

The New City Arts offices, studio and Welcome Gallery, are located just off the historic Downtown Mall. Out of these facilities, New City Arts hosts educational experiences, acts as a supportive network for artists and is a resource to help artists learn, work and make a living.

Ting Works: See what Ting and your town have been up to

Ting Works

Showcasing our community initiatives and involvement across our Ting Towns.

Ting Works

Do good together

Our crazy fast fiber Internet is available in three towns (and counting) across the US. When we come to a town, we don’t just bring crazy fast fiber Internet and its inherent benefits. We aim to serve the community with more than just way better Internet.

We partner with Ting town community leadership, members and organizations to support important community resources. Usually, that means a free connection to the crazy fast fiber network and can also mean sponsorship, advocacy and partnering to do good in the community.

We don’t think of gigabit Internet as a luxury. We think of it as a necessary step toward a shared future and we believe in access for all.

We don’t just build a network and then retreat back to head office. We believe in becoming a part of the communities we serve.

The best podcasts for entrepreneurs

best podcasts

Looking for the best podcasts for startups?

Preparation and planning are key ingredients for a successful startup. There’s also sheer luck, but unfortunately, there’s no way to cultivate that.

Podcasts are a great tool for entrepreneurs. They provide an opportunity to learn quickly while multitasking. They’re typically light and digestible rather than heavy and academic. With markets more dynamic than ever, learning has to remain a top priority for budding entrepreneurs.

Here are a few of the best podcasts that could provide value to those with an entrepreneurial mindset.