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On-Demand Manufacturing, MakeTime Inc. coming to a planet near you!

On-Demand Manufacturing, MakeTime Inc. coming to a planet near you!

On-Demand Man­u­fac­tur­ing to the res­cue! Almost 500 man­u­fac­tures have recent­ly signed up as a pur­chas­er or ven­dor of machine time. What does this mean? It means that thanks to a com­pa­ny a lit­tle more than half a year old, com­pa­nies in need of man­u­fac­tur­ing (com­put­er-pro­­grammed machin­ery) ser­vices can be aligned with com­pa­nies that have idle machines ready to be used. The com­pa­ny is called Make­Time Inc. Buy­ers and sell­ers on Make­Time upload project spec­i­fi­ca­tions that would need CNC machines—typically lath­es, drills, laser-jet and oth­er machines used to forge prod­ucts out of met­al, wood or oth­er materials—via com­put­er pro­grams designed to meet exact man­u­fac­tur­ing specs. An exam­ple would be, if you need­ed 1000 indus­tri­al com­po­nents you cre­at­ed in CAD/CAM (jobs for CAD/CAM) and want­ed them at the end of the month; post it on MakeTime.io and receive price bids from mul­ti­ple com­pa­nies with avail­able machines. When you pick some­one you like and a price is agreed upon for the project, you’ll pay Make­Time. When this hap­pens they’ll pay the man­u­fac­tur­er half upfront and then the remain­ing minus MakeTime’s %15 per­cent cut once you approve the job was com­plet­ed to your sat­is­fac­tion. Make­Time has a vet­ting sys­tem in place for deter­min­ing the…

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MathCrunch will help solve your problems with Mobile On-Demand Tutoring

MathCrunch will help solve your problems with Mobile On-Demand Tutoring

Find­ing a tutor is tough, a good one even tougher, and you might as well throw in the tow­el if it has to hap­pen on short notice. Math­Crunch is try­ing to change all that, they want to offer on-demand tutor­ing for stu­dents at a low price point. In try­ing to make this a real­i­ty the com­pa­ny has mus­tered up $3.5 mil­lion in seed fund­ing so far in order to reach out and find new users. Math­Crunch is attempt­ing to con­nect stu­dents in dire need of assis­tance with their math prob­lems with the right tutor to teach users how to solve them. So the key strengths for this plat­form is mobile mes­sag­ing and the abil­i­ty to enable on-demand con­nec­tions with tutors who have spe­cial­ized knowl­edge and spare time on their hands. So Math­Crunch is look­ing to find uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents and teach­ers with knowl­edge of var­i­ous dif­fer­ent math sub­jects — like alge­bra, cal­cu­lus, geom­e­try, and the like — and pair­ing them with peo­ple who need help with spe­cif­ic prob­lem sets. The way it works is a stu­dent takes a pho­to of the math prob­lem and then sub­mit it up through the mobile app, when a tutor logs in and sees the prob­lem,…

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Heal, an App to cure your Cold or Flu by sending the Doc to your place.

Heal, an App to cure your Cold or Flu by sending the Doc to your place.

What do you do if you’re a one car fam­i­ly, your spouse is on a busi­ness trip with the Tes­la and you need some­one to look at lit­tle Bil­ly, soon­er than lat­er? What do you think about the idea of using an app called Heal to get real med­ical help from a neigh­bor­hood or close-by doc­tor? Vis­it­ing doc­tors is noth­ing new but Heal wants it to become far more com­mon place. Heal from Los Ange­les is remak­ing old-fash­ioned house vis­its by offer­ing an on-demand ser­vice promis­ing a doc­tor in under an hour. The ser­vice had start­ed in LA last year and is now avail­able in San Fran­cis­co. There are plen­ty of new start-ups that are offer­ing telep­res­ence ser­vice, mean­ing you can talk with a doc­tor over a skype like sys­tem, but for some, they want a doc­tor they touch and to inspect a sit­u­a­tion first hand. Heal sends that tra­di­tion­al med­ical doc­tor, com­plete with black bag, stetho­scope and oth­er portable, hi-tech gad­gets. Heal founder Dr. Renee Dua, a board cer­ti­fied kid­ney spe­cial­ist had a per­son­al sit­u­a­tion which had her sick son sit­ting in an ER room overnight because the right doc­tor wasn’t avail­able. “It was awful. When your kid is…

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