Sophisticated printing technologies and interfaces are helping makers overcome the challenges of taking a new concept from the prototype to manufacturing stage

Amongst the startup set of Silicon Valley, the mantra “fail fast, fail often” echoes from one bean bag-strewn chamber to another. In fact, there's a whole conference devoted to it. Embrace failure and let the learning lead you forward.

Given that less than 20 percent of VC investments pay off and nearly 90 percent of new businesses collapse shortly after founding, most entrepreneurs will eventually learn to love failure. Of course, it's easier to accept immolation when you know the rise of the phoenix is imminent.

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