October , 2016 – An accounting of the complete failure of 3D Robotics is gone over in detail at this new Forbes article. Read our older articles below and then the Forbes piece if you want most of the story.
Recent events and announcements seem to indicate that 3D Robotics (3DR) dream of becoming a multi-billion dollar leader in the drone industry has failed. This post will lay out the timelines and events of 3DR history as well as the opinions of the author and others as to what happened – and why. Hopefully it will provide a cautionary tale to those, like Icarus, whose attempt to fly too close to the heat of the sun resulted in a similar crash.
3D Robotics History – Prelude
3DR was a garage operation started by a Mexican engineering student – who then partnered with Chris Anderson, an editor at Wired magazine. In 2012, Chris left Wired to work full time on the new drone operation.
The business was based around “open source” software and hardware designs which originated in Switzerland at the Federal Institute of Technology. [Read more…]