VIA's 3D Printer setup combines a design system based on VE-900 board and Thing-O-Matic 3D printerThere’s no doubt that we live in a new world of entrepreneurship. Regardless of are you aspiring software or a hardware startup, we now have mechanisms that can get your idea into motion and turn it into a business idea. Good example comes from Taiwan, where VIA is doing a lot of things "behind the curtain".

Far removed from both the mainstream and specialized media, on September 14-16, VIA Technologies will host an event called "Startup Weekend Taiwan Hardware". Held in VIA’s headquarters in the New Taipei City (Xindian District), VIA plans to host a sea of companies and participate in the knowledge exchange.

The company strongly believes that the future lies in the quickly evolving markets and the set of opportunities that lie ahead. While it is very easy to get lost with all the software developments such as PaaS (Platform as a Service) or SaaS (Software as a Service), there is a different trend appearing, threatening (or promising) to completely change the business model of today.

By combining MakerBot’s Thing-o-Matic 3D Printer with VIA’s VE-900 system the company combined product design and manufacturing into a single device. If you’re into creating new and innovative designs, be that product enclosures or protection for public utility, military, business or consumer – combining a MakerBot with VIA hardware significantly reduces time to market.

The 3D printers are at rage in the specialized industries, building military-grade heavy duty protection casing for the electronics (such as demining robots from Dok-Ing), or simple household tools which last longer that items bought in your local store.