April 23, 2021

Finnish edutech startup 3DBear raises 1.5 M€ to accelerate international expansion


June 20, 2018

3DBear Challenges ISTE 2018 Attendees to Build a Martian Colony in AR

3DBear Challenges ISTE 2018 Attendees to Build a Martian Colony in AR

At the Northern Illinois STEM Read event, teachers and students will rescue a stranded astronaut using augmented reality

(Chicago, Illinois) June 20, 2018 – At ISTE 2018,  3DBear is offering educators a thrilling challenge right out of a Hollywood movie: A U.S. astronaut is stranded on Mars. How are you going to save him? And as a teacher, what science could you teach your students as they try?

Students and teachers will have the chance to save that astronaut in augmented reality (AR) during the  Northern Illinois STEM Read Professional Development Party in Space. The event will feature Andy Weir, author of the best-selling novels The Martian and Artemis.

Using 3DBear’s app and a virtual gallery of objects already uploaded to Thingiverse, teams will develop 3D objects and create a colony on Mars. They will also consider the scientific principles behind growing plants and recycling water on their colony, and will use a MakerBot Desktop 3D printer to bring their 3DBear AR design to life.

“This gamified experience will allow educators to see a whole different side of teaching students everything from creativity to STEM topics,” said Jussi Kajala, the CEO of 3DBear, Inc. “When students are allowed to use their imagination and create their own objects, the possibilities are endless.”

3DBear, a leading provider of engaging AR solutions for education, allows students to create three-dimensional scenes right on their mobile devices. Students of all ages use 3DBear to actively design and create mixed-reality scenes, then bring their models to life using a 3D printer. 3DBear’s integration of AR, 3D modelling, and 3D printing is a fun, technology-enriched way of engaging learners across all subjects..

To register for the STEM Read event, click here. Discounts are offered to ISTE attendees.

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. The program is a community of AR innovators, and also includes in-classroom professional development sessions. For a limited time, 100 schools can get 50% off the program fee as a grant. The program runs from May 2018 until June 2019. Schools can join until September 2018.

March 27, 2018

3DBear Leads The Way With AR And Completes Second Closing At $1,5M

3DBear, a Finnish edtech company pioneering the use of 3D Design in Augmented Reality, has completed its second closing, resulting in total $1,5M in funding raised to date. 

November 29, 2017

Press release 29th November 2017: over one million in financing for 3DBear

Pedagogy Specialist Junyi Sun at 3DBear's stand at Slush

Pedagogy Specialist Junyi Sun at 3DBear's stand at Slush

Press release 29th November 2017: 3DBear raises over one million US venture capital -backed financing – former Prime Minister of Finland as Advisor

Helsinki-based edtech software company 3DBear Ltd has raised over one million euros of seed funding. Investors are New York -based Rethink Education VC, a publicly listed media and publishing company Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj, chairman of the Board of Directors of Basware Hannu Vaajoensuu through his investment company, angel investor Tero Lehtonen and an edtech investor and founder Mitch Weisburgh. From current investors Spinverse Group, Glyn Eggar, Kaisa Olkkonen and Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara made additional investments.

“This investment enables the scaling up of our R&D and implementation of our internationalization strategy. It has been incredible to see how well educational technology and pedagogy developed in Finland has worked in the US for example”, says Kristo Lehtonen, CEO of 3DBear.

Former Prime Minister of Finland and former Member of the Executive Board of Nokia, Mr. Esko Aho has started as an Advisor for 3DBear. He will help in expanding business abroad.

”We invested in 3DBear because we recognized the demand for its product, the strength of the team and their execution ability”, says Vesa Pihlajamaa, CEO of Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj.

3DBear is an online learning tool and platform for 3D printing and augmented reality (AR). It is available all over the US via Junior Library Guild.

3DBear has been incubated from the best education technology accelerator in Europe, xEdu. The growth of the company has been enabled by funding from Tekes, Finnvera, and Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation. 3DBear has been co-developing its products in schools around Finland and US, as well as in KYKY-process by the city of Espoo, Finland and in national innovation initiatives funded by the Finnish National Agency for Education.

3DBear has a booth at Slush on Thursday 30th of November in area C1.

For more information:

Kristo Lehtonen, CEO, 3DBear Oy

+358 40 8032638




Source: http://3dbear.io/blog/2017/11/29/press-release-29th-november-2017-over-one-million-in-financing-for-3dbear

November 28, 2017

Press Release: Recycler


3DBear and Arcada University built a revolutionary innovation that recycles plastic into 3D-printable filament

- Now anyone can make this open source device themselves, and they can make old plastic toys new again


Press release 28th November 2017


3DBear, a startup in Helsinki, has created a plastic recycler that produces 3D-printable filament, in cooperation with Arcada University of applied sciences. The complete design is open source and is available to all consumers, libraries or educational institutions around the world free of cost.

Global accumulation of plastic waste is a big environmental problem. It is estimated that around 8 million tons of plastic waste will end up in the ocean every year. 3D printing has the potential to change the situation and improve the availability of raw materials.

Now with modern recycling technology, household waste plastics or unused toys can be converted into 3D-printed dolls, building blocks, or useful items.

"From the very beginning, our vision has been that plastic is not a waste but a valuable raw material. We decided to open up our technology globally for anyone so that everyone has the chance to benefit from this innovation." says Kristo Lehtonen, 3DBear CEO.

3DBear's recycler is part of the overall move toward the digitalisation of objects that has the potential to disrupt key sectors of current markets.

"Few people buy their music from the store on a physical disk anymore. We want to offer a similar, creative channel for children and give them the tools to design and make their own toys. It also saves parents money in the long run, when there is no need to buy overpriced brand name toys." continues Lehtonen.

Combining different types of plastics in recycling is technically challenging. For this reason, the recycling of small batches of plastic is rarely technically possible or commercially sensible. In addition, the decline in oil prices has led many recycling companies to financial difficulties.

"With our recycler, small amounts of plastic material can be efficiently recycled and made into new 3D prints. Now all the information needed to make the recycler is assembled in an easy-to-use package. Hopefully, this will generate more interest from industry, too." says Mirja Andersson, principal lecturer at Arcada.

In an interesting twist, 3D printing itself also becomes cheaper and more attractive. Currently a new roll of 3D printer plastic can cost tens of euros per kilogram, raw material is one hundredth of this cost. Consequently, the recycling of 3D plastic and local production save money for consumers. At the same time, consumers no longer have to worry about old or failed prints as they can be reprocessed.

How does the recycler work in practice?

The shredded waste plastic is guided into a metal extruder where it is heated. The plastic diameter is measured with an optical sensor to ensure quality. Often, the recycled plastic is indistinguishable from the quality of virgin material.

Watch the video at www.3dbear.io/recycler

How can a recycler be made?

The file package and design instructions are freely downloadable at: www.3dbear.io/recycler

Parts are mostly standard parts and cost-effective, many parts are 3D printable. In this way anyone can build their own recycler. The prototype recycler was manufactured as a student project, and is located on the Arcada campus, in Arabianranta, Helsinki.

For more information:
Kristo Lehtonen, Managing Director, 3DBear Oy
040 8032638

Mirja Andersson, Principal Lecturer/ Department of Energy and Materials, AMK Arcada
020 7699570

Recycler can be found at Slush on 30th November at demo booth location C.1.

3DBear is an educational technology startup, founded in Helsinki in 2016, to help teachers and library staff use the latest technology in teaching. Their primary goal is to provide pedagogic learning modules and an online learning platform for teachers for 3D-printing and Augmented Reality (AR). 3DBear has over a hundred customer schools and libraries in Finland and the United States. www.3dbear.io

April 18, 2017

3DBear available in the US market via Junior Library Guild


Helsinki-based edtech software company 3DBear Ltd has signed an agreement with Junior Library Guild (JLG) that serves over 22 000 schools and libraries in the US. 

3DBear is an online learning tool for 3D printing, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) that is now available in the US through Junior Library Guild.

“We are very excited about cooperation with JLG and starting the US market as US is a pioneer in 3D printing and edtech”, says Kristo Lehtonen, CEO, 3DBear.

With 3DBear, any educator can master skills, step-by-step to the point where they can model and make whatever they want and integrate it to the school curriculum.

“Finland has a strong reputation in education and we believe that 3DBear’s offering fits perfectly with our overall offering. We are very much looking forward to the cooperation”, says Sean Lockwood, Vice President, Sales, Junior Library Guild. 


For more information:

Kristo Lehtonen, CEO, 3DBear Oy, +358 40 8032638, kristo@3dbear.fi, www.3dbear.fi 

Sean Lockwood, Vice President, Sales, Junior Library Guild, +1-800-743-4070, slockwood@juniorlibraryguild.com, www.juniorlibraryguild.com


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November 6, 2016

3DBear featured in Talouselämä-magazine

3DBear was featured in a one-page article in Talouselämä (Economic Life in English) on 4th November 2016. The story is not available on the digital version. A link to web page of Talouselämä is here and to the title and opening paragraph of the story "3DBear haluaa 3D-tulostuksen peruskouluihin osana opetussuunnitelmaa" can be found here.


October 4, 2016

3DBear joined xEdu 23rd September 2016

xEdu is an excellent start-up accelerator program in Helsinki, Finland that gathers all the best and most promising edutech start-ups in Finland. We had the privilege of finally signing the documentation to join just little over one week ago on 23rd September as is illustrated in the picture below.

Through xEdu we have access to over hundred schools in Finland where we will pilot our innovative software. During this Autumn we intend to travel to New York and California to do some more piloting as well as some other selected regions around the world. 

xEdu includes many interesting features such as Lean launchpad, which is an extreme intensive Stanford university course in entrepreneurship based on the Lean startup philosophy by Steve Blank from Stanford.


3DBear CEO Kristo Lehtonen is shaking hands with xEdu CEO Antti Korhonen

3DBear CEO Kristo Lehtonen is shaking hands with xEdu CEO Antti Korhonen