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Zach Kaplan

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Founder and CEO of Inventables

A ‘Modern Leonardo’ by the Museum of Science in 2006

40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business

Zach Kaplan is the founder and CEO of Inventables, the leader in 3D carving. Founded in 2002 with co-founder Keith Schacht, the firm seeks for interesting new materials, and new users for these, bringing fresh ideas for commercial products. Zach is on a mission to ignite digital manufacturing world-wise and provide everybody with ambition a way to begin. 

Named a ‘modern Leonardo’ by the Museum of Science in 2006, and a 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business, Zach dreams to empower 3 million digital manufacturers to earn an income from their work. Inventables sells machines and supplies so that an individual can make products such as jewellery to furniture. He believes that humanity is in the early stages of a third industrial revolution, otherwise known as the ‘maker movement’. He has led Investables to sell over 31,000 products and has a goal to place a 3D carver in every classroom. Their flagship products include Easel, Carvey, and X-Carve which are used to make everything from circuit boards to skate boards. 

He has spoken on product development and innovation to a diverse group of audiences, including TED, Industrial Designers Society of America National Conference, National Plastics Exposition, Sensors Expo & Conference and the International Housewares Show. Zach is on the advisory committee for the Fast Forward exhibit. In 2016, Zach was invited to be President Barack Obama’s guest at the White House Maker Faire, where he donated a 3D carver to a school in every state. Zach’s work has also been covered by BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, CNN, NPR and other prestigious media outlets. 


TED2005 | February | Toys and Materials from the Future


[youtube https://www.ted.com/talks/zach_kaplan_keith_schacht_toys_and_materials_from_the_future]


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