Inventables announces Bart Dring’s retirement
When Bart was considering working at Inventables we met at Starbucks and he told me he was going to retire after Inventables in about 5 years. I remember thinking “Yea that’s fine that’s a long time from now”. I feel like I blinked and the day arrived. Today is that day, and is with extremely warm wishes that I announce the retirement of Bart Dring.
A living legend in the Maker Movement, Bart played a pivotal role in growing Inventables from a “Hardware Store for Designers” where we were distributing other companies materials into a manufacturer where we made our own products.
It all started when Bart invented the MakerSlide. He had the idea that a low cost open source linear bearing for CNC equipment and extremely easy to integrate into your design could be helpful in a lot of applications. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign for Makerslide, Bart was selling MakerSlide out of his garage.
Bart and I first met up at Maker Faire Detroit and he showed me the MakerSlide. We continued talking and eventually we ran a pre-order campaign and we sold enough that if put end to end it would be as tall as the Sears Tower. Below are some pictures from the day we shipped out that first batch. We had to convince our landlord to let us use a vacant office in our building because the delivery was too big for our warehouse at the time.
As of June 8th 2017 we have sold enough to reach 106 Sears Towers!
In addition to MakerSlide Bart pioneered our flagship machines X-Carve, Carvey, X-Controller and components. It takes a village to design and manufacture a machine. Today we want to recognize Bart’s vision, technical skill, great attitude, and commitment. He helped propel us to our present position in the industry. This year Inventables customers will carve over 1 million times!
His work has impacted our team, our customers, and the entire maker community. There is only one word to describe Bart...awesome.
Bart is irreplaceable. However, we worked on a transition plan. Brian Rutkowski a senior member of Bart’s team has stepped up to lead the Hardware Engineering team. Our recruiting team has already begun work to recruit some additional engineering talent to join Inventables. In addition to Bart’s retirement we are proud to announce Bart will become an advisor to Inventables.
Please join me in congratulating Bart on this exciting next phase of his life!