3D Robotics Inc., one of the better-funded, high-profile drone startups, is laying off an undisclosed number of its staff in a restructuring aimed at moving more quickly into the commercial market, due to heavy competition in the consumer drone market.


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  • I hope they survive. I hope they focus on their roots....

  • I love building and tinkering with this technology. Solar, Hybrid, Geomapping, etc. As long as this site is up I could be happy. I think the Pixracer holds great promise for smaller delta-wing mapping platforms. The education I have received from this site priceless. The ideas shared here are, for lack of a better word, awesome. If there is any trouble with this site going down, please contact me and I will host it on my servers.

  • Isn't it safe to say that on a personal level Chris Anderson isn't getting out of the DIY side of things. It's just 3DR as a company. DIY and this site seem like a real passion for him. I don't know, it just seems that way to me, but a lot of you guys have been around longer than me and would know better.
  • @LanMark that article is written by a notorious 3dr troll.  Not saying it's wrong, but it will at very least be severely biased - he takes great pleasure in bashing anything 3dr.

  • In some respects, 3DR are wise to get out of the DIY space; you can now buy full pixhawk clone kits for less than $100, and the Solo needs lots of work to bring it up to Phantom specs and value, never mind exceed them. I wanted to get in on the "Made for Solo" program with our payload system, but it's an utter mess, with different people telling me different specs.

    However, there will be a monumental backlash from the community, and their reputation will be severely damaged. They're gambling to think that damage wont rub off on corporate sales.

  • I second Randy's comments. Redundancies are soul destroying but the staff sound very skilled so I hope they find new jobs quickly
  • Developer

    There's a lot of good people at 3DR so I hope those that left find new homes soon.

  • On the one hand Chris says 3DR has enough runway (financially) to get them through to the 2nd quarter of 2017, at which point they'll need to raise more capital (they'll actually need to start raising the round months in advance). On the other hand, in the Orielly podcast he talks about the slow sales cycle to the enterprise customer (they aren't RC guys, they just want solutions that work at the touch of a button).

    The 2nd quarter of 2017 may seem like a long way off, but it really isn't given how long it takes to raise capital, and the long enterprise sales cycle. It's doubtful they'll have generated much revenue from enterprise sales in such a short period of time. Their only enterprise product so far is site scan - and its not even legal for an enterprise to use in the US without a 333 exemption (which still requires a pilots license). How interested are investors going to be? I'm sure Chris can pull off another round, but it sure seems like he's got a timing problem in his hands.

    Let's just hope Chris and 3DR have something else up their sleeve.
  • will be interesting to see if the surplus on solo's will hit the street soon.

    here in europe the ph4 is featurewise in a better position.

  • MR60

    @Alex, I believe, reading about the current status and objectives of 3DR to only engage in more profitable services, that they shall not defocus by selling hardware parts. Pixhawk2 will not be commercialized by 3DR (it would have been already since pixhawk2 exists for the last 18 months already but remains an internal part of Solo). But I might be wrong.

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