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How MakerBot and New Lab powered this Dumbo startup’s production hack

A little-known fact about product startups: manufacturing packaging can be a headache. That's why off-grid energy company BioLite turned to a few local resources.

A few weeks ago, we pointed to how BotFactory tapped Brooklyn resources as a model for the borough’s innovation economy. Well, score another one for collaboration in Brooklyn’s tech scene.

Next month, BioLite, based in Dumbo, will ship out its latest product, the BaseLantern, a compact lantern that charges phones and includes an app to regulate its energy usage, director of design Anton Ljunggren told As we previously reported, BioLite funded development for BaseLantern through Kickstarter, on which it raised more than $400,000 in the first week, easily surpassing its $75,000 goal. Ultimately, the campaign topped $800,000 in funding.

But two other Brooklyn tech players made cameos in the development process: MetroTech-based 3D printing giant MakerBot and New Lab, the Navy Yard facility that’s angling to be a manufacturing hub.

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