Impossible Objects, a next-gen 3D print company, raises $2.8 million

Some companies 3D-print cars as experiments or publicity stunts. Northbrook-based Impossible Objects wants to 3D-print parts that can go straight from machine to vehicle.

The company announced Tuesday it has raised $2.8 million in seed funding in a round led by Chicago-based OCA Ventures. That funding will go toward developing a commercial 3D printing machine as well as sales and marketing, said CEO Larry Kaplan.

Robert Swartz, an entrepreneur and IP consultant for the MIT Media Lab, founded the company and now is its chairman. He hired Kaplan, former CEO and president of Navteq who led that company through its IPO and sale to Nokia, as chief executive in June.

“OCA invested in Impossible Objects because it’s being led by an all-star team of Larry and Bob, who have a lot of experience building companies from early stage startups to IPO,” said Imran Ahmad, principal at OCA Ventures.

WedPics, A Photo-Sharing App for Weddings, Raises $4.25M Series B

Can a mobile, social application bloom outside the Valley or other traditional tech hotspots? Raleigh, North Carolina-based WedPics has proven it can. The company, which makes a photo and video-sharing app for wedding couples and their guests, has now closed on $4.25 million in Series B funding led by Bullpen Capital, and is working on a second close that will see TV’s “Shark Tank” investor Barbara Corcoran participating via her new AngelList syndicate.

Participating in the round so far were OCA Ventures, Venture51, IDEA Fund Partners, Great Oaks, and angels including Adam Draper, Semil Shah, Jocelyn Goldfein, and others. Corcoran’s AngelList syndicate, launching on Monday, has asked for a $250,000 hold. relevant domains .