3Discovered leads the disruption of traditional manufacturing by evolving digital manufacturing from a prototyping technology to a production solution.

Our cloud manufacturing platform enables manufacturers, designers, and entrepreneurs to transform a concept or digital design into mass manufactured and fully customizable products, all in a fraction of the time of traditional processes.

Digital manufacturing for mass production has been hamstrung by clunky and disparate point solutions that present a barrier for all but the most expert users in the field. Even for experts, the existing software solutions failed to provide a streamlined workflow facilitating efficient progress from design through product. 3Discovered changes that.

Our platform integrates a network of digital manufacturing assets and tools which guide users from design through fabrication and fulfillment. Users manage and deliver mass customized and mass manufactured products to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. Through 3Discovered, manufacturers, designers, and entrepreneurs can unleash the power of digital manufacturing for everyone.




N. Darius Sankey is CEO of 3Discovered, and a seasoned executive in the venture capital and technology industries. Darius has served as a Managing Director at Sway Ventures, and Ocean Tomo, leading their Innovation Management Practice. Before his work with Ocean Tomo, Darius served as a Senior Director of Portfolio Management at Intellectual Ventures, a Managing Director at DFJ – Zone Ventures, and has served as a board member for several companies including Unium, 3Discovered, Siimpel Corporation and Neven Vision (acquired by Google).

He has worked as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, Inc. and held strategic planning, consulting, and R&D positions at RAND and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Darius holds a Ph.D. in Optical Engineering from the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester and a B.S. in Physics and Electrical Engineering from MIT. He is also an adjunct professor at the Rady School of Business at the University of California, at San Diego (UCSD).



Daniel Vandervelde, PhD has built a career on helping companies understand, predict, and prepare for future innovations. Whether leading groups studying next generation technologies across a variety of industries including consumer electronics, telecom, software and more, building comprehensive studies of the potential of nascent energy tech, or serving as an independent advisor on the value of an entity’s inventions, Dr. Vandervelde has been sought after for counsel by leaders of industry for many years.

Currently serving as CTO of 3Discovered, his work history includes McKinsey and Company, Intellectual Ventures, and Ocean Tomo, LLC. During his time with those firms he established himself as a broad spectrum expert on innovation via technology future-casting, investment strategy, innovation portfolio management, valuation, brokerage, expert testimony, corporate strategy, and technology acquisition, assessment, and licensing. He also lectures on intellectual property strategy and the innovation marketplace.

He holds a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in condensed matter physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and bachelor’s degrees in Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy from the University of Washington.