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Meet Dr. Ted Acworth of Artaic in Innovation District

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Ted Acworth.

Dr. Acworth is a scientist and engineer by trade, as well as an award-winning entrepreneur. He has been developing and commercializing innovative technology for over twenty years. With a deep appreciation for the art of mosaic he founded Artaic in 2007.

The core of Dr. Acworth’s technical expertise is ultraprecision metrology systems design.

Throughout his career he has also developed expertise in management of research and development, and technology commercialization. Combined, his work in these areas has been sought by companies, universities and governments in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia.

Ted directed the advanced technology research portfolio at the Cambridge-MIT Institute, which under his management yielded 38 patent disclosures and 4 venture-backed spinout companies. In 2003 Ted co-founded Brontes Technologies Inc., an MIT spinout company.

The company was funded by Bain Capital, Charles River Ventures, and Flybridge Capital Partners, and was sold to 3M in 2006 who then launched it nationally as the Lava™ Chairside Oral Scanner C.O.S. Brontes’ product is available throughout the US, Canada and Western Europe and is part of the fastest growing category in all of dentistry.

Adding rocket science to his resume, Ted founded and directed the Stanford Artificial Star 3 Laboratory. In 2001, he successfully pre-launch tested the $700M NASA Gravity Probe-B Relativity Mission space telescope, producing the most accurate in-situ calibration ever.

Ted holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Sloan Fellow in Innovation and Global Leadership. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University, and an MS and BS from Columbia University.

Ted serves as a subcommittee co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Advisory Council, focusing on 5-8th grade education. He is also a committee co-chair of the Massachusetts Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative, representing small innovative manufacturers. He is a member of the MassTLC Robotics Cluster Advisory Board, and was the founding chairman director of the non-profit Design Museum Boston Foundation. In a former life Ted lent his scientific skills as on-screen host and science producer for History Channel’s successful weekly television series “UFO Hunters.”

Dr. Acworth lives with his wife and three children in Boston’s Beacon Hill.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Global recession caused by overheated real estate/construction market – my market.

Nuclear winter sales-wise for 4-5 years. Stayed alive long enough to last until the next construction market growth cycle.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Artaic – what should we know?
Artaic designs and fabricates custom, award-winning tile-work. We modernize the creation of architecturally compelling mosaics through fast design iterations, free sampling and American robotic production. Custom tile is now fast and painless.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Perseverance.

Pricing:

  • Traditional mosaic costs over $100 per square foot. Our robotic method brings that down by half.

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