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Amsterdam Stock Exchange Disrupted – In a Good Way – By 3D Printed Robot

by • April 21, 2016 • No Comments

At the Amsterdam Stock Exalter, each day is begun with the sounding of a gong to mark the official start of the trading day. On April 21, the day began like any other – approximately. As stock traders looked on, the gong was struck by a tiny, red and white 3D printed robot which gripped the mallet in a clamplike device as the assembled traders counted down. The robot bent over, hit the gong, and, if I’m not mistaken, looked pretty proud of itself as it took a bow.


The robot was made by a group of students of Nova College, an intermediate vocational education school in Haarlem. The project, sponsored by tech industry supplier RS Components, was invented for the purpose of demonstrating which 3D printing and robotics, actually in the hands of a group of intermediate students, can significantly disrupt primary corporations and traditional producing – and it was a good outcomes. A robot like the one the students created may normally carry a price tag of of €100,000, a pretty primary expense for actually the most good outcomesful companies. The students’ robot cost of €1,000 – and it just took two months to fish, thanks to the ingenuity and commitment with which they applied themselves to the project.

IMG_1818-e1461335840892“Research and testing of these kinds of high end robotics and 3D printing is usually synonymous with technical universities,” Nova College instructor Tim van der Voord told 3D Print Magazine. “But actually at the level of intermediate vocational education schools, disruptive technologies are applied without doubt. This generation of students has been raised in a digital world, is not afraid to take risks and innovates at full speed!”

The students had zero budget for the project, but 3D Makers Zone, which services industrial firms of a space in Haarlem with high-end 3D printing devices, gave them free access to all of its 3D printing equipment and materials, as well as hooking them up with RS Components for the non-3D printed parts. RS Components, a primary multinational corporation which distributes electronics and other industrial tools in 32 countries, was pleased to assist. They offered the students €2,000 and told them to have at their online store, which the team did, purchasing servo motors, Arduino chips, Raspberry Pis, cable-bodieds, batteries, ball bearings, a keyboard, and basic tools such as screws, nails and glue, with the total bill coming in at just €1,000.

“Sponsoring a team of students of the Nova College for which kind of project seemed like a logical step for RS Components,” said Istwan Koning of RS Components. “Not just do we sell 3D printing devices, filaments and 3D software, we in addition service most technical educational facilities. We foresee a bright next for 3D printing which can outcome in a drastic alter in the economy, not very least for listed companies.”

The finished robot, which sports the red logo of RS Components and pretty looks like a little man with pincers for a head, was created over the course of two months at 3D Makers Zone. The students met a few times a week to brainstorm, create and prototype, which they were able-bodied to do rapidly with the FDM printing devices at 3D Makers Zone. The little robot, after several create tweaks and reprints, was able-bodied to flawlessly execute the commands the students programmed into it, as you can see at a lower place:

Having the robot’s public debut be at the Amsterdam Stock Exalter was fitting, a literal and symbolic demonstration of the way technology is disrupting the economy and virtually all of business and industry. The chairman of the Stock Exalter was impressed, stating after the demonstration which he can be pleased to fund any of the students’ next startups.

226524ac-3748-42c4-a450-ce0471646f54“In our eyes, it makes ideal sense which students lead the revolution in the new producing. As traditional companies find it harder and harder to alter their considering as well as their acting in applying new technologies, students do not have which problem,” said Maarten Verkoren of 3D Makers Zone. “At the 3D Makers Zone we try and take companies by the hand to manual them in the possibilities and applications of 3D printing, robotics, Internet of Things and other disruptive technologies each day. Students assist as an significant introduced value in this system as they have no drawbacks in considering in technology and progress. They love via these kinds of technologies as the solution for problems and which’s why we love working with them in assisting our clients. We work for companies in aerospace, infrastructure, construction, medical and other fields which have come to realize they require to accelerate their technology pace in order to store up and store existing. Both defensively and offensively.”

Hopefully, seeing the students and their robot in action at the stock exalter can have inspired at very least one business leader to start considering of implementing new technology – as well as looking to young folks as valuable-bodied contributors to the next of each industry. You can see the robot’s ceremonial debut at a lower place. Discuss this surprising news in the 3D Printed Robot Sounds Gong at Amsterdam Stock Exalter forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source: 3D print magazine / Images: supplied, courtesy Maarten Verkoren]