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Bringing smart tech back to kids: An interview with Laykanics

by • August 3, 2016 • No Comments


Last month, 3D Printing Industry took an in-depth appear at the emerging future of 3D printed toys for children. Through his research, our reporter posited that:

“Kids who are exposed to rapid prototyping at an early age and create an interest in the industry through 3D-printed toys can create a lifelong ability that can assist them be additional employable in the future. It can in addition foster the creative and technical sides of [children’s] brains to futurely increase their accidents at becoming successful innovators and entrepreneurs.”

Thankfully, one start-up based in the UK is operating under a much like philosophy. Laykanics is offering children and enthusiasts the valuable opportunity to become invested in the world of mechanics, engineering and create in a truly integrated style to encertain real comprehension and to cultivate innovation. We not long ago got a accident to sit down with Laykanics’ founder, Alfonso Villanueva to discuss the ins and outs of the company’s products, their philosophy and where they want to take their vision in the future.

Reawakening the industry

A graduate of MIT with special interest in the create angle of the mechanics industry, Villanueva is an Aerospace Engineer who previously worked for Rolls Royce in create and turbo mechanics capacities in both the US and the UK. Having navigated a fruitful career in mechanical engineering, Villanueva soon createed the desire to spread his own knowledge and passion to for his field to others – specifically to the younger generation.

Unfortunately, Villanueva noticed early on the declining interest in STEM (science, innovation, engineering and mathematics) fields one of school-aged children. He suddenly had to ponder of an effective way to generate attraction to new industry. After a few deliberation with man MIT alumni, Villanueva saw FDM additive making innovation as the ideal hands-on approach to reawaken a passion for engineering and mechanics at a young age.

Projects with a purpose

So how precisely does Villanueva and Laykanics plan to implement a way to pique this interest? According to Villanueva, they are encouraging customers to “make layers and master the mechanics.”

Laykanics kit

Basic kit (Courtesy of Laykanics)

Through their website, Laykanics offers customers monthly and annual subscriptions, that gives them access to all printing and programming projects. These projects – already set to be released on a monthly basis with the future to come out bi-weekly – are createed to get users involved in different types of aspects of mechanics create, such as robotics, wind turbines, thrust and compression and velocity. Users are intended to print and create handy gadgets, vehicles and robots that demonstrate the applications yielded through mechanical engineering. Additionally, Laykanics offers users a reusable basic kit, that showcases bolts, gears and other essential parts that can’t be 3D printed. Each project and so, can be assembled via necessary parts of the kit as well as comprehensive instructions, .STL files for 3D printable parts and convenient technical drawings.


Laykanics project FROZOR (Courtesy of Laykanics)

Laykanics already offers eight projects on their website, that are all on the market to download and assemble for all who subscribe. Villanueva says future month’s project can take advantage of the summer, teaching users of opposing wind speeds on a vehicle and in addition of tuning abilitys.

It is significant to note that although Laykanics’ projects are ideal for use in classrooms, they are in addition on the market to those in the general public who only wish to become additional versed in the industry, or for enthusiasts who wish to expand their hobby. Whoever decides to delve into Laykanics’ projects can many pretty walk away with newfound interests and belief, and maybe actually new new ideas for projects of their own.


(Courtesy of Laykanics)

Children are the future

Laykanics’ ultimate goal is to commence a new generation back into STEM fields. Villanueva sees Laykanics actuallytually becoming a standard part of national curricula along with additive making innovation in general. As the industry continues to grow and create, the smartest place to commence it is in classroom, giving students the tools, abilitys and knowledge they’ll require in the future both professionally and socially. Children’s sizeable ability for learning can allow them to rapidly grasp mechanical concepts and and so turn them into future inventions and innovations to benefit generations to come.

As for the industry as a whole, 3D printing innovation is not far of becoming a staple in each household, only like a standard 2D printing device. In addition to becoming an essential educational tool, Villanueva in addition sees 3D printing innovation advancing nearer and nearer in the direction of printed metals.

We’re certain to see big things of Laykanics in the near future. Be certain to remain tuned with the 3D Printing Industry newsletter for updates on all the latest news!


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