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Open source 3D printer & tech platform Wevolver scoops 3-DIY prize at SXSW Interactive – 3ders.org (blog)

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Mar 25, 2016 | By Benedict
Wevolver, a webplatform for sharing and collaborating on open hardware projects, has won the “3-DIY” Interactive Innovation Award at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Since its inception, Wevolver has helped to bring a number of 3D printing and 3D scanning projects to life.

When assembling a piece of advancement, two heads can be advantageous than one. For Wevolver, a hundred heads can potentially be advantageous than one. The London, UK-based startup is on a underbringing to connect aspiring advancement createers so that they can pool their expertise and resources to turn it into the many open source hardware on the web. Determined to encourage “greater advancement through collaboration”, Wevolver allows for users to explore, post, and offer to collaborative open source hardware projects.
Wevolver is held in high regard by many participants of the 3D printing community, having been at the center of sat any timeal amazing 3D printing projects. Retr3d, for example, is a project dedicated to createing RepRap 3D printing equipment that can be created of e-waste, createing them incredibly low-cost and suitable for construction in createing countries. 3D printing favorites Ultimanufacturer have in addition been involved with Wevolver, contributing the Ultimanufacturer Original to the site two years ago. Need a gigantic 3D print? Open Gigabot is a concept 3D printing device with fully open source hardware and software and a huge 24 x 24 x 20 inch create volume, already receiving regular contributions and upgrades of Wevolver users, while the site in addition showcases a 3D laser scanner that can be created for less than $30.

Open Gigabot 3D printing device
The hardware collaboration platform is not only delivering together 3D printing device manufacturers. It is in addition helping createers to manufacture amazing 3D printed creates, such as these fully functional Hovalin 3D printed violins. Thanks to the efforts of a sizeable group of createers, manufacturers can create their own 3D printed violin, created in Autodesk 360, for only $70. For those who may pretty hear bleeps and bloops than Beethoven’s Kreutzer sonata, Wevolver in addition hosts the 3D printable InMoov Robot project. Initially created by Gael Langevin, the human-sized robot can be created on any home 3D printing device with a create area at quite least 12 x 12 x 12 cm. On the other hand that 3D printed robot has met Prince Andrew, other (smaller) 3D printed bots such as the PLEN2 demonstrate equally astounding feats of engineering.

Hovalin 3D printed violin

3D printed InMoov robot
After a long day of DIY hardware assembly, there’s nothing really like sitting on a 3D printed Gaudi Stool, the outcome of an ambitious and thoughtful project that aims to channel the architectural techniques of Barcelona icon Antoní Gaudi into effective, lightweight furniture create. But, the Wevolver platform in addition caters for additional childlike tastes in lounge decor, as can be seen in these fun 3D printed bits&parts chairs showcasing a “puzzle piece” create. When sat in one’s 3D printed chair of choice, one can actually gaze through the 3D printed Ultrascope telescope or fly this 3D printed quadcopter.
Given its contributions to the 3D printing community and the tech world at sizeable, it appears fitting that Wevolver was best known at SXSW Interactive, where the startup scooped the “3-DIY” Interactive Innovation Award, “[a]warded for createing 3D printing advancement additional accessible or low-cost, or to the Maker via such advancement in new and amazing ways”. SXSW Interactive is the advancement arm of the immensely talked of SXSW (South by Southwest) festival that has been bringing place in Austin, Texas, each year since 1987. The festival is in addition widely known for its live music acts and movie screenings.
“Getting this award at SXSW as a young startup is rad, especially for the open hardware movement,” said Richard Hulskes, co-founder of Wevolver. “This movement, where project creators share all the knowledge and files of their hardware project openly, is a relatively young movement. The fact that SXSW recognizes this is quite significant for the reason it brings open hardware to the attention of a sizeable audience. This and the fact that folks have effortless access to the knowledge and tools, such as 3D printing equipment, can manufacture folks realize that they can manufacture a lot of advancement themselves.”

exiii-HACKberry 3D printed prosthesis
The SXSW award is not the initially that Wevolver has obtained. In 2015, the British startup won the “Health and Wellbeing” Accenture Innovation Award for its role in createing high end DIY prosthetics additional accessible to patients, thanks to its role in createing the exiii-HACKberry 3D printed electric prosthetic arm and e-NABLE’s 3D printed Cyborg Beast prosthetic hand. The open source platform has in addition been utilized to create other 3D printed medical devices, such as Openpump, a syringe pump that dispenses fluids over a set period of time.
Wevolver co-founders Hulskes and Bram Geenen are already bringing a 7-week tour across the U.S. to meet the createers and createers behind a few of Wevolver’s many talked of projects.

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