Cartesian co-founder Ariel Briner talks about their new Argentum Circuit Board printer at Sydney Maker Faire . About six months ago I wrote an article 5 real problems I really think need solving for our readers who may have been looking for a problem to solve and new business to create. Turns out it is one of the most popular articles on the site remaining in the top 10 read every day for the last 8 months.
One of the five problems/opportunities was creating the new tools of the next Industrial Revolution by building Rapid Prototyping and Small Volume Manufacturing Machines that could afford to be purchased by a local hacker space or even individuals.
Meet the team from CREATE – The UNSW Club for Making Things.
These guys are the most entrepreneurial group of students I have met in my years of working with or attending Universities. As a group they are only about 18 months old but are growing rapidly.
Typically University students learn a particular skill set focused on their major, however the products of our new world are increasingly merging where new classes of devices require sophisticated combinations of Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design and then fabrication. Its a team game, no one discipline can hope to master all of the skills needed.
Meet the Metaltree 3D Printer maker Jason Crowe.
At 1.2m high this is the biggest 3D printer I have seen (and none of it is support cabinet), earlier in the year we researched over 50 printers in our 3d printers comparison and this is significantly larger build volume than anything I have seen on the market short of the industrial versions.
It uses a Delta configuration which means that the extruder head moves around on 6 arms and the build plate doesn’t move at all.
This simplifies construction and allows for a larger build space for a given size and weight than a traditional 3d Printer where the [...]
This is what I love about Maker Faire, meet Alex McClung, creator of the autonomous Alexbot. A year 11 student Alex has built himself a self directing Autonomous robot and taught it to navigate through buildings, creating a point cloud from its surrounding.
Alex is the type of guy I want to meet, especially when I am looking for new hardware startup talent. When you are building things that haven’t been built before, then you want guys who have built stuff that hasn’t been built before and done it in their own time, on their own initiative.
I imagine looking at his project he is likely to be one of [...]