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Buzz Technology at TCT
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At TCT Show + Personalize 2014 there’s no shortage of intrigue to be had by speaking to the people behind the booths. Getting to know them and their product goes an awfully long way, one booth that keeps on catching my eye as I walk the showfloor is that on stand G42, Buzz Technology.
The intrigue come from their approach to 3D printing; totally different than anyone else’s, they see the desktop extrusion-based market and query what it could be useful for and what the next step to getting there is.
The company director Senake Atureliya has previous experience in large scale, industrial pick and place technology and thinks that implementing that into 3D printing technology could be the way forward.
“The SWARM is controlled by swarm microrobotics which can pick and place either a print head or things you can’t print with such as motors and electronics. The idea is that you’ll be able to print really interesting products that works as opposed to just printing plastic parts.” Senake told me.
The idea is an interesting one and could solve that eternal question of, well what will I print? Say for instance a popular print, a Raspberry Pi case with Buzz Technology’s idea the robot could pick the Raspberry Pi and then print the surrounding case.
“Adrian Bowyer and the RepRap community have done a marvellous job in getting this technology out there and presenting people with a dream of manufacturing in the home, we feel that we’re the next step in the process.”
Buzz Technology are premiering their concepts at TCT and have enjoyed a successful show so far.
“We’ve still got about four months of development to go but the three machines have been in development for 18 months in total. We’re looking for distributors and crowd investment. We’ve had a great show so far and one of our other concept machines is a futuristic kitchen device and I actually had guys from Bosch come up to me on the stand!”