Distributed manufacturing platform with 3D printing and biodegradable and recycled material
Help the environment using recycled plastic and biodegradable material for the manufacture of spare parts with 3D printing
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Initiative's representative name
Initiative's representative date of birth
August 30, 1994
Initiative's representative gender
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Headquarters location: city
Where are you making a difference?
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Established (successfully passed early phases, have a plan going forward)
Yearly Budget : What is your current yearly budget for the initiative?
1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.
Around 2015, when we were studying at the university, we saw the need for Venezuelan people who needed spare parts or other objects to solve some need. Hence, our main idea of using 3D printing and creating objects with recycled or biodegradable material was born.
2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
We are helping to supply the national market while reducing the environmental impact and helping national recycling.
3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
We are creating a distributed manufacturing network, we look for all types of plastic parts, for vehicles, appliances, machines in the area of medicine, (any object that is not in the market) and then 3D modeling and then print them on our network of 3D manufacturing, using people who have 3D printers in various parts of the country to meet local needs.
4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?
With our experience of more than 5 years we figured out that in 3D printing there are a lot of processes that can be automated to reduce manufacturing times, to the point that anyone with a 3D printer can meet a local need, and this way to create sustainable cities and communities.
5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?
We are mainly creating a space to connect people ideas (3d designs) and technology (3d printers). Mainly we want to bring together the main actors designers and maker (people with 3d printers) through direct contact, through events and through social networks. In turn, we are involving universities in the subject of training in the use of this technology. We have also created workspaces with entrepreneurs and local initiatives where we help them implement 3D printing in their projects.
6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?
We have solved specific problems of friends and people of the community, we have usually shown the 3d printers, and people have told us about their particular problems (the handle of my car broke down and I cannot find spare parts) and we have designed from the piece rotate your 3d model and we have solved your problem. We have images of several success stories. Our plan is to increase the impact by bringing these particular solutions to a greater number of people. In a way we are democratizing the use of 3D printing in a daily environment.
7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
Our growth strategy is to find people with 3D printers throughout the nation to join our distributed factory network. Also annexing people with 3D design capacity who can work developing the designs that are necessary to meet the needs of the market. We will advise and offer technical services to all the people who work in our distributed network. If we have the financial capital, we will support the implementation of 3D printers in the main cities of Venezuela.
8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?
The main value is related to the platform that connects 3d printers with solutions (3d designs that solve real problems). We are democratizing the use of 3d printing, connecting the maker (people with 3d printers) with customers, so that any person or company can use that manufacturing capacity.
We believe that by connecting the 3d printers that are in a region with design that solve real problems, we create a culture that is defined in a sentence. Design global and local factory. And by using biodegradable materials we create a conscious consumption of the environment
9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?
Since the idea is to make a union between people who want to offer their 3D printing or 3D design services. Our main investment is in the development of the web platform where we will host all the data and services of the people associated with us. In the short term it is sustainable, because we can work without a platform and with few associated users. In the medium term we would need to start investing in a web page capable of hosting the services of each of the associated people. And in the long term, being able to completely complete our distributed manufacturing platform. In summary our project is sustainable with little investment in the short term, but in the long term we need an investment to achieve the project.
10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?
Our board of directors is made up of 2 mechanical engineers, one of them fulfills the CEO role of the company and the other the CTO of the company. We have a 3D designer (full time) who is responsible for designing 3D models of all kinds. A mechatronic engineer focused on the area of software (part time). An electronic engineer (part time). A 3D printing technician who is responsible for operating and maintaining 3D printers (full time). We also have people in the area of marketing and finance.
11. How did you hear about this challenge?