Kevin Spurr – Kitronik Reveals Insights on Business and Industry for 3d Printing Paris France
www.kitronik.co.uk | @Kitronik
What do you do?
Kitronik’s main business is designing and supplying electronic projects to schools. Most kits are assembled (soldered) by the students. They then design and make their own enclosure to create their own unique product. These enclosures / products are sometimes made by hand but are increasingly being designed in CAD and manufactured using technologies such as 3D Printing or Laser Cutting.
Some examples of the type of work that is being produced can be seen at http://www.kitronik.co.uk/3dprints
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
We feel that by inspiring people with great examples of what they can produce using on of our electronics kits and a 3D printer we can get more people to create objects from their own home. This could be a speaker doc for their phone or a lamp for their room. By using some low cost electronic parts people will be able to create bespoke and usable objects that are unique to themselves.
By producing great examples and resources we can give people a very easy route to creating their first designs.
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What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
In the coming years we are sure there will be a move away from everyone having exactly the same product, with the same look, to a world in which people can create or alter products for their own unique requirements and taste.
What is your biggest goal right now?
Our aim is to increase the use of 3D Printers in school and to promote their use not only to create simple ornamental objects, but to also use them to create enclosure and parts to be used in products that have an ‘electronic’ element.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
The support of teachers is crucial, but we are already seeing that the majority are very enthusiastic about new technology and how it can be used in a class room.
Lower cost and faster printers are also crucial for allowing more access to a larger number of students.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
Kitronik’s clear focus on education is one of the things that makes us the little bit different. All of the products and resources that we develop always have the classroom in mind, though that isn’t to say that they can’t be used outside of schools. The main point is that everything is explained clearly and the user can learn how things work, as we ll as having fun making them.
We are currently looking to extend our products are resource to make them more relevant to modern manufacturing techniques like 3D Printing. To aid this we have been recruiting product designers to help produce these resources. All of our resources are free and can be accessed by anyone.
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