First Belgian-made 3D printer TripodMaker wins big at Bizidee
TripodMaker, the first 3D printer manufactured in Belgium, was developed by 27-year old civil engineering student Pieter-Jan Vandendriessche and his partner Eva Spillebeen. The duo were center stage this week at the close of eleventh annual Bizidee competition where their business plan for the TripodMaker 3D printer won the first prize of 25,000 euro.
Bizidee is an entrepreneurial event sponsored by the Flemish organization Agentschap Onderneming which helps new entrepreneurs develop detailed business plans over the course of a year. Participants received support, coaching – and even a special bootcamp. Bizidee awarded prizes to select participants Tuesday evening at Technopolis, a platform for science and technology in Mechelen, Belgium.
The second-place prize of 7,500 euros went to Inge Gypens en Caroline Braeken and their plan for gluten-free bread distribution and the third prize of 3,000 euros went to Koen Wauters and Nico Staels and their plan for Partheas, a hospital patient-tracking system.
With the prize money from Bizidee, Vandendries plans to hire a full-time employee to work on increasing sales of the TripodMaker 3D printer and to continue product development.
TripodMaker uses open source software and can run on all operating systems – although, currently, initial calibration of the printer is only guaranteed for windows XP.
- Building plate: 30cm diameter
- Building height: 42cm
- Layer resolution: 75 microns
- Filament: 1.75mm
- Nozzle: 0.4mm
- Controller with SD-card slot for stand-alone printing (ramps 1.4 based)
- Non-moving platform
- Software: runs modified Malin
- Hosting software: Printrun, Cura or Repetier host
- Slicing software: Slic3r, Kisslicer or Cura
- Aluminum extrusions
- Bended aluminum lasercut structure connections
- Delrin v-groove wheels
The TripodMaker is priced at € 1,400.00 (Kit, no heated bed) – € 1,950.00 (Assembled, with heated bed) ex. VAT.
For a better look at the TripodMaker, check out this introduction to the printer:
or this calibration demonstration: