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Easy 3D printing from anywhere in the world

05 May 2017

MIT spinout New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS) introduces a fully automated commercial 3D printer equipped with cloud-based queuing and auto part removal.

MIT spinout New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS) has brought to market the only fully automated commercial 3-D printer that’s equipped with cloud-based queuing and automatic part removal (Credit: MIT/NVBOTS)

To use the NVPro printer, you simply submit a project from any device which starts to queue up in the NVCloud software. After the part is printed, a retractable blade cuts the piece out and moves it into a bin so the next project can start. All projects can be remotely monitored via webcam.

The company envisions a world in which 3D printing is as easy and commonplace as printing on paper and perhaps more globally accessible, says chair and co-founder Alfonso (A.J.) Perez ’13, MEng ’14. “Our mission is to allow printing with any material, at any time, and from anywhere in the world. This means you could be on a beach in Bora Bora and control a machine at MIT with the click of one button,” he says.

Over the past year, 84,000+ prints have been completed, saving more than 165,000 labour hours, according to the startup. The printer is used in over 100 businesses and schools, primarily as an education tool.

The next step for the startup is to enhance security, start utilising Big Data, work with more materials and improve human-robotic interfaces for 3D printing. In January, NVLabs spun out Digital Alloys, a startup developing high speed, mulitmetal manufacturing systems that run at lower costs than traditional systems. It's currently in the process of developing a new print head for use in the aerospace, defence and automotive industry.

Materials provided by MIT.




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