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Erik de Bruijn
Attended University of Tilburg, Netherlands
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Ultimaker co-founder and -designer, Innovation Researcher, Core RepRap Developer
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Erik de Bruijn got his masters degree in Information Management at the University of Tilburg. In the course of his studies he has been implementing the academic teachings into two IT companies, which he co-founded, resulting in dynamic and knowledge intensive companies. The companies almost exclusively profit from use and development of open source software.
Erik has a passion for technology, especially technologies that potentially have disruptive effects. Since early 2008, Erik has been fully immersed in the RepRap project. RepRap is a collaborative, open source effort to create a machine that can create objects of arbitrary shape, including copies of its own parts. In may 2008, Erik was one of the first RepRappers to replicate functional parts and in 2009 to replicate a full machine (RepRap Darwin). The replication and open source aspects serve as enablers for a unique form of distributed innovation that was previously only seen in software and (virtual) open content. Besides being a core developer for the project, he gives lectures on distributed innovation and hands-on workshops on how to assemble your own copy of this machine.
He is currently involved in a research project with Eric von Hippel (MIT) and Jeroen de Jong (E.I.M.) to assess knowledge transfers between actors in the additive manufacturing industry. In 2011 he co-founded Ultimaker BV, a company that develops and sells a fast, large build volume, open-source 3D printer: the Ultimaker.

Talks:
  • 2013-01 DLD 2013 in München on "The 3D printing and manufacturing revolution"
  • 2012-04 A talk + demo on: Mass customization (Biel, Switzerland)
  • 2011-11 How Do You Do - STRP Festival (NL)
  • 2011-11 Wikimedia Conference (NL)
  • 2011-10 First speaker at 3D printing event (video)
  • 2011-08 FAB7, Lima, Peru. Together with Joris van Tubergen (presentation)
  • 2011-02 NLLGG meeting (Dutch Linux User group), Utrecht, NL.
  • 2011-02 High-T. Presentation and demo (organised by Fontys and Tilburg University, including an Ultimaker demo)
  • 2011-01 Guest Lecture at Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
  • 2010-12 BOTACON, New York City, USA (announced here)
  • 2010-11 Demo'd Ultimaker at TEDxAmsterdam
  • 2010-11 Speaker at Fourth Annual Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit, FSCONS 2010, Gothenburg, Sweden (video, slides)
  • 2010-10-09 "Night of the Nerds" talk and demo at the Nemo Museum in Amsterdam
  • 2010-08 The 6th International FabLab Conference: FAB6, day 4: Acadamic day. Together with Adrian Bowyer (video) and Rhys Jones. More info... Slides. Wednesday workshop: Building a 3D printer.
  • 2010-06 Open Community Camp 2010 (talk and demo)
  • 2010-04 European Space Agency (ESA). Representing RepRap together with Rhys Jones from Bath University. Topic: self-replicating flexible manufacturing tools and Additive Manufacturing and its applications in the space sector.
  • 2010-04 Speaking at SHiFT Portugal. Also hosting a tech workshop. Slides and comments, here.
  • 2010-03 MIT Innovation Lab, Talk on my RepRap and Open Hardware research at MIT Sloan School of Management,Cambridge, MA, USA (slides)
  • 2010-02 FOSDEM 10, Brussels (Demo. Talk by Adrian Bowyer)
  • 2010-01 Guest Lecture at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, NL.
  • 2009-11 NPOX new media festival (demo), Hilversum, NL
  • 2009-11 Innovation centered conference at Essent, Den Bosch, NL
  • 2009-11 The Emergence of Innovation Communities in Open Hardware, Nottingham University, UK
  • 2009-11 Media Ecologies, Salford University,  Manchester, UK
  • 2009-10 PHILIPS Corporate Entrepreneurship and Open Innovation Masterclass, Deurne, NL (talk)
  • 2009-08 Hacking At Random, On-stage demo during main track. Speakers: Adrian Bowyer and Neil Gershenfeld, Vierhouten, NL
  • 2009-06 Reboot 11 in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2008-11 The Wikimedia Conference (Wikipedia), Utrecht, NL
Interviews / other coverage:
  • 2012-02 Financieel Dagblad (link)
  • 2011-11 Z@PPLIVE TV (video)
  • 2011-10 Eindhovens Dagblad (Ultimaker in renowned Dutch newspaper)
  • 2011-08 EenVandaag (Ultimaker on Dutch TV)
  • 2011-07 NRC (renowned Dutch national newspaper)
  • 2011-07 BNR Digitaal (Dutch national radio, listen here)
  • 2011-07 Linux magazine: Van ontwerp naar 3D-printer
  • 2011-06 Make Magazine (online) and Hack-a-day.
  • 2011-02 Popular dutch TV talkshow, 3D printing live on: De Wereld Draait Door
  • 2011-02 Dutch Newspaper: Het Parool
  • 2010-12 Interview on BNR New Radio "DenkTank" (Dutch) (hier te beluisteren)
  • 2010-11 Interview at TEDxAmsterdam by Business News Radio (BNR).
  • 2010-10 Interview BN De Stem, Eindhovens Dagblad, De Stentor, etc.
  • 2010-10 Interview in VPRO Guide (hardcopy) and on their website.
  • 2010-10 Interview for Kennislink.nl (link).
  • 2010-08 Interview in Bright Magazine: online article (text only)
  • 2010-04 Interview in Dutch radio show "Met 't oog op morgen" (ca. 300,000 audience, weblog, player, mp3)
  • 2010-04 Dutch Newspaper "Trouw": two page article
  • 2010-03 Interview Reformatorisch dagblad (two page article)
  • 2010-03 Omroep Brabant (Hot en Gespot, youtube video)
  • 2010-02 Dutch National news: NOS Journaal op 3 (view it via Youtube)
  • 2010-02 Dutch Newspaper article in NRC and NRC.next (also: video interview on NRC.next weblog)
  • 2009-12 Dutch article in Intermediair
Education
  • University of Tilburg, Netherlands
    Master of Science in Information Management, 2002 - 2010

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These could be perpetually flying drones. While they will not be carrying passengers any time soon, this is great for communications equipment. Potentially this is more cost effective than satellites for lots of use cases.
 
Today, Google announced its acquisition of Titan Aerospace, maker of solar-powered drones. The team will work closely with Project Loon, Google's initiative to deliver Internet via air balloon: http://cnet.co/1m3qCwP 
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Interesting comparison from someone who's worked with both +Ultimaker and Stratasys 3D printers.
 
Wins my Stream today, thanks +Jeremie Francois 
Are so-called "professional" entry-level 3D FDM printers worth their price? A LinkedIn user in my network asked for more data when I said that "low cost" FDM printers could compare favorably to "professional" (and expensive) ...
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Our friend Joris [van Tubergen] in a Dutch article about sustainability and 3D printing!
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1 in 7 deaths can be attributed to air pollution. The largest preventable cause.

Yet we're ditching nuclear energy because that scares too many people and we're (at least in the Netherlands) reducing subsidies on solar PV.

We spend so much on treatment of illnesses instead of prevention. When will we learn?
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Good point! 
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Today, at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands, Barack Obama looks at +Ultimaker 3D prints of the 3D Print Canal House. The construction of this house with a XXL Ultimaker has started a few weeks ago and helps to create insights as to what housing of the future might look like.
See http://www.3dprintcanalhouse.com/ and http://www.ultimaker.com/
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Huh, well given that the Kamermaker is on Thingiverse not youmagine, I guess it's not officially an Ultimaker. The Ultimaker mechanics certainly wouldn't scale beyond a metre anyway, given its reliance on straight shafts (ime). 
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Always 3D print your roads with glow in the dark PLA ;)
 
Eerie glow-in-the-dark roads replace streetlights in Netherlands to save money, energy

My only comment, Brilliant.  "In an effort to save the massive amount of energy standard streetlights consume, and to present drivers with more information on the road, a Dutch company has transformed a highway in the Netherlands into an eerie glow-in-the-dark smart highway."

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/180446-eerie-glow-in-the-dark-roads-replace-streetlights-in-netherlands-to-save-money-energy
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We have quite resilient roads which are well maintained. But snow isn't as risky as ice. So the thermochromic indicators are valuable. 
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An awesome challenge with great prizes! Please re-share if you want to see more 3D printable gadget-hacks out there!
 
Enter the Gadget Hacking and Accessories Contest from +Instructables, with prizes from +Ultimaker & +Shapeways!

http://www.instructables.com/contest/gadgethacking/
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Nice one, saving lives with bonus points: enabling interstellar travel at the same time.
 
Humans will be kept between life and death in the first suspended animation trials

At a hospital in Pittsburgh, surgeons are now allowed to place patients into a state of suspended animation. If a patient arrives with a traumatic injury, and attempts to restart their heart have failed — if they’re on the doorstep of death — they will have their blood replaced with a cold saline solution, which stops almost all cellular activity. At this point, the patient is clinically dead — but if the doctors can fix the injury within a few hours, they can be returned to life from suspended animation by replacing the saline with blood.

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/179296-humans-will-be-kept-between-life-and-death-in-the-first-suspended-animation-trials

#suspendedanimation #hybernation #hybernate #medical
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Mechanical, +Ultimaker 3D printed Tetris!
 
That moment when you're getting that 4 line sweep! #ThrowbackThursday
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