InnoFactory is the initiative of Innotech Europe B.V. that offers innovative, technical,start-ups a workplace to develop high-quality technical products or production techniques. InnoFactory is where like-minded people can complement each other and work together under one roof.
Innotech may even participate in these initiatives and possibly finance promising projects.
The heart of technology
InnoFactory is a well-equipped tool shop and representative office environment for start-ups among start-ups at a perfect geographical location right off the motorway at the heart of Europe’s high-tech region with every conceivable technology within 25 km. It is the ideal climate for the rapid and successful development of new products or techniques.
InnoFactory offers start-ups an array of facilities. They may use all the available equipment, and there are flexible workstations, an office restaurant and a representative conference room. Moreover, experienced business owner Peter Kuijpers is willing to coach them in realising their plans and products – if they wish.
Below is a brief list of the available facilities and technologies
3D CAD software
InnoFactory offers a workplace that can be the ideal starting block for innovative new business owners working amidst other start-ups. Since they might occasionally want to call upon each other’s expertise and networks, a good match is paramount.
What does it cost? The costs differ, depending on the business and its plans.It will definitely be much cheaper than investing in individual facilities.
Interested? Contact Peter Kuijpers at Innotech Europe B.V. by email or telephone.
Innotech is working together with Syromould (www.syromould.com) on the development and validation of Syroplast® for 3D printing processes.
The company Syromould developed and patented Syroplast®, a material supplied in pellets. Syroplast® is a highly filled polymer that can be processed with conventional injection moulding machines or with granulate 3D printers. After shaping to (green) products the products will have a post-treatment after which they will get their final ceramic-like properties. These properties include incombustibility and high-heat resistance.
For 18 months, Innotech worked intensively together with State of The Art Ltd. on the development of a lightweight robot and robot components. The robot, with a reach of 1m and a payload of about 4kg, will be suited for all sorts of handling and assembly, but can also be active in the agricultural/food and health sectors. It is a highly flexible, easy to operate robotic arm that can be programmed via a mobile phone.
Plastic harmonic drive
The main components of a robot arm are the joints with the gear system. Innotech has developed a plastic harmonic drive (strain wave) with a built-in brushless DC motor. The bearings are fully integrated into the joint structure. This not only saves weight but also saves costs. Moreover, it achieves an excellent performance.
The metal harmonic drive (strain wave gear) construction has been field-proven for several years in robots. Innotech developed this successful metal drive into a full plastic version, using high-end plastics. This enables smaller dimensions as well as a price and weight reduction. Also, electronics, such as the motor controller, are developed in-house.
Optimum performance and low price
The most significant characteristic of this plastic robot is the low price. Thanks to the smart design and use of plastics, the price of the robot will come down to less than €5,000 when mass produced. Patents are pending for both the specific joint construction and the entire robot arm. The prototype construction building has started and the first robot arms are expected to be ready by mid-2017.