Fermons la boucle : Innovation pour une économie circulaire

Le 6 décembre 2017, Paul Bristow a représenté Pangloss Labs à Bruxelles ainsi que 5 autres startups innovant dans le domaine de l’économie circulaire . Nous avons été sélectionnés sur toute l’Europe pour participer à une discussion stratégique générale au Parlement Européen, hébergée par Nespresso et le EU40

Les membres du Parlement Européen Franc Bogovic (EPP, Slovénie) et Davor Skrlec (Verts/Alliance Libre Européenne) ont animé la table ronde après les pitchs des 6 startups sur leurs innovations pour orienter la discussion.

L’agenda incluait:

12:30 – 12:50 Déjeuner Réseautage
12:50 – 13:15 Dragon’s Den – Présentation de leurs innovations par les startups suivie d’un vote
13:15 – 14:30 Table ronde

Modérée par  Peter Woodward, la discussion visait à engager les intéressés dans un débat centré sur les consommateurs – comment attirer l’attention et inciter l’acceptation des utilisateurs finaux tout en accélérant la transition vers l’économie circulaire.

Les MPE Seb Dance, Giovanni La Via, Jakop Dalunde , Inmaculada Rodriguez-Piñero et le VP Mairead McGuinness ont présenté des startups de leur propres pays orientées vers l’économie circulaire, rejoints par le MPE Gesine Meissner qui s’est exprimé lors de la table ronde, ainsi que Kęstutis Sadauskas, Directeur pour l’économie verte à DG Environment.

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Pangloss @ #UNHCRNGOs

On June 14th 2017, representatives from Pangloss Labs were invited to participate to the UNHCR annual consultation with NGOs.  From the sustainable development innovation lab, Paul, Charlie & Gianluca decided to dedicate one day to this.  With our partners from the Global Humanitarian Lab (based at the Palais de Nations), we exhibited some of the things that digital fabrication – and more importantly the entrepreneurial, problem solving mindset around it – could enable in refugee environments.   

It was an eye-opening day for all of us, and each of us decided to tell the story in our own words.

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Pangloss Labs à Genève

[French]

Le 12 janvier, un groupe de personnes restreint et déterminé s’est réuni au Pangloss Labs à Ferney Voltaire pour discuter du fait qu’il n’existe pas encore de site Pangloss Labs à  Genève, et voir ce qui peut être fait à ce propos.

En résumé, bien que nous ayons touvé quelques lieux à Genève qui correspondent aux critères initiaux de locaux mi-bureaux / mi-atelier, ceux-ci sont très peu nombreux. Sachant que les dépenses en loyer sont bien plus élevées à Genève qu’en France Voisine, si l’on voulait répliquer directement ce qui a été réalisé en France, il faudrait trouver 45 personnes volontaires pour payer une part du loyer, et ceci avant d’obtenir le lieu. De plus les contrats de bail à Genève sont généralement conclus pour une durée de 5 ans. Pour certaines des offres qui ont été proposées, qui [French] correspondent à des projets en cours de développement, nous aurions besoin de 45 personnes volontaires pour s’engager à contribuer pendant 5 ans à une association collaborative qui démarrerait dans un an ou deux. C’est presque impossible à réaliser.

Par conséquent, ayant mis tous ces éléments sur la table, et avec l’aide d’un vin français très convenable, nous avons « brainstormé » sur de possibles façons d’aller de l’avant. Après avoir utilisé de nombreux tableaux blancs, et après avoir échangé sur nos différentes expériences et situations vécues, nous en sommes arrivés au plan suivant :

  1. Editer une liste de tous les lieux et initiatives similaires existant dans le Grand Genève et ayant un lien avec l’innovation. Créer des partenariats lorsque c’est possible.
  2. En parallèle, utiliser la co-création au sein des membres de notre communauté Pangloss Labs à Genève pour déterminer quel ensemble de Labs d’Innovation a du sens pour eux. Ce pourrait très bien être un ensemble de Labs très différent des 10 Labs identifiés dans le Pays de Gex.
  3. Elaborer les besoins en espace pour chacun des Labs d’Innovation. Voir si chaque Lab peut démarrer en utilisant du temps et de l’espace dans des lieux physiques existant à Genève et autour de Genève. Si de tels espaces existent, nouer des partenariats avec le lieu  physique approprié, et le faire de telle manière qu’il en résulte une situation de win-win pour les membres Pangloss et pour le lieu physique en question, en parallèle avec une fertilisation croisée entre les communautés.

Cela ne résout pas la question d’un vaste espace pour makers à Genève, mais cela résout le problème de savoir comment rendre vraiment opérationnels les autres Labs d’Innovation, pour ceux des [French] membres qui ne peuvent pas se rendre aisément à Ferney-Voltaire, et cela amène quelque chose de
concret en tant que partenariat avec d’autres lieux d’innovation amis, à Genève et autour de Genève.

Une fois que les choses auront démarré et fonctionneront, nous pourrons décider si nos avons besoin d’un autre espace physique, situé à Genève, ou s’il est suffisant de travailler en collaboration avec des lieux existants.

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The Business Benefits of Open Source Modular Design

The modular design of technology, facilitated by an open source approach, could be a key feature of a circular economy – and it could open up significant business advantage in the process.

This article was written by Pangloss Lab’s own Paul Bristow and published at Circulate News, the news website of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Read it there:

 

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Business Benefits of Open Source Modular Design

The modular design of technology, facilitated by an open source approach, could be a key feature of a circular economy – and it could open up significant business advantage in the process.  This article was written by Paul and published at Circulate News, the news site of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

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Making things for a good cause

One of the great things about being based in Geneva is the interesting people you meet. While working on innovation for “International Geneva”, I met up with the ICRC’s innovation team. They have been working on a global makeathon for humanitarian causes. One thing led to another, and I ended up giving a webinar on rapid prototyping and following that up with a long blog post which you can read on the Enable Makeathon’s site

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Is Lake Geneva ready to make stuff again?

Globalisation only flows one way. At least that’s the experience of the last 30 years. Manufacturing fled Europe, looking for more and more economies of scale, making millions of identical objects for the cheapest possible price.

Mass manufacturing has changed the world, but every process comes to an end. When something becomes “the only way to do things”, innovation kicks in and find a alternative.

Open Source distributed manufacturing is that alternative. New, open source technologies have reduced the costs of machinery by a factor of tens to hundreds. Things that were complicated and expensive, like accurate positioning in 3D space, have become trivially simple and ridiculously cheap. The result is that it has become much less expensive to make individual customised objects – something that mass manufacturing cannot do at all.

FabLabs, like this one, are described as a place when you can make “almost anything”. We know what the things we cannot yet make are, and many of the projects in these spaces are open source machines to overcome these limitations. Just in the last two years we have seen machines for knitting clothes, printing fabrics, printing concrete, and laminating wood/carbon fibre composites, as well as DNA sequencers, projects to grow bricks, produce all sorts of energy efficient vehicles, and build your own energy efficient houses.

These projects are not developed by individual geniuses in their garages. The internet was designed as a collaborative tool, and has delivered magnificently. Local communities of people interested in making things have found each other online, and joined together to create physical spaces where they can collaborate together. These projects, in turn collaborate online in globe-spanning open source projects, creating amazing collaborative answers to problems that might not be solved in any other way.

Right now it’s not for replacing the things you can buy in the shops, more for replacing the things you cannot buy in the shops. How often have you searched and not found the thing you were looking for? Simply not been able to buy a spare part, or not found a table the right size in the right wood. Those are the sorts of things maker-spaces can produce using parametric design and shared resources.

In twenty years the very idea that you would buy something that is the same thing that any of your neighbours have will seem quaint, like Henry Ford’s “any color you like as long as it’s black”. You will be able to easily customise the object you want to suit your exact needs and have it quickly manufactured in your local fabrication centre. Or have a brand new thing designed just for you from scratch using open source tools, technologies and techniques.

Around Lake Geneva, this is a work-in-progress. On the 27th of June 2015, the makers of the Lac Leman region unified for the first time to put on the “Leman Make” Festival. At the start, we knew of two hackerspaces in the region. One year later we had dozens of local fabrication spaces involved in the festival, all of whom were making stuff right here.

Technology should be a slave, not a master. It’s time it stopped being exclusive – something for other people far away to master – came back home, and was made accessible to everyone. As children we were all taught to share, and it turns out that sharing really can change the world for the better.So the answer to the question “is Lake Geneva ready to make stuff again?” is definitely a resounding yes. We hope you’ll join in.

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3D Printing in Geneva

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from April 7th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

For more information about 3D printing, MAKE magazine is a great place to start:

To try 3D printing in Geneva, you can go to Post Tenebras Lab, the Geneva Hackerspace on any Tuesday night. It’s open to the public from 19h00 and they even have a communal meal. You might even see me there. We’ve just completed a major upgrade to our 3D printing capabilities and have 3 new printers including a Lulzbot TAZ 4 (a really big one!).

There’s the new Replik3D shop in Acacias. You’ll find their website here. Give them a call before you go to visit them as they are very new and sorting out their opening hours. Their website is in French but both Matthieu and Giovanni speak great English. They sell 3D printers, supplies and do printing services and more. You can even get a 3D scanned bobble head made of yourself in full colour!

You’ve also got Romain at Les Voisins coworking, and Sebastien at Onl’fait who both offer workshops and 3D printing services but you will need to speak French for these two.

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Reality in all its forms

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from March 31st, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

Virtual Reality

A Rollercoaster Simulator on the Oculus Rift

There’s an open source system for VR gaming

Augmented Reality

Google glass – not dead yet.

Navigation

LayAR

Mixed Reality

Microsoft Hololens

and you can even try for yourself with the iPad Ikea catalogue

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Tech at the Geneva Motor Show

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from March 10th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

From the Mobile World Congress we had the LG Flex2 self-healing phone…

But this week is mostly about the Geneva Motor Show, which runs from the 5th to the 15th of March

The ED Design Torq – Electric Driverless Racing Car – which apparently could have a racing driver inside, but who’d want to without windows?

Bentley EXP10 Speed 6 with 3D printed parts

The Quant F and Quant Quantino Nanoflowcell cars have a range of up to 1000km between refills with ionic electrolyte fluid.

The EDAG Light Cocoon (for the blinky light fans)

The Aston Martin all electric DBX concept

The Swiss Rinseed Budii that will hand the steering wheel to you if you feel like driving

There is also the completely bonkers Koenigsegg Regera « hybrid » which does 0-400km/h <20 seconds https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWm8xEapjuQThere are 76 cars at the motor show which emit less than 95g of CO2 per kilometer, and most of them are in production

Oh, and this week Apple launched the most personal computer ever designed. This goes on sale in France on April 10th, and in Switzerland « sometime in 2015 »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-waTi8BPdk

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Mobile World Congress (hah!) and Virtual Private Networking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from March 3rd, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

For the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge:

The Virtual Private Network (VPN) comparison site I mentioned is https://www.bestvpn.com

Just to be safe, I suggest you use either Paypal or an e-card (one time use card number) from your bank to make the payments to these companies. It’s not that they aren’t safe, but I’ve noticed that they come and go over time.

Open source routers will allow you to VPN to your own home, but I won’t give you a link. If you don’t know how to find these, you shouldn’t be attempting it. Surf safely!

And remember – a VPN is just a pretend (really long) network cable.

For details of the next Pangloss events click here.

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Internet of Things

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 24th, 2015:



Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

The Internet of Things market is expected to be huge, with pretty much all market forecasts in the high billions of dollars. By 2020, there are expected to be more than 100 billion devices connected.

The home monitoring (air quality, temperature etc) system I have is from Netatmo My little drone is the Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider, available from 1000ordi in Geneva for 135-7 CHF. They also have a range of Connected Objects and speak English (not a lot, but enough!).

The lighting system from Philips that’s getting towards what I’d like

And of course, the build it yourself option with the Arduino Micro from Sparkfun and the Femtoduino

We held the first Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.   For details of our next events click here.

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Flying free like a bird

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 17th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

If you’ve ever wanted to fly like a bird you need to catch up with the BIRDLY bird simulator.

And the amazing EPFL telescopic contact lense is here.

The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don’t need to be an expert – just bring an object and tell us how you’d like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

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LIFT to Space

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from February 10th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

The totally brain-resetting LIFT Conference web site so you can see what you missed.  The presentation from my workshop on Designing Alternative Currency Systems can be found on the Pangloss Labs site.

The BikeCityGuide can be found in the app stores for iOS and Android, or take a look at their web site.  The Geneva map basically goes from the Jura to the Saleve.

You’ll need to use google translate or the Chrome browser (which has google translate built in) to read the Norwegian findmysheep.com website, but it’s worth it to find out how to get those 21st century cowbells.

Being more serious, the European Space Agency Technology Transfer program is designed to bring space applications into our daily lives, so if you are a startup company, you’ll want to take a look.

You know about the awesome Solar Impulse project, but have you heard of Solar Stratos – using solar power to get to the edge of space?  Another local project, as is Swiss Space Systems – who are hiring.

The Pangloss Labs Internet of Things meetup will be held on the 23rd of February in Eaux-vives.  You don’t need to be an expert – just bring an object and tell us how you’d like it to be connected (or not!)  For details on this and all our events click here.

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Designing Alternative Currency Systems workshop at LIFT15

I organised a workshop about innovations in Finance at LIFT15 on Feb 6th. We had 41 participants and 37 design ideas for currency design! With only 4 similar ones.

Here’s the presentation from the session:

And here’s your chance to get started designing your own currency:

Thanks to everyone who participated and if you do create a new currency, let me know!

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Robots!

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 27th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of links & videos from the show:

Our list of Pangloss Labs events so you won’t miss our next robot workshop

The Open Source (hardware and software) Thymio robot from EPFL and it’s programming environment

The NAO robot

and the much more serious and large ATLAS robot from Boston Dynamics:

And one of my favourite French open source robot projects, InMoov:

Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Have a good week, and remember that according to the original Terminator movie humanity should have been destroyed by now, so we are definitely not in that future.

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Social Innovation talk at Impact Hub Geneva

Paul was asked to speak at Impact Hub Geneva‘s crowdfunding launch event yesterday.  The round table was about Social Innovation.  With such people in the audience as representatives from the UNHCR and the ICRC he talked about the impact of crowdsourced open source hardware.

Projects described included Data Canvas Sense Your City real-time environmental monitoring,  Publiclab – the citizen science portal, the Open Source Beehive project, Local Motors and the awesome E-NABLING the  future project, providing low-cost customised prosthetic limbs all over the world and making people smile.

 

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French – English translation on the go & a giant robot suit

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 20th, 2015:

Here’s the usual set of  links from the show:

The Google Translate app for iPhone and iPad

The Google Translate app for Android

The Kuratas Giant mech suit from Suidobashi Industries in Kyoto on Amazon for $1million

Why would you want one of these?  Just watch…

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CES Roundup 2015

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 13th, 2015:

Here’s some links from the show:

More information than you ever wanted about CES.

A round up of wearable technology from Engadget.

How to get and avoid tech neck (hint – lift your phone up).

The Belty smart-belt is easier to see than read about.

and the Sharp freeform display technology, so I can get my hexagonal screens 🙂

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Pangloss Labs dans l’avenir – in the Future

Mon rêve serait que finalement nous construisons un nouveau bâtiment pour accueillir physique Pangloss Labs soit par impression avec une imprimante 3D comme ceci:

My dream would be that eventually we build a new physical building to house Pangloss Labs by either printing it with a 3D printer like this:

ou de le fabriquer avec de bois local comme ceci:

or making it out of local wood like this:

The wikihouse open source house project

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Changes in Autoentrepreneur formalities

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Lots of small autoentrepreneur changes came in on January 1st, with the most important one being that now you must have a separate bank account for your autoentrepreneur business.

Good news in that social charges have reduced, and a new requirement for using online tools for uploading your accounts if your turnover exceeds a certain threshold.

More details at the APCE web site in French./Droit d’auteur: / 123RF Banque d’images

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New Years Resolutions and Fitness Tracking

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from January 6th, 2015:

A few links from this show:

If your new years resolution is to get fit there’s no better way than eat less and move more. Technology can’t (yet) stop you eating but it can help with the moving, so here are some of the fitness trackers you can get from Fitbit, Withings and Jawbone.

Prices start from around 65 CHF. Or you can just use an app for your smartphone like Moves but then you must carry your smartphone all the time. If you put it down it won’t track your steps.

If you want to hack your life then If This Then That is the site you need. Make the internet work for you doing things that usually only coders can 🙂

If you want a heads-up on CES there is a useful CES preview at TechRadar. Plenty of wearables.

My VOIP provider that lets me have a UK incoming phone number is LocalPhone but there are others, including Skype. As expats living on an international border having multiple incoming phone numbers in different countries can be useful.

Here’s the Octopus:

and here’s the four-finned robot cuttlefish:

Next week we’ll look at the output from CES.

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Christmas Gadgets, the Santa Tracker

Gadget Guru is a short weekly radio show on World Radio Switzerland that I do with Tony Johnston.

Here’s the show from December 23rd, 2014:

A few links from this show:

3D Printed cookie cutters can be downloaded from thingiverse or you can design your own.  The best place to try 3D printing is your local hackerspace.

Post Tenebras Lab in Geneva has an open evening each Tuesday.

Fixme in Lausanne has an open evening each Wednesday.

FabLab La Cote in Nyon has it’s open evenings on Mondays.

The Christmas Shopper Simulator from Game in case your shopping was too easy this year

The Norad Santa Tracker

The cool magnetic levitation hoverboard

and the noisy one that you can make yourself

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The Fab10 Documentary

In July 2014 I went to the 10th annual gathering of FabLabs.  I wanted to see if a FabLab was a useful tool for building a new way to manufacture open source hardware.  This documentary gives you an overview in 35 minutes of what I spent 8 days immersed in.  And, yes, I came back to Geneva convinced I should build an ecological FabLab.

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Un nouvel élan “ouvert” pour les entrepreneurs du Grand Genève

  • Laboratoires d’innovation ouverte et espace collaboratif
  • Fablab écologique pour redynamiser la fabrication locale
  • Nouveaux modèles d’innovation de type “La nouvelle société du coût marginal zéro”

Prévessin-Moens, le 13 novembre 2014 – Un groupe d’entrepreneurs passionnés s’associe pour créer Pangloss, une association à but non lucratif, afin de créer et d’animer des espaces de créativité et de redynamiser les centre-villes par l’innovation.

A tous les ingénieurs, designers ou développeurs, Pangloss offre l’occasion de rejoindre d’autres entrepreneurs pour bénéficier de mutualisation d’idées et de coûts afin de développer des synergies avec d’autres projets.

L’association s’organise autour de laboratoires d’innovation ouverte, d’expérimentation et de prototypage. Concrètement, Pangloss établit et anime des espaces de rencontre, d’échange, et de nouveaux programmes de formation. L’association offrira un accès à des services innovants et des machines des laboratoires de fabrication (Imprimante 3D, découpeuse laser numérique, qui utilisent des matériaux recyclés et qui sont économes en énergie)

Les premiers projets qui ont rejoint Pangloss touchent les secteurs du digital, de l’éducation, du développement durable, de la santé, la nutrition, les médias digitaux, le design, les jeux, l’art et le tourisme.

Par son soutien aux porteurs de projets, Pangloss favorise la croissance endogène du territoire, d’accélérer la transformation numérique et de redynamiser les centre-villes. L’association est active avec des évènements dans le Pays de Gex et dans le Grand Genève.

Veuillez nous contacter pour plus d’informations et/ou pour recevoir notre dossier de presse.

Service presse:

Maria Carmela Rubio-Torset, Paul Bristow, Arnaud Blain, Yves Zieba

contacteznous@panglosslabs.org, 0952118168

www.panglosslabs.org

Association Pangloss, 86 chemin pré de planche, 01280 Prevessin

 

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Urbanisme Lab

Le laboratoire de l’urbanisme favorise l’interaction entre les habitants et leur environnement. Il contribue à imaginer et à améliorer le style de vie dans une approche durable. Ce laboratoire intègre des thématiques comme: le transport, le logement, espaces communs, etc…

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Laboratoire mécatronique

La mécatronique est un domaine pluridisciplinaire de l’ingénierie qui combine l’ingénierie mécanique, électronique et informatique. Par exemple, un robot est un dispositif mécatronique car il intègre des pièces mécaniques actionnées par des moteurs et commandé par un ordinateur.

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Fabrication Lab

Ce laboratoire est dédié à la réalisation de prototypes, de produits finis ainsi que la réparation d’appareils. Il est équipé des outils conventionnels et de machines comme : des imprimantes 3D (FDM, DLP, SLS), des scanners 3D, d’une machine de découpe laser et d’un centre usinage (CNC).

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