3D4VET – 3D Printing Event presents Mark Wrigley

The 3D4VET project is coming to an end this month, and we are proud to look back on the multiplier event we organised a couple of weeks ago to inform and inspire attendees about the world of 3D printing and the business opportunities it can bring. The event ‘Could 3D Printing give your business an edge?’ was held on the 19th of October and presented a 3D4VET project presentation, followed by a presentation and live 3D printing demonstration from entrepreneur Mark Wigley.

1 November 2019     By Sinead Graham
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3D4VET is an ERASMUS Plus and EU funded project. This project aims to include 3D printing technologies in the Vocational Training studies in Europe. The project was presented by Marina Larios, President of WiTEC (The European Association for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Director of Inova and Project Manager of the 3D4VET project at Inova. The presentation featured definitions surrounding the project, a look into the learning pathway and an introduction to the collaborative platform. Attendees were shown how they could log onto the platform for free and access a Software or Hardware course in 3D printing. This was followed by videos which aim to inspire people to create using a 3D printer. These interviews formed an introduction to Mark Wrigley and his success story as a 3D printing entrepreneur.

Mark Wrigley is a physicist, who set up his own company, Elektric-Works, in 2011. Elektric-Works explores the way disruptive technology and creation can empower individuals and start-ups. To learn more about Mark Wrigley, click here.

Mark’s presentation focused on;

  • The Disruptive Technology Telescope and the creation of this
  • How an outreach project became a business
  • Use of crowdfunding
  • 4Ps of Marketing
  • His business manifesto

To close the event, Mark did a live demonstration of his 3D printer by printing a small blue rocket, while talking through the mechanics of this.

The event enabled attendees to network with others working in, or interested in, the area of 3D printing. All participants completed an evaluation form and some of the feedback is below.

 “I enjoyed learning about 3D Printing”

“Very motivating for an engineer”

 “I will take this back to my college”

by Sinéad Graham

Sinéad is an International Project Assistant and she joined the team in March 2019. She has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Sheffield. This course instilled in her an interest in theories and policies that aim to create a more equal and diverse society and she is continuing to research these concepts at Inova.

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