A team of young entrepreneurs were invited to exhibit alongside rapid manufacturing specialists 3D Printing Engineering (3DPE) at the recent Wearable Technology Show, after their planned excursion to a New York Business Showcase was cancelled due to lack of funding.
The four pupils, from Norbury Manor Business and Enterprise College, St Joseph's College, St Martin's Academy and The Norwood School, were expected to travel to the US after receiving the silver award in an EU-wide enterprise competition. When the trip fell through, Brett Rust, Director and Co-Founder of 3DPE, stepped in to offer the team the chance to share his exhibition stand at the show, as
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Following an introduction by Sussex Innovation, 3DPE became involved in the venture by helping to produce a prototype of the Lumiere product, a power band worn as a bracelet, which stores kinetic and thermal energy to charge mobile phones through a USB device.
The project was ideally suited to the capabilities of 3DPE, whose rapid prototyping service is intended to help entrepreneurs quickly produce limited runs of professional quality prototypes using a range of materials. In this case, the band's main body was 3D printed using a rubber-like material, with a translucent green screen produced in resin.
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"The Lumiere team can be extremely proud of themselves after receiving the silver award from the panel in Budapest, especially considering that they were the youngest participants, coming from one of the shortest entrepreneurship programmes,” said Usha Kong, Managing Director of the Network for Teaching Young Entrepreneurs. "They were understandably very disappointed that they were unable to celebrate their success by going on to the New York Business Showcase, so we were very grateful to Brett for his invitation to join him at the Wearable Technology Show."
3D Printing Engineering Director Brett
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"Going to the exhibition for me personally was a great learning experience, as I have never participated in such events hands-on," said Sarah Msouhli of Lumiere. "The exhibition was a chance to interest people in helping us move on with our product, but also helped us grow as young entrepreneurs. I left the show with contact information of people that wanted to work with us, people we wanted to work with, and a smile on my face knowing that we are one step closer to reaching our goal of running our business."