Gregg Latchams Tech Social: 3D printing, and manufacturing, and Apple Stroodel!
As the Christmas tree goes up and the mince pies come out, that can only mean one thing at the Gregg Latchams office: the festive Tech Social! We were fortunate enough to have as our special guests the OmniDynamics team, who travelled all the way from the Bristol Robotics Lab to give us a unique insight into their technology, the manufacturing challenges they’ve faced, and their plans for the future.
David Graces, CEO of OmniDynamics, spoke to us about how the core team – himself, Stephen Lloyd, and John-Anthony Rodgers – met during Robotics degrees at the University of West England. They joined together to form their own company, but not initially in 3D printing, where they now sit in the market. After attempting to have prototypes built for their minesweeping technology, they realised that far more innovation was needed in that field, and so the idea for the Strooder was born.
The small and compact Strooder takes plastic – pellets or waste – and transforms it into usable, valuable, 3D filament. Using their robotics knowledge that includes expertise in software and hardware, David explained how they included their passion for sustainability to create a product that creates material from waste.
But it wasn’t always easy. In a frank and honest speech, David revealed the challenges in fundraising and manufacturing that they have encountered on the way, proving that blazing a trail for new technology is often far more difficult than we realise. It was suggested that if the team ever decided to team up with a large corporate, they could always rebrand as Apple Stroodel!
The OmniDynamics team brought a Strooder with them and demonstrated exactly how it works for the attendees of our Tech Social – a fantastic chance to see theoretical knowledge and drive come to life in tech hardware. And of course, consumption of pizza and drinks continued throughout the evening.
We enjoyed welcoming an intimate group to our offices this month, and all attendees gained the rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the Strooder, asking questions and playing with the filament that it created. Gregg Latchams loves interacting with local Bristol networks, and our legal expertise proves instrumental for tech companies as they navigate ever changing laws. We will be throwing open our doors for another Tech Social in the New Year, so make sure you keep your diaries clear – and catch up on our previous Tech Social if you missed it.
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