BetaBox at CAM Raleigh

BetaBox at CAM Raleigh

Raleigh, NC – the first ever public open house of the BetaBox mobile prototyping lab will be held outside CAM Raleigh on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST).

Michael Hobgood, Director of Operations at BetaVersity, will be demonstrating their technology and having a conversation with the community on innovative ways to merge art and technology into our schools.

What is BetaBox?

BetaBox is a custom prototyping lab built inside of a shipping container. Whether you’re a K-12 school, a university, or a company, BetaBox is the perfect rapid prototyping solution for classes, events, conferences, and community outreach.

BetaBox by BetaVersityEvery pod comes with rapid prototyping equipment like 3D printers, laser cutters, 3D scanners, and speed of thought materials. But it’s not just about having the latest rapid prototyping equipment; it’s about creating a culture of creativity and entrepreneurial thinking on your campus. This is what Betaversity excels at.

BetaBox at CAM Event Details

  • What: BetaBox @ CAM Raleigh
  • Where: CAM Raleigh, 409 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
  • When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
  • Why: Tour BetaBox and join a conversation on innovative ways to merge art and technology into our schools.
  • BetaBox at CAM Registration Site

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Top picture from Gregory Wilson. Picture in article courtesy of BetaVersity.

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link

Morrisville, NC – Thursday night, January 8, 2015 the Morrisville Innovation Foundation hosted their Morrisville Startup Networking event at the Hardware Store by Bi-Link. The Hardware store is open to anyone to stop by and is full of really cool maker tools to prototype parts.

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

Stefan Stalgren leads a tour of the Hardware Store in Morrisville

Bi-Link is famous for manufacturing hard to make parts that can be produced in volume at low cost. As the Bi-Link designers and engineers work with you on your project they will be looking at how best to make the part looking toward the ultimate production and service requirements. They really can make anything, but if it cannot be produced in the quantity and cost required then your prototype will not be very useful…

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

Morrsville Chamber President Carlotta Ungaro welcomes attendees to the Morrisville Startup Networking event at the Hardware Store by Bi-Link

Stefan Stalgren gave us a tour of the facility. They have 2, 3-D printers, a small retail quality printer and a large extremely accurate printer (Stefan showed a part with 16 micron holes they had made). In the back shop they have a multi-axis CNC machine, a vacuum molding setup, and a very small plastic injection machine where individual parts can be molded. If they do not have the capability to produce your part in Morrisville, then the design can be sent to the main facility in Chicago and parts will arrive by FedEx in a few days. I’m sure I missed a few pieces of equipment, but you can visit and see everything for yourself.

Stefan mentioned that this is the first of the Hardware Stores in the world. Bi-Link located the store here since they have quite a lot of customers in the NC area. A second Hardware Store will open soon in San Diego.

The Hardware Store is an authentic workspace, outside Bi-Link’s headquarters, to create a technology-driven “home away from work” for product engineers — an open atmosphere with all the tools and resources necessary to push the boundaries on design projects.

Stephan stated that there was no ultimate plan for the Hardware Store and it would grow and evolve to fit the needs of the people that come and use the store.

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville, NC

The Hardware Store is a great resource for entrepreneurs and the local maker community. Everyone is invited to stop by and see the many samples of parts they have made and to get a tour of the facility. If you are looking at a new product you will definitely want to consider talking to them about assisting you with the design and producing some prototypes. You will want to call ahead since Stefan is not at the facility at all times and does travel frequently.

Hardware Store Info

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link
200 Trans Air Drive, Suite 800
Morrisville, NC 27560
HardwareStore@Bi-Link.com
(919) 246-9100

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Morrisville StartUp Networking at Bi-Link

Morrisville, NC – The Morrisville Innovation Foundation is holding their first Startup Networking event for 2015 this Thursday. The event will will be at a special location, The Hardware Store by Bi-Link.

Calling all makers. Don’t miss this event!

The hardware Store by Bi-Link

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link

The Hardware Store is an authentic workspace, outside Bi-Link’s headquarters, to create a technology-driven “home away from work” for product engineers — an open atmosphere with all the tools and resources necessary to push the boundaries on design projects.

Built by engineers for engineers, The Hardware Store ™ is a place to:

  • Collaborate with top industry minds
  • Access latest technologies
  • Test proof of concept
  • Get a few parts fast!

The Hardware Store by Bi-Link in Morrisville is their first location with the next to be in San Diego.

Event Details

  • What: Morrisville Start Up Networking
  • Where: The Hardware Store by Bi-Link, 200 Trans Air Drive Suite 800, Morrisville, NC 27560
  • When: Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EST)
  • Why: Find out about both the Morrisville Innovation Foundation and the Hardware Store by Bi-Link
  • Registration Site

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Maker Weekend Recap

Raleigh, NC – This weekend was the Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition. I attended on Sunday to spread the word through social media and to see what the teams have been up to over the 54 hour weekend. HQ Raleigh was a perfect location to hold the event as 16 teams were able to find various nooks and crannies all over the facility to meet and innovate.

The Maker weekend was run by Sean Newman Maroni of BetaVersity and Lance Cassidy of DX Lab Design.

The Teams

  1. Beer Buoy / Poolzie – The problem is that your beer (or beverage) does not float straight up in water. Demo showed MVP with someone in a pool (in early April, Brrr…)
  2. Where’s My Coupon? – Changing how people find coupons, providing coupons when you need them.
  3. Can Impact – Socially conscious company to provide a product with the proceeds supporting working wells in disadvantaged countries. “1 ‘Can’ in every backpack and boardroom.”
  4. Paparazzi Feeder – A tech packed bird feeder that takes your bird pix at the perfect time and better yet, sends them via a Twitter stream! (Squirrel repellent was not addressed…)
  5. Tangicode – Teaching kids to learn code in a fun and interactive way.
  6. Lyfe Loop – A biometric trigger to start recording on Glass to capture life’s moments.
  7. Buildz-a-Bot – Empowering children to modify their robots to match their own imaginations.
  8. Gather – Monthly packages of local products for local people delivered by bike.
  9. Right Wrap – Gift wrapping stretchable and reusable fabric to combat the enemy of wrapping paper.
  10. PedSights – Wearable sensors to aid in the proper diagnosis of children suffering form Epilepsy, Traumatic Brain Injury and Tremors.
  11. Vice Grips – Wrap to protect hands from calluses caused by Cross Fit and Kettle Bell training regimens.
  12. Keyleaf – A combination of key ring and wallet to eliminate the problems of classical key rings.
  13. Roam – A wireless child bracelet that alarms if your child strays too far.
  14. Smoke Signal – Drones used for emergency rescue that can drop emergency supplies or hover to pinpoint location of needed service. Who let a drone loose in HQ Raleigh?
  15. See-U – A “healfie” to track health over time by taking images of body parts as well as creating personal data.

(One team pivoted too late and had to pull out…)

Winning Teams

  • 1st Place – Roam – Best demo and use of advertising in-house during the event.
  • 2nd Place – Can Impact
  • 3rd Place – Smoke Signal – Pivoted at ~7pm on Saturday! Great recovery.
  • Crowd Choice – Roam
  • DX Lab Design, Design Sprint Award – Paparazzi Feeder

Pictures from Maker Weekend

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Team Location Diagram at HQ Raleigh

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition  Teams meeting

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Beta Box by BetaVersity

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition TSW Cookie press by Archana Gowda

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition  Prepping for presentations

Triangle Startup Weekend Maker Edition Standing Room Only


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