President Obama Visits TechShop & Praises Multifunctional 3D Printer
Ahead of the White House Maker Faire, the President of the United States visited the TechShop in Pittsburgh, PA, and received a first-hand demonstration of the ZeGo multifunctional delta robot, which includes three dimensional printing capabilities. Andy Leer, of ZeGo Robotics, explained the multifunctional capabilities of the ZeGo multifunctional delta robot to the President, as the XZeGo bot includes a host of toolheads which enable the bot to be used as a 3D printer, amongst other things.
ZeGo Robotics was co-founded by Daniel Goncharov, who began developing the ZeGo multifunctional delta robot last year with Billy Zelsnack at the TechShop in Pittsburgh. The ZeGo robot stands apart from the majority of its kin because of its plethora of attachments, enabling it to be used as a 3D printer, PCB mill, plotter, pick and placer, as well as a number of other toolhead based functions. The device is not unique for this capacity, as other devices such as the Zmorph also have a multi-head capacity for a range of tools and a range of functions, but it is certainly very unusual for its breadth of capacity and applications. The ZeGo multi-functional delta robot was the only member-created tool demonstrated to the President during his tour of TechShop. Afterwards, the President spoke with other TechShop members about the value of home-grown innovation.
Mr. Obama said: “… because of advances in technology, part of the opportunity is now—to make the tools that are needed for production and prototypes are now democratised. They’re in the hands of anybody who’s got a good idea.”
The White House hosted a Maker Faire the following day, where the President enthusiastically praised the growth of the maker movement in the United States as well as reflecting upon the importance of the individual innovator
At the White House Maker Faire President Obama stated: “Our parents and our grandparents created the world’s largest economy and strongest middle class not by buying stuff, but by building stuff—by making stuff, by tinkering and inventing and building; by making and selling things first in a growing national market and then in an international market—stuff Made in America.”