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New Valence Robotics

The World's Most Innovative Companies 2016A fraternity house basement may not seem a likely birthplace for innovative technology, but it sure worked for New Valence Robotics (NVBots) founders AJ Perez (CEO), Forrest Pieper (CTO), Christopher Haid (COO), and Mateo Peña Doll (VP engineering). Frustrated by a lack of reliable, easy-to-use 3-D printers, the MIT students set out to create their own. The result was NVPro, a plug-and-play, fully automated printer they hope will provide the type of hands-on experience that will inspire students to pursue STEAM careers. The machine has several features that suit it to a classroom, including a cloud-based interface that allows for remote printing and queue management, a live video feed for viewing jobs in progress, and a robotic arm that clears the way for multiple projects to print with zero human assistance. NVBots rents the machines to schools and bundles them with education modules that meet standards set by Common Core and Next Generation, so instructors can seamlessly integrate the printers into their coursework.
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