B2RUN is an initiative started in Germany and companies can participate in a 6km race as a way of encouraging their employees to stay fit and healthy. Many companies do the race as a teambuilding exercise, to promote a healthy workplace, or just for fun! Our Materialise Germany office joined in the B2RUN race in Munich just a few weeks ago.
The Akkuschrauberrennen has been held at the HAWK Hochschule in Hildesheim for the past nine years. The concept is simple: each team needs to construct a vehicle that can carry at least one person, and which is powered by an electric screwdriver. The Hochschule of Emden-Leer also enters their very own team in each edition, and has managed to win the “speed” category quite a few times since they first joined in 2009. This year, the organizers of the Akkuschrauberrennen spiced things up a little by decreeing that at least 50cm of the vehicle had to be 3D printed – as well as being sustainable and organic in design.
In 1988, a young engineer named Fried Vancraen visited a research facility in Bremen Germany, and while there, saw one of the first 3D printers up and running in Europe. For the entire drive back to Leuven, his mind was racing with the applications that could one day be made possible by what this early-stage technology had to offer. Just one year later, Fried did an FFF funding round (friends, fools and family), purchased his very own 3D printer, and opened a small prototyping company called Materialise.
How urgent is the global fight against leukemia? To give the example of Germany, a patient is diagnosed with leukemia every 16 minutes – and only one-third of them find a suitable stem cell donor within their family.