An Interview With James Wolff, Founder/Director, Buildatron Systems

Buildatron Systems is  a consumer desktop rapid-prototyping company focusing on the research and development of RepRap (REPlicating RAPid-prototyping) technology. They currently offer a Buildatron Series 2 3D printer based on the generation 3 Prusa Mendel RepRap architecture. The company’s product line offers an unmatched resolution of 75 Microns, with unique features such as an aluminum magnetic hood enclosure attachment, an internal filament spooling system, and proprietary customized and calibrated software.

Buildatron Systems is at the beginning of their Series A and is seeking investors. They are also looking for early adopters, 3D parametric modeling experts and model designers, and interested businesses that wish to participate in their beta testing initiatives.

James will be presenting on March 20th at the NY Tech Mixer Meetup’s Demos & Drinks.

Who is your target market?

Our target markets are home consumers, small businesses and educational institutions like high schools and colleges as well as fab labs and hackerspace.

What were you doing before?

I held an AutoCAD certification and worked as a design and drafting specialist for residential and commercial MEP systems. There I worked in 3D parametric modeling software where I first interacted with rapid prototyping technology.

Why does the world need your product? 

Why now? The timing is right, the technology is expanding exponentially, and laptops and computers are now capable of handling the complex and intensive programs required for the model slicing and operating system requirements.

What keeps you motivated?

Our development is unprecedented and this is an amazing opportunity to be able to have a part in shaping the development of an emerging industry.

What would you consider to be a successful result for your company?

We came out of stealth mode at World Makerfaire in September 2011 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. There we unveiled our Series 1 prototype, which served as a test bed for our design technology. From there we have continued our development, building on the lessons we learned from the many appearances and events we have attended. As we continue to develop a production model of our Series 2 RepRap, we define success in our ability to seek investment for subsidizing our product price point, the acceptance of our technology by the early adopter community, and the continued media exposure by outlets such as PC MAG.

What do you do for fun when not working on your company?

I am a National Space Society Political Action Committee member where we I work on a project for asteroid capture and retrieval, and commercial orbital 3D printing applications with an ISDC (international space development conference) proposal submission team. As part of the political action committee, I am involved in the outreach dialogue initiative for the 2013 NASA appropriations.

Lastly, what is your favorite drink?

Gin tonic.

James will be presenting during NY Tech Mixer’s Demos & Drinks “Meet a Co-Founder” event on Tuesday, 20 March 2012, between 7 and 9 PM at White Rabbit (145 E Houston St., New York). Visit the link above to RSVP.