(Orlando, Fla.) — On March 9 – 11, 2019, Central Florida-based digital manufacturing company, Millebot, will participate in the eleventh annual South by SouthwestⓇ (SXSWⓇ) Pitch Competition in Austin, TX. The company will present their portable 3D printing model to a live audience, including venture capitalists and a panel of carefully curated judges.
Held annually at the Austin Convention Center since 1987, SXSW is best known for its film, music, and interactive festivals and conferences, where creators come together to share innovative ideas across industries over the course of nearly two weeks. As part of the interactive line-up, the SXSW Pitch Competition has been the springboard for pioneers in their industries including Siri, Foodspotting and Tango, with 16% of presenters having been acquired by companies like Apple, Google, and Microsoft. This year, the 50 finalists will present over the course of the 2 days, after which one winner from each of the 10 categories, as well as a “Best in Show” honoree, will be selected and announced Thursday night.
The Millebot team, including Andy Tran, founder and CEO, and Serge Stockert, co-founder and COO, will present the Millebot, a modular digital-manufacturing platform contained within ISO shipping containers. The massive 3D printing machine has the ability to print in over 500 materials, including recycled materials, plastics, polymers, metals, and cement.
As manufacturing adapts to the new capabilities of technology and an increased emphasis on sustainability, major companies like Ford and BMW are coming around to the convenience and cost-effective nature of 3D printing. Millebot takes this trend a step further, eliminating delivery time with its mobility and reducing the cost of labor for increased affordability, turning ideas into realities at an astounding rate.
“We allow people the access they need to create their ideas,” Tran said. “A lot of people have million-dollar ideas, but without the right resources, they can’t bring them to life. Millebot will empower people to start thinking bigger, giving them the opportunity to realize those ideas through the ultimate tool.”
Millebot has cemented their roots in Central Florida, where companies like Disney and Lockheed Martin, and universities such as the University of Central Florida, Valencia College and Seminole State College, provide a wide talent pool for innovative partnerships. The SXSW Pitch event marks the next step with an opportunity to expand their reach even further — creating potentially exponential results.
“We are excited to educate people about the capabilities of our technology and to create new applications. We know we can be a catalyst to help entrepreneurs on the path to creating their own businesses,” Stockert concluded.
For more on the event, and for the latest news on Millebot, visit millebot.com.