Transport robots and 3D printed saddles for cyclists

The Hi-tech workshop PrusaLab of the Czech 3D printer Josef Průš supported two projects in the form of an acceleration program with investments, training and technological background. These are Vanilla Robotics, which develops autonomous delivery robots, and bicycle saddles manufactured using 3D printing under the Posedla brand. The common goal is the innovation of hardware products, companies also perceive the accelerator as a way to further investments.

Robotic couriers head to the streets of Prague

Tomáš Krivda and Jan Sedláček, a pair of developers, want to compete with the logistics of delivery services and large warehouses with their autonomous robots. Their motorized skateboard-like transport platform can already deliver a shipment weighing up to 20 kilograms with the assistance of the operator. Thanks to a combination of built-in sensors and artificial intelligence, it is able to detect objects and people, and thus create a map of its surroundings in real time. Great emphasis is placed on the modularity of the robot – various types of chassis can be connected to the control unit, which the customer chooses based on need. In addition to storage space, it is therefore also suitable for operation in the city.

The developers, in collaboration with Prusalab, have gone through many iterations of hardware and, among other things, plan to complete the development of a fully independent navigation system. This would allow them to launch a robotic delivery platform at a fraction of current prices in the coming years. It was the clear vision, the perfectly prepared project and the technological sophistication that were the main reasons why the Vanilla Robotics project went through Josef Průša’s accelerator.

In the first phase, the robotic fleet should focus on the so-called last mile delivery, ie the transport of the consignment to the end customer. The last step in the logistics process is usually the most expensive for delivery services. Praguers should meet autonomously guided couriers in the city streets as early as 2022.

The first Czech bicycle saddle made to measure

The idea of ​​a tailor-made bicycle saddle, where 3D printing (but also advanced composite materials) plays a key role in development and subsequent production, was born in the minds of “obsessed” cyclists Martin Řípa and Jiří Dužár. The saddle is one of the cyclist’s three points of contact with the bike, and as it falls, it has a major impact on health, comfort and performance. Each person has a unique physiology, yet the selection of a saddle is usually done by trial and error, which is not ideal. The production will be located completely in the Czech Republic. The company thus responds to the current shortage of bicycles and bicycle components manufactured and imported from Asia.

During production, classic production methods will be combined with parametric design using 3D printing. Based on the individual parameters that the cyclist enters from the comfort of home, accurate and correct ergonomics of the seat will be achieved.

During the first three months of their stay in the Posedla accelerator, they went through several phases of prototyping, from input models to test prototypes. Thanks to the accelerator, they managed to consolidate a team of key collaborators and suppliers, with whose help they want to finalize a fully functional product this year, so that the first saddles can travel to their customers with the beginning of the 2022 season.

Negotiations with another suitable investor will be crucial, but financing for the development is also planned from the sale of other products that help take care of cycling. In the spring in Posedl, they developed a unique recipe for cycling chamois cream with a leading Czech aromatherapy company, which they will launch on the market this year.

PrusaLab made top prototyping technologies available to the winners, and each project was further supported by an initial investment of CZK 450,000 for materials and services related to development. Participants work closely with experts in digital manufacturing and project management.

A total of 92 projects applied for the support of the workshop. Due to the number of promising applications, the selection procedure was really demanding. That is why they decided to support several other ideas in PrusaLab with another form of cooperation. The workshop will also support, for example, in the form of an artistic grant, an electromagnetic mirror project by the artist Kryštof Brůha.

More information at prusalab.cz/akcelerator.


Source: Aktuality – 2D a 3D CAD Design Software by www.cad.cz.

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