Dutch state fighting open-hardware

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HexastormHexastorm 10/19/2020 at 11:281 Comment

I created an open-hardware project and got part of my inspiration while working for the Dutch State (TNO). The core idea is that a laser bundle is moved by rotating a prism.  The Dutch state got a patent for a plurality of laser bundles but not for a single laser bundle. For the printed circuit board application, it founded LDI Systems in 2015. This failed and they wasted multiple million tax dollars. I only spent 10K dollars on a working system and paid taxes. I thought they would leave it there. But TNO requested another subsidy from the Dutch government (NWO) to pump 45K euro into a new company AM systems BV for the 3D printing application. I have contacted NWO in this regard as I don't see how the original issues can be solved.  I also wonder how much "own" money is brought in (company is largely owned by the Dutch State). A company is not subject to tender law but the government is.  As such the company might be use to circumvent it. I am also not aware of employees in this company and know they contacted an optical consultancy. My work is free within the constraints provided by the typical licenses MIT and GPL. But I think is strange the state is still sponsoring this project. Hackaday gave me 3K and the Dutch states gives a chosen business developer 45K to explore their failed project. That's not really fair and in that sense the state it is sponsoring "closed hardware".
Often the government throws away the result if unsuccessful, if it was open source one could at least learn something. Anyhow, I filed an official complaint and have talked to NWO.

Links are no longer online, you can still find it in Google Cache. NWO stated it updated its website.


Hexastorm wrote 11/06/2020 at 14:34 point

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Binnen de sterk groeiende wereldmarkt (+33,5% in 2018*) van Additive Manufacturing/3D printing, is SLA (StereoLithography Apparatus) een van de leidende printtechnologieën. De huidige toegepaste, commercieel verkrijgbare belichtingssystemen hebben beperkingen op gebied van resolutie (product kwaliteit), snelheid (productiviteit) en afmetingen van het werkbereik (product grootte), wat de industriële opschaling en applicatie van AM vertraagd.

TNO heeft in 2013 de LEPUS NEXT gepatenteerd (optische, mechatronische belichtings-technologie) welke de SLA productiesnelheid met een factor 5-10x kan versnellen. TNO heeft deze disruptieve technologie in de vervolgjaren doorontwikkeld tot bruikbaar prototype voor lab activiteiten (TRL 3-4). Mede door concrete belangstelling vanuit de markt, streeft AMSYSTEMS erna de drijvende kracht te worden achter de verindustrialisering en vercommercialisering van de LEPUS NEXT-technologie.

Projectnummer / Project number: 18317
Deelnemende kennisinstellingen / Participating institutes: TNO
Projectleider / Project leader: R.H. Brugman MSc. – AMSYSTEMS BV io
Type project / Type project: Lopend / Current
Startdatum / Start date: 01-01-2020
Programma / Programme: Take-off
Vakgebied / Discipline: Natuurkunde / Physics

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