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Erik de Bruijn
Erik de Bruijn
Title: Co-founder and -designer
Fields of operation: Digital, Technology
Erik de Bruijn got his masters degree in Information Management at the University of Tilburg. In the course of his studies he has been implementing the academic teachings into two IT companies, which he co-founded, resulting in dynamic and knowledge intensive companies. The companies almost exclusively profit from use and development of open source software. Erik has a passion for technology, especially technologies that potentially have disruptive effects. Since early 2008, Erik has been fully immersed in the RepRap project. RepRap is a collaborative, open source effort to create a machine that can create objects of arbitrary shape, including copies of its own parts. In may 2008, Erik was one of the first RepRappers to replicate functional parts and in 2009 to replicate a full machine (RepRap Darwin). The replication and open source aspects serve as enablers for a unique form of distributed innovation that was previously only seen in software and (virtual) open content. Besides being a core developer for the project, he frequently gives lectures on distributed innovation and hands-on workshops on how to assemble your own copy of this machine. He has been involved in a research project with Eric von Hippel (MIT) and Jeroen de Jong (E.I.M.) to assess knowledge transfers between actors in the additive manufacturing industry and to better understand open source innovation in the RepRap user community. In 2011 he co-founded Ultimaking LTD, a company that develops and sells a fast, large build volume, open-source 3D printer: the Ultimaker. With his passion for, and years of experience in building 3D printers, continuing his work with the Ultimaker was the logical next step. For Ultimaking Ltd., he performs several roles, ranging from software and electronics design to streamlining business processes. At the same time he spends his time as an evangelist of open source 3D printing in general. So far, Erik has grandfathered two RepRap machines with his first RepRap Darwin 3D printer and built a few Ultimakers.