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NVBOTS Joins Forces with Taktopia & Co. to Inspire New Wave of Entrepreneurs through Hands-On Learning

NVBOTS Joins Forces with Taktopia & Co.

More than 73 Students from China and Japan to Benefit

BOSTON – (July 22, 2016) NVBOTS, the leading provider of automated 3D printing solutions, today announced it is partnering with Taktopia & Co., to spark student innovation through hands-on learning, beginning with a July 23 entrepreneur workshop focused on product design and problem solving. Taking place at MassChallenge, the “Hands-on 3D Printer Innovation” workshop will bring together approximately 73 high school students from China and Japan who will learn how to think like 3D designers, while gaining a better understanding of the “problem-through-prototype” journey.

“Since our founding, NVBOTS has been passionate about empowering students with experiential learning in a way that truly inspires them to innovate in ways never before thought possible,” said NVBOTS Chairman AJ Perez.  “We are excited to collaborate with Taktopia & Co. on what will be an inspiring experience for all involved.”

Marking the first of what will ultimately be a series of workshops in the US and Japan, the July 23 workshop aims to let students from Minoo High School, Ritsumeikan Uji High School, and a mix of highly-prestigious schools from Beijing, gain practical experience and a first-hand account of the ways in which 3D printing is changing manufacturing.  Through team design challenges, participants will develop prototypes (based on their business ideas coming out of the MIT “24 steps” curriculum), while leveraging 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software and the NVBOTS NVPro 3D Printer.

“Offering a hands-on approach to real-life scenarios is something the Japanese schools really need to educate future leaders,” said Mr. Hinoda, principal of the Minoo High School. “This level of global leadership in education will have a profound impact on our students and I am proud to be part of such an extraordinary initiative.”  

Projects will be evaluated by a panel of judges, including: MassChallenge CEO Scott Bailey (serving as the headline judge), Domeyard LP Co-Founder and Partner Christina Qi, MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp Co-Founder Chi-Chu Tschang, Tekuma Co-Founder Kun Qian and Taktopia & Co. Co-Founder Ning Shirakawa.

Upon conclusion of the workshop, students will be able to conceptually understand the nature of innovation and be knowledgeable about the elements of innovation, while gaining deeper levels of insight into the iterative process of innovation. In addition, students will benefit from case studies and learn about the latest in 3D printing capabilities.

“At our core, we are focused on building a co-creative world through global leadership and hands-on education,” said Ning Shirakawa of Taktopia & Co. “We are proud to be working with NVBOTS, known for motivating young innovators to think differently, while solving problems though taking a hands-on approach. In addition, we are grateful for our generous sponsors who are making this event a reality.”

Event sponsors include:

  • MassChallenge
  • MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp
  • Akoo Mechanical Engineering Co., Ltd.
  • Daiwa Steel Tube Industries Co., Ltd.
  • Knowledge Capital



About Taktopia

Under the help and support of MIT Martin Trust Center of Entrepreneurship, Taktopia & Co. strives to build a community of diverse international leaders who can collaborate and solve problems of the 21st century, through hands-on education and entrepreneurship training.


NVBOTS® provides automated 3D printing solutions that deliver high throughput production of parts in a wide range of both metals and plastics.  The company’s NVPro plastic printers are uniquely suited for 24-7 operation in multi-user environments.   The NVPro offers the only automated part removal capability in the industry, and is paired with NVCloud software that allows users to print parts anytime, from any cloud-connected device – while providing administrators with full control of machine usage. NVBOTS metal printers, in development, marry the NVPro platform with the company’s proprietary Metal Additive Deposition (MAD) process - a multi-metal solution that prints 10x faster than any alternative, while dramatically reducing cost and power consumption.  NVBOTS is headquartered in Boston, MA. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @NVBOTS and on LinkedIn.

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