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21 May 2020 19:00

Science Café: Research and Innovation focused on the battle with COVID 19

Czech Centres cordially invite you to another episode of the Global Science Cafe serie. This time we will introduce research and Innovation focused on the battle with COVID 19.


Global Science Café / Czech Centres is a series of popular science lectures and debates with the best Czech scientists, innovators, economists and other professionals. The Science Café (currently an online format) is organized by the Czech Centres and shared within the entire network. It is an informal forum for discussing current scientific and societal issues.


Research and Innovation focused on the battle with COVID 19

Science Café online via Facebook, May 21 at 6 PM (CET)

*19:00 Israeli time


Moderator: Guy Borg

Guest: Mr. Josef Průša, (developer of 3D printers), Průša Research

Language: English

Live stream on FB Czech Centres.


Josef Průša

Josef Průša (born 1990) comes from Havlíčkův Brod. He studied applied informatics at the University of Economics. At the age of 19, he began designing 3D printers, and in 2012, he founded Prusa Research.

Web Prusa Research




Prusa Mendel  

Josef Průša built his first 3D printer in 2012 under the name Prusa Mendel and it can be considered the "Ford Model T" of 3D printing. The Prusa Mendel was relatively easy to assemble, repair and modify. The world of 3D printing has thus opened up to a much wider audience.

Josef Průša lectures on 3D printing and open-source hardware. He teaches Arduino at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University, and he has also taught at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague.

With the onset of the COVID 19 coronavirus pandemic, Průša Research has been actively involved in face shield printing, which it offers free of charge to all hospitals, general practitioners, dispensaries, dentists, pharmacies, police officers, teachers and other professionals. Meanwhile, there are more than 300 people working in Prusa Research and we ship over 6000 printers worldwide directly from our HQ in Prague every month! We have become the no.1 fastest growing tech company in Central Europe (Deloitte 2018) with the growth rate of 17,118 % over the last four year.

3D printing

The basis for Josef Průša's business was the RepRap project (replicating rapid prototyper) - a project centred around a 3D printer that can partially replicate itself and is available as open-source hardware - FOSH (this term usually means that available hardware information allows others to produce it and it connects it with other creators. Hardware design (i.e. mechanical drawings, diagrams, BOMs, PCB design data, HDL source code and integrated circuit information), in addition to the software that controls the hardware, are released under a free license. The author who shares the work receives feedback and potential for design improvement from the FOSH community, and there is now significant evidence that such sharing can deliver a high return on investment. 


Read more: According to Průša, the whole world prints

FORBES - March 28, 2020: Making Made Right: This Czech Company Guides Global 3-D Printing Pandemic Response





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21 May 2020 19:00


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