Vaughan company's pandemic playbook: print protective equipment, offer virtual platform
Exceed Robotics was set to open Richmond Hill location
One of Shant Pailian’s aims is to encourage students to come up with real-life solutions. With the advent of COVID-19, the mechanical engineer had the opportunity to model this. “This is the biggest real-world problem we’ll find in our lifetime,” said Pailian, co-founder of Exceed Robotics, along with Reza Emami. "We want to set an example for our students.” Exceed Robotics teaches students robotics, coding, game programming and how to use artificial intelligence in given applications. Billed as "engineering for children," it was founded by a team of mechanical, computer and software engineers in 2014 in Thornhill. After the pandemic hit, Pailian, the company’s director of operations, was on Facebook and found his calling. Pailian says Michael Garron Hospital’s drive for personal protective equipment was “a call to action." He packed up his 3D printers from his Thornhill location Read more He took them into his basement and started up the printers, running them “non-stop.” But these printers were meant for prototyping, not for mass production, he said. The limitations meant he could only print nine frames of visors for face shields every two hours.