This week we welcome back product designer, maker, manufacturing engineer and 3D printing enthusiast Richard de Lancey. He was nominated for Stuff Magazine's Design of the Year award for his work on AlphaSphere and is currently running his third startup business; DELCO - a design and manufacture agency based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

Richard (aka deL) is a former Resident of the Studio, having spent four years here as Director of Design and Manufacture at nu desine. These were a roller-coaster four years during which he designed and manufactured the AlphaSphere, set up production lines in UK and China, and learnt first hand the difficulties in trying to launch, fund, and market a hardware startup.

After leaving nu desine, Richard moved to Kuala Lumpur, where he started his next company; DELCO. Richard's vision for DELCO is to make the road from idea to production line much easier for other hardware startups by using his Western background and on-ground-presence to demystify the manufacturing landscape in Asia.

Richard will talk about how to start a hardware company in the light of his experiences in the Studio and with the UK, Chinese and Malaysian manufacturing scenes.

This Lunchtime Talk is part of Open Studio Friday, which takes place at the Studio every week.

Do you want to find out what is going on at the Pervasive Media Studio? Are you interested in meeting our residents, talking about a specific project or curious about pervasive media? Why not pack a sandwich and join us for one of our Lunchtime Talks and Open Studio Friday.

Lunchtime Talks are informal presentations by Studio residents and associates. They normally take place at 1pm on Friday, are free and open to everybody who’s interested in what we do.

After the Talk, we also invite you to stay with us for the afternoon to continue the conversation or work on your own projects. We provide chairs, tables, wireless and a great space. You bring what you need to work with (laptop/mobile). Our open afternoons close at 5pm.

Let us know if you’d like a tour of the space and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to