Dare to Dream

A distinguished four-star general for the United States Army, Colin Powell once said, “A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.” Dreams take time to accomplish they don’t just appear finished. There are avenues that’ll be placed in your pathway to help you along the way, but you ultimately…

Capture the Moment

Have you ever pondered this question? When a horse is trotting, do all four of its hooves leave the ground at the same time? The question above left former Governor of California, Leland Stanford and his friends curious as to what the answer was. Though Stanford’s friends thought that a trotting horse has at least…

You’ve Got Talent

Each person has a unique talent that they strive at but others struggle in. It sets them apart making them irreplaceable and distinguishable from the crowd. A talent could be the ability to make others laugh, a great motivator, storyteller, dancer, or artist. It’s in all of us, we just need to “attain the greatest…

Turn that Frown Upside Down

A simple smile can brighten a person’s day and transform the world around them in a positive way. Mother Teresa once said, “We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” Although it may seem like a small act, it affects others in more ways than one. Researchers have found that…

The Power of a Simple Gift

The beauty of generosity and seeking nothing in return is a selfless act that brings people together. John Richardson, owner of the NKY Tech Center in Independence, Kentucky, may be a busy man but he makes every minute count helping others. As a 3D printing hobbyist, most of what he makes, if not all, is…

The Race to Space

Millions of people tuned in to watch American astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Edwin Aldrin make a ground breaking journey to the moon. The spacecraft launched from Cape Kennedy on July 16, 1969 and landed on the moon on July 20, 1969. Cindy Jory, a 3D printing hobbyist, was one of those millions of people…

The Dynamic Duo

An impossible idea may seem unachievable at times, but when you work at it and refine it you may find it to become a possible. Juan Pedro and Jose Julio are an innovative duo. They challenge themselves in the world of science and technology. Their goal is to teach people about “the robotic world,” Juan…

Spinning Out of Control

What’s the hot new trend that nearly every young person wants? A fidget spinner! This trend is making young people go crazy for. Despite it being invented in the early 90s to help people with anxiety, autism, and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), two decades later it is spinning out of control. Now it doesn’t…

Surf’s Up on the Streets

“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, is a common phrase that many people use to explain that whenever you face something challenging, you should try to make the most out of it. Austin Otto, a mechanical engineer at the University of St. Thomas, has the ability to turn a problem into a solution. When…

Enter the World of 3D Printing

Technology is a fast pace industry that changes every day. However, when you have the opportunity to be a part of the journey, it allows you to broaden your horizon to unlimited possibilities. Sachin Patel, a product specialist at MakerBot, says that “the great thing about 3D printing is the ability to quickly iterate and develop my…

Get Inspired

Whenever you’re trying to come up with a new idea but can’t seem to think of one, sometimes all you need is a little bit of inspiration. Roberto Lama, an aspiring biotechnologist, was struggling to think “of an aesthetically pleasing yet useful gift” for his mom. Having been “designing various architectural projects for the Scholastic…

Hope for the Hopeless

Hope. A four letter word that means a desire or anticipation for something to happen. In life, we all have dreams and aspirations that we strive to achieve and try to accomplish. Some succeed, others fail. However, that doesn’t define who we are. What ultimately defines us is our determination and how we overcome those…

When Two Worlds Collide

What if a board game could come to life, where the pieces became reality? Robbie Cochran, a computer-aided design (CAD) drafter for a telecommunications company, uses his talents to transform a one dimensional game into a 3 dimensional one. One of his favorite games that he has designed was Settlers of Catan game pieces. He…

Save Our Wildlife

Not a day goes by that an elephant is hunted for its tusks, a tiger for its fur, a rhino for its horn, or a sea turtle for its meat, eggs, and shell. Even though it may be illegal in some countries to kill these animals, it sadly isn’t illegal in every country. There are…

The City of Waters

Surrounded by various lakes and rivers is the beautiful city of Minneapolis. Its name derives from the Greek word “mini” and “polis”, which means the “city of waters”. With some of the tallest skyscrapers and skylines in the United States, Minneapolis is a place with breathtaking views. Mikhail Tikh, an aspiring design engineer and maker,…

A Journey Into Your Imagination

Believing that children are the future, Carla Diana, a technology-focused product designer, wrote the first children’s 3D printing book, LEO the Maker Prince. The book is about Carla, an accountant, who dreams of becoming a sculptor. After getting caught in a storm, she meets LEO, a robot, who inspires her to turn her drawings into…

An Image of the Past

A 3D model is worth a thousand words that can lead to so many different directions. However, one thing that remains the same is the story of the artist who created it and the history behind it. Re-creating intricate designs is more than just a job to Arif Sethi, a designer at 3D FilaPrint, it’s…

The Great Race

With every challenge there is a new adventure to explore. For John-William Forcier, a computer programmer, technology in 3D printing is his adventure. The technology behind 3D printing is not only fascinating, but also “easy for everyone to create any object,” Forcier said. It’s “simply fantastic and genius.” After winning money on a game show…

Shark Bites

From being a cook to an industrial drafter, Hiroko Price goes beyond her imagination when it comes to 3D printing. Her interest in sharks and love for shoes is what led her to combine and create shoes that are based off of a shark’s teeth. She calls them “Toothy high heels”. “All the teeth in…

Let’s Go Retro!

Apple Inc. is one of the world’s largest IT companies that have remained at the top of their respective industry since 1976. As an Apple software and hardware enthusiast and a love for technology, Charles Mangin, an IT consultant and 3D hobbyist, specializes on designing “miniature versions of real world objects.” Even though some of…

Through the Eyes of Another

Those that have a visual impairment see the world not with their eyes but with their hands and ears. Daniel Sanchez an industrial designer was asked by a visually impaired friend to produce “3D print models so that she and others could ‘see’ the world”. When traveling, the blind can’t experience the beauty of an…

Across the Rocky Sea

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer and writer recruited five sailors to take a journey across the Pacific Ocean. Even though Heyerdahl couldn’t swim and was afraid of water, he was determined to prove his theory that Peruvians could have originally populated Polynesia. They built a raft made out of balsa wood and used…

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Meet the Designer: Walter Hsiao

Our talented designers are an eclectic group from all over the world. Find out what drives their passion for 3D design as they reveal more about themselves in our Meet the Designer series. Their tips, inspiration, and wisdom will provide you with an insider’s view of 3D printing, along with a few laughs and surprises…

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Turning 3D Prints into Art

  James Alday Turns 3D Prints into Art   James has also experimented with finishing techniques, and now these techniques are the hallmark of his work. He’s found that ABS is easily sandable but more difficult to get quality prints. PLA is easy to print with but more difficult to sand and finish. He uses…

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Meet the 3D Designer: Noah

Our talented designers are an eclectic group from all over the world. Find out what drives their passion for 3D design as they reveal more about themselves in our “ Meet the 3D Designer ” series. Their tips, inspiration, and wisdom will provide you with an insider’s view of 3D printing, along with a few…