3D printing is all the rage these days, and FreeFab 3D is joining us at Gulf Coast MakerCon to show us why. We asked FreeFab to tell us a bit about what they do and why they do it.
GCMC: Tell us what you do
FF3D: FreeFab 3D is a team of friends who have come together to design and build 3D printers, and we’ve just released our brand new model – the Monolith.
GCMC: Why do you do it?
FF3D: Fundamentally, (we have) a passion for making stuff. Everyone in the team comes from a technical or engineering background in some form or another, and for all of us open source 3D printing is a great way to let our inner nerd loose.
GCMC: What got you interested in 3D Printing?
FF3D: The interest initially came Mo and Lance Eppley purchasing a 3D printer and starting Tangible Labs and it grew rapidly from there. Through Lance’s beer-based networking the interest quickly spread to Fri (who was already 3D Printing at home) and Joel…it was only a matter of weeks before we were building our first printer.
GCMC: 3D Printing is everywhere these days – what makes you different?
FF3D: Each of the founders of FreeFab 3D brings a vast amount of experience and knowledge with them, particularly from the printing industry. Between us, we have a number of years working in engineering, electronics, product design, software development and marketing – this, and the passion we have for making stuff, makes us a great team.
Also unlike a lot of printing companies, we really want to focus on selling to local businesses and organizations, and offer better service – both during and after sale.
GCMC: What are you looking forward to at Gulf Coast MakerCon?
FF3D: We love attending Maker events, it’s great to meet people who share an interest in making and building things. The fact that it’s in Tampa Bay, where we’re based, makes it pretty important to us.
GCMC: What do you hope to show or teach folks?
FF3D: Firstly, that 3D printing isn’t as hard or scary as it may initially look, it’s great way to quickly prototype and realize the crazy ideas we all have every day. Secondly to show our new 3D printer in action, the Monolith.
GCMC: What do you hope to get from the event?
FF3D: We’re excited to meet fellow makers and demonstrate our printer in action. Anyone who is even remotely interested in 3D Printing should stop by, take a look and ask questions – we’re ready and waiting. This is something we are passionate about and love doing, and we’ll talk all day about it.
GCMC: Anything else you’d like to add, comment or talk about?
FF3D: Come stop by our booth, see our 3D printer in action and meet the team – we’re offering a 10% discount on any orders placed at the show.