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Meet the Maker: FreeFab 3D

19 Mar

Capture3D 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 openfreefab 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.

How awesome is that?! Advanced discounted tickets are on sale now – Get yours today!eventbrite button

Meet the Maker: Tangible Labs

1 Mar

tangible labs photoOur collection of awesome Makers is wonderful and growing! This weekend, we’ll get to know Tangible Labs. Tangible Labs grew out of MityMo Creative, a creative services agency located in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida. For over ten years, MityMo has provided print, mail, and web design and development services focusing on local small businesses, non-profits, and political campaigns.  Tangible Labs specializes in “making the world a more fun and interesting place through the use of micro-manufacturing machines and three dimensional printing technology. We believe in the real-world magic of dreaming an idea, and bringing that idea into reality by building it before your very eyes.

We checked in with Tangible Labs to learn a little more about them.

GCMC: What do you do?

TL: At Tangible Labs we provide 3D modeling and custom 3d print services for prototypes, customized and personalized items. We also started selling own own products called NerdTags.

GCMC: Why do you do it?

TL: We believe in the real-world magic of dreaming up an idea, and bringing that idea into a reality by building it right before your eyes.

GCMC: Why do you think it matters?

TL: 3D Printing technology allows anyone with an idea to make it a reality. Previously, rapid prototyping services could take months and $1000s of dollars. Now if you have an invention, you can design it and print it in the same day. The can really change manufacturing and engineering and hopefully make it more affordable for the average person and not just big corporations.

GCMC: How can others do it too?

TL: 3D printing is open source technology. It doesn’t take special training. Just the willingness to learn and explore new possibilities.

GCMC: Why should they want to?
The future is now.

 GCMC: What are you looking forward to at Gulf Coast MakerCon?

TL: We are looking forward to showing off the 3d printer to people who many have only read about it or seen videos online. It really is hard to explain to people, so having it printing as we explain the technology is a lot of fun. I love seeing their eyes light up and the excitement when they “get it!”

GCMC: What are maker fairs important?

TL: They are important because they give  people opportunities so see things in person they have only read about and it’s a chance to let them met and network with other like minded people. For kids it’s a great way to inspire them to work hard and try new things and to learn to not give up.

Come see Tangible Labs and more great exhibitors at Gulf Coast MakerCon April 5 & 6th!  Advanced ticket sales available now through April 4th at Eventbrite.



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