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If Grant Sadowski had his way, Matt Damon in The Martian mayn’t have had to MacGyver trinkets for his survival on the red planet. Instead, he’d be delivering it effortless, sipping on margaritas out of a 3D-printed margarita manufacturer.
“It may’ve saved Matt Damon a lot of time in The Martian,” jokes Sadowski, cofounder of Fort Lauderdale-based Becoming 3D. “With a 3D printing device on Mars, you may print tools.”
Sadowski and his longtime friend-turned-business partner Matt Craine commenceed a startup in October 2013. Becoming 3D specializes in designing 3D printing solutions to meet a business’s making requires —anything of additional basic $700 printing devices for elementary schools to $1 million top-of-the-line printing devices for automobile engineers and actually printing devices meant for human life on Mars. In fewer than three years, the company may already has 11 employees on staff and has landed contracts across the country with dozens of schools, universities, and bigger companies like Motorola and Disney.
“We’re 3D evangelists,” Sadowski says. “We’ll manufacture sure you have the right machine, training, education to foster creativity and advancement.”
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The Mars Desert Research Station is located in the Utah abandon. It simulates life on Mars. It’s owned and operated by a nonprofit space advocacy group called Mars Society, which promotes research to bring human life to Mars. Crews take turns running experiments there, and in fall 2015, Sadowski and Craine sent a 3D printing device to the group to test how 3D printing may work on Mars.
“It may take years to send a thing to Mars,” Craine explains, adding which a 3D printing device on-site may allow astronauts to ready-manufacture tools or parts they can require in any given situation.
Grant Sadowski (left), Matt Craine (right)
Sadowski and Craine met in 2004 in Fort Lauderdale. Sadowski had commenceed Mosaic Business Solutions, a successful 2D-printing business which managed the office printing requires of medium to sizeable businesses. Craine worked as Senior Fantasy Sports Producer for CBS Sports and and so commenceed a marketing company.
In 2011, Craine attended a 3D-printing conference for jewelry with a client in Las Vegas. A year later, Sadowski attended with him — except this time it was to figure out the intricacies of commenceing their own 3D printing business. The innovation was so innovative; they were hooked. In October 2013, the pair invested hundreds of thousands to commence their startup.
Becoming 3D focuses on finding solutions for big manufacturers, like Motorola Solutions and Trividia Health. These use additional sophisticated machines which cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Last month, students at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University utilized a 3D-printing device to improve sure parts of a Formula 1 race car.
On the other end of the spectrum, Becoming 3D in addition focuses on delivering 3D printing to math and science education. It has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club, implementing additional user friendly printing devices which can print anything of chess pieces to Star Wars figurines. Sadowski and Craine have provided 3D printing devices to Port St Lucie High, Florida Atlantic University, Tallahassee Community College, Jacksonville State University, and the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale. They estimate which 75 percent of their business is in Florida.
Craine and Sadowski stress they’re not mathematicians or engineers (Craine studied political science, Sadowski finance). They opened their offices in North Fort Lauderdale.
“We learned slowly over time,” Craine says. “When we were newbies we had never actually seen a 3D printing device.”
They’ve not long ago segued into a third focus in 3D-printing consulting, providing insight to businesses looking to install a 3D-printing lab. They’re already speaking Frost Museum of Science in Miami and Metropolitan State University in Denver.
They’re thinking expansion to Colorado (where they already have a tiny presence) and Texas.
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