You will probably have heard of 3D printing – but if you are like me – you will find it difficult to imagine what it is. At least I didn’t have a real idea about what it was until I saw it in action at the North East Valley’s Valley Community Workspace open day in August 2015.
Very briefly, 3D printing, also called additive printing makes a three dimensional object by successively adding layers of a material that are laid down according to the instructions of a computer or 3D model. Its quite amazing to watch it in action.
What can 3D printing offer us in terms sustainability and community resilience? A lot in fact.
In this show, I chat with Paul Campbell who, along with others, is using 3D printing technology at Makerspace in the Valley Community Workspace in North East Valley.
Paul is an engineer. Originally from Dunedin, he spent 20 years living in Berkeley and Oakland and working in Silicon Valley in California writing software and designing chips. Ten years ago when his kids reached high school, he and his family moved back to Dunedin. Paul is also Director of Moonbase, an IT software writing company based here in Dunedin that is serving international markets.
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For more information about 3D Printing – Paul recommends
This programme was originally broadcast on the 3rd September 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and is supported by Sustainable Dunedin City. The radio show Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard, a Sustainability Educator and Facilitator.