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July 2015 Hacker of the Month
Erica Derrico | Published Jul 6, 2015

Wait - THAT is 3D printed? Check out what Mekah Design Studios has done to make Standard PLA look like a rustic artifact.

Congratulations to Mekah Design Studios, our July 2015 Hacker of the Month! Mekah Design Studios has implemeted 3D printing into part of their craft. Printing for about a year, the Mekah team has been improving the speed and quality of their work with the use of their SeeMeCNC Orion. Less than a year ago, the team had a request for 20 trophies that they chose to fulfill with the help of 3D printing. (More)

June 2015 Hacker of the Month
Erica Derrico | Published Jun 1, 2015

3D Printing and Skateboarding? Find out what they have in common with Kevin Seele and BLOCK Riser Innovations. Let all your hobbies collide!

It all began three years ago when Kevin Seele, founder of BLOCK Riser Innovations, wanted to combine his two favorite hobbies- skateboarding and building. While the designs for a skateboard's wheels, truck, and body had already expanded and changed over the years, risers had not. In fact, they had stayed exactly the same. Seele realized there was potential for a riser mechanism that had multiple functionalities, which led to the idea of BLOCK risers. (More)

Stop Adapting and Start Printing: The Brandy Story
Mara Hitner | Published May 31, 2015

Why adapt to a physical limitation when you could print something to make your life easier? Watch Brandy Leigh Scott, a woman living with Dupuytrens Contracture, learn to customize objects with 3D printing to meet her everyday needs.

My friend Brandy is the most badass chick I know - a very successful post-production supervisor for TV shows we all watch, a loyal and rabid Baltimore Ravens fan, and she will bury you at 80s hair metal trivia. She also has a rare condition called Dupuytrens Contracture; which basically means that since she was seven years old, her hands have been slowly closing up into fists, and she only has limited use of a few fingers. There’s no cure, and it’s progressive over time. (More)