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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)

May 2015 Hacker of the Month
Erica Derrico | Published May 28, 2015

Who said you had to be a big kid to print? Meet our nine-year-old Hacker of the Month, Abigail! She uses 3D printing to personalize her play time experience.

Small, but incredibly mighty, nine-year-old Abigail wowed us with her impressive dollhouse furniture designs. 

"I just went on Tinkedcad and started making stuff. It didn't look very real at first because it was flat and then I started adding shapes and it started to build itself," Abigail said.  (More)