David F. Flanders like so many in his generation is obsessed with creation: the simple power to imagine something and then build it. This is perhaps due to over enthusiasm in Lego as a child, model airplanes as an adolescent and code as an adult. He has now combined all of this passions into 3D printing. What is 3D printing? well it is printer that prints real objects. Yes any object, if you can imagine it, the 3D printer can print it. In fact the printer that David works on is a self replicating printer called RepRap; that’s right, it prints its own parts so it can print children printers!
David also helps organise “Print Parties” which are organised under the tag PIF3D – where those interested in printing their own 3D printers are given the parts and then shown how to build printer all while having a geeky party of building stuff (this goes back to the simple childhood joy of building things with your friends). Best of all is what David is hoping to accomplish with the growing 3D printing community: “we could all decide to build a Ford Model T, with each of us printing up a part using the Fordian process”. Anything is possible, just imagine and print!