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An Interview with Katy Jeremko, re:3D
June 19, 2015
With our expert interview series, we are always seeking to bring further insight into the areas of technology we cover. More recently, we have been focusing on various aspects of 3D printing in its many forms and iterations. We originally connected with Katy Jeremko and her company, re:3D via Twitter and knew that they had a lot of fantastic information to share. Ms. Jeremko is a co-founder of the company and currently works as an Industrial Design Engineer and the lead creative there. The company developed and built one of the nicest large-scale 3D printers we have seen to date, the GigaBot. We suppose, given their location, its only appropriate to have this kind of operation based there, because as the familiar trope goes “Everything is bigger in Texas!” The interview was conducted via email and the transcript is below.
1) How and when did you all decide to get into 3-D printing? What is it from your background that led you to this point?
From Maker Faire in 2012, we all chatted on the phone about how we could use 3D printing for human scale solutions, how we could leverage trash for materials, and 3D print composting toilets for areas of need. Space is in our blood, we believe space & society are inextricably linked. As citizen scientists and explorers ourselves, we want to help others to have access to technologies such as 3D printers to inspire their own change and future technology advancements.
2) How did you come up for the idea for the re:3D? Is there any significance with the name?
3) Who are the key employees at your company and what are their roles?
4) What type of material or filament does your Gigabot technology work best with? Do you have plans to expand into other materials in the future?
5) What are build sizes are possible within Gigabot? Is the technology scalable at all at this point?
6) Without giving away any trade secrets, can you talk a little bit about how your machine actually prints?
8) With the build structure/functionality/technology of your Gigabot, especially if you buy the unassembled kit, is it possible or encouraged for users to customize the design further, or does that get pretty murky for you all?
9) In your mind, given the wealth of 3-D printing technologies and devices out there, what makes yours stand out from the crowd?
10) Given the explosion in the industry, what do you see from it in the next 5-10 years? Will it continue to become more crowded and do you think we will reach a point where it becomes commonplace for everyday consumers or businesses to have a 3-D printer in their house or office?