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An Interview with Dr. Turnera Croom, Vets in 3D
April 14, 2016
In this, the most recent segment of our Expert Interviews, we connect with Dr. Turnera Croom, DVM, who is quickly establishing herself as a leader within the 3D printing space. Using some of the skills and passions learned with her impressive schooling, she leverages that valuable experience to make a difference in the lives of military veterans as well as children who might not otherwise be exposed to this amazing technology. The interview was conducted via email and our questions with her answers appear below:
1) What prompted you to start Vets in 3D? Who are the key employees/volunteers?
2) You have an interesting combination (and double entendre) between pets and military veterans. Can you explain how you bridge the connection between the two, or are they separate entities under one roof?
3) What is your academic background and how has that helped your shift into 3D printing?
4) How hard was it for you to get started and off and running? What were some of the biggest challenges?
5) What type(s) of printers are you using currently as part of your work? What types of materials? Is there an average time for most of your builds?
6) What are some of your long term goals for Vets in 3D? How can we better improve access to STEM education for students in your opinion?
7) What are the costs to your 3D printing services? What do you think has been the most popular thus far?
8) Do you operate from an actual brick and mortar location, or is everything done over the internet and through the mail?
9) What have been some of the most rewarding aspects of your work so far?
It was very exciting to be honored and featured by CastleInk.com, which tells me I am on the right track and differentiating myself from the other 3D Makers out there. My features also include a 3DPrint.com article and a WomenIn3DPrinting.com () write-up—all highlighting the diversity Vets In 3D is bringing forth. What a reward!
10) Where do you see Vets in 3D over the next 1-3 years? Do you have plans to integrate the technology into your veterinary work as a medical solution for pets?