Jerry Castanos opened 3D Heights this past December after a successful career in the military that introduced him to 3D printing technology. He returned to his native Washington Heights here in New York and operates one of the only 3d printer retail shops in the entire New York metropolitan area. Folks interested in 3d printing can come in, see the printers in action, and walk out with a printer to start making at home. I had the chance to drop by his shop this week, meet Jerry and see the 3D Heights space in-person.
3D Heights offers 3D printers from 3D Systems and Solidoodle and plan on carrying more brands such as MakerBot in the upcoming months. They also have a Mcor Iris True Colour Paper Printer on premise that is quite amazing to see in action. Beyond just selling 3D printers, the 3D Heights space also serves to process print jobs for makers, inventors and anyone else needing access to a 3D printer.
3D Heights recently donated 3D Printers to two local schools and are working with teachers to help make 3d printing part of the curriculum. The two schools receiving printers were Jerry’s former elementary and high school. The goal is to incorporate 3D printing into lesson plans and then work with the students to get them excited about making on their own.
“Kids don’t have a problem using the printers, it’s how to work in into their existing lesson plans that’s the challenge,” Castanos said.
3D Heights also offers educational classes including: Introduction to 3D designing, Full body 3D scanning and personalized 3D printing consultations. They have also added Minecraft 3d printing parties where participants are offered the chance to play the popular Minecraft game on the 3D Heights server and print out their digital creations.
Beyond the class offerings and printer sales, 3D Heights is also working with local photographers on integrating “Physical Photography” into their portfolios. Photographers can learn how to use 3D scanning tools to make miniature replicas of clients and then print them out on their own printer or at the 3D Heights space.
“Photography is changing and we’re trying to help people stay ahead,” Castanos said.
3D Heights offers membership plans allowing individual or businesses to take advantage of their 3D printing Makerspace. Both monthly and annual plans are available.
3D Heights will be at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo this upcoming April 2-4 here in New York. They will be selling printers and offering class signs ups from their booth in the Maker Pavilion.
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