Steve Trindade Speaks Up About Industry Trends for 3d Printing Company
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I am a mechanical engineer and owner of Urban Workshop in Costa Mesa, CA. Urban Workshop is a full scale makerspace that was born out of my engineering and manufacturing company in July 2014. Each day is very different and I may find myself assisting a member in a new design, connecting members up to collaborate, or doing what I need to grow the business. It is the constant change that is so fun.
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
Enabling the public and our members to learn new skills, open a business, fix something, make something new, help others, make new friends, complete a personal project or who knows what. The impact our members have on the world from there is unlimited.
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
Over time I think people reconnecting with using their hands and being more involved with new product development will create better products that serve us all.
One other observation, call it hacking, making, tinkering, or whatever. The desire people have to use their hands is universal and fundamental. It is extremely satisfying to figure something out, address a problem or need one has or create something from scratch. I believe it has a therapeutic value and allows one to focus on something for a time without distraction. Something that is unusual in these days of smart phones and social networking.
What is your biggest goal right now?
Connecting with people and getting the word out that we are here to help and inspire. We already have a wonderful membership base of nearly 300 members in one year and our goal is at least 1,000. You can see it happening already where we are becoming a community as opposed to just a workshop with an inspired and energetic culture. When people come here they get excited and don’t want to leave. And of course, we don’t want them to !
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
All kinds really but especially the dreamers and smart creative types. Currently we have a wonderful mix of tinkerers, makers, engineers, students, kids, grandparents, young professionals, hobbyists, hackers, makers, and you name it. There is no “typical” member Urban Workshop and we are very proud of that.
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
What we have created in Urban Workshop is a very modern and industry relevant makerspace where skills learned here are immediately applicable in the real world. Other makerspaces use hobby level equipment so while that is great for exposing kids to newer technologies the skills don’t cross over to industry. Because of the professional level of equipment we provide, combined with our engineering heritage, we are able to help new business startups, college students, returning veterans, as well as kids learn actual skills that are needed today helping them get better jobs and develop better projects. It is incredibly rewarding to touch people’s lives this way.
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