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Local entrepreneurs use inexpensive 3-D printers to get companies off the ground
The Daily Progress Sunday, March 04, 2018 at 12:01 a.m.

Just above the Ix warehouse being vacated by Tinkersmiths Makerspace, white letters emblazoned across a sky-blue wall spell out the words “Dream BIG.” It’s a fitting, but unintentional, slogan for a space that gave hundreds of locals the opportunity to create objects that previously had only existed in their imaginations.

Although Tinkersmiths pulled down its overhead door for good this past week, it is leaving behind a legacy of fledgling designers and manufacturers who were able to break into their businesses by using the space’s 3-D printers to create prototypes, molds and even final products on slender budgets.

A couple of University of Virginia undergraduate students were able to fabricate an automated hydroponic micro-farm with help from Tinkersmiths. The students had no problem designing the electric circuit boards to automate the watering, fertilizing and heating.

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