US Army veteran Jerry Castanos has always had his eye on the future so it is no surprise that the enterprising hero saw the potential of 3D Printing. Jerry has opened a 3D Printing retail shop and training center in New York’s Washington Heights. Jerry Castanos first glimpsed 3D printers in the Army’s mobile fab labs, which are modeled on the International FabLab network Fabrication Laboratory concept.
Jerry enlisted the help of family, friends and the local community rather than going the VC route, to put together 3D Heights, a retail shop that sells a wide range of 3D Printers and scanners and does printing on demand.
About 3D Heights
The retail shop at 3D Heights offers the ability to check out machines such as the Cube or MakerBot before you buy and they also carry the Microsoft Kinect, 3D Systems Sense and ASUS Xtion PRO Live 3D scanners. A knowledgeable staff helps you then choose the right printer for your application. 3D Heights also offers classes in everything from how to get started in 3D Printing to where the investment opportunities lie in the emerging market are offered in the sleek new space.
While Jerry served in the US Army, in logistics and supply chain management, he was exposed to 3D printing and the military’s mobile fab labs, which fit CNC machines, computers and 3D printers into a 20-foot shipping container. On seeing 3D printers produce mission critical parts, on-the-fly, on more than one occasion, Jerry caught glimpses of a future in which everyone might turn to 3D printers to create items on demand. With his background in logistics, it was easy to envision places like Walmart and Amazon relying on the technology to shorten the supply chain and 3D print items, rather than ship them. So, he returned to his native Washington Heights in October, 2013 and immediately set to work on being a flagship of that 3D printed world. The shop opened in December.
Bravo, 3D Heights!
For info: 3D Heights
4084 Broadway (172-173st)
New York NY 10032
Tel: 646 964 4208