After a friend introduced us to the world of 3D printing at home, Nick and I spent months talking about it, reading about it and becoming more educated on the topic. We eventually came to the decision to buy one, with the understanding that I would be the parent to facilitate it and be the project leader. Nick travels often for business and is not as technologically intuitive as I. Even though I work full time, along with doing most of the day-to-day running of the household, I agreed to take this on. Besides, it was exciting to think about having my very own printer to play with and create with! Yes, it was ultimately going to be for the kids, but I was going to get to play with it, too. *grin*
This summer my husband (Nick) asked me what I thought about getting a 3D printer for the kids to learn to use. His idea was for the kids to use the printer as a fun way to learn about all the maths and science that go into creating and printing with a 3D printer. He also thought it would open up a new world of opportunities for them, and would allow them to create new connections in the community by creating a social network of other people interested in 3D printing.
Our family is made up of Nick (husband/dad), Amber Joy (wife/mom), Nathan (son/brother, born in 2001), Steven (son/brother, born in 2003), and Gabriel (son/brother, born in 2004).