El Dorado Hills Students Turn Passion For 3D Printing Into Small Business – CBS Sacramento
EL DORADO HILLS (CBS13) – Two high school students in El Dorado Hills got creative during the pandemic. They turned their passion for 3D printing into their own small business by inventing a product they hope will help the environment.
Oak Ridge High juniors Cole Johnson and John Enders admit they got bored during the pandemic.
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“Everyone was having trouble finding something to do,” said Johnson.
“I look at these guys and they get totally bored,” said Mama Christi Johnson.
So they discovered a new hobby: 3D printing. The two got on it after discovering a printer in their local library.
The machine itself is small and pretty quiet. A nozzle spits out a tiny stream of plastic that can be shaped into pretty much anything you can think of.
The teenagers quickly ran out of filament material to create their 3D designs, but noticed that their printer was leaving a lot of material.
“We end up with a lot of rubbish. All that extra plastic that is perfectly usable ends up in the trash, ”said Cole Johnson.
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Johnson and Enders wanted to find a way to recycle the leftover plastic waste to save money – and the environment too.
“We searched the internet and couldn’t find anything that did this, so we decided we had to make our own,” said Cole Johnson.
“I decided, ‘Hey, I can do something about it, I have a 3D printer. I was inspired, ‘”said Enders.
So comes Fuzer: the device you printed that quickly fuses the leftover 3D printing filaments together. Knowing that other avid 3D printing enthusiasts end up with drawers full of extra stuff, they hope to market Fuzer to the masses.
“Our goal is for everyone to have a 3D printer nearby,” said Cole Johnson.
The product, they say, was born out of sheer boredom, but they say it was actually COVID that forced this duo to get creative.
“They found a solution to a problem so they can develop the projects they wanted to do,” said Christi Johnson.
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Johnson and Enders say they got some industry YouTube pages to review the product to aid marketing. They are also raising funds for Fuzer and plan to donate some of the money to their local library – the place where they came up with this entire project.