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Be a maker: Create your own outdoor gear with a 3D printer

Written by David

March 1, 2019

If you’re a camper, cyclist, hiker, climber or paddler in Chattanooga’s great outdoors, it’s time to add another descriptor to your bio: maker. Gamers — the people who prefer a digital screen and controller to fresh air and exercise — know a secret about the Chattanooga Public Library that you’d be wise to learn. The 4th Floor at the downtown library is a mecca for makers, a place outfitted with an array of 3D printers, mold castings and other fabricating tools to make your own products — outdoor gear included. So far, the use of 3D printing is “mostly entertainment related,” says Michael Grilo, who’s in charge of the Makerspace, which opened in the fall of 2012. “People want to make a physical object out of whatever video game they’re into,” he says. Figures from “Minecraft,” “Pokemon” and “Fortnite” have been popular — “whatever’s big at the time,” says […]

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