Whether you’re an experienced guru or first-time novice, 3D printing is a mind-boggling printing invention that seems nearly impossible to use. With a printing tactic this revoutionary, it’s no wonder most people don’t understand how it works, let alone know that it even exists.
But for John Biehler, it’s his expertise, and his mission is to educate the public about 3D printing.
A lover of all things tech, Biehler is one of the most influential 3D printing advocates in the world and constantly teaches about the basics of 3D printing.
“3D printing allows someone like me to take something I make on the computer and turn it into the physical,” said John Biehler, in a phone interview.
An Ignited Passion
In 2011, Biehler watched the Colbert Report one evening and saw Bre Pettis from MakerBot had scanned and 3D-printed Colbert’s head. The next day, Biehler bought his own 3D printer.
“I just thought this is just way too cool. I need to have one,” Biehler said.
Creating 3D-printed objects wasn’t an easy task, so Biehler met up with a group of locals in Vancouver, British Columbia, to solve universal 3D printing problems. What started as “build days” in group members’ houses soon turned into a 3D printing blog called 3D604.org that boasts more than 300 members.
“People were excited to talk with people who were interested,” Biehler said. “We wanted to be that entry level for people who were interested to start. It’s been wildly successful.”
As Biehler dove into learning more about 3D printing, his expertise preceded him, making Biehler one of the leading experts in Canada and the U.S.
Into the World of 3D Printing
3D printing, which is the process of creating a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model, is a little-known sector of printing that’s still very revolutionary. The technology used is constantly improving, so it’s very hard to understand every aspect of 3D printing.
When Biehler first played around with his own 3D printing machine, more versions were introduced into the market soon after. The 3D printing sphere doesn’t stay static.
“This is a really rapidly changing thing,” Biehler said.
However, that didn’t stop Biehler from becoming an expert. He studied the craft and wanted to help others understand what 3D printing is. So that’s what Biehler did — he became one of the best known 3D printing advocates.
From Advocate to Expert
Biehler started showcasing 3D printers at fairs, public schools and libraries, showing kids and adults what 3D printers can make. When people approached Biehler, they always asked him the same question:
Where do I even start?
Biehler’s first 3D printing book, “3D Printing with AutoDesk 123D,” was published to answer this common question. He takes his readers through each step so they can fully understand what 3D printing exactly is and how much potential it has.
“My focus is to educate and spread the technology,” Biehler said. “We get to show off our stuff, and it’s a lot of fun.”
One Man’s Mission: to Foster a Passion for 3D Printing
As for the future, Biehler is taking his expertise and starting a new journey in his life as a 3D printing consultant for companies. He also plans on writing another book that will focus on the 3D industry as a whole.
But for now, Biehler is happy that he can spread knowledge and awareness about 3D printing and inspire people to get into 3D printing.
“I try to be as helpful to people as possible,” Biehler said. “I just want people to get excited about the technology.”
For more information, check out John Biehler on his website at www.johnbiehler.com.