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July 10, 2014 AT 12:10 am

15yo Thomas Suarez Designing + Patenting His Own 3D Printer #3DThursday #3DPrinting

15 year old entrepreneur and engineer Thomas Suarez met with us in NY this past spring, and we wanted to congratulate him for stirring up quite a bit of 3D printing viral interest this past week after announcing that he is planning to launch a high-performance desktop 3D printer, based on his first patent! (Also, check out a quick snap of him featured in Bloomberg Business Week this past April, numbering Ladyada among his role models.)

Here’s an interview with him from BBC News:


15yo Thomas Suarez Designing + Patenting His Own 3D Printer
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The teenager tinkers with 3D printing technology when he’s not in school or codes new apps for smartphones or Google Glass (which he wears all the time outside of school).

He also has his own company, CarrotCorp, formed when he was 11 years old and making his first apps.

…”There’s something that makes me want to keep going and keep innovating,” he says, laughing at being asked if he’d be better off outside climbing trees or riding a bike.

“I feel that my interests will always lie in technology. Maybe I should go outside more but I just really like this stuff.”

Thomas is completely self-taught when it comes to coding and business, although he gets help from his parents on the business end.///

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