This morning, we had a true Maker Faire moment that can only be described as magical. Just as we were opening up our booth, a maker showed up asking for our help. He had an emergency only Tinkercad and a 3D printer could apparently solve, so of course we were intrigued!

Adam explained he was missing a crucial piece to a go-kart he’d made while at a Galileo Learning camp. He had lost the nut that attaches his steering wheel to the steering column and was supposed to present his go-kart design to other makers. Yup, it was definitely an emergency!

After searching for his missing piece and going to a few booths to ask for help, Adam was referred to us. We were more than happy to oblige!

Henrik, Tinkercad’s interaction designer and now super-hero, sprung into action and helped Adam create a nut for his go-kart. We then sent the file to our handy-dandy MakerBot. The first print was a bit too large, but the second pass was a done deal. It took less than 45 minutes from beginning to end for Adam to make his missing piece. No post-modifications necessary. He was good to go!

Adam, with nut in hand, went to work on his go-kart like only a pro-maker of his calibre can.
We just stood back and watched!

Notice the calmness on Adam’s face. If this were any of us, we’d be in a total panic!

Adam’s father helped out, too! The red piece you see above is the nut that was designed on Tinkercad and printed out on our MakerBot.

Adam, we have only known you for a couple of hours, but wow. You are exactly the reason we do what we do. Thanks to you, we can share real world stories about how and why 3D design and printing is so important. We don’t have to wait for the future to do what we thought was impossible because it can all be done now!

Companies like Galileo Learning, who encourage and inspire kids like Adam through their summer programs, plus Tinkercad and a MakerBot 3D printer are a powerful trifecta in helping to educate others about the benefits of rapid 3D development and deployment. Of course, none of this would have been possible without Maker Faire and the vision of both MAKE Magazine and O’Reilly Media. Thank you!