Dec 9, 2015
Allow us to introduce an inspiring Mexican, Luis Cordoba. Thanks to his entrepreneurial spirit he’s opened his very own store offering 3D prototyping to those who couldn’t otherwise afford it. But before we get there, let’s dig a little more into Luis’ past.
A 3D modelling youth
His story into 3D modelling began when he was very young with software called Bryce 4. Building on this, Luis then took a course in automotive design and learnt how to use Rhino: “I loved that software, I’d practise every day, learning about new tools and techniques, and finally I taught it to others.”
The journey to setting up Prototipadora was an interesting one and was the product of many different things happening at the same time. “I’d just moved to another city to work at Whirlpool as a senior designer, part of my job was to make prototypes to test ergonomics and haptics on the model.”
I really liked making incredible unique parts and seeing them come to life before my eyes.
“I realised that I really liked making incredible unique parts and seeing them come to life before my eyes. At this time I was really lucky to win an Ultimaker Original in a contest by GrabCAD and Ultimaker. This was great.”
But Luis' 3D printing journey did not take a great step forward until his son was born.
3D printing a baby mask
His son was diagnosed with asthma, inherited from his father, as a newborn. Luis became inspired to help his son's treatment using his 3D printer. He 3D printed a baby-sized inhaler mask for his son so the child could breathe the salbutamol needed to treat his asthma. Thanks to this experience he decided to promote 3D printing in his hometown and when all this was put together, the concept of Prototipadora was born.
Luis told us that he’s really fallen for his 3D printers. “Both my Ultimaker Original and Ultimaker 2 have excellent quality and performance. Even with me using them several times a day for commercial purposes, sometimes seven in a row, they’re so reliable. The only thing they need is a some oil and tightening of bolts every few months.”
3D technology can really improve the life of people because it empowers them to create, promote education and compete head-to-head with other countries.
3D printing in Mexico is still pretty rare, you can count all 3D FabLabs in his hometown on one hand. In fact there’s no more than 50 Ultimakers in the entire country, most of them with private universities. This is why Luis set up his business, “3D technology can really improve the life of people because it empowers them to create, promote education and compete head-to-head with other countries. For example, a big part of what we do at Prototipadora is to offer prototyping services that are usually only available to industry, for an accessible price. This is changing the way engineers and designers create and investigate ideas.”
We’re really inspired by Luis’ story. We all wish him all the very best in his endeavour to bring 3D printing to those who might not otherwise have access to it. Visit their site to find out more about the great work being done at Prototipadora.