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Published October 03, 2013, 09:11 PM

New Meld Workshop in Fargo offers 3-D printing

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - This weekend, a new business in town will launch its concept of hosting a maker space; a workshop where you learn about and utilize a 3-D Printer.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - You can sometimes compare technology to our ever-changing weather.

Just wait a few hours, and see how quickly something new develops.

One of the more fascinating pieces of equipment out there right now is the 3-D Printer.

This weekend, a new business in town will launch its concept of hosting a maker space; a workshop where you learn about and utilize a 3-D Printer.

Sure, John Schneider is that guy: Smart, inventive, but willing to share all this is... 3-D.

John Schneider- Meld Workshop: “It starts to start building it up to another and another and another...”

In his new workshop off Main Avenue, John shows just how quickly and easy it is now to make anything 3-D…

Schneider: “A good way to think about it is a hot glue gun that's mounted vertically on 3 axes, and it moves up one layer at a time.”

…From this little robot to a wrench.

Schneider: “This is a good example of what couldn't be invented without 3-D printing.”

John and fellow brainstormer Ryan Hatfield are hosting a grand opening of Meld Workshop this weekend. The end goal: Turn this into a workshop; people sign up for and train on the 3-D printer.

Ryan Hatfield – Meld Workshop: “Being in the same room ideas start to form, and one person has an idea and the other person knows how to put it together."

On the horizon, more than just wrenches and bearings… The medical research community is talking about producing hearts and lungs with a 3-D printer.

Schneider: “I love the generation I'm growing up in right now. Before, all these tools for inventors; it was a rare thing to meet someone who was an inventor. Everybody can be an inventor. It's a fun time.”

Amazing that in just 20 minutes, John cranked out this little robot. The unanswered question: What's next?

That grand opening for Meld Workshop Saturday starts at noon. For more details, go to wday.com and click on the Easy Link tab.

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