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Additive as an Entrepreneur and Outreach Tool

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“You’ll learn more starting a company yourself than getting a minor in entrepreneurship.” These words of advice given to me by my college professor are the ones that shaped my final years as an undergraduate mechanical engineering major at the University of Florida. I chose mechanical engineering as my major because, like many engineers, I was passionate about designing and making things. As a kid I built massive LEGO towers and marble runs in my parents’ living room, loved sewing and crafts, and folded an origami dragon out of any spare pieces of paper I could find lying around. But during my college career, I found my passion deviating from that of my peers. Those around me were working toward research gigs that would get them into graduate programs, and industry connections that would get them a full-time offer at a Fortune 500 company after graduation. While my four industry internships were great learning experiences, that wasn’t where I saw my future headed. 3D printing was my tool to forge my own path ahead. It was my key to starting my own company. Through my story, I offer tips on using additive manufacturing as an outreach and entrepreneurial tool.


  • Outreach tool
  • Maker community
  • Entrepreneurship
  • 3D printed fashion
  • Sci Chic
  • Startup incubator

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Anthony, E.W. (2021). Additive as an Entrepreneur and Outreach Tool. In: DelVecchio, S.M. (eds) Women in 3D Printing. Women in Engineering and Science. Springer, Cham.

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