Episode 008: Hans Chang - Protoworks

The rapid development of 3D printing technology and materials has been an instrumental enabler for the explosion of lean startups, providing for rapid, and inexpensive prototyping.  Hans Chang, and his company Protoworks, thinks that there is still much more than can be done to raise the profile of 3D printing, and wants to put the technology in front of the minds that will benefit from it the most; kids.

Cutting his teeth in Silicon Valley, Hans returned to Australia to set up Protoworks, and recently ran his first 3D printing workshop to a group of Primary School children.  Needless to say, the experience was eye-opening for them both.

Listen to my chat with Hans here: -

Beginning his journey as an electrical engineer, Hans made several deliberate decisions that saw him first move to California to attend UCLA where he completed his MBA, then to the centre of tech startups, Silicon Valley.  It was here that he was exposed to the concept of lean startups and the world of the 3D printing.

After spending 4 years at Sandisk, prompted by his visa expiration, he decided to move back to Australia.  Once again, making a deliberate choice to select Melbourne as his new home, and establishing Protoworks, with the intention to educate the city's young on the principles of 3D design and prototyping.

Hans made several key decision that allowed him to pursue his dreams.  I, for one, look forward to seeing Protoworks workshops run in schools Australia-wide in the near future.

Take-aways

Be around the right people

Surround yourself with people who inspire and motivate you to challenge yourself to do great things.

Work hard first

Hard work is a crucial first step.  Putting in the effort early will allow you to take advantage of the opportunities when they come.

Learn to learn, not listen

It is more important to teach our children how to learn, rather than asking them to just listen.  It is far easier to learn by doing than to learn by listening or reading.

Contact

For more information on 3D printing workshops and education, visit the Protoworks website; protoworks.io.  You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you're interested in trying your hand at designing in 3D, check out the online CAD application TinkerCAD

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