One of the most exciting aspects of 3D printing lies in its entrepreneurial nature. For the ambitious problem-solver who is interested in launching new, never-before seen products, having a device that can produce complex forms both accurately and reliably is a game-changer to say the least.
This was exactly the case when Epic Junx — a Hawaii-based company specializing in the design, engineering, and fabrication of custom prototypes and products — expanded their toolbox to include two MakerGear M2 desktop 3D printers. From fit-testing automotive prototypes to manufacturing end-use products, 3D printing has become a core aspect of Epic Junx' business and has enabled them to be more adaptable and responsive to the demands of a wide range of client needs.
Their latest creation, the Hawaiian Pineapple Planter, is currently being sold at the Dole plantation in Hawaii.
“Here's a great example of a product created from scratch. From concept to design to prototype to production to packaging to marketing to store. These Hawaiian Pineapple Planters are now on their way to be sold at Dole Plantation, Hawaii's largest visitor attraction.” - Paul Higashi, Epic Junx founder
If you aren’t able to visit the Hawaii-based plantation and get your very own Hawaiian Pineapple Planter, you can also check out Epic Junx’ latest work on their Instagram feed @EpicJunx. And if you're in Hawaii, you can check out our reseller, Six Sigma Hawaii. They've brought MakerGear to the Islands and are making our printers easily accessible to businesses and innovators.
Entrepreneurship is often associated with high-tech innovation, but it’s also important to remember the role played by old-fashioned creativity and a bias toward action. In the case of Epic Junx, 3D printing provides a perfect illustration of what can happen when technology works in harmony with human needs, business goals, and the desire to create something new.
He was a software guy, not a machinist. Not yet, anyway. But one afternoon at auction, he got into a spirited bidding war on a machine. $250 later he had his very own vintage micro-lathe. It was exactly what he needed to enable him to begin making a real difference in the dawning desktop 3D printer movement.