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Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401

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Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts | 501 S. Sapodilla Ave, WPB, FL 33401

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Printing his way to success: Daniel Montoya

Technological change touches all aspects of life. Innovations and inventions change the way humanity works, including in art. Communications junior Daniel Montoya has taken advantage of emerging technologies in the creation of his art. Partnering with the Dreyfoos foundation last year, Montoya helped to bring a 3D printer to Dreyfoos.

Montoya has used the 3D printer to bring his artistic creations to life in a three-dimensional form. In addition, Montoya has created a 3D printing club to propagate interest in the craft across school. The 3D printer has been used to print both individual models and multiple components of a full model.

“It’s another way to express myself through a non-conventional medium of art,” Montoya said. “I felt like doing something different. Every time I print something people are like ‘whoa that is so cool’ and it feels good when other people appreciate my production of any art form such as this.”

Montoya built the 3D printer himself from a $500 kit. He had to calibrate it properly and make sure all the components of the printer were functional. It costs about 3 cents per gram to print an object, so Montoya tries to stick to printing smaller models.

“Right now, I’m available to print anything anyone brings to me. It’s more of a service than an art. I’m working on a 3D scanner so I can scan things and print them,” Montoya said. “I can print a lot of things. I printed a mini Santa Maria Del Fiore, a church in Florence Italy. I also designed a cable holder so that my charging cable wouldn’t fall under my bed.”

Printing when he has the free time, Montoya finds enjoyment in creating the 3D models. Being able to use a 3D printer is Montoya’s niche, and he hopes to pursue a career related to the craft.

“I hope to get a degree in mechanical and materials engineering. I’ll probably get a job with a 3D software firm or 3D printer manufacturer,” Montoya said. “I want to make a difference in the world. I want to be remembered.”

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