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IEEE Member Wins $1 Million Award for Her 3D Printer Startup

By Monica Rozenfield for The Institute
Samantha Snabes wins the grand prize at the 2018 WeWork Creator Awards

IEEE Member Wins $1 Million Award for Her 3D Printer Startup

Member Samantha Snabes’ startup, re:3D, won a US $1 million WeWork Creator Award on 17 January in New York City. She made it past 6,000 applicants and more than 150 regional winners to become one of two finalists to receive the award from WeWork, which provides office space and resources to entrepreneurs in nearly 60 cities worldwide. The award supports innovative projects and the people behind them.

Snabes is the 2018 IEEE Entrepreneurship Initiative chair. Her company developed and manufactures the Gigabot, an industrial-strength printer that can produce objects about 30 times larger than leading desktop 3D printers. Gigabot has been used to print shoes for children in Kenya, PVC pipes to bring potable water to a Nairobi neighborhood, and insulated flooring for refugee shelters. It can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of industrial printers.

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