Sa­man­tha Sn­abes

RE:3D

Inc. (USA) - - 100 FF - —K.W.

A mem­ber of the Na­tional Guard, Sn­abes wanted to be an as­tro­naut, but a stint at NASA in­tro­duced her to En­gi­neers With­out Bor­ders, in­spir­ing her to bring sus­tain­able tech­nol­ogy to the de­vel­op­ing world. Now, her com­pany makes the Gi­ga­bot, a large­for­mat 3-D printer that costs less than $10,000. Based in Hous­ton, Austin, and Puerto Rico, with cus­tomers in 53 coun­tries, RE:3D has cre­ated a printer that can pro­duce any­thing from bat­tery-pack cases for elec­tric mo­tor­cy­cles to repli­cas of di­nosaur bones. Sn­abes’s next goal: print­ing from trash—specif­i­cally, the groundup plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles that pol­lute so many shore­lines. And she’s still look­ing sky­ward: “I ap­plied to be an as­tro­naut in the last round,” she says. “With 18,000 other people.”

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