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John Black has been coming by regularly to work on 3D printing. He also has some promising ideas on educational opportunities for young people interested in technology. Meet John!

1: How did you come to be a member of

I discovered the Clubhouse while looking for local TEDx events. After reading about it, I was intrigued by the makerspace aspect and its orientation toward technical education for youth and its potential as a technical skunkworks of sort for developing and testing ideas.

2: Describe the moment you decided what you wanted to do when you grew up?

I more or less migrated into my career rather than having any sort of moment of revelation.  Science, and in particular applied science, fit well with my lifelong curiosity about the nature of things.  Technical and engineering management married a natural interest in both people and engineering.

3: What do you do in your current work?

I’m retired from working for others to make a living. I work on things that I find interesting, profitable, and hopefully both.

4: What is an expertise you have that you would like to share with others?

The aspect of my career that I continue to enjoy sharing most is organizing efforts that kickstart a new idea whether it’s a business or technical exploration.  The synergistic satisfaction of transforming ideas to reality with others is something that I enjoy.

5: What are you tinkering with at the moment?

I’m exploring 3D printing as an enabling technology rather than an endpoint. It seems to offer the potential for democratizing manufacturing by making it an ubiquitous, portable means of making things in non-manufacturing locations on a when needed, as needed, and customized as required basis.

6: What are you interested in learning?

At the moment, 3D printing is a technology I’d like to explore. Using emerging technology to do useful things rather than just amusing things is another interest. Robotic toys are prolific, but there are few inexpensive applications in real life. may be a good means of exploring ideas that change that.

7: What is your favorite sci-fi movie?

No life-long favorite; the “favorite” has changed many times. At the moment Tron comes to mind as a candidate; its creative exploration of the implications of simulated immersive virtual reality vs. “real” reality are interesting to ponder.

8: If you have not lived all of your life in Augusta, where else have you lived?

Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Delaware, and at this stage of life, mostly in South Carolina.

9: If you could see one thing happen in Augusta in the next 5 – 10 years, what would it be?’

I’d like to see Augusta move toward becoming a technology hub for the area, with abundant opportunity for youth of all economic backgrounds to encounter technology as a positive transformative experience.

10: Core Values are: Risk Boldly, Honor Your Commitments, Be Worthy of Trust, Give More Than You Take, and Share Solutions. Which core value do you best exemplify and why?

I can’t say which I exemplify; that’s for others to determine. I aspire to all those values. “Risk boldly” is one that naturally appeals to me.

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Located in a historic 1802 Schoolhouse, our space is divided into two wings. One for learning and prototyping, and one for coworking and business incubation. Our membership comes from a wide variety of backgrounds that all consider themselves some measure of hacker, maker, and doer. I am an architect. We have entrepreneurs, business people, teachers, engineers, designers, artists, and Jacks and Jill’s of all trades, and of course many software and hardware developers.

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