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FirstBuild always loves it when community members come in and make their ideas come to life. We love it even more when people keep coming back. Herman Gamboa, a community member from the University of Louisville, is one of these returning members. Over the past few months he has been in and out of 1B creating an interesting project.

The project itself is a 3D puzzle that fits many pieces together to create a globe. All the pieces were 3D printed and hand painted, and the stand was cut out of acrylic on our laser cutters. The globe is displayed at a different angle than its normal orientation, because he wants to challenge people to see in different ways. 

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Herman is currently working on creating a cheap and affordable way to build house for impoverished people. Specifically focusing on flooded areas, Herman has been experimenting with different configurations to create a very structurally sound house, with very little extensive building. Therefore, he created this puzzle to show and prove how small pieces, if arranged correctly, can fit together and create a very strong structure without any screws, bolts, etc.

This globe shows that his idea is possible, and that it is completely viable to create an easy to make house for the less fortunate. He has already created a cheap concrete that is lightweight and very strong. Now, using this project as a guideline and inspiration, he hopes to create the best possible structure for his affordable home.

Herman wants to thank FirstBuild for all the help he has had on this project, and says that every time he came in he was impressed with the friendliness and intelligence of the staff. “In Firstbuild, I had my first contact with Solidworks and new software. With the specialist help, I made quick prototypes that probed that my projects are possible. For example the “Meshmixer” allowed me to 3D printed complex pieces that were impossible to make with the technology available”


Herman’s Globe Video:

Herman’s Light Concrete Project:


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