Hi. Thanks for coming here. My name is Simon, and I’m a 40-something English guy, long since transplanted to Memphis, Tennessee. By day, I’m a data security consultant and software developer. But by night… Well, I’m mostly a data security consultant and software developer then too, as those closest to me will tell you with a rueful look. But sometimes I get to experiment with 3D printing, and this blog is where I’m documenting those adventures.

The idea of easily being able to translate virtual ideas and objects into real world ones – and vice versa – has fascinated me for a long time. I’ve spent a lot of time in the virtual world of Second Life, and I’ve been a professional software developer since I was about 12, getting in pretty much on the ground floor of the personal computer revolution in the early 80’s. I narrowed my focus to specifically Internet development in the mid 1990’s, watching as that paradigm shift again revolutionized our world. That, and the security issues related to it, has been the focus of my career for the past 17 years or so – and when I started to hear about 3D-printing, I was quickly convinced that I was watching another revolutionary technology emerge. And I wanted to be a part of that, too.

And so, much as I first opened the manual for that ZX81 computer with a broken keyboard, and taught myself to program – nervous, excited, clueless, but sure that whatever this all meant, it was Important – or first looked at those h’s and t’s and p’s, and the slashes and funny numbers with dots in – and knew that somewhere underneath it there was a reason, and a way to turn these arcane conventions into real benefits – in much that same spirit, I opened an expensive box of parts that arrived from Holland a few weeks ago, and wondered what on earth I’d gotten into. But I was pretty sure it was going to be worthwhile one day, and a lot of fun. Thanks for reading my blog to see if I was right. :-)

(And if you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to use the form below to get in touch!)

Simon J. Oliver
Memphis, TN, USA
May 2012

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