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Nov. 27, 2013 11:30 am

‘I learned a lot about myself’ building a 3D printer: Digital Harbor student [VIDEO]

The 16-year-old McCoy became hooked on 3D printing after he spent eight weeks assembling, from assorted parts, a Printrbot Jr. 3D printer.

A fully assembled Printrbot Jr. inside the Digital Harbor Tech Center.

Darius McCoy was disinterested the first few times he went to the Digital Harbor Tech Center after school.

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McCoy building his first Printrbot Jr.

As Digital Harbor High School student McCoy recounted in his TEDxYouth video, he didn’t show much interest in any of the offerings inside the Digital Harbor Foundation‘s Federal Hill tech center when he first started going there after classes had ended for the day.

But the 16-year-old McCoy eventually became hooked on 3D printing after he spent eight weeks assembling, from assorted parts, a Printrbot Jr. 3D printer.

“I learned a lot about myself,” he said earlier this month at the second TEDxYouth@Baltimore event at the University of Maryland BioPark.

He has since built a second Printrbot Jr., this time in just eight days, and helped a group of Perryville High School seniors assemble their own Printrbot earlier this month.

Watch McCoy talk about what he learned by becoming a maker:

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Andrew Zaleski

Andrew Zaleski is a freelance journalist in Philadelphia and the former lead reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore. Before moving to Philadelphia in June 2014, he was a contributing writer to Baltimore City Paper and a Tech Check commentator for WYPR 88.1 FM, Baltimore city’s National Public Radio affiliate. He has written for The Atlantic, Outside, Richmond magazine, Washington City Paper, Baltimore magazine, Baltimore Style magazine, Next City, Grist.org, The Atlantic Cities, and elsewhere.

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