After three years as on online 3D printing store, Matthew Gorton is making Printed Solid, well, solid.
He’s opening a storefront and warehouse in Newark off Ogletown Road with a big event Sunday that will show off the new space and also feature what he calls a “micro maker fair,” as it’ll feature about 10 tables.
The opening comes on the heels of Joe Otto’s Newark 3D printing shop, Sovereign Air, closing at the end of April. Gorton said he’s friend with Otto, and that Printed Solid will have a different approach.
“He was really focused on those industrial customers, and we won’t be looking at that space at all, but will just be working with consumers,” Gorton said.
In fact, Printed Solid, which focuses on selling machines, materials and instructional help, wasn’t initially going to offer the printing of items for customers.
“I wasn’t going to do the printing thing for people at all until I found out he was closing,” Gorton said, adding that Otto has sent a lot of former customers his way. “The main focus is on all of the other things to help other people make things rather than making things for them.”
Gorton is a mechanical engineer who began Printed Solid as a website when he sought a creative, technical outlet. But it’s become more than just an outlet: “It was really a second full-time job, and opening the space here is my leap into doing it full-time,” he said.
The event Sunday is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there will be door prizes, samples and the chance to check out the warehouse and showroom. It’s free to attend, but Gorton is requesting that attendees RSVP here.