Nerea Buxton started offering 3D printing services in early 2016. When learning 3D modelling she designed custom containers for the shampoo bars she was using at that time. After posting pictures on social media, they became popular among part of the community. Nerea opened an Etsy store to answer the demand for these products. As an advocate for the new age of product development she is using 3D printing to bring ideas to life, expanding the range of products she offers to event-styling props, jewelry, and other lifestyle accessories.
All the products are printed in PLA (polylactic acid) a biodegradable plastic that is one of the top thermoplastics used by 3D printers. PLA is a plant-based renewable source, and many believe it emits a sweet and pleasant odor while printing (similar to maple syrup!) While it isn’t the perfect sustainable solution, (composting disposed PLA containers and cups take 1 – 3 month’s in an industrial facility, and it takes up to 6 month’s at home) it’s a giant leap from oil-based plastics.
Committed with sharing her knowledge with the community, Nerea hosts a monthly meetup event, "3D Printing Show & Tell", at the Roundhouse Community Centre.