After three years as on the online 3D printing store, Matthieu gorton is doing Plain print, well, solid.
He’s opening a storefront and warehouse in Newark near Ogletown Road with a big event on Sunday that will show off the new space and also feature what he calls a “micro-makers fair” as it will feature around 10 tables.
The opening comes on the heels of at Joe Otto Newark 3D printing workshop, Sovereign Air, closed at the end of April. Gorton said he’s friends with Otto and Printed Solid will take a different approach.
“He was really focused on those industrial customers, and we won’t be looking at this space at all, but just working with consumers,” Gorton said.
In fact, Printed Solid, which focuses on selling machinery, equipment and teaching aids, was not initially going to offer item printing to customers.
“I wasn’t going to make the impression for people at all until I found out he was closing,” Gorton said, adding that Otto had sent a lot of former clients to him. “The emphasis is on all other things to help others create things rather than doing things for themselves.”
Gorton is a mechanical engineer who started Printed Solid as a website when he was looking for a creative and technical outlet. But it became more than just an outlet: “It was really a second full-time job, and opening up the space here is my leap to doing it full-time,” he said.
The Sunday event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there will be door prizes, samples and the chance to tour the warehouse and showroom. Participation is free, but Gorton asks participants RSVP here.