Last month, we gave you a quick look at the winners of our Maker in Residence competition. This month, you'll get to know one of them a little better. Meet Sean Harrington, our Maker of the Month, and learn how he's making a difference.
Some Makers channel their creative energy into mastering a single craft. Sean Harrington is a little different. He's a jack-of-all-trades and a lifelong learner who's always looking for new problems to solve.
Sean first became interested in making when he was in high school. He didn't have access to a wood shop, so instead he took drafting courses and began building props for the school's theatrical productions. Sean's love of the theater continued into his adult life and has been a great way for him to use his Maker skills to give back to the community. When a local theater secured the rights to perform the musical Avenue Q, he spent over a year building the puppets for the production by attaching papier-mâché to foam figures molded with a Dremel rotary tool. Sean's gone on to create even bigger feats of Maker engineering, including a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car molded out of Styrofoam tubing and wrapped in resin-laminated carbon fiber. The result was a full-sized car (complete with working LED lights) that could support three adults and miraculously only weighed 70 pounds.
Sean says that he enjoys "any project where I can do something I've never done before." With his unique and ambitious body of work, it seems like he's interested in doing things no one has done before.
Recently, Sean's been learning the ins and outs of the Dremel 3D Idea Builder for a Maker in Residence project we'll be sharing with you in the coming months. Until then, you can follow Dremel on Facebook for more Maker in Residence updates, and check out Sean's blog for more of his work.