Next, we would like to introduce Shafiq Ali, an entrepreneur with his own 3D printing retail and service business, Mēkā. Are you curious about what Mēkā means? Read on to find out.
Shafiq shared that he has been interested in taking things apart and building stuffs ever since he was a child, that it always give him a real sense of achievement. His fascination in 3D printing came about when he was watching a video of a Makerbot Cupcake CNC 3D printer. This has prompted him to research further into 3D printing and subsequently to decide to get involved from a business angle, hence setting up Mēkā which means Maker in Japanese. Currently, Mēkā is the custodian of the 3D Printing Materials Store in Asia and is also the main driving force behind BuiltinSG, a project supported by the NLB as part of the SG50 celebrations.
Taking part in the Singapore Mini Maker Faire
Shafiq first learnt about the Singapore Mini Maker Faire last year when he first started on his 3D printing business. He was recommended by many to participate in it, but as he was relatively new in the 3D printing industry then, he has decided to take part as an observer first.
This year, Shafiq will be taking up a booth and will be displaying 3D printed models and playing some videos as part of the BuiltinSG project done in conjunction with SG50 Celebrations. BuiltinSG is a project to tell the story of different buildings in Singapore and the roles that they played in shaping our lives. 3D printed models will be produced to be showcased to the visitors of the Singapore Mini Maker Faire.
At the same time, he will also be showcasing the different materials that can be used for FDM/FFF 3D printers, such as Laywood, Laybrick, Carbon Fibre PLA and High Temperature PLA.