Each week, as we get to know our community and the broader IoT movement, we’re fortunate to connect with some remarkable individuals and organizations. In our “Makerspace Profile” series, we interview makerspace founders to learn more about the maker movement around the world.
In this profile, you’ll meet ARC Hub PNH based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia
How did ARC Hub PNH start?
My family is originally from Cambodia although myself and my brother were born and raised in California. About 4 years ago my dad moved back to Cambodia to start a cafe then my mom moved over to help him out then finally my brother. I was the last one left in the states and I found out about 3D printing while working for a company that sold aircraft parts because Boeing and Airbus were getting into 3D printing parts. I dug a lot deeper into 3D printer and thought the technology would be useful and should be shared in Cambodia and other developing countries so I sold my stuff and moved to Cambodia to start ARC Hub PNH.
What was the initial response to ARC Hub PNH like?
A lot of people have never heard of or seen 3D printing so we had to do a lot of educating at first. When we first had our opening we got a pretty good response from both native Cambodians and Expats. However it is still mainly Expats that are using 3D printing with us.
What kind of equipment and resources do you provide participants?
We provide access to 3D printers and 3D design services. This means that people can come in with their own designs and have them 3D printed or they can come in with an idea and we will do the 3D design for them.
What does “hacking” mean to you and your community?
“Hacking” to me means getting something done the non-traditional way and with very little resources. Because 3D printing is a new way to manufacture without using a lot of resources, it is hacking to me. Especially using desktop 3D printers which gives normal people access to fabrication.
What projects are people working on?
People usually come to us with gift or invention ideas that they want made. Models for architecture and products are also pretty common.
What are your future plans?
We growing by getting more people in the community involved in 3D printing. This includes local schools, businesses, and organizations. Our big vision is to make Cambodia really good at 3D printing and innovating with 3D printing. We are still a long way, but I think it is possible if we show people what they can do with 3D printing and make it easily accessible.