Jo Sommers: “I Started To Experience The Pleasures (And Of Course The Pain) That Comes With 3D Printing!”

By on October 2nd, 2019 in interview


 Jo Sommers [Source: Women in 3D Printing] Jo Sommers [Source: Women in 3D Printing]

Jo Sommers is a co-founder at Maker Sense – a maker-ed publishing company.

She’s spent much of her career as a Creative Director with a background in design and art direction working with prominent global advertising and marketing firms. She was part of the early start-up community in Silicon Beach (Los Angeles) and became head of marketing at AIO Robotics (the pioneers of “all-in-one” 3D desktop printing).

It was here she gained transformative exposure to the burgeoning STEM/STEAM and Maker Education movements. She ran hands-on 3D printing events for a number of years before recognizing an opportunity to create content that inspires young Makers to “make to learn” with 3D printing, 3D Design, and Maker Education.

Nora Toure: Jo, could you let us know about your background and what brought you to 3D printing in the first place?

Jo Sommers: I come from an advertising and design background and got into 3D printing when I was living in Silicon Beach (Santa Monica – LA) back in 2013. I was working with a startup tech venture and attended a Digital LA event where I saw AIO Robotics pitch their 3D scanner/3D printer.

I was blown away by the technology and so were the judges. They won first place and the next day I started working with them on their events and marketing strategy and went on to open their first southern hemisphere branch in Sydney, Australia.

Nora Toure: Can you describe your very first experience with 3D Printing?

Jo Sommers: My first hands-on experience with 3D Printing was at USC in Los Angeles. I was helping shoot content to tell the story about what the ZEUS 3D printer/3D scanner could achieve and got an intense education from the inventors.

I believe the best way to tell a brand story is to get inside the head of the user. So I made sure I quickly became a passionate user – and rolled my sleeves up and started to experience all the pleasures (and of course the PAIN) that comes with learning anything new- especially 3D printing!

Nora Toure: Could you explain furthermore what Maker Sense is and the services that you are providing?

Jo Sommers: Maker Sense is a publishing company that provides lesson plans and education for teachers and middle school students who want to learn skills in 3D printing, maker-education, and STEAM. Our first book contains all the information we wished existed in one place when we were first learning about 3D printing.

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By Nora Toure

California-based Nora Toure is the woman behind “Women in 3D Printing”, a group dedicated to promoting and showcasing the use of 3D printing for women. She’s also the Director of Sales & Service Factory Operations at Fast Radius, and a TEDx speaker.