Maker Spotlight: Steven Christensen brings 3D printing to Superior at the Grand Opening Superior Iron-Artz
Steven Christensen believes in the partnership of art and technology. The Superior, Wisconsin 3D printer and artisan has spent time maintaining runways for the US Air force and fulfilled duties as CTO for a digital media company. Today, he applies his technological expertise and artistic aptitude in the role of CEO of his ever expanding business, Superior Iron-Artz LLC.
Superior Iron-Artz specializes in the creation of customizable art, décor, and fixtures. Clients can choose from standard product lines or commission their own designs. The business has been growing rapidly, and this weekend will host the grand opening of its first gallery and retail space. Amongst art pieces and laser etching demonstrations, Christensen will feature his new Airwolf HDx 3D printer, one of the full line of Airwolf 3D printers that he will be retailing.
Christensen felt that adding 3D printing to the line-up of services was a natural fit. “It works really well because the custom work we get requires a lot of individualized components,” he says. “It makes it easier to rapid prototype for a lower production volume. You don’t have to put $150,000 into one machine.”
Although he has always been passionate about the future of 3D printing, Christensen decided to wait before buying a printer. “I spent several years watching all the players out there and keeping tabs on how everyone was moving along,” he says. “Price point versus capabilities was a big deal to me.” Unsatisfied with the masses of what he refers to as “hobby craft” printers, he chose Airwolf due to high production speeds and superior print quality.
As the CEO of a small business that is steadily expanding, Christensen is already looking to move to the next level. “We plan to go into mass production and just-in-time manufacturing for specific product lines for the company,” he stated, when asked about the future of 3D printing in his business. In addition to custom production services, Iron-Artz will also sell the full line of Airwolf 3D printers.
Superior Iron-Artz will host its grand opening from 10 AM to 3 PM during the Superior Small Business Saturday event on November 29. All visitors are welcome to attend. For more information on Superior Iron-Artz, please visit www.iron-artz.com.