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“That separation between active duty and retirement...it’s pretty hard for some. So I needed something to take my mind off of that, and I stumbled across 3D printing.”
“MakerFaire” - Photo courtesy of Tim O’Sullivan
Tim O’Sullivan visited SeeMeCNC to show off some amazing things he’s printed on his RostockMAX v3.2. A recipient of Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals, he also brought some incredible stories to share of his experiences leading up to his 3D printing undertakings.
“Retirement” - Photo courtesy of Tim O’Sullivan
Injured in active military duty while stationed in Iraq, Tim needed something to distract him from the post traumatic stress (PTS) and afflictions that come with an unwanted medical retirement. He soon found a new passion for 3D printing that became his own personal therapy. Realizing what his new hobby could do for others, he now dedicates his time to using 3D printing as a medium in which to help people heal both physically and mentally.
“Tim O’Sullivan” - Photo by SeeMeCNC
His almost fully 3D printed costumes of Iron Man, War Machine, and C-3PO are only the beginning of his breathtaking work. Tim has also spent countless hours teaching himself how to 3D model custom fireworks brackets for paratrooping displays, prop replicas that get auctioned off to raise money for charity, and replacement limbs for veteran and children amputees.
An alumni from the Blue Skies For The Good Guys And Gals Warrior Foundation, Tim volunteers at various charity events in and out of costume to support combat wounded veterans, Gold Star families, hospitalized children, and even police dogs. His current endeavor is a silent auction for a custom, hand made, 3D printed Iron Man bust in which all proceeds go to the Blue Skies For The Good Guys And Gals. The proceeds help cover the costs of giving combat wounded veterans and Gold Star families a weekend to look forward to and remember for the rest of their lives. You can find more info on the organization and the auction on the Warrior Weekend to Remember website (http://warriorwtr.com/).
“Iron Man Bust for Silent Auction” - Photo by SeeMeCNC
The inspiration doesn’t stop there. Tim’s desire to help others is rivaled only by his humble personality. Never bragging, he stays consistent in respectfully attempting to help improve the lives of those around him. Talking with him during his visit is something the staff here at SeeMeCNC will hold in our hearts as we continue to make 3D printers for our customers. Community members, like Tim O’Sullivan, are the reason we love doing what we do! We take great pride in seeing people use SeeMeCNC 3D printers to make the world a better place.
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