Samantha Snabes of re:3D Wins WeWork’s $1 Million Creator Award

"We couldn’t be more honored to have WeWork as a partner. There have been very few people since the beginning that have really bet on this concept we had in 2012: to make a toilet-sized 3D printer powered by trash."

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In the first WeWork Creator Awards Finals, Samantha Snabes, founder of re:3D, won WeWork’s Creator Awards Wednesday night. The victory announced at a big show at Madison Square Garden in New York City comes with a $1 million prize to help the company grow.

“We’re just trying to take it all in, and really appreciate what this opportunity is going to mean for us,” Snabes, founder of re:3D, said in a news statement. “We couldn’t be more honored to have WeWork as a partner. There have been very few people since the beginning that have really bet on this concept we had in 2012: to make a toilet-sized 3D printer powered by trash. To know now that this is going to become a commercial reality in 12 to 18 months, it’s just mind-blowing.”

Before the awards show, re:3D posted a blog that talked about how the company might use the prize money.

“In order to fulfill the dream of able to shred volumes of plastic trash that would be dried and fed automatically into a printer, there are some resources we need. Winning the $1 million would provide us the financial resources to not only refine our pellet printer prototype to accept ground-up plastic water bottles, but also to allow us to engineer a grinder, dryer, and feeder system to allow people to truly manufacture from waste onsite.”

“It’s been our mission from the start to create a standalone system that could serve as an on-site factory, allowing a user to 3D print directly from waste. No matter what happens tonight, WeWork has helped take us one big step closer to that dream. We’re so thankful for this experience, the incredible people we’ve met, and the lessons we’ve learned along the way.”

Congratulate Samantha and the re:3D team on Twitter here!

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