July 6, 2014

Fifteen-year-old Thomas Suarez has big plans for this summer: he wants to revolutionize 3D printing technology. The young inventor and entrepreneur has already filed a patent for his own 3D printer which he says will be more reliable and 10 times faster than the current 3D printers. "The key there is speed." Suarez told BBC news.

Suarez is self-taught when it comes to coding and business. He has always had a fascination for computers and technology. At 11, he set up his own company CarrotCorp and has developed his first iOS apps: a fortune teller called Earth Fortune that would display different colors of earth depending on what your fortune was. His most successful app is Bustin Jieber, a smartphone game that he called "a Whac-a-Mole for Justin Bieber" which lets people to try to catch Bustin Jieber while he moves around the screen very quickly.

Suarez then gave his TED Talk in Manhattan Beach, and did product and technology reviews for the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2012, when Makerbot released their Makerbot Replicator, Suarez got one as well and since then has become a Makerbot operator. He visited Makerbot's NYC office and talked to Bre Pettis, Makerbot's CEO.

"A lot of kids these days like to play games, but now they want to make them," he said. "And it's difficult because not many kids know where to go to find out how to make a program…And not many parents have written apps." Suarez said he has gotten a lot of inspiration from Steve Jobs, and he has also started an app club at school so any student at his school can go there and learn how to design an app. "This is so I can share my experiences with others."

In the latest instalment of our Next Billionaires series, the BBC's Regan Morris speaks to some of the state's youngest entrepreneurs, including Suarez to find out what their emergence means for our changing world. It is inspiring to see kids like Suarez who are developing their own interests and keeping innovating.

Curious about which new technology Suarez might come up with his new 3D printer this summer? Stay tuned.


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Greg Sonder wrote at 7/17/2014 9:10:53 PM:

Well that was a flash in the pan. Two days worth of hype.

bobc wrote at 7/10/2014 8:24:00 PM:

This is great, because what the world really needs is more billionaires.

lass wrote at 7/8/2014 11:07:22 AM:

Grant, he couldn't really patent stuff that's already patented, successfully anyways.... or he could patent but he couldn't defend said patent. photosensitive resin extruders are a done thing and can be faster. too bad he's not into open source and more into dollars from suckers business(his apps....). I guess he got along with Bre quite well though if that's his game.

Harry Callahan wrote at 7/7/2014 9:40:17 PM:

I made the most powerful printer in the world and it can blow your printer clean off.

Joe Q. wrote at 7/7/2014 5:25:41 PM:

I look forward to seeing the technology behind this 10x speed-up of consumer-grade 3DP technology (which is currently limited more by the laws of physics than by lack of cleverness on the part of engineers).

Curious wrote at 7/7/2014 4:38:31 PM:

And the link to said patent is where? How does this effect current and future 3d printing? Sorry, didn't view the videos yet but I'd have expected something in article to say what he patented...

craig wrote at 7/7/2014 1:33:12 PM:

I made a printer that can go 1000000 times faster than sound. Claim vs producing = two different things.

blipp3r wrote at 7/7/2014 10:20:17 AM:

Damn shame that someone at that age is already being corrupted by patents :(

Grant Gabrielson wrote at 7/6/2014 10:01:40 PM:

I'm curious what his new printing technology will be, I wonder if it will be an entirely new technology or a souped up version of FFF, possibly a photosensitive resin extruder instead of plastic? It will be really interesting to see!

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