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My name is Alberto Ibarra and I am the founder of INSTA 3D Printing. I was born in Inglewood and raised in Carson, CA. I currently attend the University of California, Berkeley majoring in BioEngineering with a focus on Mechanical Engineering. With my experiences and my background, I want to provide resources to low-income communities through my enterprise project.

As a high school student growing up in a low-income community that lacked resources, many customized household items/accessories were not accessible to my communities. Even in my high school, I realized that there were not enough resources, such as 3D printers and other equipment to create parts for our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) -related projects. Often times we had to use recycled materials due to lack of funding. These experiences have helped me become educated about sustainable and environmentally-friendly concepts, which I want to bring to my enterprise project.

As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I saw that these financial instabilities extended to other low-income communities like Oakland. The lack of state funds and safe learning spaces made Oakland school districts and community workplaces desperately in need of spaces and technological resources. With my experiences with 3D printing, I know that I can improve Oakland communities with accessible items.

The first tier of my project is to have a 3D printing marketplace to create affordable customized household items and small accessories. These items include cups, kitchen utensils, small toys, jewelry, phone cases, games, etc. All of these 3D-printed products will be accessible for low-income community members as well as for all families to enjoy, which is the focus of the business. In addition, the next phase for the business will be teaching and guiding youth to expand their creativity and curiosity of STEM concepts with 3D printing technology. With the revenue that is generated from the marketplace, the enterprise project will expand to 3D printed affordable prosthetic hands for affected individuals.

I am truly passionate about helping our youth in growing personally and intellectually in their STEM careers, which will ultimately increase diversity in the workforce, while providing resources to low-income communities. If you are interested in volunteering or making a donation to my social enterprise, please contact me at aibarra20@berkeley.edu.

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