Note: This feature is in the February TT&C 2022 issue.
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Rick Bedyk is one of the pioneers in 3D printing in the model hobby, a journey zig-zagging through learning curves, design dead-ends and prototype pathways without a final destination on the horizon.
“When I first got into 3D printing, it was a very emotional rollercoaster,” he said.
“The designing aspect was a huge learning curve,” he said. “The printing is a slow process, where you can wait multiple hours for an outcome that’s a failure, so it’s pretty discouraging. There’s desire and passion, with frustration and sadness, so it’s really emotional. But you can’t give up, if it’s something you want to do.”
And it’s something he wants to do.
Playing in the sandbox
Rick grew up on a hog and grain farm in the Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, area, but has spent his career in another industry.
“I’ve been in the oil industry all my life, every end of it, from exploration to construction to operating oil and gas wells,” he said. Eventually, he worked his way into commissioning and startup of oil and gas refineries.
After working in the industry for more than 25 years, Rick took a new position two years ago outside the oil and gas sector, operating heavy equipment.