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LEO the Maker Prince -- First Kids' Book on 3D Printing, New From Maker Media


December 17, 2013 - Sebastopol, CA

Carla wanted to become an artist when she grew up. She became an accountant instead. Carla's calm life was upended when she met LEO, the Maker Prince. And through LEO's magic -- 3D printing -- Carla finally became the artist she'd long ago wished to be.

3D printing isn't magic, but LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing is. Written for young readers, parents, teachers, artists, and designers, LEO takes a fanciful, beautifully illustrated trip through the emerging technologies that allow anyone, accountant or child, to become a maker. Best of all, each of the objects featured in the book are 3D printable, their instructions available for free download.

"This book serves to illustrate the potential of 3D printing to bring new objects into our lives, as well as its potential to enable people to become makers," says author Carla Diana.

"LEO the Maker Prince invites us to consider how we feel about 3D printers and what we want them to do," adds Maker Media CEO and founder Dale Dougherty.

Perfect for the holidays and beyond, LEO the Maker Prince is just one of the many 3D printing-related items supported by Maker Media and its retail outlet, the Maker Shed.

"By putting these ideas into the hands of children," says Diana, "we can help jumpstart our ambassadors for the future."

LEO would love that.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including table of contents, author bio, and cover graphic, see http://www.makershed.com/LEO_the_Maker_Prince_p/9781457183140-p.htm.

About Carla Diana
Carla Diana enjoys living as close to the near future as possible. In her studio, she works on future-specting projects in areas such as domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances, combining experience in industrial and interaction design to create solutions that bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. She has taught and lectured internationally, including a year as visiting faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was the creative director for the iconic humanoid robot, Simon, and four years at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where she co-wrote the school's first Interactive Design curriculum. Currently, she is a faculty member at U. Penn, and a founding faculty member of SVA's Products of Design program.

About Maker Media
Maker Media is a global platform for connecting makers with each other, with products and services, and with our partners. Through media, events and ecommerce, Maker Media serves a growing community of makers who bring a DIY mindset to technology. Whether as hobbyists or professionals, makers are creative, resourceful and curious, developing projects that demonstrate how they can interact with the world around them. The launch of MAKE Magazine in 2005, followed by Maker Faire in 2006, jumpstarted a worldwide Maker Movement, which is transforming innovation, culture and education. Located in Sebastopol, CA, Maker Media is the publisher of MAKE Magazine and the producer of Maker Faire. It also develops "getting started" kits and books that are sold in its Maker Shed store as well as in retail channels.

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