The PopSmoke Show

Veteran Doing it Big in 3D Printing (PS009)

Meet Jerry Castanos

Jerry Castanos 3D Heights on The PopSmoke Show

Jerry Castanos, founder 3D Heights

My friend Jerry served in the Army as a Supply Sergeant. He’s been around the world in support of operations in Iraq, Qatar, Kuwait and Afghanistan as a government contractor.

He holds a degree in Business Administration and Management and has vast knowledge and experience in logistics.

Jerry’s on his 5th business. That’s right — 5th business for Jerry and he’s just getting started.

Currently, he’s the founder of 3D Heights in New York City.

I met Jerry at VAP, Brian McDonald’s Veteran Artist Program, in New York.

About 3D Heights

3D Heights is a 3D printing retail/e-commerce business.


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Show Notes

In this episode, Jerry answers:

  • How much does rent cost in New York City — for a storefront your size?
  • What’s 1 mistake you made when starting your own business?
  • Transitioning out of the military and starting your own business…would you have done anything differently?
  • How can veterans prepare better when transitioning out of the military?
  • What’s 1 challenge you’re experiencing right now trying to grow your business?
  • What’s 1 thing you attribute to your success as a veteran entrepreneur?
  • What’s the best business advice you ever received?
  • How much does a 3D printer cost? And what can I do with a 3D printer?
  • Can I make a PopSmoke grenade to rock with 550-cord on The PopSmoke Show?
  • Is there anything a 3D printer can’t copy?
  • Where do you see the 3D printing industry in 3-5 years?
  • The first step for a veteran entrepreneur to take if they’re interested in starting their own 3D printing business (or any business for that matter) is.

Key Topics discussed:

  • Practical Applications for 3D Printing
  • Why Competition is a Great Thing
  • 3Doodler: The World’s First 3D Printing Pen. It’s a pen that can draw in the air!

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