I visited your maker space for the first time this week and I was really
impressed with what I saw. I'm a Materials Science & Engineering grad
student at Texas A&M University and I grew up north of Houston (Klein area).
In my mechanical engineering design class (
http://idreem.tamu.edu/courses.html), three students and myself are working
with a non-profit in Guatemala called As Green As It Gets (
The community we are trying to help lives on a rubber tree plantation. We
are trying to help them develop commercially viable products made from the
natural rubber tapped from their rubber trees along with the necessary
Our group was wondering if any of your members had experience or knowledge
about rubber tapping tools, rubber processing equipment, products made from
natural rubber, etc.
I will be back in your maker space again on Nov 10th so if any of your
members have suggestions I would love to talk with them. Please feel free
to forward this message to whoever you think would be knowledgeable in this