When Carla was a little girl, she dreamed of becoming an artist one day. However, life being what it is, Carla grew up to be an accountant. All was not lost though, and Carla was able to fulfill her childhood dream when she met the magical Leo.
Leo's magic wasn't in a wand, or any old silk hat they found (you know, the one that made Frosty dance around). Leo's magic was in a 3D printer.
Now, we know 3D printing isn't magical, but it might seem like it to a child. That's why this is the plot of Carla Diana's children's book, "LEO the Maker Prince: Journeys in 3D Printing."
"By putting these ideas into the hands of children, we can help jumpstart our ambassadors for the future," Diana said.
The book takes an 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, with 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," Diana said.
Aside from writing, Diana is also an international lecturer and a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania. Before that, she taught for four years at the Savannah College of Art and Design. She also spent a year as a visiting faculty member at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she was the creative director for the iconic humanoid robot, Simon.