We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Shelton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Ever since I was little I always wanted to run my own company. After I learned about 3D printing I began to wonder if I could fuse my love of rockets and this new form of manufacturing. Ever since that day pushing forward with 3D printing model rockets I have never looked back.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m definitely excited to think one day “hopefully soon” we can show the world our 3D printed rockets can achieve what larger more expensive and complex rockets do but for half of the cost.
I don’t believe I would be where I’m at today if it hadn’t been for my love of the unknown and technology.
It wasn’t easy and is still a bit difficult at times do to the circumstances of the world. The number one challenge is keeping enough printer filament on hand. Do to the pandemic the materials are a bit harder to come by in the larger amounts we need.
The hardest lesson for me personally was patience. Not only with waiting for a print to finish, but the amount of time that goes into a business as a whole and that things take time. Regardless of the endeavor you take.
I want the world to know that we are here to make a difference not only in the 3D printed sectors of industry but also in the ever expanding world of public and privet space operations. From model rocketry to landing on the moon, we are ShelTech LLC.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would highly recommend the dry lake bed about 30 miles outside of town. It’s not only perfect for rocket launching but a nice escape from the happenings of the near by town. Quiet and peaceful.
The local steakhouse would be in my top places to dine. Kingman AZ is more of a stopover for traveling to and from Vegas/LA. Not too much happening.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Most if not all the credit goes to my incredible mom who through thick and thin helped out in times I most needed it.