Ollie Olivieri, one of five people who make up the Red Ant Lasers team, made the initial pitch to David Whitewolf of TechShop.
“He had built a coffee table, sort of Amish-style, but he wanted to etch the skyline of Pittsburgh on the top. But you can’t do that. We didn’t have access to the kind of laser he needed,” says Whitewolf. For that, they would need a $30,000 standard-sized laser to do the job.