Student Spotlight: Westfield High School Students John Warns and Jacob Mills
Westfield Students Launch 3D Printing and Modeling Business
Photographer / Eli Beaverson
Westfield High School students John Warns and Jacob Mills recently launched Antidote Modeling, a business that offers 3D printing and modeling services.
“Jacob and I started it because, as inventors, we both love design,” says Warns, a senior.
The duo has thoroughly enjoyed conceptualizing and growing their own business.
“What brought us to focus on design and prototyping, rather than inventing, was our distaste for the patenting process,” Warns explains. “This business puts to use our skills in business and modeling, while avoiding the legal world of patents. I’m looking forward to growing this business into the future.”
Warns and Mills are working with the Indiana University Foundation on a project to create 3D models of buildings on the IU campus.
“This has been one of my favorite modeling projects so far,” Warns says. “I was able to travel down to Bloomington to get some measurements of buildings, which I then recreated in a 3D modeling software. I then 3D printed scale models of those buildings, which turned out better than I could have imagined. I have a great appreciation for architecture, so it was very amazing to combine my interests in one project. This project has also given me the idea that I would like to model buildings again if ever given the chance.”
Warns, co-president of Antidote Modeling, is also an avid rock climber.
“I am the co-president of the Westfield rock climbing club,” he says. “I also do a lot of work in the school’s maker space, called the Idea Farm.”
Warns has high hopes for the future, and plans to major in mechanical engineering technologies at Purdue University.
“If I had to choose one thing that I like most about Westfield it would be the people,” Warns says. “Everyone in this town is so nice and welcoming. I’ve been honored to call Westfield my home for all 18 years of my life.”
Mills, co-president of Antidote Modeling, also participates in Westfield High School’s Idea Farm, which he feels has helped the business considerably.
“Antidote Modeling is a company that caters to smaller companies, or individual people,” says Mills, a junior. “We can take on large companies too. The real thing that we think people will value in our company is our ability to communicate, and use that ability to create a better product. Since we are a small company at this time, our customers get our full attention, which is something that can’t be said with larger companies.”
Mills is also involved in several school activities including the FIRST Robotics Competition robotics team 6956, rock climbing club, ski club and spikeball club.
Mills has a firm grasp on what he wants to do in the future.
“I’m going to major in mechanical engineering because I love solving real-life problems with practical engineering and 3D printing,” he says.
Mills adds that he thoroughly enjoys living in Westfield.
“I love the people of Westfield,” he says. “I have made so many good friends and connections here, and that makes me feel like a part of the community.”