Alumni Stories: “Where Are They Now?”

“A Sense of Who I Am”

Will Lutz enjoys the precision and process of machining.
The Digital Fabrication Lab, where Will helps researchers apply their ideas to the machinery and equipment (Photo by Will Lutz).
Will’s workspace at Formlabs
Will Lutz (2022)
“There was paint splattered everywhere… Everybody had left their mark there.”

“It felt undeniably different. I can imagine myself asking, ‘What are adults doing here? Are there grownups here or is it a place where us kids come to mess around and have fun?’”

Teens at AFH in its first decade
Jason Talbot aka SWAT, Co-Founder (left) and Warren Fitzgerald, 3D Mentor (right).
An AFH gallery opening during Will’s time at AFH
Teens who come to AFH feel seen and recognized as individuals.

“It felt like a triumph to be recognized. I hadn’t had many experiences of that throughout life.”

After attending MassArt for film, he returned to AFH as a Screen Printing Mentor. Though Will found moments of reprieve at AFH, outside stressors became unignorable. Will left to address declining personal circumstances.

“AFH provided me with some things I didn’t feel like I was getting on the outside — a sense of legitimacy and a sense of who I am.”

Twenty years later, he’s evidently in a better place — Will’s found his interests and his identity in machining and assists others with the tools to realize their design visions. He’s also interested in learning more about psychology. I’m sure his introspective nature and thoughtful reflections will help others as it did for himself.



Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store