Total 3D Experience : printers in action, touch 3D objects, free software

  • January 31, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Dear makers,

when I created 3D Printing London a couple of days ago, I would never imagine that you would be 200 joining in less than a week! The traction is so huge, and so is the responsibility now for organizing the first physical meeting. You do have expectations, and we'll try as hard as possible to match them.

Printers

From what I read when you join, most of you want to see 3D printers in action: you will. I'm happy to unveil that you will see :

  • Cube v2 (just arrived!)
  • Up! Plus (confirmed)
  • Up! Mini (confirmed)
  • Creatr Dual v2 (confirmed)
  • Makerbot (last minute)
  • Printrbot (last minute)
  • Solidoodle (to be confirmed)
  • iRapid (to be confirmed)

Objects

Then some of you would like to see, touch, feel what 3D printed pieces look like: again I'll have some, but please don't hesitate to come with your own stuff (made or bought) and be prepared to show, share, that will be invaluable to others.

We might vote (raise hand) for the most incredible 3D printed masterpiece, and who knows? its owner would get some kind of prize maybe...

And to show you what some talents can achieve with 3D printing, you will see exceptional arts pieces by Cosmo Wenman and Mark Bloomfield

Software

The software is not to forget, sure. We intend to have some room for a couple of laptops. Again we have secured demonstrations for at least :

  • Sketchup,
  • Blender,
  • 3D S Max,
  • ZBrush (to be confirmed),

Btw a Rhino goddess, a SolidWorks guru etc. would be more than welcome to demonstrate what it takes to create a simple piece out of the blue, or to adapt/modify a piece, etc. Bring you laptop, we've got the large screens... (talk to me in advance, we only have a couple of them...)

Don't be shy, come expose your skills to your fellow co-makers.

Talks

As of the talks, 2 brilliant experts of the field will be our guest stars:

  • "A creative vision in the making with focus on Design, Science, Technology, and Art." by Mark Bloomfield. He created wearable accessories for film, fashion and luxury brands including Titanic, Judge Dredd, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Matthew Williamson, Asprey...
  • 7:30 - "When 3D Printing meets Nature" by Karl Kjelstrup-Johnson, founder of Project Silkworm an open project aiming at pushing the limits of slicing objects for 3D printing without boundaries.

We have arranged a beautiful venue, The Prince's Foundation, fitting all 150 of us, along with the many machines, objects and drinks. It's conveniently located at 19-22 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3SG, just 5 minute walk away from Old Street tube station, or 10 minute from Liverpool Street.

See you all on Thursday!

Sylvain Preumont

PS: spread the news, go social, but most important is register ASAP, we need to know well in advance how much room we need

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  • Zane A.

    for those of you who remember I had wood filament, here's my first print: http://pic.twitter.com/Hxw1kCHz it's so light!

    February 11, 2013

    • Sylvain P.

      Excellent, I like that!Do you have yet a fairly good understanding of why it would print on theirs and not on yours ?

      February 12, 2013

    • Zane A.

      @sylvain, yes it's more a point of nozzles, the wood is not strong enough to push through old abs filaments left behind from previous prints. we used a makerbot that normally only prints PLA. That helped.

      February 12, 2013

  • Lawrence

    Really good, I have so many ideas about how to print/make 3D components and game pieces now.

    February 6, 2013

  • Didier C.

    Brilliant overview

    February 5, 2013

  • Kathi

    Fascinating, thought provoking and has me speculating on the future of the extrusion of objects.

    February 5, 2013

  • Alexander C.

    If anyone can print me items at a reasonable price, please contact me. Shapeways quoted $1600 for a hockey mask...way too much!

    February 1, 2013

  • Kate G.

    Great people, very inspiring

    February 1, 2013

  • Paul K.

    loved it, and seeing so many people interested in the technology. good intro to what can be achieved with printers, business opportunities.

    February 1, 2013

  • Derek M.

    Overall a good primer to 3D printing. Thanks to all the people who made it possible.

    February 1, 2013

  • Ashley C.

    A well run meeting, many thanks.

    Met some good knowledgable people

    February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very well organised and a great introduction to the subject

    February 1, 2013

  • Csaba V.

    Great meetup, great food and drinks and a good selection of printers and samples... now I have to start getting the parts for a reprep :)

    February 1, 2013

  • Richard B.

    Great - good event. Great speakers.

    February 1, 2013

  • Dean G.

    Really good entry level roundup that allowed our entirely diverse group to take something away from it. Most importantly everyone got to see and touch examples and machines and that's simply invaluable.

    February 1, 2013

  • Zane A.

    Thanks guys that was fun, I'm the owner of the wooden little Makerbot ThingOMatic, please let me know if you still have any questions!

    2 · January 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Zane, the brief discussion we had answered a lot of questions. Make sure next time there's an event you're up on stage sharing your experiences as an owner and answering questions from the audience.

      February 1, 2013

    • Fausto F.

      Yeah.. you're quite a communicator :) Liked a lot your explanations.

      February 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent, well organised and informative evening. I've asked Sylvain if he can post the slides. All the notes/pictures I took don't make so much sense now :)

    February 1, 2013

  • Dave S.

    Enjoyed the talks and actually seeing the machines and made objects. Many thanks to Sylvain for organising this.

    February 1, 2013

  • Mark B.

    Thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all last night, great to be part of such an enthusiastic crowd. Big Thanks to Sylvain and the team. looking forward to the next one... in the mean time get your hands dirty and start making!

    February 1, 2013

  • Hak S.

    Great mtg - thank you - would it be possible to post a copy of the slides for reference?

    1 · February 1, 2013

  • PJ B.

    Could someone kindly list the online companies that are doing 3D printing from the slide? I missed it unfortunately. Thanks.

    February 1, 2013

  • Carl B.

    Loved the venue, loved the food, loved the presentations, loved the displays.

    February 1, 2013

  • James

    Excellent event, thanks Sylvain and crew. Came out of it really buzzing with enthusiasm

    February 1, 2013

  • Peter mark W.

    The evening was well organised and refreshments were excellent, thank you. Timing was OK and the presenting was effective. Background noise from machines was a minor factor to look at, as was the visuals which were slightly cut off at the bottom by peoples' heads. The pace and content were right and the displays were great fun - very informative and great for networking.

    February 1, 2013

  • terence f.

    great hospitality and really educational and hands on event - thanks However it seemed more like a taster than a deep analysis

    February 1, 2013

  • Elsa

    Thanks Sylvian & Nadia for organising this event I learnt alot thank you.

    February 1, 2013

  • Elsa

    Awesome, intriguing, inspiring, informative. creative!!!

    January 31, 2013

  • jody h.

    Really interesting presentation and opened up limitless possibilities. I design jewellery / fashion and am always looking for innovative ways to bring it to life. Many thanks to the organiser and presenters. Look forward to future meetings.

    January 31, 2013

  • Fausto F.

    Great hardware, great demonstration pieces.

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    very good - lots to see and talk to the makers. The French guy talked too much though :)

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great location, fab buffet, great learning experience. Would have liked to have seen an industrial machine products from metal etc as the plastic finish isn't so impressive

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • MJY (Michael Y.

    Excellent summary of present position on machines, materials, services.

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I all, I think this is great so far. Unfortunately it says spaces have run out, but am hoping to get to come. Anyway I wondered although this is the first meetup, maybe on a further one, we can work in groups to start coding something cool and test printings abilities. It would be great if we really stretch away 3D printing from inanimate objects to creating something really interesting and useful. For example starting out by model planes, then moving onto robotic parts for example. Anyway look forward to meeting you all.

    3 · January 25, 2013

    • Hugh H.

      @ruby if you have a small file you want printed at the event send it over and you'll see it come to life during the evening.

      2 · January 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      @hugh thanks! Unfortunately looks like I am not able to come as I was on the waitlist. Will ensure I sign up asap for the next one!

      1 · January 31, 2013

  • PJ B.

    I'm specifically interested in printing in high impact toughness materials such as HDPE, Nylon 6 and Polycarbonate. Struggling to find a company that deals with these, anyone else had an experience?

    1 · January 29, 2013

    • PJ B.

      Oooh that's interesting. Yeh let's chat tonight.

      1 · January 31, 2013

    • Sylvain P.

      We may dedicate an event to that and other high end concerns... Stay tuned!

      January 31, 2013

  • Hugh H.

    Can anyone bring some pva glue tonight? I forgot to bring it. I need to wipe some onto the glass heated bed to make pla stick to it. Thanks

    January 31, 2013

    • Sylvain P.

      Sure we've got some on site, no worry, come on !

      January 31, 2013

  • Zane A.

    I'm bringing my Makerbot ThingOMatic and some 1.75mm wood filament, would love to see someone print it. It's LAYWOO-D3.

    January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you are not planning on turning up please update your RVSP so others can join in.

    Farewell to you!

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking for people familiarised with 3D metal printing!

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Sam H

    I watched this today on #BBC #3DPrinting is the next #Internet
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/hardtalk/9788066.stm

    1 · January 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've just noticed that another meeting is happening in London on the subject of 3D printing, tonight (Wed). It's a Science London event, held upstairs in the Lambs Conduit pub. The title is "A world where anyone can make anything" and the speaker is Adrian Bowyer, the creator of RepRap.

    Excerpt from http://science-london.com/home/?p=961

    >>>>

    In 2004 Dr Adrian Bowyer created RepRap, humanity’s first self-replicating general-purpose manufacturing machine. The technology RepRap uses existed in 2004, but the cheapest proprietary machine then would have set you back £15,000. And it wasn’t even designed so that it could make itself. Now for around £400 you can build your own self-replicating machine!

    Science London have invited Adrian to talk about the development of RepRap, why his team are giving away the designs for free and the benefits to small communities in the developing world as well as individuals in the developed world...

    Arrive at 7pm for a 7:30pm start...

    2 · January 30, 2013

    • Hugh H.

      Ill be there.

      1 · January 30, 2013

    • Glen

      There's another meeting on Monday evening next to Hoxton station for people building or planning to build a 3D printer. http://www.meetup.com...­

      January 30, 2013

  • Sam C.

    Any chance of the capacity being raised?

    1 · January 29, 2013

  • Hugh H.

    Hi

    I have a printrbot. Is it ok to bring it along? I'd be happy to demo it.

    Hugh

    January 27, 2013

    • Fausto F.

      Then, like I was thinking, it's a great entry point for curious people and hobbyist into 3D printing, due to the price. Looking forward to seeing it work.

      1 · January 28, 2013

    • Hugh H.

      It's confirmed. I'm bringing mine along. Can't wait to see you all.

      January 29, 2013

  • valerie

    Hi, this is really interesting. I've read a little on the topic but have never seen it in action nor seen a 3d made product. I'm a fashion designer and would like to incorporate it into my work in the form of custom made buttons and other innovative fastenings/ appliques. If anyone is able to do this, give me a shout or feel free to approach me on the day. Look forward to it! :-)

    2 · January 11, 2013

    • Glen

      I've printed my own buttons.

      2 · January 12, 2013

    • valerie

      ok cool, look forward to meeting you both there. I'll have to make a name badge so that you can find me ;-); Glen you have no pic!

      January 25, 2013

  • Mark R.

    Really looking forward to this first meetup. I am starting my build of a RepRapPro Mendel today. I should have it ready for the 31st.

    1 · January 15, 2013

  • George O.

    I have a solidworks model I need printing urgently, preferably today! Please contact[masked] x

    January 13, 2013

  • Simon L.

    What is a good site to learn about the 3d making scene?

    January 13, 2013

    • Glen

      The websites Thingivers.com and Reprap.org. The book 'Makers' by Cory Doctorow

      January 13, 2013

    • Sylvain P.

      Have a look at 3Ders.org for the last news. You might also consider "Getting Started with MakerBot" (O’Reilly; December 26, 2012, $15.99). I got my copy at a signing in CES last week, but I suspect you'll find it online easily. Unlike said by the title, it covers it all pretty much, not only from the Makerbot point of view (but yes only from the desktop, consumer-grad point of view). Or if you can afford investing $500 at it, go for Wohlers Report: it's massive and comprehensive, and definitely worth the money if you're (intending to become) a serious player in the field.

      January 13, 2013

  • Alexander C.

    Has anyone used Ownage? I would like to get some movie props printed...a cool helmet design (full size). Was quoted $1500+ on Shapeways

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Meetup topics sound great Sylvain. Perhaps you could break them down over a few sessions. I doubt you will fit all that into a few hours...

    January 8, 2013

    • Sylvain P.

      Hi Eddy, thank you for your input. I'm feeling quite comfortable that we'll make it. We'll keep the talks focus and straight, within 1 hour. It will leave plenty of time for the folks to go social, walk around the machines printing, see and touch a couple of pieces - including a few masterpieces, I can't talk about yet - and some software demonstrations. Kind of our own private open fair, right?

      January 11, 2013

  • Glen

    If you want a venue that's known to be good for hosting a lot of printers, screens, people & food then I could help you rent the same venue Future Manufacturing uses for it's London3D meetings.

    1 · January 8, 2013

    • Hugh H.

      I'm just worried as meetup says 127 people and counting. I don't know what the dropout rate normally is but this seems pretty big.

      January 11, 2013

    • Sylvain P.

      Hi Glen, thank you for proposing, and Hugh, thank you for worrying. But all is fine, I'm currently negociating a good price for a very nice venue that will fit us all. More to be announced as soon as deal is final.

      January 11, 2013

  • valerie

    Also interested in learning how to use the software to create the designs- I'm a pro at Adobe Illustrator/ Photoshop, if that helps??...

    January 11, 2013

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