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March Meetup: Rapid Prototyping Tools & Techniques

Rapid Prototyping Tools & Techniques

If you're working on any physical product, you know the importance of quickly iterating on physical designs. However, there are now so many different rapid prototyping technologies and tools (3d printing, CNC machining, molding, etc), it can be challenging to determine the best path for your project.

Join us next Thursday (3/21) to learn how to rapid prototype like the pros from Bailey Jones & Charles Barton Bollfrass -

Bailey Jones of Bright Product Development has been using rapid prototyping as a design tool since the days of SLA supremacy in the 90s. He has over 15 yrs of product design experience in the US and Scandinavia, and teaches 3D CAD and Design at ACC.

Charles Barton Bolfrass is CEO of Solid Prototype - a great Austin fabrication resource and an expert in additive fabrication technology.

Charles & Bailey will review a variety of rapid prototyping technologies and tools and have example parts on hand. We'll also cover service bureaus and other resources that can help make your idea take shape.

We're also excited to have Xilinx sponsoring this meetup! If you're interested in Xilinx FPGAs or their new Zynq SOCs (also very useful for rapid prototyping!) we will have a few Xilinx engineers joining us who would be happy to talk with you.


6:30 Arrive, grab grub & drinks (thanks to new sponsor Xilinx!)

6:45 Rapid Prototyping Presentation & Samples

7:30 Pitches, demos, updates from ATXHW members

** Jack Minardi will talk about winning the YC Hardware Hackathon

7:45 Networking

Call to Action

If you'd like to sponsor this meetup please contact us! If you're interested in Austin Hardware Startups, help spread the word!

Massive thanks to Xilinx for providing food & drinks at this event and continued thanks to Capital Factory for providing meeting space.

You should probably follow @atxhw on twitter!

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  • Bailey

    There's a brief summary of the talk and a downloadable PDF of the slides here:

    March 24, 2013

  • Mitesh

    work kept me from attending. Can we get access to slide decks ?

    March 23, 2013

  • R. D. C.

    I know someone who needs Arduino Programmers for a three month contract. R. D. Childers [masked]

    March 22, 2013

    • Sanjay C.

      I'm interested in the opportunity, and can also probably bring in a friend as well. Got more details?

      March 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    awesome event! learned a lot!

    1 · March 21, 2013

    • matthew l.

      I second this. Learned a ton!

      March 22, 2013

  • Bartley G.

    For those that would like Bailey's charts on Rapid prototyping methods and CAD for reference, check out the photo album for this meetup.

    March 22, 2013

  • Michelle

    Forces conspire to keep me working overtime. :(

    March 21, 2013

  • John D

    Grub and drinks - is that a free meal from Xilinx? Regardless, I'm pretty excited :)

    March 21, 2013

    • Ryan B.

      Yep, we have a great sponsor! Be sure to thank them!

      March 21, 2013

  • Andrew S.

    Just found out I can't make the meet-up because of a wedding, I will be looking forward to the next one being posted. If anyone is meeting up before the next date, i would love to come along. Cheers. Andy

    March 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Out of town, unfortunately.

    March 14, 2013

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