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3D Printing - Where It's At and Where It's Going

Hello Hardwarians,

This month we have a special treat as Dave and Nate from Fictiv will cover one of everyone's favorite topics, the current state and future of 3D printing.  I'm happy to announce to that we will sponsors for this event:  Legit Lager ( and Indiegogo (  Thanks sponsors!   

7:00 - 7:30  Networking: with pizza and beer 

7:30 - 8:15  Dave and Nate Evans - 3D Printing, Where Its At and Where Its Going

                                                                   Dave Evans

                                                                   Nate Evans

For all the hype surrounding 3D printing and its future potential, surprisingly few people truly understand the ecosystem and how to use 3D printing to prototype and manufacture hardware effectively. As the lead engineer of Ford's Silicon Valley Lab, Dave had access to an open PO for prototyping, a $100k+ 3D printer, and many inside looks at local service bureaus, but he still encountered many of the same challenges startups face when developing hardware: unreasonably long lead times and excessive costs. At Fictiv, Dave and Nate are working to democratize hardware development and change the way individuals and companies access rapid prototyping tools. They will shed some light on why prototyping is still hard, what the current capabilities and material/technology options are for 3D printing, and what this might imply for additive manufacturing in the future.

8:15 - 8:45  Demos: 2 min's intros from attendees who want to announce their product or service.  Feel free to bring a prototype, but beyond your prototype, just you and a microphone to keep things moving.

8:45 - 9:30  Networking

Upcoming events: 

1) SF Hardware Startup Pitch Club MeetupMon. Feb 24th

2) Sensored MeetupMon. Feb 24th

3) SF Hardware Startup MeetupSponsored by ShipwireTues. Feb. 25th

4) SF IoT MeetupThur. Feb. 27th

5) Just Build It - Bay Area Hardware MeetupHardware HangoutWed. Mar. 5th

6) Shoplocket Hardware Meetup Wed. Feb. 26th

If you have any announcements you would like us to share with the group, please send me an email.  

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