Portland 3D Printing Lab - March 2014

In February 60 Layer Geeks got to see how real Oregon companies team up to create business opportunities using 3D printing.  We kicked off with a high-level overview of what 3D printing is and how it's used. Then, we took a look at updates in the industry and talked about how we, as a community, can work together.  Next, Rigado Systems, makers of Lumenplay, showed us how 3D printed parts allows them to be responsive to their customers' needs. RapidMade showed us the kinds of products they can make in short order and gave us advice on how to prepare your products to be printed. Lastly, ProtoPasta told us the story of their Kickstarter for desktop 3D printer filament, made with polycarb and carbon fiber. 

In March, we'll take a look at the tools, including an in-depth look at 3D scanning and 3d printed prosthetic hands!

Agenda follows:

0600p : 3D printing for Beginners (optional for pros!)

0630p : Networking over light food/beverages

0730p : Intro

0740p : Show your projects OR
               Community Q&A - Shout out a question, get it answered

0750p : Sklyr @ 3Digitize.us talks about the state of the art in 3D scanning, with a LIVE demo!

0810p : TBD

0830p : More Networking!

Note 1: We also had a LARGE number of printers (including a delta!) represented at our Feb meetup. If you'd like to bring a printer, please contact the group organizer, so we can set aside table space.

Note 2: If you have a project or business you'd like to talk about, please contact the group organizer by private message. We're looking for 15-20 minute presentations. Slides aren't necessary, but we have access to a projector and plenty of table space. Good examples would be demonstrations of a new technique/tool, an overview of a service you provide, a unique project you've modeled/printed, etc. If you know a great speaker, please refer them! 

Please share this with your network and bring your imagination and enthusiasm. We'd particularly like to get people from bigger corps that are using a lot of 3D printing in their design process (looking at you Nike and Intel :) 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - Innovation Catalyst

    10 completely 3D printed houses appear in Shanghai, built under a day.

    Concrete is used in the article above but other materials to innovate the concept could be used like:

    Why wood pulp is world's new wonder material

    1 · April 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - Innovation Catalyst
    Someone posted an article about a 3D Printed Skull Implant and asked what kind of material was used.
    See below 3D-printed skull implanted into woman's head

    Anatomics - company that made the implant and material they use.

    Polymethylmethacrylate, Poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA is a clear plastic acrylic material that has long been used in the dental and surgical field for implantables

    1 · April 4

  • Peter B.

    Anyone have a PDX source of PET bed film?

    April 2

  • Caleb P.

    Print something to eat with the Foodini!


    1 · April 1

  • Alex D.

    Hi again, I was your "8:10p : TBD" fill in at last week's meetup, Alex :-)

    Thanks for the chance to share a bit of my specific experience in the industry. Hope you had a laugh at my lederhosen and enjoyed the toys I brought. Shashi asked me to share some links to support my presentation, so here we go!

    EOS - where I did support and training for 5 years...yes they make metal machines but plastic as well:


    NW Rapid - my first Oregon start-up adventure based on plastic laser sintering (SLS)...lots of UAV parts:


    Nike - culmination of my corporate experience (only the sole is printed in case you are wondering):


    Protoplant - back in start-up mode making new and exciting FFF/FDM materials for you!!!:


    Anyone have a photo of me in lederhosen? Might make a good profile picture ;-)

    1 · March 31

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - Innovation Catalyst - Thorough and insightful investigation of the problem and product performance goals and then application of Technologies and information, often from disparate fields, to take a Product beyond state of the art.

    New Bionics That Let Us Run, Climb and Dance

    This is the kind of innovation that we should all aspire to and apply to Ideas, especially to 3D printing since it generally is the "Casing" for products.

    Innovation Cells (workgroups) are a great way to practice innovation, interest anyone in forming some?

    1 · March 31

  • Dustin C.

    Excellent! Good times, an excellent place to see what is going on in 3DP

    2 · March 27

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - Innovation Catalyst - the article below illustrates that innovators don't always know of other innovations that enhance their idea, in this instance the innovator does not know that carbon fiber 3D printers already are in use.

    The Next Big Thing You Missed: 3-D Printing Promises Better Bionic Limbs for the War-Wounded


    3 · March 26

    • Leigh G.

      Great article. There is a question about both business structures and legal structures to best promote social innovation. Social innovation misses some of the price signal indicators that drive businesses, and is generally not protectable via intellectual property. Traditionally, charitable groups and governments can provide, but are poor at innovation. Distributed delivery of services and tools is one of the great promises I see in 3D printing, and it needs to be combined with network effects and innovative business models.

      1 · March 26

  • Alex D.

    Where else can you give a tech talk in Lederhosen?

    1 · March 26

  • Russell Z.

    Pretty darn great!

    2 · March 26

  • Brian E.

    Great! Learned how trash scans can be fixed in software, and mbot is under selling maker bot

    2 · March 25

  • Zander M.

    I am a CAD Drafter/Designer currently laid off. I built my own FFD 3D printer last year and I am very passionate about the technology.

    1 · March 25

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - Innovation Catalyst Flexible Filament Material

    This flexible 3D-printed sneaker folds up to fit in your pocket
    Designed by Recreus founder Ignacio Garcia, the Sneakerbot II uses his company's new Filaflex 1.75mm, a filament so bendable, the sneaker can actually be folded up and stuffed right into your jeans pocket


    1 · March 24

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI - Innovation Catalyst
    Another application for 3D Printing, the possibilities
    are..... World's first 3-D acoustic cloaking device hides objects from sound
    (Metamaterials—the combination of natural materials in repeating patterns to achieve unnatural properties)

    2 · March 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI- Innovation Catalyst - Printing Material

    Manufacturing a solution to planet-clogging plastics
    Large scale, 3D printable Fully Degradable Bio plastic

    2 · March 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI-Innovation Catalyst

    Futuristic EDAG Genesis 3D printed car world premiere at 2014 Geneva motor show

    Update of a past post about Mataerial 3D printer
    3D-printing robot creates freestanding metal structures

    BigRep ONE 3D printer creates whole pieces of furniture

    2 · March 4

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