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Field Trip to ProtoPlant

UPDATE:  This is a BYOP "Bring your own Printer" Event.  We will have table space and Proto-pasta materials on hand, free of charge, for your printing enjoyment.  Bring your printer and give our materials a try.  We also plan to have our extruder producing filament and our 1970s Gorton Mill creating retro 3D prints.  Some salty snacks and soft drinks will be provided as well!

Come visit the offices of ProtoPlant and learn how 3D Printer filament (the plastic build material) is made. This is an Open House, so come anytime and spend some time with the team. Don't forget to RSVP so they can plan properly. If we get enough signups, I hear there's a small surprise in store for us.  :)  Post questions in the comments!

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  • Alex D.

    Thanks again for visiting our facility! Just wanted to let you all know that proto-pasta.com is taking live orders as of today. Check out our new look :-)

    2 · May 15, 2014

  • Dustin C.

    Thanks everyone for an amazing turnout! It was wonderful to see everyone and have some great conversations. Dustin

    2 · April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi,

    Would it be ok to bring the little one? He loves art and 3D printers :D

    April 23, 2014

    • Dustin C.

      No requirement to bring a printer :-)

      April 25, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome. I might see you all next event :)

      April 27, 2014

  • Gregory P.

    It was good to meet all of you. It's so fascinating to be a part of this now. It must have been like this for personal computers in the early 1980s. Lots of kits and pricey but ever cheaper OTS machines too. I think the analogy will hold too. This is going to change things as much as PCs and the internet.

    2 · April 26, 2014

  • Shashi J.

    Nice trip- I stayed longer than I planned. Gracious hosts, good conversation, interesting to see how filament is produced!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Solarcycle

    Any carpooling going on for this event?

    2 · April 7, 2014

    • Shashi J.

      @Thubten sounds like you're driving? When/where are you meeting up?

      April 25, 2014

    • Gregory P.

      I live a few blocks from that station in the Portland Towers bldg.

      April 25, 2014

  • Patti

    So it sounds like there is no set agenda and so there isn't any formal "tour" per se. Correct? Just wondering when the best time will be to get there and how long to expect to stay....

    April 25, 2014

    • Dustin C.

      Patti, There is no agenda, folks are welcome to just drop by and see our shop/filament extrusion equipment. We hope to have a few people bring printers and have them running. We will be printing a few things as well.

      April 25, 2014

    • Shashi J.

      Just to add some color, Dustin will be there to show off the printing process. I've been there before. I'd plan for staying around an hour so you can see the process, meet some people, and see stuff printed with the new filament.

      April 25, 2014

  • Alex D.

    This is a BYOP "Bring your own Printer" Event. We will have table space and Proto-pasta materials on hand, free of charge, for your printing enjoyment. Bring your printer and give our materials a try. We also plan to have our extruder producing filament and our 1970s Gorton Mill creating retro 3D prints. Some salty snacks and soft drinks will be provided as well!

    April 23, 2014

    • Greg F.

      Please clarify: is this indeed a byop exclusively or is it for any meetup members to drop in? thx!

      April 25, 2014

    • Dustin C.

      Anyone can drop in! It is mostly an opportunity for folks to see our filament extrusion process, but we hope to have a few printers running as well. Anyone is welcome to drop by.

      April 25, 2014

  • josh a.

    Since I mixed up my dates... I made a dry run last weekend :) There is quite a bit of parking. There are several companies in the lot. Parking lines the whole front of the lot.

    2 · April 23, 2014

  • Solarcycle

    Should we set up some locations to meet for a carpool? I don't have a car, but I can take the Max to meet a generous car pooler anywhere in Portland. How about meet at the TIE office in NW Portland?

    April 23, 2014

  • Brian W.

    What is parking going to be like?

    April 23, 2014

  • josh a.

    I may have room for 1 for carpool. I am in the se portland area near town center mall

    April 23, 2014

  • Sara

    Hi! I just joined the group and I'm hoping to write up an article about 3D printers for my blog about Portland "nerd" culture. My husband and I are fascinated by this tech, can we come? And can we bring our (very adorable and well behaved) baby?

    April 16, 2014

    • Shashi J.

      Welcome to the group! You'll find a lot of interesting folks to talk about. Definitely bring baby along- it's never too early to 3d print :)

      April 17, 2014

    • Sara

      Thanks Sashi! We will be there!

      April 21, 2014

  • Mike L.

    Hey, I print and assemble a prosthetic finger for a company in Tumwater Wa. "Naked Prosthetics" .
    Should I talk them about showing some of their products on the 29th??

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Shashi J.

      Mike, that'd be excellent- can you send me some details by email?

      April 20, 2014

  • Michael A.

    Bummer.. I'm in Boston. Really looking forward to attending the next one though. Have fun everyone!

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • Shashi J.

      Next time, Mike. Do come to the regular meeting on 4/29 - we'll be talking about hand prosthetics there!

      April 19, 2014

  • Sophie H.

    I'm not sure if this is for me, would you suggest it to someone that just started leaning about the technology? I'm just looking for ways to educate myself on it other than online sources.

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Shashi J.

      Sophie, welcome to the group. This field trip is a good way to meet other people who 3d Print and a rare chance to see how the input materials are made. We'll have other meetings where you'll get to learn the fundamentals.

      April 17, 2014

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