- Sector Mash
This year, for the start of innovation week, Code for BTV is organizing an event to publicize the resources and services, both informal and formal, that exist in our community, to support the tech AND creative/art sectors. There will be a gallery show of sorts, to start the event, to demonstrate tech-art, or art-tech, or art that requires tech, and that is interactive if possible. If anyone has some interesting art that is interactive in some way, and that required use of tech to make it, please contact Nick at [masked]. One goal is to expose UVM’s Arts and Humanities professors to new ways of expressing art and creativity, that are powered by technology The third part of this event is a mixer where we get all meet ups that relate to art, or tech, to be in one space so that members of community who are interested in what options exist can come meet and talk with the meetup organizers face to face. One stop shopping for informal support resources. I (Jon) cannot attend, but I encourage the rest of you to participate and represent the 3D printer community.
- The CR-10 3D printer
I just purchased a CR-10 for evaluation. At around $500 and with a print volume of 12"x12"x14" it seemed too good to be true. The print quality is amazing, and it worked right out of the box. It also prints at a reasonable speed, and quietly. I purchased a second one. Let's meet at the Barns and Noble Maker Fair so that everyone can see the printer. If you have a (small) test print that you want me to make ahead of time, please send me a message. Jon
- Get together to share projects, tools, and opportunities
It's been a while. Come check out the new Generator with their two MakerBots, and let's talk about what we've been up to, what equipment or tools we have acquired or learned, and where this group should be going. Jon
- Comparison of 3D CAD programs
CADversation Forum, Thursday, November 10, 6pm - ? A free, informational forum to discuss and compare 3D / CAD programs is being hosted by several Generator members: Daryl Stultz: Blender, Fusion 360 Jon Bondy: OpenSCAD Mike Beganyi: SketchUp Kyle Werner: OnShape, Solidworks, Inventor Please RSVP here: https://generatorvt.com/classes/#!event/register/2016/11/10/up-your-3d-modeling-skills-on-sketch-up-free-workshop-for-members-and-non-members
- The LittleRP Resin Printer, take deux
I have had some problems with the LittleRP, which is why I canceled a similar presentation about 2 months ago. The LittleRP continues to be a little erratic, but the prints that it produces (when it produces prints) are quite wonderful. And at about $1,200 for the kit and projector, it is within many more budgets than the Form 1 at $3,400. I will explain how the kit went together, how the software works, and show off some prints, while printing something new. The presentation will take place during a Generator Member's meeting, which is a bit of a pot-luck affair. Feel free to bring a small food contribution if you wish. Sometimes we chip in for a pizza.
- The FormLabs Form 1 resin printer
Many of us have PLA/ABS plastic printers. We have heard of other technologies (resin, sintered powder, etc) but do not have the money to even consider them. The FormLabs Form 1 printer uses a laser to cure liquid resin into plastic. The build volume is modest at 5" x 5" x 6", but the level of detail possible is stunning (about 10x that of the PLA/ABS printers). Come see a demonstration of the Form 1 printer. Even more exciting, this printer is available, used, at about 2/3 of the original price. Wondering why we are scheduling so few meetings? It is because of poor attendance recently, and a lack of suggestions from the group. If there is a meeting you would like to see, don't be shy: let me know!
- How Our Members Incorporated 3D Printing into the Maker Fair ChampBot Challenge
Alex Clay and Dave Lovegrove will describe how they employed 3D design and printing in the submarine that they created in response to the Maker Fair's ChampBot Challenge. Also hear about how a Form1 3D Printer may be in residence at Generator for a few months this winter. Feel free to bring your prints or your stories or problems. I will bring a metal object that I cast using a PLA mold.
- Review of 3D Printer Technologies, and How to Choose Your Printer
New to 3D Printing? Want to understand how it works, and what your options are? Come go Generator and enjoy the monthly Social from 5:30 to 7:30, and then listen to a talk about how 3D printers work, what the existing technologies are, and what your options are for buying one for yourself. Not sure whether we will meet in the main room or in one of the smaller rooms upstairs. It will all depend on noise level in each location.