SGV Linux Users Group - 3D Printing, What is it good for anyway?

San Gabriel Valley Tech
San Gabriel Valley Tech
Public group

Every 2nd Thursday of the month

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This month, we are hosted by New Matter (, a new 3D printing company incubated at Idealab. Meetup RSVPs will be capped at 50 as there is a limit to how many people will fit in the space, and many of the SGVLUG members are not on Meetup. We'll head out to Du-Par's Restaurant and Bakery around 9:30pm for a late dinner.

We welcome the 3D printing community--whether they are experts or neophytes--to share the things they've printed and spark a conversation about what we can do with 3D printing, how to get started, and how 3D printing can be used for art, home, hobby, and work. Please contact Lan (L dot Dang at ymail dot com) if you are bringing something for show and tell or want to do a lightning talk.


Dave Flynn will share his extensive experience with 3D printing from the past 4 years, as well as his motivations for designing and building his own 3D printer. Specifically, his experience is with the RepRap style of 3D printers.

The presentation will be short as Dave much prefers answering questions.


David M. Flynn

Engineer, Technician, Maker

- 1985 BA Industrial Arts (Metal Technology) CSULA

- 1987 Paper tape reader emulator, Apple //e, Pascal, 6502 assembly, Wire-wraped I/O Card

- 1991 Single spindle PCB driller w/ automatic tool change, Mac SE30+, Galil 730

- 1995 Oxford V.U.E., Inc., Cupric chloride etcher controller (Vis-U-Etch 5), TTL logic

- 1999 Vis-U-Etch 7, PIC16F877 based w/ ethernet

- 2012 First 3D printer (Bukobot 1, Deezmaker), Cable drive, Arduino Mega based.

-[masked] Lots-o-stuff, Tank, Nerf cannon, Robots, etc.

- 2015 Designed and built a screw drive rep-rap 3D printer, Arm M3, Smoothieware.

- 2016 Update and upgrade of 3D printer. Beaglebone (Arm A8), Replicape, Redeem.


Lightning talks:

• Joan Horvath and Rich "Whosawhatsis" Cameron, cofounders of Nonscriptum LLC (, will give a lightning talk about using 3D printing in education and scientific applications.

• Lan Dang will share what she's learned about the e-NABLE project ( and the only high school community chapter of this project, Enablingmusic (, which started up this summer.



Idealab is located is located on Union Street near Pasadena Avenue in Old Town Pasadena. Parking is not provided; you advised to park at one of the Pasadena city lots. You can also check Parkopedia ( for more detailed parking options.

Idealab is host to many companies, including New Matter. We are meeting in the large open are known as Darwin; you will be escorted by New Matter employees.


6:30pm - Setup

7:00pm - People start to arrive and socialize

7:30pm - SGVLUG meeting begins with announcements, Linux in the News, and then the presentation and lightning talks

9:00pm - End meeting, clean up, and then head over to Du-Par's ( (214 S Lake Ave, Pasadena) for dinner.


SGVLUG ( is one of the oldest and most active Linux User Groups in the Greater Los Angeles area. In addition to Linux, the group also shares interests in other free and open source software, all forms of technology, and the discussion of issues that arise with the these new tools, such as privacy rights. SGVLUG attracts members from throughout LA County including Pasadena, Glendale, Burbank, and eastward throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Our members include software developers, system administrators, hardware engineers, and software users of all levels of experience. Many work in the technology field as employees, contractors or consultants, and enjoy the learning and networking opportunities available from the group. We also have many members that serve as volunteers of their time and skills at various local events, including the annual Southern California Linux Expo ( (SCaLE).