A Field Guide to the Diversity of the 3D Printed World: Design and Modeling for 3D Printing (Redux)


When people ask ''What's 3D printing for?'' they expect simple answers. But in the wild, designers find uses for 3D printing in a vast range of fields. Here's a quick survey from my book-in-progress ''Design & Modeling for 3D Printing'' (MakerMedia 2014).
A number of those who I am featuring in the Field Guides are attending Maker Faire New York, and I will be introducing a handful of them and inviting them to join me on stage to share their unique perspectives to this medium.

Introduction to the Primary Approaches to Design for 3D Printing


One of the biggest obstacles for those getting started with design for 3D printing are the wide range of approaches to using design software to get what you want -- in many cases with steep learning curves for learning each new type. Core to my book in-progress ''Design & Modeling for 3D Printing'' (Make:Books 2014) are chapters guiding the reader through the basics for each of the core approaches, to prepare the reader to tackle the ''3D Design Mode'' appropriate to the task at hand. This talk offers a brisk stroll through these fundamentals from a vendor-agnostic perspective for all design experience levels.

Recreating Historic Coney Island, One Layer at a Time


Fred Kahl, aka Coney Island's famed Great Fredini will discuss his exploration of 3D printing including the invention of his open source hardware full body scanning rig, Scan-A-Rama 3D Portrait Studio, and the creation of the Worlds Largest Desktop 3D Printed Art Installation, a 1:13 scale model of Coney Island's Luna Park as it stood 100 years ago. The presentation's theme will underscore the role that maker culture has historically played as popular entertainment.

3Dponics – Free 3D-Printable Hydroponics System


3Dponics - Free, 3D-Printable Hydroponics System

We are a tech lab based in Ottawa, Canada and our latest project is 3Dponics—a low-maintenance, DIY hydroponics system whose key components are 3D-printed parts and recycled plastic bottles. Because it's open source, anyone can build their own system and create upgrades for it.

3Dponics is cost-effective (costing just pennies/day to operate), environmentally friendly and easy to set up. It really works too—we've been able to grow delicious tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers and herbs using the system, and we think everyone would benefit by having their very own system. Just imagine how nice it would be to have fresh, ripe and organic produce at your fingertips, knowing exactly where it came from and what went into it.

We're super excited to show you how 3Dponics works, so come find us!

Fuel 3D Technologies Ltd.


Fuel 3D Technologies, developer of 3D scanning solutions, will be demonstrating its ground-breaking 3D scanner at Maker Faire. Throughout the show, visitors to the company’s stand will be able to find out more about 3D scanning and receive a free 3D scan of their own face. They will then be able to access their file online for 3D printing or to experiment with other applications. In addition, the Fuel 3D scanner will be present on the Feetz stand at Maker Faire to showcase our recent collaboration with the developer of custom fit footwear. Why should I care? The world is getting very excited about 3D and 3D printing, but people are struggling to understand how they can get the content they need for these applications. The Fuel 3D scanner has been developed to allow anyone to generate high-quality 3D models from real-life objects. Fuel 3D has developed an affordable handheld 3D scanner that delivers high resolution shape and color capture for a range of 3D modeling applications, such as 3D printing, as well as on-screen applications like 3D art, animation and game development. The scanner’s ability to accurately capture color 3D models of the face is ideally suited to the rapidly growing trend of personalization.


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