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!



pinshape is a 3D printing community that makes exploring, sharing, selling, downloading and ordering 3D prints simple & fun! We're a startup in Mountain View's #500Startups accelerator program. To celebrate Maker Faire - we're giving away a MakerBot Replicator 2 3D Printer - Register to win in 10 seconds here - www.pinshape.com/contest Come by and meet the founders of Pinshape, watch us 3D print a few cool shapes, and win a 3D printer!


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