MAKE International 3D Printing Meetup
A week ago we sprang into action when we heard that MAKE Magazine was planning an international 3D printing meetup day. Over the past 48 hours we raced to gather RSVPs, competing with makerspaces around the world for MAKE’s $200 prize for the top-3 events. With 71 RSVPs, we were the #1 attended event worldwide (closely followed by New York and Austin). And we put the money to good use, paying for plenty of food and drinks!
Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us! We were thrilled with the turn out!
Throughout the evening we had 10 different 3D printers humming away printing out all sorts of goofy demo-objects: a Sasquatch head, a tiny squirrel figurine, gears, a mustache comb, and more seriously, the plastic body for a DIY hand-cranked dynamo flashlight kit.
We also tuned in for the Google+ Hangout, a live video chat between the editors of Make Magazine and participating makerspaces around the world. Ethan Dicks, the organizer of tonight’s event, did us proud representing us and chatting live with Gareth Branwyn, Editorial Director of MAKE (Listen to their discussion here!). For a bunch of hardware hackers, we had some technological foibles getting the video up and running, but overall we think it was a great success!
We want to thank the following people for putting on a good show:
– Ethan Dicks, founder of 3D Printing meetup CORMUG and the organizer of tonight’s event. He brought in his MakerBot Industries Thing-O-Matic.
– Rick Pollock, founder of MakerGear, and MakerGear representative Josh Wills, who brought down two M2s from Cleveland.
– Michael Cao, owner of Columbus-based IC3D, who sells customized MendelMax RepRaps.
– Larry Knopp of IC3D, who demoed his MendelMax, and his very own junior version of the MendelMax, the “Half Max.”
– Jon Sullivan, a UI designer, who also brought in a MendelMax. (@CleverNinja)
– Nick Lolopulous, who showed off his Solidoodle 2.
– Nicholas Vidovich of Battelle, who brought a MakerBot Replicator 1. (@Nickvido)
– and Matt Lewis of the Advanced Computing Center of Art and Design at OSU, who demoed his MakerBot Replicator 2. (@Ezanshin)
The fun doesn’t stop here!
Make sure to drop by the Columbus Idea Foundry on Dec 12 for CORMUG, our monthly 3D Printing Meetup. We’ve been gathering on the 2nd Wednesday of every month since 2009!
And join us for our Raspberry Pi Meetup on Saturday! If you enjoyed our international 3D printing event, then you’ll love our Raspberry Jam. No it isn’t dessert we’re celebrating, it’s an innovative new $35 dollar single-board computer. People around the world have been gathering for Raspberry Pi meetups, and now it’s our turn! Come talk shop and swap software. And get ready to Jam!
Contributor: Nathan Allen