Lauri and I were at the 3D Printshow last weekend in London, England, an extravaganza about all things 3D Printing related. Many of the bigwigs in 3D printing and CAD software were in town to promote their latest products. Lauri talked about GrabCAD's mission and I presented my pitch on crowdsourcing and 3D Printing to a panel of judges for the 3D4D Challenge, for which I placed 3rd. Damn. So close!
A picture of Lauri and I at the venue.
Here's my presentation - pardon the lack of any text. You can download the script that explains my idea better here.
And of course, Lauri's presentation as well.
We met a lot of great people and saw a lot of great work going on. The place was positively packed from Day 1. There is a real move towards easy to use CAD software, particularly so that consumers can use it. The sheer genius of some of the designer was on full display at every booth.
Here's a piece printed on a Renishaw 3D Printer in steel by researchers at the University of Nottingham and the University of Loughborough. Equal strength as a casted or lathed piece, with less material.
This is the inside of a 3D Printed guitar, structured in a honeycomb pattern and complete with tiny Honeybees. I got to play it too - not too shabby.
Another one, created by ODD Guitars. Note the atomic structure within the body.
Here is 'Virtual City' by Sang Un Jeon. 3D Printed Fonts? Sure. But this is a design I can not get behind as a man who spends 90% of his day in front a keyboard. As a design for a city.... I'm in.
A scan of a hand was taken and then stretched, with the centre of the metal cylinder as the pivot. Thus, the reflection 'reconstructs' the image.
For those with giant iPhones, 3D Systems has a case for you.
A 3D Printed model of the London Underground Station at Bank.
Had the pleasure of meeting Bre Pettis, CEO of Makerbot.
And of course, Makerbot's very own robot, the result of one of our GrabCAD design challenges many years before.