Cupertino Community Learns About 3D Printing Prototypes
Fusion: Art.Sciece.Technology Speaker Series
“Prototype Your Idea, Yourself!”
Over 80 people filled the Cupertino Community Hall on Saturday, June 21, 2014 to hear the second installment of the Cupertino Library Foundation’s Fusion Art.Science.Technology series on 3D printing, a talk by Robert Bigler on “Prototype Your Idea, Yourself!” Robert’s experience as an entrepreneur and engineer has led him to early adoption of various 3D Printers including a current heavy-duty industrial machine costing over $200,000. The number and variety of 3D Printers have exploded in recent years. For those interested in seeing “The Top 10 Personal 3D Printers (2013),” take a look here on YouTube.
Robert described the process for designing a prototype including suggestions on a variety of sources for materials and parts, many of which can be obtained from a local OSH as an example. Please see various links within the slide presentation for his practical suggestions. A number of software packages are available, some without cost, that any of us can download and use to prototype the 3D object. Robert provided some links in his presentation.
A number of questions were raised about the future of 3D Printing. Robert pointed out that there are a number of surprising things already in production, such as houses in China are being constructed using 3D Printing in this YouTube video about the future of 3D printing.
KMVT filmed the talk and a link to the video will be uploaded to the Cupertino Library Foundation’s YouTube channel when available in the next weeks.
SIG on 3D Printing and Scanning Being Organized
A poll of participants indicated an interest in the community organizing a Special Interest Group (SIG) on 3D printing and scanning. The Cupertino Library Foundation and Library are currently looking at rooms and dates and an announcement will be forthcoming shortly. If you are interested in this SIG please check back to the Library Foundation’s website and send the Foundation an email expressing your interest in participating in the SIG and what you might like the SIG to address.