Coming up on May 29th, my school is hosting a STEAM Fair. In this context STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Since I am interested in every one of those topics, and I want to share what I do with 3D printing and filament extrusion with other people, I signed up immediately. I will update this post after the event has happened with pictures and some more context on how the event played out.
This event took place a couple of day after Maker Faire, and it was very different in a good way. It was focused on additive manufacturing, and they had printers there from standard FDM printers that use hot plastic to much more advanced units working with metal that utilize new additive manufacturing technologies like DMLS. It was a very interesting event to attend because I got to see machines that I normally would only see on picture from the internet. It was very business oriented too; lots of deals and expensive units were being marketed. Some of the stands that I thought were the most interesting were LulzBot, Stratasys, 3D Systems, Ninja Flex, and 3D Fuel. Over at the LulzBot stand, I was able to thank the head of sales personally for LulzBot involvement in the community and with the filament contest they held and selected me. The Stratasys and 3D systems stands were very impressive; they both had large format machines running and many very impressive, colorful, functional prints on display in a variety of materials. Although they looked great for the most part, 3D systems did have some models on display with poor print quality. Next, the guys over at Ninja Flex were happy to talk at length about their product and provide lots of information from details about the moisture absorption of their filaments to the proper printing temperature. They also gave me a free Semiflex sample to print, which was really awesome. Another Filament company I saw there was 3D fuel, and they are a relatively new company entering the market. At their stand they were advertising their new algae filament that is 20% algae 80% PLA. Just like the staff over at Ninja Flex, they talked to me extensively about their materials, and they even gave me a sample. A gallery with some of the pictures I took of the event can be found here:
A few weekends ago, my family and I headed over to the Maker Faire in San Francisco. It was a blast, and I really enjoyed it. It was my first time ever going to an event like that. Out of all the stands, the few that really caught my attention was Protocycler, Ultimaker, and PrintrBot stands. Protocycler interested me because they made some pretty bold claims about tolerances and speeds on their Kickstarter, so I am excited to see what they have to offer to the community in terms of Filament extrusion. Next, the Ultimaker stand was quite interesting because I have an Ultimaker 2 and I got to see what the UM2 extended and Go looked like. I also got some cool Ultimaker stickers. They also had a section all about using recycled filament like ABS and PET. Moving on to PrintrBot, seeing their printers now, the play and simple metal, and comparing them to the PrintrBot Jr I got a couple years back, I can say that they have progressed significantly. Their frames looked very rigid while I saw them printing. The full album with all of the pictures I took of the event can be found here:
This was a cool event I attended this past weekend. They discussed the future of 3d printing, and how it may evolve in the classroom. As a student, I could relate to some of the points they made about teacher student relations changing to accept the idea that both the teacher and the student can learn from each other. You can watch it for your self here
STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Math
A few weekends ago, I helped with an event called Ed Camp at my high school. They had topics ranging from software engineering to 3D printing, how those different subjects played a role in education. one of the topics was about 3D printing and I was the leader of that group. I brought the Ultimaker and the 3DR, and we set up the schools Makerbot up too. Over all it was successful and went well.