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November Recap: The 3D Printing Phenomenon

March 12th, 2013



On Monday November 19th the Montreal Girl Geeks were graced with the company of Alex Ruaux as she not only demystified the 3D printing process but also exposed the fun possibilities the phenomenon presents.

We were shown the different types of hardware, from the industry standard Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) & Digital Light Projection (DLP) machines, to those that lend themselves more to the hobbyist like the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printer.

We were also walked through the many options of 3D modelling. These options not only include self design, using software like Google SketchUp, SolidWorks or MeshLab, but also alternatives like reconstruction from photographs using 123D Catch, using an online repository such as Thingiverse or even 3D scanning using Xbox Kinect!

Alex explained that although the process is moving towards a ‘plug & play’ scenario, we are not quite ‘there’ yet with both the hardware and open-source software open to trial… and a little error!  Even considering these inconsistencies, a 3D Printer is worth its weight in gold for those involved in rapid prototyping, just one single iteration of a design can justify the cost of a hobbyists machine.

 

Along with the everyday implications of the 3D printing phenomenon we also discussed topical stories like the opportunity to print skin currently in clinical trials, the ethics of 3D printing weapons and did anybody notice the 3D printed Aston Martin replicas in Skyfall?

We are so thankful to Alex for sharing her knowledge and passion of the 3D Printing process with us, for letting us play with her printed goodies and of course the game cube giveaways!

 

 

 

You can view Alex’s slides from the event below:

Follow Alex on Twitter @molecularcode and don’t forget about @MTLGirlGeeks.A selection of tweets from the event are below:

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