Aaron Hartman opened the doors to Creation Labs, and hosted our meeting this month. Aaron has so many cool projects on display as well as 3D printers and laser cutters. Check out this video of Aaron demonstrating one of his 3D printed robots for us.
Ryan tackled the topic of multi-material printing.
Chris and Ryan met Asa Foster, Co-founder of Brew Gentleman, at the Jellybox group build event supported by 3DPPGH, and we have been thinking of a way to work with Asa ever since. Asa and Brew Gentlemen generously hosted our 1st Beer Coaster Design Challenge! The winners took home awesome prizes like a growler of Brew Gentlemen beer (from Asa), filament and merch (from MatterHackers), and bragging rights within the ‘burgh. In addition, Asa gave us a nickel tour of the Brew Gentleman brewery, and we learned why Brew Gentleman is Ryan’s favorite Pittsburgh brewery.
We did have a couple of rules… All beer coaster designs and prints must:
Use a Creative Commons license (CC BY)
Be either a 3.5” circle or 3.5” rounded square w/ 0.25” radius
Allow glassware to sit flat upon it
Incorporate the Brew Gentlemen logo
The design submissions were rather awesome: dual filament, resin encapsulated, motorized with LEDs, chocolate, and sintered sugar with a saki binder… I repeat, “sintered sugar with a saki binder”.
A special shout-out goes to Chad Elish for taking some really awesome photos of the event.
1st Place: Resin-filled Three River Topographical Coaster (Dillon Nichols)
Dillon 3D-printed a topographical map of Pittsburgh’s three rivers and then filled it with clear resin. It was so gorgeous that I could not imagine covering it with a beer glass… You can download his design on Thingiverse here.
Ryan led a discussion about 3D modeling and design. We focused on the differences between artistic and engineering software options with a deeper dive and worked examples using: Sketchup, Tinkercad, Fusion360, and Tinkercad.
3DPPGH was a MRRF sponsor for the 3rd year in a row. We were represented by: Ryan, Chris, Joel Johnson, and Bill White. 3DPPGH hosted the inaugural Crappy Print Award celebrated epic 3D printing failures, and Team Shake ‘N Bake raced (poorly) in the OpenRC F1 World championships. Check out the 3DPPGH MRRF 2018 post here for more information.
Chris and Ryan summarized their experience at MRRF and then provided an overview of the OpenRC F1 project to support any folks interested in printing a car of their own.
This meeting was focused on kids doing cool 3D printed projects. Steam Studio hosted us again with an open house. Ally showed off her ultrasonic particle tweezers, and Brandon was demonstrating his personal 3D scanner based on an XBox Kinect. He then posted the .stl files for printing your own bust.
Loosely inspired by the internet meme from 2000 (not really), this month Ryan discussed the pros and cons of the filament options for your fused filament fabrication (FFF) printers. We end with the announcement of 3DPPGH Kids, the Crappy Print Award to Kick off at MRRF 2018, our in-process Filastruder build, and a discussion regarding service opportunities within 3DPPGH via the Adopt-a-bot program.