With the World Maker Faire nearly upon us in New York, Chris spoke to the group about the Moat Boat Paddle Battle started by HackPGH founder, Matt Stultz. You design and 3D print a boat that can be propelled by a rubber band. Then you race it in the troughs! There is actually a substantial list of rules.
Check out this cool teaser video by Matt Griffin from World Maker Faire 2015:
Ryan tackled the topic of accessing and controlling your 3D printer remotely using OctoPrint. Jeff Bearer surprised us with his ultra-mega-OctoPrint-controlled MonoPrice Maker Select. It was absolutely awesome!
Happy Birthday to 3DPPGH- we just turned 1! Joel Johnson was too kind and invited us to tour his company’s factory. BoXZY was a successful multi-platform digifab tool Kickstarter turned business. Even cooler, they started it all from TechShop Pittsburgh.
We got more than the nickel tour. We saw the entire BoXZY build process, played with cool 3D printed items, and cut our birthday cake with a sword (seriously, we did) which was fabricated on the BoXZY system.
Rapid + TCT took place in Pittsburgh this year, and our humble little 3D Printing group brought together MatterHackers, Ultimaker, Make:, Lulzbot, 3Dprint.com, and Makers for a fantastic night of 3D printing tech talk and a little southwest food flair.
I would write more in this post; however, Sarah Goehrke, Editor-in-Chief of 3DPrint.com, already did! Check out her coverage of our event here.
Chris and Ryan had press credentials, and they got to hang out at the conference as well. You can see more about that here!
This month we compared and contrasted the differences between cartesian and delta style 3D printers. We were hosted by Justin Harvilla at TechShop, and Billy Zelsnack shared some of his expertise with both designing a delta printer for sale and the Kickstarter experience! Ryan presented some slides:
This month covers the Make: Magazine 3D printer review process and how you can determine the performance of your own 3D printer. Armed with this information, you can make focused modifications in both hardware and software to tweak your printer’s performance.
Ryan and Chris were finally able to share the exciting results from this past year’s 3D printer and digifab shootout. Ryan’s review of the Prusa Research MK2 made the cover. Want to test the performance of your 3D printer? You can download the same test probes used during the 3D Printer Shootout here.