Multi-Material Printing and Creation Labs

Location: Creation Labs

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.

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Valentine’s Open House

Location: Cranberry Municipal Building

3DPPGH hosted an open house event for elementary kids to adults at the Cranberry Township Municipal Building where we showcased:

  1. Bob Gould and his chocolate making process using 3D printing and vacuum forming
  2. A Drink-bot that mixed up kid-friendly love potions
  3. A vacuum forming station which created custom molds to take home
  4. Love hurts: Ally Bearer’s Battle Bots
  5. Alan Bachman’s Raspberry Pi powered photobooth
  6. General 3D printing Q&A
3D printed conversation hearts with a Yinzer twist

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Below are some awesome animated gifs from Alan’s photobooth:

Beer Coaster Design Challenge with Brew Gentleman

Location: Brew Gentleman

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.

Chris and Ryan raising a glass of General Braddock at Brew Gentleman’s very svelte taproom. [Photo credit: Chad Elish]

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.

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Congratulations to the award winners:

Left to right: Jeff Bearer (2nd place), Asa Foster, Dillon Nichols (1st place), Chris Yohe, and Ryan Priore [Photo credit: Chad Elish]

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.

Dillon’s 1st place coaster [Photo credit: Chad Elish]
Asa and Dillon holding his winning coaster entry [Photo credit: Chad Elish]

2nd Place: Spinning, LED-Flickering, Rule Trolling Coaster (Jeff Bearer)

Jeff took his design to another level with the incorporation of LEDs and a motor to spin the beer as if it were on display. You can download his design on Tinkercad here.

Asa and Jeff holding his winning coaster entry [Photo credit: Chad Elish]
Ryan was trying out the spin function of Jeff’s coaster [Photo credit: Chad Elish]

Other Designs

Ryan’s Filament-Swapped and Buzzed Two-Tone Coaster is a dual extrusion design that incorporated a filament containing remnants from beer brewing. You can download his design from Thingiverse here.

3D Modeling and Design

Location: HackPGH

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.

MRRF 2018 Recap & OpenRC

Location: HackPGH

HackPGH has nearly doubled in size!

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.


Location: Steam Studio

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.

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All Your Filament are Belong to Us

Location: HackPGH

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.

3D Printing and Props

Location: HackPGH

Since it is October, and Halloween is around the corner, our very own Lowell Squires and Jeremy Sweeney talked about costumes, cosplay, and a little 3D printed props…

Lowell discusses how he uses his Lifecast for designing props tailored to his head.

The group learned about topics ranging from liquid latex to finishing 3D printed parts with Smooth-On’s XTC-3D.

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The Moat Boat Paddle Battle

Location: HackPGH

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: