|Some very cool 3D Printed Dice|
It’s said that we should learn from others mistakes, because we won’t live long enough to make them all ourselves.
It was in this spirit that I attended the Pasadena 3D Printing Meetup in Southern California. Having picked up running a 3D printing machine recently, I’ve been trying to do what I can to learn as much as I possibly can.
And the group delivered. There were several knowledgeable people who were happy, even excited to share their knowledge. I got some great ideas on different materials to try.
I was even able to share a little of my knowledge with new users.
This was followed by a presentation by Tracy and Tom Hazzard, who talked about the trials and tribulations of running a 3D printing business. And they have experience, they run 3D Start Point.
Tom talked about building his own support structures, instead of letting the machine build them. His goal was to reduce cleanup as much as possible.
There’s some food for thought!
Probably the single best take away? Tom and Tracy run a 3D printing podcast! I’ve already looked at the first few episodes, and I’ll be adding this to my regular podcast rotation!
It was well worth spending an evening with the group. It’s one I’d encourage you to attend, if you’re in Southern California.
And if you’re not in Southern California, see if you can find a group in your area. Meetup.com can be a great resource for that.
Here’s a few more pictures from the group. Enjoy!
And let’s get out there and make some stuff!
|A sample of PETG or PLA. I can’t remember which now. I like the.
surface finish, and a lot of people recommend PETC
|Another PLA/PETG sample. I told myself I’d remember which was which.
I was wrong.
|A 3D printed tie. It’s printed in one piece and is wearable.
Tom Hazzard wore one for his presentation.
|A 3D printed bracelet printed by the Hazzards for their daughters wedding.
It was a wedding favor o the female guests.
|A 3D printed bow tie. This was printed as the wedding favors to the male guests.|
|The bow tie with support still attached. This is the bow tie where
Tom Hazzard elected to keep the supports attached
|Rope knots printed by Shorey Designs as part of a test. The “fuzzy” rope on the
left has absorbed moisture form the atmosphere, the one on th eright was dried before printing.
That filament dryer I’ve heard about might be worth it.