Ah, a day just for 3D printing, glorious isn’t it? Today is December 3rd which means it’s global 3D Printing Day.
While the world (especially the United States) starts getting it into gear, the big local event for the day is already under way, and we were there rubbing shoulders with all the big names in the local printing scene.
Hosted by CAD House and Sahara Systems, the 3D Printing Day played host to big names like RoboBeast and Fouche 3D Printing, as well as smaller ones. It was 3D printers, scanners, filament and makers galore, and you can see the eye candy in the rather large gallery we created earlier.
Below you’ll find some stand outs from the day.
The working car jack
We’ve written about this working car jack – 3D printed in plastic – before, but its creator Hans Fouche showed off a new and improved version.
The additions include a handle for better cranking, a more reliable threaded bar and a broader design overall to make the jack more stable.
Multicolour Master Chief
The folks over at Filament Factory is 3D printing a full size replica of Master Chief’s armour from the Halo series.
Not content with just doing that, they’re also printing it with different filaments of both changing colour and material type to show off everything they offer in one remarkably colourful piece.
Latex and rubber
The only table not filled with printers and prints was AMT Composites. While their products can be used to polish and paint 3D prints, they also showed off their fast-drying latex that can be used to turn those 3D prints into moulds.
As you can see above, we got to do a bit of chemistry on the day as we played around with various compounds. It’s not strictly 3D printing, but it was fun anyway.
Back to school
Part of the day was also dedicated to workshops teaching 3D printing. Our instructor floored the crowd by creating a model of an intricate vase in under 60 seconds.
Visitors also got to try out the haptic pen. That odd-looking contraption in the instructors hand is a tool used for 3D modelling that not only acts as a pointing device, but also provides feedback to simulate interactions with imaginary objects. In short: you can “feel” that block on the screen through the pen. It’s a little trippy.