You3Dit and UL Tackle Corporate 3DPrinting Education on the West Coast

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The Printrbot Simple Metal Plus (a 10″x10″x10″) machine next to the eNABLE Raptor 3D printable prosthetic – both ready and on display at today’s UL and You3Dit corporate education 3D printing workshop.

Today’s #3DPrinting workshop with Underwriters Laboratory (aka UL) will cover a broad span of the entire 3D printing industry followed by an up-close-and-personal exposure to Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) style 3D printers.  Of the 7 major #3DPrinting technologies, FFF (very similar to FDM or Fused Deposition Modeling) are the most common amongst consumer 3D printers.

Students got up close and personal with 2x Printrbot Simple Metal Plus 3D printers.  They saw sample parts--both successful and unsuccessful prints--and were then shown how these parts are fabricated one layer at a time.  Photo credit goes to Melissa Albrecht at UL.

Students got up close and personal with 2x Printrbot Simple Metal Plus 3D printers. They saw sample parts–both successful and unsuccessful prints–and were then shown how these parts are fabricated one layer at a time. Photo credit goes to Melissa Albrecht at UL.

Onsite today are 4x of Printrbot‘s fleet of 3D printers:

  1. Printrbot Simple Metal Plus – their newest, 10″x10″x10″ machine
  2. Printrbot Simple Metal – their tried and true, “best value”, 6″x6″x6″ machine
  3. Printrbot Simple Makers Edition Original – kit version assembled by Chris from You3Dit

We will have the smaller machines printing smaller 3D printed parts from the fun RaverRing Kickstarter project and on the larger machines, a more meaningful project known as eNABLE – where 3D printer owners sync up with an organization that matches them with people who need prosthetics–not just lending a hand, but actually giving a hand.

We’ll show how these entry-level, yet powerful machines can literally transform people’s lives with the help of organizations like eNABLE who provide the design files free of charge and open source.

Here are the core references / content that will drive the fruitful discussions on the technology demonstration (follow links to PDF versions of the slides):

  1. iManufacture – USDA – http://bit.ly/You3DitUSDA
  2. iManufacture – Educating Educators – http://bit.ly/iManufacture
  3. Most Common 3D Printing Failures – http://bit.ly/Make3DPFun
  4. 3D Printing Overview (FFF Machines) – http://bit.ly/3DPOverview

Actual slides presented on March 26th are here:

  1. iManufacture – UL – http://bit.ly/iMFGUL

If you have any additional questions, comments, concerns and / or would like to provide feedback to us on our presentation today, please share them with us here: http://bit.ly/SpeakerFeedback

A easily downloadable list of references to 3D printing and digital manufacturing are provided upon successful completion of the evaluation.

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