If you were to briefly glance at 3D Hubs’ list of weekly events for this week, your jaw would probably drop like mine did earlier today. There are so many events listed, they could not all be possibly covered in detail here in one article. This is largely due to the fact that 3D Hubs’ vision of holding a “Global 3D Printing Day” is being realized this week, on Thursday, the 3rd of December, 2015. (Get it? “3D”!) In fact, this map below provides you with a visual of which cities will be participating in the day of celebrating all things digital manufacturing. Here I will try to give a mere glimpse into some of the activities planned for this exciting #3DPrintingDay around the world.
In fact, the day that London has planned is a great way to explain the template that many cities appear to be following for #3DPrintingDay. London 3D Hubs plans to honor Global #3DPrintingDay by showing people how 3D printing works, from 12:00 am-12:00 am on December 3rd. This long day of 3D printing exhibitions includes 3D printing showcases and demonstrations throughout the day at various Hubs in London. For Londoners, this day will be jam packed with activities, according to Community Mayor Charlotte, so plan early and be ahead of the pack by reserving your spot now!
If you check out the Events page, and click on the individual cities, you will see that each city provides a very similar description:
“Ever since we started 3D Hubs we had plans for a Global 3D Printing Day. Now that our community has grown to a noteworthy size with 24,239 printers in over 150 countries we feel the time is right. On the 3rd of December (3D) we will host a Global 3D Printing Day to show the power of digital manufacturing. To give everyone all around the world the opportunity to see 3D printing in action, these Hubs are helping us organise this day by opening up their doors.”
The main difference in each participating city is that the cities offer a different number of activities (most likely based on how active the community is and how many Hubs there are to host activities.) But the idea of coordinating the same types of activities to run at the same time all around the world is definitely a testament to how much 3D printing technologies are growing in popularity and diversity of application.
Similar events, planned throughout the world, all run from 12 am-12 am, providing a 24-hour day of 3D printing festivities: Kiev, Istanbul, Fargo, Dublin, Lisbon, Minneapolis, Nairobi, Paris, Seattle, Taipei, Budapest, Cape Town, Zurich, and Buenos Aires… this list goes on and on… to add up to more than 370 participating cities.
On December 3, 2015, Arnhem, The Netherlands is also hosting a Maker Meeting, which does not appear to be part of the #3DPrintingDay activities, at the MakerPoint 3D Concept Store. On December 4, 2015, Zagreb, Croatia is planning on having a 3D printing meet-up that you can read more about here. There are no weekend activities after #3DPrintingDay, and the following week I am sure things will pick up again as people will have even more enthusiasm for all of the 3D printing resources in their own communities, which will be on full display on December 3, 2015 for Global #3DPrintingDay! Will you be partaking in this event? Let us know in the 3D Hubs’ #3DPrintingDay forum thread on 3DPB.com.