It is no surprise at all that this week’s 3D Hubs Events are rather subdued. After all, Thursday, December 3, 2015 was 3D Hubs’ celebration of Global #3DPrintingDay, which was a mass coordinated event. Over 350 cities all over the world participated, and many of them followed a similar format. Different Hubs in participating cities opened up their doors, almost round the clock, to the public. People were able to observe 3D printing in action: demonstrations and showcasing of the captivating technology and its final products were the focus for the day. If you think about that, this is quite a milestone for a company that started off with the idea to link customers to the people who have the 3D printers. A great idea has grown, and I am sure the day was a huge success, as 3D Hubs lays claim to having 25,029 3D printers registered in its international network, as of the time of writing.
Given that last week was a flurry of activity, this week is a bit more relaxed. We have Toronto’s monthly Tuesday meetup scheduled, as well as a meetup in Padova, Italy. Let’s check these events out in more detail!
You really have to hand it to Toronto’s 3D Hubbers. They really know how to throw a consistently scheduled 3D printing party. Not only did Toronto participate in the #3DPrintingDay, but the city has also consistently held 3D Hubs Pub Nites for 6 consecutive months! The second Tuesday of every month, they gather at York Mills’ Fox and Fiddle Pub for an evening of all things 3D printing related. So, the gathering is this Tuesday, December 8th, from 6:30-8:30 pm.
Peter, or “Dr. MakeMake,” does a good job of getting people out for these pub nights, it seems. But it also appears that Toronoto has much enthusiasm for 3D printing. The city now boasts 159 3D printers and reports the highest growth in the top ten last month. In early November, the city climbed to the #9 spot worldwide, too. Now, Toronto has set its sights on surpassing Boston’s number of 3D printers (160) and if it keeps up these pub nights, I am sure they will succeed in this goal.
As usual, if you sponsor the first round of appetizers and drinks, you can have the floor for an information session (not an overt sales pitch).
Padova, Italy has a FabLab, and many 3D printing activities are underway there. On December 10 from 7:00-9:00 pm, FabLab Padova is hosting a 3D printing meet up, and Community Mayor Andrea summarizes the program. There is a packed schedule. There will be a TalentLab presentation covering 3D printing’s history; an explanation of the operation of FDM 3D printers; a discussion of dust, wires, and resins and 3D printing applications (fashion, prototyping, science, robotics, health); information about open source and open hardware; practical examples; scanning; and a time for questions. Wow. That’s a lot to cover in two hours!
Thankfully, the enthusiasm seems to be there for a fun evening learning all about 3D printing. Beginners and seasoned printing people are all invited to attend! Will you be attending any of these events? Let us know in the 3D Hubs Events forum on 3DPB.com.