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3dhubsLast year, 3D Hubs saw their dream become a reality with the first “Global 3D Printing Day” on the 3rd of December (3D, get it?!). There were over 400 events in 2015, with almost 500 participating Hubs in 60 countries. I don’t think the worldwide event will slow down any this year, especially since it’s on a Saturday. This celebration of all things 3D printing is hosting events in tons of major cities, including Chicago, Paris, Toronto, London, and Amsterdam, among many others. You can find the full list here and join 120,000 other 3D printing fans in celebrating! Check out this map to get a better view of which cities are participating.

Naturally, the first thing I did was check to see if there were any events near me in Dayton, OH. Sadly, I did not find any, although I did discover a few hubs in my area. However, if I hopped in my car and drove to Michigan, I could find a few events. From 4-8 pm, Parker’s Hub in Detroit is having a 3D printing demo, a 3D print showcase, and is offering food and beverages. The Miaviator’s Hub near Grand Rapids is opening their print depot between the hours of 1 pm and 9 pm for a 3D printing demo and 3D print showcase. It’s currently located in a garage, and not a public space, so they ask that you do text first before dropping by. If I feel really ambitious, I could drive to the Illinois MakerLab’s Hub near Chicago. They’re having a 3D printing demo and providing 3D scanning services, along with some workshops, from 10:30 am until noon; I could even hit up Michigan Avenue for some Christmas shopping after it’s over!

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Checking out some of the events on the other side of the pond, the Paris 3D Hub celebration at the “The Inventors” workshop looks pretty great, though you do need to book in advance as space is limited. From 2-5 pm, there will be a free meeting, to present 3D printing technology in some fun ways. They’ll demonstrate how to create some custom gifts for Christmas, and also how to prototype your inventions. The 3D printing shared space welcomes both children and adults. There will also be drinks and snacks available.

imatraIn Finland, the Imatra 3D Hub is also celebrating #Global3DPrintingDay with some fun activities! The “Imatra Goes 3D!” kids’ printing club will be hosting a Christmas party, and you can even try a chocolate 3D printing pencil. Kids are encouraged to bring their grandparents, and make sure to wear a Santa hat!

The team at 3T RPD in England posted a video wishing everyone a happy #Global3DPrintingDay:

This year at #Global3DPrintingDay, 3D Hubs wants to make sure you’ve got everything you need to upgrade your Hub with the latest and greatest 3D printers out there. Thanks to the over 8,000 reviews on over 500 3D printers, 3D Hubs recently released the brand new, community-powered 2017 3D Printer Guide. Amidst all the celebrations today, the 3D Hubs Mayors will also be starting discussions about the 3D printers being used in their communities, and offering advice on what to look for when choosing your next 3D printer.

global-3dprintingday2016If you can’t find an event in your area, sign up here to host one, and 3D Hubs will gladly invite the rest of your community. Bring your questions, stories, prints, and party hats today, and don’t forget to share your 3D printing enthusiasm through #3Dprintingday.

 

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