3D printing has been gaining a lot of traction as of late. Whether it’s mainstream retail stores taking a liking to the technology by beginning to sell desktop 3D printers, or it’s huge corporations, such as Hewlett Packard, feeling the need to enter the market for the first time, without a doubt 3D printing is getting its fair share of recognition.

This coming April 13-17, 3D printing will take center stage in a city wide event called 3D Print Week New York. The event, organized by MecklerMedia, will invite all those open to this innovative technology to come to NY in order to take part in what might just be the largest 3D printing centered event ever held.

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MecklerMedia is inviting all those interested in hosting a 3D printing related event to take part in 3D Print Week New York. In doing so, these events will all be listed on the event website and be included as an official 3D Print Week NY participant. MecklerMedia will also be holding four very intriguing and inviting 3D printing events of their own as part of 3D Print Week NY.

Inside 3D Printing Conference

3dprintweekny3The first event will be the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, which will run from April 15-17. This is a show focused toward the professional and manufacturing side of the 3D printing space. It will be taking place at Javits Center in New York City. Like other Inside 3D Printing events, vendors will have to pay in order to have a booth, but attendees will be able to check out the exhibit hall and attend the keynote sessions free of charge. There will be a fee for access to various conferences and tutorials on 3D printing.

3D Print Design Show – Free to exhibit & free to attend

In a separate hall within Javits Center the 3D Print Design Show will also be taking place. This will include the 3D Print Fashion Show and 3D Print Art Show. Both of these will be taking place on April 15-17. What makes these events extra special is the fact that just about anyone can have a free booth at the event, and it is entirely free to attend as well.

This means that if you are a designer who designs 3D printed art, or creates some sort of 3D printed fashion, you will be able to sign up and have a booth at the 3D Print Design Show without spending a dime. There will be fees for tables, and other supplies if you can’t supply them yourselves.

“The real kicker on this is that there is no cost to get a 10×10 exhibit booth,” MecklerMedia CEO Alan Meckler tells 3DPrint.com. “The only cost for any company or organization, profit or non-profit, is if they want to decorate it. The room is carpeted but if they want tables or chairs or electricity, they have to get that themselves.”

This is a $3500 value that MecklerMedia is providing totally free of charge. If a company or individual feels that they need more than the 10×10 space, they can add an additional 10×10 space for just $495.

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For anyone that is a designer or artist but doesn’t want to have a booth, or doesn’t feel as though they need a 10×10 space, there will also be free plexiglass showcase boxes setup at the event for those interested in displaying their work, along with signage explaining what the items on display are.

Meckler also tells 3DPrint.com that they are planning on adding another “3D Print At-home” section to the 3D Print Design show, focusing more on desktop 3D printers, and allowing manufacturers of “at-home” 3D printers to exhibit free of charge as well.

I must admit, I am pretty excited about what will come of 3D Print Week New York this coming April, as 3DPrint.com will certainly be on hand with a booth of our own. The fact that all these companies and individuals who have been so involved in 3D printing can exhibit what they have done, free of charge, in front of literally thousands of people, should make for quite the extravaganza for anyone even slightly interested in seeing what 3D printing has to offer.

Because MecklerMedia is allowing other companies, and even organizers to hold their own events as part of the larger 3D Print Week New York, this event has the potential to really garner a lot of interest, not only from local and national media, but on a world wide stage, taking place in one of the worlds largest cities.

I don’t see why any artist, designer or company that does anything related to 3D printing wouldn’t want to freely exhibit what they do. It’s a perfect way to let the world know you are out there, and let them see all of what 3D printing has to offer.

What do you think about MecklerMedia’s initiative to create what could end up being the largest 3D printing event ever held? Will you be exhibiting your artwork, fashion or printer during 3D Print Week New York? Discuss in the 3D Print Week New York forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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