meck1When it comes to putting out a 3D printer for the consumer market, MakerBot is a pioneer. They lead the way as far as sales and popularity goes. Their consumer level desktop 3D printers are certainly some, if not the most popular 3D printers in the world. Run by CEO Jenny Lawton, after taking over for co-founder Bre Pettis several months ago, MakerBot seems to be focusing a lot more on 3D printing as an ecosystem, rather than just the hardware aspect of things like other companies do. Lawton and team realize that 3D printing is a lot more than just the hardware that is used to fabricate objects. It’s about software, mobility, ease of use, the designs, the designers, and getting the technology into every possible educational institution and small business they can.

Like MakerBot, MecklerMedia is one of the pioneers within the 3D printing space, not for creating hardware, software, or even 3D printable designs. They are one of the first companies to hold 3D printing exclusive trade shows. Run by CEO Alan Meckler, the company holds their well known Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo all throughout the world, with upcoming shows in Berlin, Sao Paulo, London, Melbourne, Seoul, and this April, a show to top them all, in New York City.

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This April, MecklerMedia is going all out with what they are calling ‘3D Print Week NY‘, which is an all encompassing event including; a free-to-attend/free-to-exhibit 3D Print Design Show and 3D Print Fashion Show (sponsored by Materialise). The ‘3D Print Week NY’ event has received the attention of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), who is sponsoring it in order to promote the growth of 3D printing in New York City. Also as one of the shows going on for this larger event, is Inside 3D Printing Conference New York.

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I had the opportunity to attend the Inside 3D Printing Conference in New York last April, and I walked away thoroughly impressed. I was able to listen to some of the industry leaders talk about various 3D printing related topics, while also getting to see all of the latest 3D printing technology in action on the showroom floor. This year’s show will be even bigger, with MakerBot playing a very large role.

meck5CEO Jenny Lawton is set to give a keynote presentation entitled ‘Twelve Years From Now’, which surely will discuss where she sees 3D printing going in the next dozen years. MakerBot’s presence doesn’t end here though. Besides having a large booth on the showroom floor, they will also be holding exclusive 3D printing sessions. These sessions will focus on providing a free hands-on 3D printing experience for professionals, consumers, educators and designers alike. It will include workshops, an interactive 3D design bar, sessions with the MakerBot Learning Team, and a 3D printing expert speaker series. These sessions will be held from April 16-17 at the Javits Convention Center, as part of the 3D Print Design Show.

It should certainly be interesting to see what Lawton and the rest of the MakerBot team have in store for this event, as well as what some of the other large 3D printing companies will have on display.

3D Print Week NY will be taking place from April 15-17, and I would definitely recommend you attend if you have any interest in 3D printing. Will you be in attendance? Are you looking forward to MakerBot’s presence? Discuss in the 3D Print Week NY forum on 3DPB.com.

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