At the MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop 2013, I was lucky to run into Brook again, and let him know what we've been up to. Our Printrbot has since been joined by a Makerbot I. Our kids are becoming well-versed in open-source software and terms like 'gcode' and 'stl converter.' And some of them are even saving their Bar Mitzvah money to buy one!
During his presentation, he told a story of a student (not from BPC) who, too, wanted to purchase a Printrbot for his Bar Mitzvah. This kid's father ended up purchasing a Printrbot as a gift, but asked Brook if he could come buy, bring a bunch of printers, and be the entertainment! He also told a hilarious story about taking a new, battery-powered Printrbot Simple on an airplane. He quips, "he's probably the only guy who has 3D-printed at 30,000 feet!"
Brook spoke as part of a presentation entitled "New Dimensions to 3D Printing - Additive manufacturing is heading in new directions, including the cloud." He was joined by Peter Weijmarshausen (co-founder and CEO, Shapeways), Nick Pinkston (founder, Plethora) and Wayne Losey (co-founder, Dynamo DevLabs).
If they ever post video of the event, I will post it here.
Here are a couple of things I learned from the talk, in the meantime:
- Shapeways has partnered with Soundcloud to offer iPhone cases printed with your favorite song (soundwaves).
- The future of 3D printed materials include circuit boards, textiles, carbon fiber, titanium, multi-materials - wow!