Matt Griffin to Speak at “Inside 3D Printing” on Monday, April 22nd! #3dthursday


Inside 3D Printing is just around the corner! And it looks to be quite the gathering of humans, robots, and everything else 3D printing related.

If you are attending, check out my talk on design tools for 3D printing on Monday, April 22nd @ 4:00pm!

When I’m not at Adafruit or off somewhere blogging for Adafruit, you’ll find me these days typing away on my MAKE book project Design & Modeling for 3D Printing (Sept 2013). Drawing from this research and from interviews with makers and 3D artists, I am going to share about the history of CAD, what tools makers are using these days, why these tools can be daunting — and what can you do about it.

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Here is the description of the session in which my talk will occur:

April 22 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Tutorial 4: Design Tools in the Age of 3D Printing (Continued)

At the core of every 3D printing process is an electronic blueprint – the design file that tells the printer what to print. Without design files, 3D printers are like iPods with no music. Design files are either created from scratch using computer aided design (CAD) software, or are generated by optically scanning an existing physical object. This session will describe some of the techniques for generating design files. Leading industry experts will describe the state of the art and their vision for the future of design in the age of 3D printing.

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Matthew Griffin is Director of Community Support & Evangelism at Adafruit Industries. Griffin is currently writing a book for MAKE titled Design & Modeling for 3D Printing (Sept 2013) and is a contributor to Make on topics of 3D printing, including the Make:34 Skill Builder — Finishing and Post-Processing Your 3D Printed Objects and the Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing.

Here’s One Of Matt’s 3D Tutorials in the Adafruit Learning System!


3D Printed Watch Body for the TIMESQUARE DIY Watch Kit: Model and print your own enclosure! The Adafruit TIMESQUARE DIY Watch kit already ships with style to spare, but why stop with the silicone band that comes with the kit when you can make your own? Here are the steps taken to create the “Circling the Square” custom 3D printed TIMESQUARE watch body. (read more)

Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

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