What happens at a 3D printing event like the 3D Printshow? With constant visual stimulation and then furthermore being able to touch and feel everything, it was awesome.
The 3D Printshow is a worldwide event, in which one was hosted in Pasadena, California. Luckily, it is where I go to school, so I was able to attend. Admission price: affordable ($32.50 for a one-day pass, $25 for students).
Dubai, Paris, Istanbul… and then Pasadena?!
I want to first ask you reading this, have you heard of Pasadena, California? I definitely have not until I moved here for school. Of all the other major cities that the 3D Printshow is hosted in, such as Dubai, Paris, London, Amsterdam, Istanbul, why this quiet, small suburban city? Because Pawnee City Hall from my favorite TV show Parks and Recreation is actually Pasadena City Hall? In any case, I’d imagine San Francisco to be more suiting.
But actually, it makes sense. Pasadena is – to my recent knowledge – renowned as a city for its design and innovation. It is the home to the top-ranked schools like the Art Center College of Design and the California Institute of Technology, and neighbor to the NASA-Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
With the number of 3D-printed fashion pieces exhibited, I’d imagine a higher number of females at this event. Moving past the sea of men waiting to talk to the attractive female vendor wearing a 3D-printed dress, I was finally able to check out this body-hugging 3D-printed dress myself. “Would you wear this?”, asked of me by an older ‘gentleman’. I replied, “Only if I were in a photo shoot.” Also, black seems to be trending in 3D-printed fashion industry.
Would you wear this?
From my naive impression about 3D printers, I was blown away by the vastness of 3D-printing technology. It ranged from stereolithography and human-sized printers to building a 3D printer yourself. Of course, the “regular” 3D printers were also exhibited.
3D Printing Filament
Although I only have two pictures of 3D printing filament, there was a much larger variety of filament types and quality. Some companies boasted extremely high melting temperatures, carbon fiber, color variety, and antimicrobial capabilities.
And here is a variety of miscellaneous things that I found cool.
I spent 5 hours at the event and couldn’t get through all of the exhibits to the level of detail that I had hoped for. I recommend that if you attend a convention like this, definitely don’t just walk by and sightsee. Stop and talk to the vendors. Learning about the technology and the backstory made every piece so much more interesting.
In summary, it was a great event with lots of visual and tactile stimulation. If you missed this year’s 3D Printshow in California, there is always next year. Additionally, there will be a 3D Medical Printshow in 2016 focused on 3D printing for medical technology.