At every 3DRV stop, people ask me "what's your favorite visit so far?" I cannot answer. Literally. I just smile and look at them, then I explain that in every city, in every town, in every makerspace or big global company, there is someone thinking in 3D in a way that is changing the world.
When I say that 3D is changing the world, people sometimes look at me funny and I know when they cross their arms I have some explaining to do. After all, that is a big statement. Sure, the tech folks who are "drinking the Kool-Aid," they all nod and say yes it is, but the everyday citizen (if there is such a being) is still wrapping his or her head around "printing in 3D" and isn't always convinced because they see/hear/read a lot of hype. They are interested, curious, as I've mentioned before, but I know that statement can create a bit of "prove it to me."
Thankfully, all across America, people are very kind and they give me time to explain what I mean about 3D changing the world. After I show them sample printed parts or talk about people like Dominique and Tyler from Limbitless Solutions who are making prosthetic arms (and other limbs to come, I'm sure) at low, low cost, then people start to see how 3D might just change the world. I wish someone would organize a national "Visit A Makerspace" day so that hundreds and thousands could catch the passion that so many inventors, makers, artists, and others have shared with the 3DRV roadtrip.
So last night, thanks to David Green from e3Partners, the 3DRV hung out at the new and uber-cool Factur where co-founder Doug agreed to host our event, it is there that I met the true magic kingdom of makers. No offense or trademark infringement intended to the origin of that term, by the way. As you can see in the photo gallery, there is no shortage of inspiring 3D talent in Orlando.
Here is a brief bit about the folks who shared: James Alday who is working with Autodesk Fusion 360 and making ceiling art, among other things. Fernando Sosa who takes political satire from 2D to 3D. Jim Inziello building ball-jointed sculptures – think porcelain dolls. Dan Swanson with a technical ring that he prints at Shapeways. Swami from Wing Circle. Huge thanks to Shapeways for making this meetup, this jam session, happen on short notice. Without their passion and commitment to 3D, we wouldn’t have met this diverse group of 3D artists, inventors, and creators.
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