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What Exactly Is #3DRV?

ENTRY 1San Rafael, CAThursday, May 15, 2014

Well over a year ago, Autodesk’s Angela Simoes and I had a conversation about the maker community, entrepreneurship, trends in 3D printing and scanning, among a few other topics. I was asking the question for my Forbes blog and Angela wa…

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The Road Home – Getting the RV Ready

ENTRY 2San Mateo, CAFriday, May 16, 2014

Helen Keller once said that “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”This upcoming adventure won’t be filled with adrenaline, most of the time, but it will be filled with people who make life worth living. The best part about an …

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Maker Faire Rejuvenates

ENTRY 3San Mateo, CAThursday, May 22, 2014

Nothing quite restores your soul like seeing kids in all their glory, running around full of wonder and excitement. Maker Faire brings that out in force -- filling people to the brim with laughter and joy. More practically, it opens up one’s …

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Jayco RV - Driving in 3D

ENTRY 4Tualatin, ORMonday, May 26, 2014

Jayco is a family run business that makes recreational vehicles, RVs, as most people call them. As one of the oldest running RV companies, we feel pretty fortunate to have them supporting our #3DRV team. As I mentioned in my earlier post, Jay…

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Portland ADX – What A Thinker And Maker Space

ENTRY 5Portland, ORTuesday, May 27, 2014

Instructions serve a useful purpose – in the case of ADX Portland, it keeps you from burning down the shop. I love signs like these for their humor and memory jogs. If it wasn’t for years of marital coaching, our house likely would have one o…

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3D Printers In Space

ENTRY 7Sunnyvale, CAThursday, June 5, 2014

In almost every company I have visited in the last few years, every one that has a 3D printer tells me that they find unexpected and extraordinary uses for 3D printing. But they do not discover these “unexpected” uses until they have a…

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​MakerHaus Seattle Gathering – Scan Complete

ENTRY 8Seattle, WAFriday, June 6, 2014

Ninety seconds and we had a laser scan of the Makerhaus meetup. Two minutes more and we added color photo-like quality to that scan (I’m showing the non-color option below because of operator error in getting the color portion to load). Th…

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Dirty Socks and Drones

ENTRY 10Yellowstone National Park, WYFriday, June 13, 2014

The first question is whether or not the wire at the top of the fence separating us from the 3D Robotics IRIS quadcopter is electric or not. I guess all the other questions do not matter after that, so I won’t bore you with them. We stil…

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Scanning Our Way In North Dakota

ENTRY 12Medora, NDFriday, June 20, 2014

North Dakota is a bit off the beaten path and that's a good thing -- you can experience part of America that, for some, seems to have vanished. Thankfully, the little town of Medora has kept that from happening with at least two treasures tha…

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360 Degree View of South Dakota Grasslands

ENTRY 13Deadwood, SDFriday, June 20, 2014

We couldn't think of a way to capture the grandeur and immensity of the South Dakota Grasslands (not the Badlands, not yet), then it hit us! Faro 3D Laser Scan them. So we pulled off and here's a great panorama. 360 degrees. Of course, we had…

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RedEye: Factory of the Future

ENTRY 18Eden Prairie, MNThursday, July 3, 2014

As we enter the RedEye headquarters in Eden Prairie, we are greeted with warm Minnesota friendliness by the receptionist, Melissa. Since we are early for our appointment, she invites us to look around at the cool displays that were 3D printed…

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​U.S. Navy 3D Prints Its Way Into Future

ENTRY 24Keyport, WASunday, July 13, 2014

Maintaining ships and submarines is no easy task given the harsh ocean environment that our U.S. Navy operates in and under. In the tiny town of Keyport roughly 90 minutes from Seattle, and just north of the larger Bremerton Naval S…

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Start Your Own Personal Industrial Revolution

ENTRY 28San Mateo, CASunday, July 13, 2014

What is it about Maker Faire that sets people’s minds and hearts ablaze? Mark Hatch from TechShop gives a very clear picture as to why: You can start your own “Personal Industrial Revolution” by taking classes at a makerspace or at a TechShop…

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Step Inside A Virtual Ford Mustang

ENTRY 29Dearborn, MITuesday, July 15, 2014

Today I experienced a piece of the future, of manufacturing in particular, but of design, too. This collaborative virtual reality (VR) lab at Ford, led by Elizabeth Baron, is remarkable. They call it the FIVE lab -- Ford Immers…

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Detroit Meetup Teaches Fine Points Of Laser Scanning

ENTRY 30Troy, MIFriday, July 18, 2014

All of our stops and visits for 3DRV have something cool about them – this one in Detroit, in Troy actually, was filled with an abundance of enthusiasm and energy from the local community. That happened because of Chad Studer, who owns ADSK S…

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Full Of Awesome - Detroit Public Library HYPE Makerspace

ENTRY 31Troy, MIFriday, July 18, 2014

During our week in Detroit, we paid a visit to the Detroit Public Library which is home to a teen/young adult focused makerspace. Steve Teeri, the library’s technology specialist, used the phrase that they try only to create courses…

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Design Better Portable Power – A Hybrid Generator

ENTRY 32Seattle, WASunday, July 20, 2014

As a startup, any prospective customer call is welcome. But when that call comes from NASA, asking if you can help them with a special project, well, that’s got to be a great day. Planetary Power, based in Redmond Washington, received that ca…

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Pittsburgh Meetup -- 3D Hardware And More

ENTRY 35Pittsburgh, PAFriday, July 25, 2014

Pittsburgh is a town that has gone through tough times and emerged victorious. They made a decision to build out a startup culture with the power universities in their midst and it worked in a big way. Innovation Works and its AlphaLab Gear h…

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Slideshow: Reality Computing in Pittsburgh

ENTRY 37Pittsburgh, PAMonday, July 28, 2014

On July 24th, Autodesk, the 3DRV and Alpha Labs Gear came together to host a Reality Computing Meet Up to showcase some of the latest cutting edge technologies that enable anyone to capture the world around them, modify it to c…

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Videos: Monkey Likes Shiny

ENTRY 39Emeryville, CATuesday, July 29, 2014

On May 20th, the 3DRV visited Jeff Tiedeken, owner and creator of a modern day machine shop called Monkey Likes Shiny. Here are two clips where Jeff talks about his passion for vintage machines and creating unique metal trophies usi…

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Recovering the Past and Innovating the Future

ENTRY 46Boston, MAWednesday, August 13, 2014

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Smithsonian Creates Museum Of The Future

ENTRY 53Washington, DCThursday, September 11, 2014

It is fairly well known that the Smithsonian only has about one percent (1%) of its collection on display at any one point in time. That means the other 99 percent is resting peacefully in the archives, well protected and preserved, but unsee…

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Blitzing The Airwaves About 3D Design

ENTRY 54Washington, DCThursday, September 11, 2014

Pete Kelsey and I spent a busy morning in Washington, D.C. last week sharing the current state of 3D technology with the nation's media. We had 30 back-to-back interviews with television and radio stations around the USA. We had a great …

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SSOE Visit: The Era Of The Design Technologist

ENTRY 56Toledo, OHThursday, September 11, 2014

Mark LaBell, Technical Leader for Design Technology Department for SSOE Group, in Toledo, Ohio and his team created a great meetup for us back in July where the community and the media joined in as well. We spent the day talking about the fut…

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NBA’s Brooklyn Nets Call On 3D Experts At Gilbane

ENTRY 66New York, NYFriday, October 10, 2014

Here’s a challenge: Create a new basketball training facility from a pre-WWII building where you have little information about the structure. Oh, and do it in about a year. That’s the challenge that Gilbane Inc faces in a cool project for the…

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Soft Shoulders In Mississippi: Attitude Of Gratitude

ENTRY 69New Orleans, LAFriday, October 17, 2014

All across America, you see signs about shoulders. Enroute to Louisiana from Alabama, after visiting Rural Studio, we crossed through Mississippi. It was late, dark, and there were no highway shoulders. It was a hair-raising drive, I can tell…

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3DRV driving, some Smithsonian photos and USS Arizona

ENTRY 108Washington, DCThursday, November 13, 2014

This is a great new blog post by TJ McCue.

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