STL files are the most popular file format for 3D printing, but that doesn’t always mean it’s the best file format. STL files are hard to manipulate in many design suites and are very easy to export with errors. So when you need to fix or modify an STL, what tools should you reach for to get the job done?
This Wednesday, August 12th 2015, we will dig into some of our favorite tools for STL manipulation. Join us at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill (80 Fountain Street, Unit 318, Pawtucket, RI) for this presentation along with our normal social hangout and banter. This event, as always, is free and open to the public. Don’t worry if you are new to 3D printing, we welcome everyone of all skill ranges.
We formed 3DPPVD as a way to bring people who were interested in 3D printing in Rhode Island together. Now, three years later, we have accomplished more than we could have hoped for and continue looking into the future. In the past year we have shown at three Maker Faires from coast to coast, and multiple events here in Rhode Island. Our core members formed Ocean State Maker Mill, the only members-run makerspace in Rhode Island where we continue working on new amazing projects. We created the Moat Boat Paddle Battle, which debuted at Bay Area Maker Faire, and is poised to become a regular fixture of Maker Faires across the country. 3DPPVD’s founder Matt Stultz has become the 3D Printing lead for Make Magazine, and 4 of our members will participate in this year’s annual Make 3D Printer Shootout.
It’s a year to celebrate, and this Wednesday July 8th, we will do just that! Join us at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill (80 Fountain St, Pawtucket, RI) to commemorate the past three years of 3DPPVD and help us plan the next year to come. This event is free and open to everyone. We will have cake and some refreshments – and while it’s not required for anyone to bring anything, feel free to bring snacks, beer, soda, or other goodies to share. If you have printed anything super cool and want to show it off to the group, please bring that along too!
The first races of the Moat Boat Paddle Battle were run at Maker Faire Bay Area last month, and we are happy to report that it was a huge success! Join us this Wednesday, June 10th, to play with our test boats, see some slides from the races, and find out more about our plans moving forward for this awesome series of events. We will also have 3D printing demos running and the usual chatter about the current state of 3D printing. As normal, we will be meeting at Ocean State Maker Mill at 7pm. This event is totally free and open to anyone of any interest or skill level in 3D printing.
This is a busy month for the 3DPPVD and Ocean State Maker Mill crew. A few of us, including our organizer (Matt Stultz), will be out in California for the Bay Area Maker Faire representing Rhode Island. Not to worry though, 3DPPVD and OSMM member Kelly Egan creator of the PonyTrope, will be giving a demo of Blender. Blender is a powerful and open source 3D modeling tool used not only for 3D printing but also for games and visual effects in film.
As usual, this meeting is free and open to everyone of all experience levels. The meeting will begin at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill, 80 Fountain St, Pawtucket, RI. We look forward to seeing you all there.
For our April meeting we are teaming up with ColorFabb (makers of BronzeFill, CopperFill, and BambooFill) and 3D Hubs to present a collection of ColorFabb’s unique materials. The highlight will be an introduction to their new XT-CF20, a carbon fiber infused filament designed for parts that need some extra strength. While the event itself is free to attend like all of our other events, attendees can pre-order sample kits that will feature a variety of different Colorfabb filaments including XT-CF20. These kits are available at a reduced cost and are a great way to get started with trying these new materials without investing in large spools of costly material. To purchase your “ticket” (sample pack), please check out the event page.
This meeting will be starting at 7pm on Wednesday April 8th at Ocean State Maker Mill.
Over the past few months, the team at Ocean State Maker Mill have been working hard on a big project and we are about to “launch” it. Come join us this Wednesday (3/11/15), to be one of the first to get a peek at what we have been doing. The event will start at 7pm and as always is free to the public. As you can see from the photo above, even Einstein is pumped for this!
Also, tickets are on sale for our April Colorfabb event. Be sure to get your ticket today to ensure you get your own sample kit of filament from Colorfabb as we show off some of their new and exciting products.
February is here and love is in the air…. and so are pennies! This month we are going to have a little fun and bring back one of our most talked-about events from the past: Seej. Seej is a table top game played with 3D printed catapults, blocks, and flags. Pennies are hurled across a table in an attempt to knock down your opponents’ flags. We last had a Seej battle in November of 2013, and many of you have been demanding its return. Feel free to bring your own catapults to battle (we will provide a couple sets).
If you are more of a lover than a fighter – don’t worry, we will have a safe zone where we can enjoy our typical 3D printing banter and you can find out more about OSMM. We will kick things off at 7pm on Wednesday, February 11th, and as usual, this event is totally free and open to the public. If you’ve never joined us before, this is a great night to come hang out, have some fun, and meet the crew!
The new year is upon us, and we hope everyone had happy hacker holidays!
If you were on Santa’s nice list and he brought you a 3D printer this year, you might be wondering what to do next or needing a little help. Never fear, 3DPPVD is here!
On Wednesday, January 14th, during our monthly meeting, the printer clinic will be open. Bring out your printer and we will be happy to take a look at any issues you might be having and help you get your printer whirring away. Of course, even if your machine is not brand new but needs a tuneup, we welcome it too.
This event – like all of our monthly meetings – is free and open to the public. If you don’t have a printer but are just interested in finding out more about 3D printing, this is a perfect time to come learn more. The meeting will kick off at 7pm in the new Ocean State Maker Mill space (80 Fountain St, Pawtucket, RI 02860, Unit 318).
It’s time for our yearly holiday party! We will again be printing ornaments and showcasing holiday themed projects. This is a great time to come hang out and meet the 3DPPVD crew. Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran, this is sure to be a great time. As always, the event is free and open to the public. Since this is a party we encourage you to bring a holiday snack to share with everyone (last year’s mulled wine was a huge hit).
We are also holding a 3D printed ornament contest. Submit your original design by Tuesday (12/9/14) for a chance to win a spool of clear PLA filament – perfect for printing your holiday snow-like ornaments. The winner will be announced at the meeting on Wednesday (12/10/14) and must attend this or an upcoming meeting to claim their prize (sorry out-of-towners).
The meeting will be in Ocean State Maker Mill’s new space on the third floor of the 80 Fountain Street Mill (80 Fountain St, Pawtucket, RI). We will kick off on Wednesday 12/10/14 at 7pm and will keep the party going for many hours. We hope you all can join us to celebrate another great year of 3DPPVD.
Thanksgiving is upon us, and we here at the 3DPPVD family have a lot to be thankful for this year. Our community has thrived and grown, Ocean State Maker Mill has launched, and we have had an amazing year of exciting events and projects. Thank you to everyone who has come out and helped us this year.
Of course in todays world, Thanksgiving isn’t just about turkey, family, and reflecting on the year gone by; it’s about SALES!!!! The 3D printing world isn’t letting us down this year with many vendors offering great deals on a wide range of products. We wanted to make sure our community didn’t miss out so here are a few of the sales we are aware of and think are worth checking out:
- SeeMeCNC has discounts running for the next week and half. The best deals are today (11/27) and tomorrow (11/28) so don’t wait and miss out. Sales flier here.
- Printrbot on Friday (11/28), is offering 10% off everything for 24 hours only. Along with the sales, they are launching multiple new products and upgrades so be sure to check them out.
- Lulzbot is having a Cyber Monday sale with huge discounts on some of their products. It’s hard to say no to a $10 RAMPS board! Also check out my review of the amazing Taz 4 in the latest Make Magazine.
- Afinia is offering $150 off of their amazing little workhorse of a machine – the H480 – until the end of the year.
- PrintedSolid will help you stock up on all of your filament needs with daily deals starting Friday (11/28) and running through Monday (12/1).
- MakerShed is now offering free shipping on any order over $50. With lots of printers in stock, this is a great time to save a chunk of cash getting it to your door.
- MakerGeeks not only has great filament sales going on, but is also offering $150 off all Flashforge printers, now through Monday (12/1).
- Proto-Pasta, while not having a sale, are launching two new filaments on Black Friday: Steel infused PLA and magnetic iron infused PLA.
- 3DXTech is offering 15% off their entire line of filaments from Friday (11/28) to Monday (12/1).
So sit back and enjoy time with your family; there is no need to go out and get trampled to swipe up these deals. Enjoy your holiday and may your printers keep humming away.