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So you got a new 3D printer for the holidays, you unpacked it, tried setting it up, downloaded something from thingiverse, but you just aren’t getting the results you hoped for. Well we are here to help. Stop by Ocean State Maker Mill this Wednesday, January 10th, to get some help from our team of experienced experts with your new printer.

Didn’t get a new printer but want some help tuning up old faithful?  You are invited too – in fact, EVERYONE IS INVITED!!!! If no one comes with printers, we will hang out and talk about other 3D printing related subjects because we love this stuff.

The meeting starts at 7pm and will run till at least 10. You don’t have to come for the entire time if you are not a night owl and don’t worry if you are running late, this one will be super informal. Ocean State Maker Mill is located at 80 Fountain Street in Pawtucket but our entrance is around back in the back of the lot located at the corner of Middle and Blackstone, look for the door under the fire escape. We hope to see you there and can’t wait to see what Santa Claus brought you.

As another year draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate our community and come together for a party. Join us Wednesday, December 13th at 7pm (or later if you can’t make it that early, it’s a party) for our annual holiday get together. We will have snacks (feel free to bring something to share but it’s not required) and will be printing ornaments. If this is your first time and you are new to our community, this is a great time to come meet everyone and is often one of our biggest meetings of the year. The 3DPPVD and Ocean State Maker Mill team really value our Rhode Island and Southern New England community and are happy to spend another year making with you all.

When: December 13th 7PM – 10PM

Where: Ocean State Maker MIll (80 Fountain street, Pawtucket, RI 02886, entrance is around back in the parking lot at the corner of Middle and Blackstone, look for our sign under the fire escape)

Cost: Free!!!!

Who’s welcome: Everyone!!!!

For the second year in a row, Ocean State Maker Mill has played the role of host to Make: Magazine’s Digital Fabrication Shootout. Many of 3DPPVD’s followers joined us for an open house the weekend of the shootout and had questions as to which machines were the best. Unfortunately at that time, we couldn’t really talk about our testing results because we had to wait for the magazine to release. The time has come though and the issue is fast on its way to subscribers. Join us this Wednesday, November 8th, at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill to meet some of the testers and discover which machines we liked the best from our testing this year. We will have a brief introduction to the testing by Make’s Digital Fabrication Editor, Matt Stultz followed by Q & A time with some of the testers.

This meeting is as always free and open to the public. Ocean State Maker Mill is located at the back of 80 Fountain Street in Pawtucket, RI (look for our sign under the fire escape off of Middle street).

Powered by IYRS, Polaris MEP, Rhode Island College, RI Commerce Corp & RI Department of Labor and Training, the Rhode Island Mobile Maker Lab provides students, educators, manufacturers & others access to the latest in advanced manufacturing & automation technologies. The recently completed lab will be making its public debut at this month’s 3DPPVD. Seth Wiseman, designer & development manager for the lab, will also share the story of the lab: from its origins through execution, and on to the future of the project.

Doors will open at 7PM at Ocean State Maker Mill on Wednesday, October 11th. This event is free and open to the public like all 3DPPVD events.

Filament-based 3D printing is remarkable. The ability to take an idea in your head and physically manifest it is a game changer for many. What do you do though, when you run into the limitations of quality and feature size that filament-based printers have?  You turn to resin. There are different types of resin printers and they each have their place in the market. In this meeting we will discuss some of the pros and cons of resin based printers and what other equipment you might need to get started with using them.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 7PM on Wednesday, September 13th. Like normal, we will be meeting at Ocean State Maker Mill located at the back of 80 Fountain Street in Pawtucket, RI (look for our sign under the fire escape off of Middle street).

Tonight we celebrate 5 years or 3DPPVD. I started this group to help grow a community of people who love 3D printing as much as I do and it has become so much more than that. Come join us at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill (come to the door around back in the parking lot at the corner of Blackstone and Middle). We will have cake and some new and interesting printers to show you.

Sometimes no matter how much work you put into a design, you just have to screw it. Screws are a great way to affix your prints together or to other objects. If you have a part that might need to be removed for service, glue can make it hard to remove, and printable options may wear down in time. From just putting screws into your prints to my favorite, heat insert nuts, you have lots of options when using screws with your 3D prints. This Wednesday, June 14th 2017, we will have a brief presentation about some of the options available to you when you decide to use screws with your prints.

This talk is free and open to the public, and starts at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill. We are in our new space on the bottom floor of our building, so come around back and park in the lot at the corner of Middle and Blackstone in Pawtucket.  Look for the Ocean State Maker Mill sign by the doors under the fire escape.

Last month we demonstrated how 3D printing could be used in your garden to make useful items or create entire aquaponics setups. This month Mandy Stultz is going to show us how 3D printing can be incorporated with traditional crafts. From fiber arts to water colors, numerous tools can be easily created with your 3D printer to help unleash your craftiness.

This event as always is free and open to the public. We will be meeting in Ocean State Maker Mills new expanded space on the first floor (80 Fountain Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Unit 113). Come around back near the corner of Middle and Blackstone, and look for the signs on the door near the fire escape to get in. The event will kick off at 7pm on Wednesday April 12th.

Photo by Sergio D’Afflitto

Spring is upon us and it’s time to start planning your garden. Like many other areas where 3D printing can help you out, the garden and 3D printing are a great couple. We’ll present a few ways you can help your green thumb grow a bumper crop this season and see if we can find a few more solutions that others haven’t come up with yet.

This event is free and open to everyone just like every month! Ocean State Maker Mill will be our host and the doors will open at 7pm at 80 Fountain Street, Pawtucket. This is a great meeting for first timers and veterans alike.

You have heard us talk about the Moat Boat Paddle Battle before but this Wednesday (February 8th 2017) you will have a chance to see it in person. While we usually run Moat Boat Paddle Battle races at large Maker Faires, we wanted a chance to not only bring it to Rhode Island, we wanted a chance to race ourselves! Many of the core 3DPPVD and Ocean State Maker Mill’s core members have designed their own boats and are ready for a grudge match against each other and you can come see it. Door open at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill (park around back in the lot at the corner of Middle and Blackstone then look for our sign on the door in the back of the lot to get in). This event is free and open to everyone. If you have a boat that qualifies with the Moat Boat Paddle Battle Rules, bring it along to race! We will have some kit boats that you can try your hand at too.