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March is here and we are still getting pounded by snow but mother nature can’t stop us from firing up the printers and spending an evening chatting about 3D printing. We haven’t planned a specific topic for this month but instead will have more time for most people’s favorite part, socializing and chatting about random topics. Join us at 7pm at Ocean State Maker Mill for our monthly get together, open and free to all.

We are bringing back an old favorite to help you celebrate valentines this year, 3D printed chocolate molds! This Wednesday, February 14th, come out to Ocean State Maker Mill for this month’s 3DPPVD and bring a Hershey’s chocolate bar to turn it into a chocolate treat. We will have a couple molds for you to pick from with some silly 3D printed Valentine’s wishes on them. Doors will open at 7pm but don’t worry if you are running late, we will be making chocolates all evening long.

As always, this meeting is free and open to everyone. Ocean State Maker Mill is located in the old mill at 80 Fountain Street, but our entrance is in the back parking lot near the corner of Middle and Blackstone.  Look for our sign at the door near the fire escape.

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.