3D Printing for Fun and Profit
Taught by GothamSmith
Four New Yorkers, an interaction designer, an ethnographer, an information architect and a product designer, had long gathered in lower Manhattan for drinks and lively conversation. We found that we shared not only an appreciation of the care that goes into a well mixed cocktail, but we also shared values on what accessories befit a man and tended to complement one another accordingly.
We realized that we wanted to make unique things for ourselves in the hope that they would last and create lasting delight. When we ventured into makery we examined the objects that were dear to us and discovered that they were artifacts, objects with patina that looked better with the dings, dents and scuffs that come from having history. We couldn't create history, but we knew we wanted to create objects that would age well.
Unfortunately, we didn't know the old crafts of making things. We were men of our time, proficient in computery things, including sending instructions to robots.
At first we used the robots to make the things we wanted for ourselves. Mustache cufflinks for Pete during Movember, bicycle chainring links for Carl the battered cyclist, barrels for the whiskey lover in Robert and pocket squares for dapper Daniel. As these first products arrived, we realized that the process of using 3D printing, particularly when combined with powder coat finishes, gave our objects a slightly rugged look that seemed bound to age well. Not only would they represent us, they would represent our history.
What is 3D printing? How is it going to change the world? How do I get started with this new technology?
What can I print? Where can I buy a 3D printer?
Join the founders of GothamSmith for an tour of 3D printing technology and techniques.
We'll talk about:
- printing in plastic, metal and glass
- how to work with Shapeways, a leading 3D printer
- limits to size, detail and materialsoptions for software and hardware, from DIY to top-shelf
For years, 3D printing has been on the horizon as a transformative technology, poised to change how we buy and own products. For the last year, Gothamsmith has been prototyping, refining and selling their designs using shapeways as a manufacturing partner. Come and learn how to get started in 3D printing!