Intro to the World of 3D Printing (part one)

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April 3–4, 2014


Propeller Incubator: Large Conference Room
4035 Washington Ave
New Orleans, LA 70125

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What is 3D printing? You’ve heard the word, but what is it? How does it work? What can you print? Is it true you can make a 3D printed dress – yes! What about an awesome Mardi Gras mask – yup!

This class is intended to give a very general overview of the world of 3D printing—including printer mechanics, software, different 3D printers on the market, etc.—to get you psyched to learn more. And yes, you’ll get to see not just one, but THREE 3D printers. There will be demos and examples of prints.

Prerequisites: None. All are welcome.

Cost: $10 per person.

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Your Instructors:

Jenna deBoisblanc is a New Orleans native, maker, programmer, artist, and teacher. She majored in physics, which served as her introduction to electronics and Arduinos. While living in New York City, she taught introductory electronics classes and took computer science courses atNYU. In her free time, she loves to tinker; some of her projects include programmable LED bike turning indicators and an electronic MIDIxylophone. Jenna is currently Chief Maker at MakerState, an education startup that’s bringing hands-on STEAM learning to kids around the country.

Dan Beavers is currently retired from a career as a computer scientist with NASA contractors in addition to a few jobs involving geographic information systems (GIS). He is a 3D printer enthusiast, web developer, amateur radio (HAM) operator, and citizen science organizer with Dan lives just outside of Picayune Mississippi with his wife Brenda and two cats. So yes, some good things come out of Mississippi.

Cole Wiley is a sculptor and computer scientist with experience in software development, web development, sculpture, digital art, interactive installations, computer vision, 3d modeling, rapid prototyping, and a couple other things. His favorite language at the moment is CoffeeScript. He enjoys a double espresso in the morning, and a rye whiskey neat in the evening.

Michael Cousins is a mechatronics engineer and coffee enthusiast. He got himself a 3D printer in college and never really looked back. He’s worked designing and building plastic injection molded parts, circuit boards, and robots. The robots only occasionally try to hurt him; that’s why we make him wear safety goggles.