Last night I gave a free presentation about 3D printing for the public at my favourite bookshop, Embiggen Books in Melbourne. I thought it was a great night with good turnout of people who were interested in 3D printing, some who were teachers looking at what I was wanting to do with Education, others from Scienceworks, interested in discussing how 3D printers could be uniquely used compared to other technology.
There were three presenters last night.
Joe Farr the general manager from Thinglab started the conversation about 3D printing by laying down the groundwork.
George Aranda (me) talked about the theoretical background I have come from with wanting to use 3D printing to work with representations that students can develop in the classroom. I also gave examples of programs using 3D printing that I have blogged about before and also some examples of classrooms in Australia already using 3D printing.
Cathal O’Connell from University of Melbourne talked about the book 3D Bioprinting: Printing Parts of Bodies he was co-author on. He gave some great insights into how 3D printing can be used by surgeons to help wounds heal faster and how they can be used in reconstructive techniques.
During the night we also had a 3D printer printing out an ear which prompted some discussion during a break in the night. Overall, a great night.
3D printing is something I have a great passion for, and something that I think will change the way we design and manufacture things into the future. This is why I’m passionate about putting it into primary schools and getting teachers to get experience this technology, so that youngsters today can be familiar with it and in years to come, it will be these students who take up this technology and use it in a way we never thought was possible.
To help people come to terms with this technology I’m holding a FREE public event in Melbourne, so that people can hear presentations about this technology, how it is being used in education, medicine and industry. This event will be a great introduction to 3D printing for practitioners, parents, teachers or anyone interested in finding out more about 3D printing.
Please join myself and others:
Dr George Aranda – A Research Fellow interested in 3D printing from Deakin University. He is trying to get 3D printers into Australian schools through his Pozible: http://www.pozible.com/3dthefuture and his blog: 3D Printing the Future
Dr Cathal O’Connell -Associate Research Fellow in 3D Bioprinting based at St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. He will talk about the new ebook 3D Bioprinting: Printing Parts for Bodieshe co-authored with colleagues at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science.
Joe Farr – General Manager from ThingLab will bring a 3D printer and talk about their future role in society and education.
Where: Embiggen Books,197-203 Lt Lonsdale St, Melbourne, 3000, http://www.embiggenbooks.com
When: Tuesday 25th of November, 6:30pm
Please RSVP on Eventbrite for catering purposes