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Maker Faire preps for 3D printing

July 10, 2015
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The Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire is a "family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness." Photo via fb.com

The second annual Maker Faire, being held in Grand Rapids in September, will benefit from a gift donated by an Ohio 3D printing company.

IC3D Printing, a filament manufacturer located in Dublin, Ohio, has donated filament to the first 15 applicants using 3D printing technology in their demonstrations.

The 15 spools will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Encouraging 3D printing

Kate Moore, vice president of marketing and public relations at Grand Rapids Public Museum, said the hope is that the donation will encourage “even more makers using 3D technologies creating engaging, thought provoking demonstrations at this year’s faire.”

Moore said 3D printing highlights the new, innovative ways makers are creating products less expensively.

“People are using 3D printers to test prototypes before buying expensive materials,” she said.

Of the 72 makers who participated in the inaugural Maker Faire in 2014, Moore said seven were 3D printers.

“Our hope is to get 15 to 20 this year,” she said.

IC3D Printing offered to donate the filament after receiving an email blast about the Maker Faire.

“They donate to many Maker Faires throughout the year,” Moore said.

Maker Faire details

The Maker Faire will be held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum Sept. 5 and 6.

3D printers, as well as other established and emerging makers, are encouraged to apply to participate now through Aug. 7 at makerfairegr.com.

Described as “part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new,” the Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students and commercial exhibitors.

It will feature everything under the sun, Moore said, including “rockets and robots, DIY science and technology, urban farming and sustainability, alternative energy, bicycles, unique handmade crafts, local food, and educational installations.”

The GR Makers, The Geek Group, Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University and the Grand Rapids Public Museum are organizing the Maker Faire.

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