3D Printing Expo

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Last week I had the opportunity to go to the 3D Printing Expo at the Javits Center. I primarily went for my job but found it very interesting overall so I figured I’d post my recap here of what I learned and saw. Mostly on display were all different types of 3D printers that showcased lots of figures, toys and artwork. Having no knowledge about the 3D printing world I just walked around and went to a few lectures. Honestly all the booths/vendors looked the same to me but it was neat to see the different objects you can print from just plastic.

I went to 2 lectures…here’s some tidbits I learned that might be helpful, interesting or fun:

3D Printing with Adobe Photoshop

  • 3D printing software is not designed for creatives but for engineers, so Adobe wants to make it accessible for designers to create 3D content within Photoshop
  • You don’t need a printer to develop content, there are built-in options to send your designs to third party vendors to have printed (even UPS is getting in on 3D printing)
  • Photoshop can give 3D dimension to flat objects in conjunction with other 3D rendering software

Printing your own content:

The Future of 3D Printing

  • Possibilities for personalization are endless with all this data out there
  • Need to make it easier for consumers to create content via user-friendly software
  • Unexplored areas that have huge potential is in building/construction as well as food (who know?!). Example: 3D Pancake Printer

One last cool product I discovered was the 3D Doodler Pen, which may go on my Wishlist. Definitely check it out!
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