29 people attended the 3D Printer Meetup on Wednesday July 10. Some talented people came out, and there’s a potential for interesting collaborations in the future. Here are a few of the people I talked to.
Andrew Finkle is a UW Nanotech graduate, and gave a talk about his research into composite materials for 3D printing. He’s also built a Prusa Mendel. As part of his research, he’s building a filament extruder, and has also ordered a second extruder from a Kickstarter campaign. He’ll probably show off one or both of these at Kwartzlab later this summer. In this picture, he’s printing a model from Laywoo, a wood composite filament, using his Replicator 2X.
Charles Mire, pictured on the right, is talking to Andrew Evershed of ORD Solutions. Charles has done research on using 3D printers for tissue engineering and building bionic devices. He built a printer from a Sherline CNC mill, using a syringe to extrude biomaterials at room temperature. Google “Printing conducting polymer structures on and embedded in biopolymer platforms”.