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Shapeways at National Maker Faire

Last week, the second-ever National Maker Faire was held at the White House in Washington DC.  Shapeways crew members, Vicky Somma and John Fitzpatrick, were live on the scene on behalf of the Shapeways team. Let’s hear what our team members had to say about the experience.

“The great thing about Maker Faires is that someone responds to almost every design on the table.  That said, my impression is moving/interlocking parts seemed to stand out (completely understandable—they are so interactive).  The cast metals are, of course, captivating (being shiny and all).  The porcelain provided a great wow factor because it bucks people’s perceptions of what can be done (“That opens a lot of doors”, one woman said).  And a sleeper favorite- the Escher Knot (by designer ShapeKays) got a lot of positive attention.”

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Of course, 3D printing isn’t just for adults. It can be an amazingly engaging tool to get kids excited, as our crew member experienced while in DC.

“ I underestimated the moving part Jack-O-Lantern and John’s moving part Decision Maker.  John also brought some home prints in a UV-sensitive filament. Kids enjoyed running those to the sunshine and watch them change colors.  Squeezing the elasto plastic seemed fun as well. Oh and the full color sandstone proved to be resilient.  I watched kids vigorously shake the Schrodinger’s Cat in his box (I could be calm about it because I’ve seen it survive my three year old).”

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We want to thank our Crew members helping us get set up and representing us at National Maker Faire.

Remember: You too can be a part of the Shapeways Crew! If you’ve got an idea for an event, or would like to contribute to the Shapeways community, shoot us an e-mail at Crew@Shapeways.com – we look forward to hearing from you!

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