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3D Printing: Let's Get Thinking

March 29, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


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3D Printing Series Backgorund
The world of manufacturing is undergoing a major shift in how products are designed, prototyped, and built. One of the key technologies driving this shift is 3D printing. 3D printers do exactly what the name implies – they print in 3-dimensions and use a variety of robust plastic materials, instead of printing using ink on a 2D canvas such as paper. Just imagine a piece of paper being stacked up vertically in millions of layers in the 3rd dimension that creates your 3D part. The possibilities opened up by this new technology are large and growing every day.
In this two part series, WEtech Alliance will give you a chance to see and touch the future. The series will first open with an introduction to the world of 3D printing and its possibilities and close with an opportunity to connect with local companies and researchers using 3D printing technologies to demonstrate how you and/or your business can adopt this technology to stay competitive in this fast pace technological manufacturing world. It is predicted that in 5 years, every household will own a 3D printer.
3D Printing: Let’s Start Thinking (Part 1)
March 29th, 2014 from 1-4pm at Windsor Public Library
FREE – www.thinking3Dprinting.eventbrite.com 

In this session a panel of experts from Windsor Hackforge, University of Windsor, and the 3D Printing Community will introduce you to the technology and discuss what the future of 3D printing holds. Learn about what technologies and materials are being used today and more importantly, tomorrow. Find out how they foresee this technology changing the creative landscape for consumers and businesses young and old.
The panel discussion will conclude with a Q&A session, so please tell us what questions you would ask about the future of 3D printing, given the opportunity.
And it doesn’t stop there. Following the panel portion of the event, attendees are encouraged to move upstairs to Windsor Hackforge Hackerspace where they’ll be able to see several different 3D printers and parts to play with.
We look forward to having you join us for this exciting demonstration and a discussion surrounding a new frontier of manufacturing technology.
Let’s start thinking about stepping into the future which is already around the corner!
Panel Facilitator:
R. Jill Urbanic, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Associate Professor | Faculty of Engineering
Amber Joy
Amber Joy is a hobbyist with a 3D printer, which was purchased to give her three young children the opportunity to learn and grow with 3D technology.  She is excited about what she has learned and made so far, and is looking forward to the current and future possibilities made available to the average home with a 3D printer.
Christopher Deschamps
Christopher Deschamps is a CNC machinist by day, and an avid 3D printing enthusiast during evenings and weekends. He’s actively involved with the 3D printing efforts at Windsor Hackforge. Christopher is married with 2 childen: Hannah and Calin.
Chelsea Greenwell 
Chelsea Greenwell is currently finishing a double major in Visual Arts & English at the University of Windsor. As a practicing BioArtist, her research explores the natural world through a digital platform, questioning humanities relationship with nature through themes of manipulation and homage. Her current research is in 3D printing and digital rendering as a BioArt medium, offering a unique juxapositioning.
Chelsea’s work has been shown in BioART: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences, a collaborative show at the !dea gallery in the Ontario Science Centre. Her collaborative piece with fellow BioArtist Amy Rae, titled Vivo Bovum, will be shown at Occam’s Razor, traveling from the Propeller Centre for the Arts in Toronto; April 2nd – 30th, 2014, then the Ontario Science Centre May 3rd – June 1st, 2014.
Bob Hedrick
Bob Hedrick received his B.A. Sc. and M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. He has used his engineering education and practical shop floor experience to develop CAD/CAM software for many diverse manufacturing applications such as feature-based design/machining, CNC grinding, optical machining, and programming flexible tooling. He has also worked with software engineering teams to develop CNC machine modelling, virtual machine setup, and turning modules for CNC Software, developers of Mastercam CAD/CAM software. He is the president of CAMufacturing Solutions, a company founded in 2012, whose current projects include developing CAD/CAM software for additive manufacturing processes as well as mobile device applications to support plant floor machining operations. Bob enjoys design/build projects including an ergonomic laptop workstation, shop work bench, custom aluminum cast plaques, and many custom parts for his 1977 Corvette.
3D Printing: Get Moving (Part 2) – April 26th
Details coming soon!


March 29, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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