It was great to see the high level of interest when for the last public demonstration we did at the Reston Regional Library. After it was over, the Chantilly Regional Library contacted us to see if we could do a similar program there. You would think that it would be a hard act to follow. Well, it was, but Nova Labs members love a challenge!
Rik Karlsson sent us a video of the Chantilly event. It is a great video, both capturing the interest shown by the public and also as a general overview of how these 3d-printers work to make objects. This is live and unscripted, and the video is used here by permission.
Featured at this event were Keith’s Prusa Air (build group #3), Eric’s Prusa (build group #3), Paul’s massive Rostock with 1-meter tall legs and his red Prusa, BrianB’s blue Mendel Max, Michael’s Nova Labs orange Mendel Max, Craig’s Thing-o-Matic, Steve’s Printrbot, BrianJ’s Ordbot and pile of example printed parts, Azi’s Mendel Max and the printer he is designing from scratch, and Newton’s projects, including the Antikythera mechanism (we’ll have an upcoming article about that) and 3d-printed robot. Whew! For more pictures of the event, see our Flickr feed.
If you’re interested in learning more about 3D printers, come spend some time with us. Visit during our regular meetings at Nova Labs, the schedule can be seen on our calendar. Also, if you can’t wait then register for this site and then sign-up to be on our 3D-printer email list. There’s great activity and interaction with other members.
Big thanks to Margaret Kositch, the Assistant Branch Manager at the Chantilly Library for reaching out to us about having an event at the library there, and paving a smooth way for all of the myriad of details involved. Afterwards, she said, “We saw lots of people we have never seen before and that’s incredibly exciting.”. She publicized the event and had people sign up in advance at the library. She must have a black belt in organizing.
If you are interested in engaging the Fairfax County Library System about increasing the support for interactive Maker-type programs, and are a patron of the Chantilly branch in particular, Margaret or the Branch Manager, Daria Parnes would be interested in hearing your thoughts. If you are a patron of the Reston Regional Library, Andrew Pendergrass would love to hear from you.
Nova Labs is offering Summer Camps for Teen Makers and Youth Robotics!