Hi there! Did you know, that there was 3D print show in Hungary in June? Okay, first, I had to apologize because I posted my first and last article on this blog a couple of weeks ago, but forgive me, I have been really busy in the last couple of months, and I really enjoy it! My 3D printing passion is getting greater, and the best thing is that many people are getting interested in my 3D printed designs as well!
I’ve just attended on an event organized in Budapest last week, from the 11th to 16th of June. Maybe I was wrong, I haven’t been there as a visitor, I’ve been there as professional exhibitor with my parametric | art brand, I had an own corner at the exhibition. So I could exhibit my 3D printed designs and my desktop 3D printer has been printing all the time while I made some workshops and lectures as well. This conference and expo with workshops was for all the people who are interested in high-tech gadgets, like desktop 3D printers, parametric design, 3D printed unique design objects, additive manufacturing, generative architecture, parametric 3D modeling with Grasshopper and other 3D arts. That was such a big deal for me, you know I’ve just started my 3D print blog about generative design in the last couple of months, and this huge hype all-around was totally unexpected. I hope it starts something cool…
The show was called 2b3d Budapest 3d Printing Days, organized by Design Terminal, a governmental institution responsible for the development and support of the hungarian creative industries, and is to encourage young artists and engineers working in the national creative industries – including local 3D printing enthusiasts – to emerge domestically, and to direct the attention of domestic and international investors to the potential business opportunities behind their talent. For tourists, Design Terminal at Deák tér is the best place to go if you are interested in local urban art, design and other creative civil projects.
Te event attracted a lot of people and had a huge amount of significant 3D printing organizations exhibiting including, Leopoly, FreeDee, Protokat, Rapid3D, Catalyst, Varinex, Fablab Budapest, Kitchen Budapest, and me as parametric | art. The topic has been geared to provide the audience with a strong foundation and explanation of how 3D printing is today, how it will change our future and what business opportunities are on the horizon. In addition to the several tutorials and seminar sessions, attendees found an exhibition hall packed with the desktop and industrial 3D printers and 3D printed objects like generative 3D printed jewelry designs, prototypes, designer lampshades, toys and medical demonstration tools.
Although the show had a quite small footprint, it was well-packed. The young team of Design Terminal did a manage it well, I’ve count about hundreds of attendees in the exhibition hall and seminars every single day, and the tutorials and conference attracted many attendees as well. It’s such a big deal, because I bet that about 1/3 of the audience was totally new to 3D printing. And based on how crowded the exhibit hall was—every time I approached it, I saw a wall of people—there was a lot of interest in just watching the machines running.
I absolutely enjoyed the lectures and the workshops, although unfortunately I wasn’t able to watch them all. One thing that impressed me was how well the crowd mixed—it included a huge amount of people who were completely newbies, plenty of people from the “desktop” 3d printing world, and some people from medical and design industry, whose printers cost several times more than my little MakerBot Replicator 2 desktop 3D printer.
There were some really interesting discussions and debates about 3D printings applications. Journalists caught up with the 3D printing experts to find out how 3D printers and the third industrial revolution will change our lives. I also had a workshop on Thursday about generative 3D modeling and parametric design, the attendees have 3D modeled a parametric bracelet using the totally free Grasshopper 3D for Rhino, and then, we’ve optimized the geometry to 3D print in on my exhibited desktop 3D printer. I think it has worked, although it wasn’t enough time to make something more complex because of the lack of time. One design has been 3D printed, and I’m going to send the 3D printed model to the designer for free, he gets it as a gift.
I want to discuss the pros and cons as well, so I should write something about the negatives as well. (If there were any of them…J) What I missed about the lectures and seminars was how we should use the several tools (especially open-source, free or cheap ones), including Grasshopper, Meshmixer or Blender to prepare our 3D models for 3D printing. I still can remember when I was starting out with 3D printing, that I had no idea which tool was for designing models, for messing with models, and for repairing the meshes to avoid issues while 3D printing. And I bet that the newbie’s to the scene will have some trouble with their own 3D models when they want to 3D print them as well…
Honestly, I got very tired for the end of the week, but it still has been such a great pleasure to be there because it has started something in Hungary, in this little country with a lot of creative and smart people. All the segments of the 3D printing scene have been represented by local hungarian companies, a new high precision DLP 3D printer – invented by two guys – has debuted on the event as well. It was nice to be a part of this cutting-edge event! I just want to thank Design Terminal for the great event management, and thank you everyone for being there and making it legendary! See you next time on a forthcoming Grasshopper or 3D print workshop!