This weekend Team Faberdashery are at the 3D Printshow, London’s first expo dedicated to the world of digital manufacturing.

Day one highlights ~

Wow, what an awesome 1st day! There was a good mix of companies- covering everything from the arts, very high end industrial products, to the personal 3d printing market. There was a great buzz around Ultimaker’s stand, where finished prints were being ‘ejected’ out of machines towards the amazed onlookers. The charismatic Brook Drumm of printrbot showed their range of compact and foldable ‘Jr’ machines, that are super cute and desireable. When I approached Formlabs, the crowd was 4 people deep (!), so hope to get hands-on tomorrow.

What really excited me was the many smaller groups and individuals I chatted with. Peter Goodwin, director at Artbot, is looking to use 3D printing to enable new possibilities in Kinetic Art following BEAM principles. I can’t wait to see these creations! It was really inspiring to meet printcraft, who passionately demoed 3d prints being pulled from their custom Minecraft server. Watching how accessible this gaming environment makes content creation to young people, highlighted the key challenges and opportunities in the industry. Equally, the team from Black Country Atelier were brimming with enthusiasm, bringing this technology into education to empower the next generation of makers.

Two more days of fabbing fun ahead!…