An Introduction to Open-Source 3D Printing

Anqi Xu - PhD student, McGill CIM

Feb. 20, 2014, 12:10 p.m. - Feb. 20, 2014, 12:55 p.m.


3-D printing technologies have existed in research and industrial domains for several decades, although in recent years many of these designs and concepts are beginning to transition into the consumer and hobbyist communities. In this talk I will present a brief introduction to this exciting and fast-evolving field, and highlight a number of open-source (and other free) tools and services for 3-D printing hobbyists. I will also give a live demonstration of the end-to-end process of 3-D printing, starting from the design of a object model from scratch, to its preparation for 3-D printing, and culminating with an actual printed object by the end of the talk.

Come check out various 3-D printed models and functional objects, learn about some free and powerful tools and services, and discover how YOU can participate in the open-source 3-D printing revolution!