3D Printing Demonstration from The Tech Toybox / Ocala CEP

Andrew Comeau   September 18, 2014   Comments Off on 3D Printing Demonstration from The Tech Toybox / Ocala CEP

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about today’s demonstration of the basics of 3D Printing at the Ocala Power Plant by Dr. Mark Davidson which turned out to be a very entertaining and informative presentation and Q&A session. Dr. Davidson gave us an overview of some of the possibilities and even the limitations of 3D printing for prototyping and manufacturing of products. We also found out more about Dr. Davidson’s work at The Tech Toybox in Gainesville, FL, a non-profit organization which which assists inventors, artists and entrepreneurs in developing their ideas through staff consultation and the use of their design and manufacturing facilities.

Dr. Davidson brought one of his printers with him so we could see it in action and I grabbed a short video just after the presentation.

The printer is making a larger version of the intricate cube that you can see in the picture below. If allowed to finish, it would take approximately 8 hours. We were also provided with a couple of other samples, including the owl statue.

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There were a few more samples which I didn’t think to get pictures of. If you’d like to see more samples, you can find pictures on The Tech Toybox site along with more information on what this organization is doing with 3D printing and other areas of technology.

As a bonus, Dr. Davidson told us about Makerbot Thingiverse, a site where people can share their 3D designs, including photos and CAD files. As one attendee commented, it’s a site that’s sure to kill your productivity for the rest of the day.

This was a great lunchtime event sponsored by the Ocala CEP and it was good to see such a large turnout. For more upcoming tech events in Ocala, check out our calendar!



About Andrew Comeau

Organizer of the Ocala I.T. Professionals. Software developer and consultant based in Ocala, Florida. Find out more at ComeauSoftware.com.