3dHubs 3D Printing in Architecture & Design event

Yesterday we attended 3dHubs 3D Printing in Architecture & Design event, held at the Google Campus. The event was tailored towards bringing innovative Designers, Architects, and Techies together and looking at the ways in which 3D Printing adds value and provides benefit in their work. 

 Mostafa from Zaha Hadid Architects presenting how they use Rapid Prototyping in their iterative design process

Mostafa from Zaha Hadid Architects presenting how they use Rapid Prototyping in their iterative design process

There was an inspiring line up of speakers, including Mostafa El Sayed from Zaha Hadid Architects and Marcin Ignac from Variable.io Design Studio and even a range of 3D printers working live throughout the event. Set in Google Campus, it was great to bring like-minded individuals from a range of different disciplines together, generating some really interesting discussions.

One of the clear themes to come out of the presentations and Q&A was that the software used in the 3D printing industry at the minute presents a clear barrier to users, not being intuitive enough, and not providing enough information about whether a build will print successfully or fail spectacularly. We’d definitely agree, and it is fair to say that 3D printing is still a bit of a dark art rather than a science, where we rely on our experience and lessons learned over many years of using the technology to achieve the kind of results and success rate we produce. 

Combatting this, the 3dHubs platform allows a great communication channel between those looking to have their files printed, and those with experience in 3D printing and the knowledge of what makes a successful print on each printer/material. By creating this dialogue, that information can filter down to the 3dHubs users so that the print preparation can begin at an earlier stage while they prepare their model files.

For those of you unfamiliar with 3dHubs, it is definitely worth checking out here (and our hub is here)  and provides a way of getting your designs 3d Printed locally.

Hope you have a great weekend,

Joe
The Prod Team