Posts Tagged "workshop"

Product of the Week: Girls Driving for a Difference (Design Studio on Wheels)

February 27, 2015
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We know that our “product” this week Girls Driving for a Difference (A Design Studio on Wheels) is not an actual product per se. In sticking with National Engineers Week, we have decided to feature a group of motivated young ladies wanting to make a difference by bringing the concept of “Design Thinking” to middle-school aged girls. This type of “out-of-the-box” critical thinking is a skill that future engineers will need to succeed. Our President and Chief 3D Printing Officer, Collin Kobayashi, has experience as a mentoring coach for the Design Thinking Hawaii Boot Camp and knows how important this kind of education can be.

design_thinkingThese four Stanford women have STEM education backgrounds and, just as important, a passion for empowering young women to find their voice and become leaders. This group plans on driving across the country this summer and hold two-hour long workshops that focus on design thinking and leadership skills in ten different cities and at least fifty communities but, have turned to Kickstarter to help with funding for supplies, preparation and travel expenses. We commend their passion and drive and, this is why we are featuring them as our “Product of the Week”.

“Our team of four Stanford students will be driving an RV across the United States for ten weeks, visiting young women’s communities (specifically camps and organizations for middle school girls), and coaching design thinking and leadership workshops! These workshops are crafted to give girls the tools, inspiration, and creative confidence to explore their purpose, enact social change in their communities, and envision their own dreams for someday changing the world.”

Learn more about Girls Driving for a Difference on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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3D Printing Industry Predictions from Terry Wohlers

April 7, 2014
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3D printing industry expert, Terry Wohlers was a speaker at the 3D Printing Conference in New York last week and had some key insights into the future of the industry. Below are a few of our favorite excerpts from his presentation — click here to read the summary in it’s entirety.

Terry’s market research firm, Wohlers Associates, each year compiles an industry report that includes data from around the world.  This year he stated that 3D Printing will be the recipient of substantial investments globally.  China plans to put 750 million yuan [$240 million US] into AM over next 6 years and are doing so by “buying their way in”.  Singapore has earmarked $400M for advanced manufacturing programs that include 3D printing.

Terry feels that the obstacles and challenges in 3D Printing are mostly design driven.

More and more effort is needed to not just take a traditional design and 3D Print it, but rather to re-think the entire part design to take into account the capabilities and limitations of AM.

“3D Printing in production pushes the limits of the technology”, says Terry.  “We need quality and consistency, in short, process controls.”

Predictions are that by 2021, AM will be a $10.8 Billion industry.  If total global manufacturing is a $10.5 Trillion industry and we conservatively predict that 3D printing takes over 2% of that market, we still only talking about $210 Billion annually.  So,Terry concludes, “we’ve only seen tip of the iceberg!”

We can’t wait to see what the future holds for additive manufacturing!

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

Two Weeks Left Until Inside 3D Printing New York – Get 10% OFF

March 20, 2014
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Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, the largest 3D printing event worldwide, will be taking place at New York City’s Javits Convention Center in less than two weeks. After successful events in Chicago, San Jose, Singapore, and Berlin, the conference is eager to return to New York City, where it will feature keynotes by renowned experts including Avi Reichental of 3D Systems, Carl Bass of Autodesk, Curtis Carson of Airbus, and more.

The agenda, featuring a half day of workshops on April 2 and two days of multi-track programming on April 3 and 4, will undoubtedly be the largest draw to the event. The conference has successfully assembled the biggest luminaries in the 3D printing industry, including Christine Furstoss, Global Technology Director of Manufacturing & Materials Technologies at GE, Terry Wohlers, named the #1 most influential person in rapid product development and additive manufacturing, and Carl Bass, President and Chief Executive Officer of Autodesk. View the full speaker list here.

Recently, Inside 3D Printing announced the final keynote speakers. Brian David Johnson, Futurist at Intel Corporation, will be delivering the closing keynote on April 4, and Curtis Carson, Head of Systems Integration, Centre of Competence Manufacturing Engineering  at Airbus, will be presenting an exciting speech titled “Print Me an Airplane: Airbus’ Vision of 3D Printing Applications.”

We’ve partnered with Inside 3D Printing New York to offer 10% OFF full conference passes with code 3DINNOV. Plus, if you register before April 3 you’ll save an extra $300 on on-site prices. Click here to register now!

 Additional dates for the conference are scheduled worldwide, including an event in Brazil on April 16-17, and one in Seoul on June 12-13. Click here for the full world tour schedule.

Inside 3D Printing Conference Coming to NYC April 2-4 – Get 10% OFF

February 10, 2014
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Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo is headed back to New York! Attendees will experience the biggest show yet, with a day of workshops on April 2, the new Maker Summit & Pavilion, more speakers, and bigger exhibitions than ever before.

Exciting new elements have also been added to the New York conference, including a 3D printer giveaway before each morning and afternoon keynote session on April 3 and 4. In addition to the show’s B2B programming and exhibits, the Maker Summit & Pavilion will give attendees the chance to delve into the world of 3D printing DIY and design.

Known as the largest 3D printing event worldwide, Inside 3D Printing has already scheduled industry experts to speak at the New York event, including Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems, Emilio Sepulveda, CEO of Natural Machines, and Carl Bass, President and CEO of Autodesk. View the full agenda here.

Additional dates for the conference are scheduled both in the US and internationally, including an event in Berlin on March 10-11 and one in Sao Paulo on April 16-17. Click here for the full world tour schedule.

discountWe’ve partnered with Inside 3D Printing NY to offer 10% OFF full conference passes with code 3DINNOV. Register before February 18 and save an additional $600 with early bird prices. Get your tickets now!

The Honolulu District Science Fair (Feb. 8th)

February 7, 2014
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We are excited to announce that 3D Innovations will be participating in the Honolulu District Science Fair this weekend at Kapiolani Community College! Collin Kobayashi, our President & Chief 3D Officer, was asked to present a seminar on 3D Design & 3D Printing for elementary students and their parents. The students are going to learn about the exciting side of engineering, while the parents learn about various technologies and programs that their children can get involved with on local and national levels.

Collin will be teaching three (30 minute sessions) where students will learn about the design process and the role 3D Printing in it. The main focus is to present a problem, and utilize 3D Design and 3D Printing to develop a solution. A completed design will be displayed to show students the final result. A 3D Printer will also be there so students can see the 3D Printing process first hand.

Honolulu District Science Fair

**If you are interested in attending the Honolulu District Science Fair, you can find additional details on the official website here.

Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo: April 2-4, 2014 in New York

January 28, 2014
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Inside 3D Printing Coming to Berlin, New York & More

Thinking about attending the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in April? Our 3D Innovations community can now receive a 10% DISCOUNT on registration!

THE THIRD INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION!

3D printing is revolutionizing manufacturing, enabling new products, and impacting business processes. Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, has gained a reputation for producing high quality seminars and wide-ranging exhibitions worldwide. And now another dimension has been added – Maker Summit & Pavilion. Under one roof all levels of 3D Printing interest are covered whether an attendee is interested in the future of bioprinting to making custom jewelry. Also new at Inside 3D Printing is a workshop day (April 2). Inside 3D Printing brings together the 3D printing universe and prepares you to take advantage of “The Third Industrial Revolution”. Don’t miss out! Partake in workshops, seminars for every interest level, and networking to explore business opportunities, policy consideration, and the latest 3D printers and services.

Learn more about this exciting conference on their website!

Mediabistro’s Inside 3D Printing conference will host shows around the globe in 2014. See the world tour schedule here.

Bringing CAD (Computer-Aided Design) into the Classroom

July 18, 2013
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Most think of CAD and 3D modeling as technology that’s taught at the college or professional level, it is now trickling down to high-school and even middle-school classrooms. CAD increasingly is shaping the education of America’s youth in ways that far outstrip its original application as a drafting tool. Its use is helping to shore up the country’s supply of engineers by instilling a passion for technology use at a young age.

When it comes to fostering students’ interest in a subject current wisdom says the window of opportunity is closing by the time students finish middle school. That, together with an emphasis on the importance of teaching process and critical thinking, is what’s driving the push to introduce CAD technologies to students in the third through twelfth grades.

3D Academy, the educational branch of 3D Innovations, focuses on bringing CAD into the classroom. Our program curriculum is structured and designed to give students a head start in their careers as well as exposure to industry practices. Curriculum is focused on pre-engineering principles that integrate CAD, engineering design, drafting, and manufacturing.

Opportunity and exposure to STEM fields are key to fostering interest, but a student’s belief in his or her ability to make a contribution to the professional world is an important precursor to pursuing what often is a hidden dream. CAD is helping students gain that confidence.

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3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

Q&A Session: Prototyping, Product Design, 3D Printing & Much More…

June 13, 2013
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“Don’t make assumptions. Find the courage to ask questions.” – Miguel Angel Ruiz

As you know, last week and this week we held two Product Development and Design Seminars in Hawaii. We found that these were not only a great opportunity to get out into the community, but these also proved very useful to help entrepreneurs and small businesses get their engineering, manufacturing, prototyping, 3D CAD, additive manufacturing/3D printing, product design and development questions answered. This got us thinking, there must be many more people out there that are curious about all of these design aspects as well, but just do not have a resource in which to ask their questions…Well now you do!

Please feel free to e-mail info@3d-innovations.com with your questions, or post them as a comment on this blog post because chances are that if you have a question, someone out there has the same question! We truly love educating entrepreneurs and small business owners about all aspects of the product development life cycle, so that in the end you are able to make a clear and informed decision about the future of your product.

Product Design & Development Seminar in Honolulu, HI on June 10, 2013

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

Hawaii STEM Conference (April 19 & 20, 2013)

April 4, 2013
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It is time again for the Hawaii STEM Conference! This year marks the 4th successful year
of the Hawaii STEM conference. STEM/Service Learning students, teachers, parents, community and business leaders are invited to gather on Maui to celebrate STEM learning projects, experience the excitement of a regional technology conference and share stories with other students from different islands. A primary goal of this STEM event is to challenge and encourage as much participation from students as possible.

This year there will be competitions in the following areas:

  1. CAD Application Showcase
  2. Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  3. Video
  4. Music
  5. Poster Competition (Download STEMWORKS logo to be used in the poster competition)
  6. Web Design
  7. Game Design
  8. SketchUp Urban Design Competition

Breakout Sessions
Approximately 200 facilitators and students will have the opportunity to attend hands-on and presentation-style training breakout sessions during the Hawaii STEM Conference.

There are a lot of great breakout sessions but the two we are most excited for are the Pre-Engineering sessions:

  1. Pre-Engineering In 3D – Beginners — CAD Discover Pre-Engineering and Design methods using 3D CAD. This hands-on session demonstrates how 3D Technology makes engineering & design interactive, transforming ideas into prototypes and products.
  2. Pre-Engineering In 3D – Advanced — CAD Must have 2 years experience with CAD programming. This hands-on session offers students a more comprehensive dive into 3D technology with more advanced engineering & design interactive challenges.

3D Innovations is a proud sponsor of the Hawaii STEM Conference. It is a great opportunity for students to explore the large and ever-changing word of STEM education.  We highly encourage students attend this wonderful STEM experience!

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping Benefits STEM Education

February 28, 2013
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When it comes to getting students excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teachers and professionals have more tools at their disposal today then they ever have due to technological advancements. 3D printing/rapid prototyping is one technology advancement that really grabs the attention of not only entrepreneurs, corporations, makers, but our students as well. Bringing 3D printing/rapid prototyping into your classroom to invigorate learning will definitely help light that STEM “spark” in your students!

3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping 
Build your idea one layer at a time. Transform your students’ virtual designs into functional prototypes by using 3D Printing. Utilizing your 3D CAD model, 3D Printing Technology will translate your 3D data into layers that are .005″ thick and begin to build your model one layer at a time in the Z axis. Models are built from ABS plastic and are strong enough to withstand normal wear and tear and are submergible so they can be used for Underwater Robotics projects or other applications.

Contact us today to see how we can support your 3D Printing needs and how it gets students excited about learning.