[DLSLUG-Announce] TOMORROW: Makerbot - DLSLUG Monthly Meeting - 2010-11-04

Bill McGonigle bill at bfccomputing.com
Wed Nov 3 15:47:32 EDT 2010

              Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Linux User Group
              a chapter of GNHLUG - http://gnhlug.org

The next regular monthly meeting of DLSLUG will be held:

                Thursday, November 4th, 7-9PM
at:            Dartmouth College, Haldeman 041
              23 North Main Street, Hanover, NH

               All are welcome, free of charge.


5:30  Pre-meeting dinner at EBA's.  RSVP and bring cash.

7:00  Sign-in, networking

7:15  Introductory remarks

7:20  Makerbot
        presented by Bryant Patten

      The Makerbot prints three-dimensional plastic objects as big as
      4 inches by 4 inches by 6 inches. Users of MakerBots simply
      create or download a 3D computer file using one of several
      prog­rams, then set the machine to work. The MakerBot takes
      spools of spaghetti-like plastic, heats it to 200C and squirts
      it out in the desired shape. Already the MakerBot has been used
      to make missing parts for electronics and the casing for new

      "Engineers, artists, architects and designers are getting
      Makerbots to turn the things of their imagination into real,
      physical objects. When that little knob on your washing machine
      breaks, you’ll end up using a pair of pliers. But now you can
      take a measurement, make a model and print it out, and you’ll
      have a new washing machine knob," said Bre Pettis, co-founder
      of Makerbot, who’s convinced that "people are going to build
      businesses on this machine." "It changes the way you live,
      from being a mindless consumer to being a creative participant
      in the marketplace."      

      Bryant will demonstrate the Makerbot he built and talk about its
      design, the process, and the community built around Makerbots.      

      Bryant is the Executive Director of the National Center for Open
      Source and Education – a non profit organization advocating
      Open Source adoption in K-12 schools throughout the United
      States. He has spent the last 25 years developing educational
      software for a variety of clients. He has managed the
      engineering departments for several companies, including his
      own, and has won several awards for software design. He is
      currently bringing Open Source software solutions to schools to
      help maximize their technology dollars and close the digital
      divide between students of diverse economic backgrounds. Bryant
      has organized the FOSSVT Open Source and Education for the past
      several years and has spoken at a variety of conferences around
      the world.           

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