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Monday, 22 April 2013 13:54

The 3D Printer Experience Opens In Chicago

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The evolution of technology has already changed life as we know it. One retail destination in River North plans to make the Windy City known for its support of a growing tech industry that is revolutionizing manufacturing.  Beginning Monday, April 22, Chicagoans will have the opportunity to explore this technological innovation firsthand at The 3D Printer Experience (316 N. Clark Street), a 3D printing destination with a focus on experiential education, creation and innovation.

The 3D Printer Experience introduces consumers and businesses alike to an industry that President Obama said in his 2013 State of the Union Address “has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything.”

Becoming increasingly accessible to consumers, 3D printing allows users to create almost any object they can imagine, by using commonly available software to direct the assembly of an object, usually plastic, layer by layer. It’s already commonly utilized in on-demand manufacturing, prototyping and architectural models.

The new 3D Printer Experience is composed of three parts where visitors can explore how to use this cutting-edge technology to create any object they imagine. People can have their head scanned and replicated as a 3D portrait, printed in just a matter of minutes. They can also channel their own creativity and design a one-of-a-kind pendant with a custom, fun and easy-to-use application available within the retail space. While visitors wait for their 3D print-outs, they can visit the “Inspiration Lounge” to select an item and see it made before their eyes. Guests can also enjoy and purchase items from a gallery of unique objects.

“We want people’s imaginations to explode with possibilities,” says co-founder Mike Moceri. “The 3D Printer Experience is part of the third industrial revolution, turning passive consumers into active producers.”

With a 1,800-square-foot interior retail space designed by eco-architecture firm 2 Point Perspective and the design team at Friedman Properties, The 3D Printer Experience features more than 20 3D printers on site, ranging from casual home use, to DIY production, to an industrial grade laser sintering machine by EOS.

The 3D Printer Experience is intended to be a collaborative environment where people can better understand this new technology and speak with industry experts about the positive impact 3D printing is making on the world.  A number of local teachers, artists, graphic designers and entrepreneurial experts are already donating their time and supporting this exciting movement to encourage sharing of information and growing consumer and community engagement.

The 3D Printer Experience has gained the support of technology pioneers including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and was the collaboration of a group of talented and innovative thinkers committed to the future of Chicago, including Julie Friedman Steele, Mike Moceri, Bobby Zylstra and Matt Spergel.

While 3D printing has been around since the 1980s, it wasn’t until recently that the current patents expired, making 3D printing models and machines available to the masses. Today, anyone can channel their creativity, concept an idea and begin manufacturing one, 100 or 1,000 printed 3D objects – all on demand. Entrepreneurs can get started and purchase their own personal 3D printer or print objects directly through The 3D Printer Experience.

“It’s only a matter of time before mass manufacturing is a thing of the past as personal customization begins to take center stage,” said Friedman Steele. “3D printing represents freedom and independence, not having to rely on mass-produced items. We’re moving from a consumer-based economy to producing your own goods for personal and community-based needs.”

The 3D Printer Experience also houses a live-streaming production studio dedicated to 3D printing and other future trends. Visitors can register for upcoming 3D printing workshops such as Introduction to 3D Scanning, and introductory and intermediate 3D Modeling.

This social revolution will only continue to expand. Beginning this June, The 3D Printer Experience will showcase a new sustainability method with a desktop system that grinds waste plastic into filament that can be used to print new 3D objects. For instance, a plastic soft drink bottle or the leftovers of your latest 3D printing experiment will become the raw materials for your next creative inspiration.

Located in the heart of River North at 316 North Clark Street, The 3D Printer Experience is the only retail destination of its kind in the Midwest. With more than 20 3D printers in-house and exciting new modeling applications for visitors to try, The 3D Printer Experience is introducing a bright future of personal, desktop manufacturing dedicated to helping people down a new path of greater creativity and independence.

For more information, visit: www.The3DPrinterExperience.com

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