NextFab wants to make you into a maker [Events Roundup] - Philly


Feb. 16, 2015 4:33 pm

NextFab wants to make you into a maker [Events Roundup]

Plus: Learn whether patent trolls are quaking in their boots after SCOTUS took action on software patents.
Chris Thompson is NextFab’s 3D printing supervisor.

Chris Thompson is NextFab's 3D printing supervisor.

(Photo by Juliana Reyes)

3D printing is hot right now.

But if you don’t know how to use a 3D printer properly, there’s no point in having one. NextFab staffers Chris Thompson and Brandon Boulden say they see it happen all the time: someone buys a 3D printer, downloads a file from Thingiverse to 3D printer, it doesn’t work and they get frustrated. Then the 3D printer goes in the closet.

That’s why the Washington Avenue makerspace is hosting a two-day class called “Making a Maker,” which will teach you how to use a free software for computer-aided design and how to use a Bukito 3D printer to make household items like a custom light switch or a towel rod holder. The classes will be held Feb. 21-22.

Prices start at $500 for members and $850 for non-members. For a higher price, you can go home with a Bukito 3D printer, too.

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Coded By Kids Friendraiser
Coding education nonprofit Coded by Kids has grown to serve roughly 50 students a week. Help support its mission at this event.
Friday, Feb. 20
6-9 p.m.

VUID, 1611 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor. Center City.
RSVP. $10.


Philly Crafted: Tech Showcase!
Hear from a 50onRed software engineer about a new fantasy draft app he built, the Penn team behind this sewable electronics kit and more.
Tuesday, Feb. 17
6 p.m.

50onRed at the Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Suite 1101. University City.
RSVP. Free.



Philly EdTech Meetup – Philly New Technology Meetup Collaboration!
Edtech companies like Apprennet and Raise will demo.
Wednesday, Feb. 18
6 p.m.

Quorum at the Science Center, 3711 Market St. University City.
RSVP. Free.


Penn Center for Innovation: Are Software Patents Critical to Innovation?’s Zack Seward moderates a panel discussion on the impact of recent Supreme Court rulings on software patents.
Thursday, Feb. 19
6-8 p.m.

Penn Law – Silverman Hall (Room 240B), 3501 Sansom St. University City.
RSVP. Free.


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