At this point, I think we can all agree that most people at least know about 3D printing. You may not understand it, however, and that's just fine. For those people, MakerBot will be offering a series of workshops on 3D printers starting this week.
MakerBot announced today that it will be hosting a number of workshops, classes and lectures at its retail store in New York City starting February 8. The events will be for adults and children as MakerBot seeks to educate the public on the benefits of 3D printing and the future of manufacturing.
“We are super excited to be able to open our MakerBot Store to the public and showcase the exciting world of 3D printing,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “With 3D printing, seeing is believing, and we hope that these workshops, classes, lectures and educational series, will bring 3D printing expertise to our current MakerBot owners, and expose 3D printing to the next generation of engineers, industrial designers, architects and entrepreneurs.”
Starting February 8, the MakerBot store will host a two-hour class called "Setting Up and Maintaining Your New MakerBot." The focus will be on the recently released MakerBot 2 printer, and will last two hours. The cost of each class is $35 and requires advanced registration.
Starting on February 10, the store will start hosting an event called "Make Your Own." Just as the name suggets, it invites people to come in and make a themed object on a 3D printer. The first event will be modeled after Valentine's Day giving people a chance to create a Heart Hugger model, an 8-bit heart pendant, or a wearable ring. The Make Your Own event will happen every month with each event being based on an event or holiday. The next planned event in March is based around St. Patrick's Day. The cost of entry is $10 per person and required advanced registration.
For the kids, the MakerBot Store will be host to a "Kid's Saturday Morning 3D Printing Class" starting February 16. The class will take place every Saturday and will only cost $10 per class. Unlike the other events, drop-ins are welcome here.
Finally, the MarkerBot Store will play host to a ten-part series based on MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis' new book Getting Started with Makerbot. Each session will conclude with participants printing their own unique object. This event required pre-registration and an upfront payment of $200 that covers all 10 sessions.
You can pre-register for any and all of the above events at MakerBot's retail store Web site. If you live in or near the New York City area, this would be an excellent chance to finally see what all this 3D printing hullaballoo is all about. If anything, it's an inexpensive way to learn more about 3D printing.