Rocky Mountain RepRap Fest: All The Cool 3D Printing Stuff

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Rocky Mountain Rep Rap Festival 2023

Have you ever been to a RepRap festival? If you are like me, you may have heard the term but didn’t really know what it was. It has something to do with 3D printing right?

Rocky Mountain Rep Rap festival 2023 attendees

Last weekend I attended the first-ever Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival (or RMRRF for short). The event was free to attend and was held on April 22nd and 23rd. I didn’t really know what to expect. How much could there be in regard to 3D printers? I figured there would be a couple of companies there that made printers and some that made filaments and that would be about it. Surprisingly, I was way off.

Firstly, when I walked in the door, I noticed that it was packed with people! Men, women, children, hobbyist, youTubers, the curious, the professionals, you name it, they were there!

What cool technology was there?

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There were filaments of all kinds. Every color you can imagine, pumpkin scented, and even filament made from coffee grounds!! The great part about printing with coffee grounds is that if you mess up a print, you can just grind it back down and start over again.

There were 3D printed claw machines, guitars, R2D2, droids, printers that can print on the go, printers that print upside down, and even a working 3d printed branch saw!

Friends of Make:

I ran into some good friends of Make:, Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron authors of Make: Calculus, Make: Geometry, and Make: Trigonometry(coming soon!!!)! They had plenty of 3D printed items to help better understand the various math concepts.

I made a new friend, Gus Williams with Raptor House FX, one of the makers of Thing from Wednesday on Netflix (featured in Make: Volume 85). He brought along a creature from Raptor House FX with 3D printed inner parts along with 3D printed armored costumes.
The speed 3D printers were fascinating to watch. Watch the video below!
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I had a blast at the Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival and will definitely be back next year! I highly recommend you visit a RepRap Festival near you if you get the opportunity. There was so much to see and do! And if you’re like me, afterward, you’ll leave there, rush home, and order a new 3D printer!!


Happy Making and 3D printing all!!!

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