Make: Live is Tonight! Episode 17: 3D Modeling & Printing


Tonight! The next episode of Make: Live, our streaming show and tell, is all about 3D modeling and printing. Liz Arum will give us a tour of Tinkercad, Michael Curry shows off his turtle shell racers, and MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis answers your burning 3D printer questions. All that plus a special surprise tonight, don’t miss it!

Make: Live 17 – 3D Modeling & Printing
Wednesday September 28th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
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Episode 17 features the lovely and talented:

Tinkercad demo – Liz Arum

Liz Arum is an educator using 3D tools. She’ll tour us through Tinkercad, a browser-based tool for easily creating designs for a 3D printer. We’ll model a small part and Liz will discuss the changing landscape of 3D modeling and printing in schools.

Turtle shell racers – Michael Curry

Michael Curry (aka Skimbal) brings his turtle shell racers, a fleet of almost entirely 3D-printed RC cars. Fresh from the MakerBot Raceway at World Maker Faire, Michael is the resident expert on 3D locomotion, and shows off some of his complex models for printing.

Inside the MakerBot Thing-o-matic – Bre Pettis

Our 3D episode wouldn’t be complete without an exploration of the printers themselves, and so we’ll get a tour of the open source hardware under the hood at MakerBot by the one and only Bre Pettis. Bring your burning 3D questions!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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