Tom and Tracy Hazzard answers a very basic question in this episode, but at the same time important – Where can I find 3D print events? The answer is simple – Google. Tune in to today’s show for their advice on where you can go, how much you will most likely pay, and how you can join these 3Dprint-related events.
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Where Can I Find 3D Print Events?
Our question is basic but at the same time important. “Where can I find 3D printing events?” I signed up on Meetup. If you don’t know what it is, it’s Meetup.com. I put in that I wanted to find out anything about 3D printing and makers. I can tell you I have been inundated with events. You can put in mile radius that you’re willing to drive. I said 60 miles, probably too far based on the number of events that I’m seeing. There are many different events. You can ignore a lot of it or focus in on it. If you want to go to a new demo and you want to see a product sponsorship, you’ll see a lot of those things. There are a lot of printer companies who might sponsor a Meetup at a particular makerspace. They post them on Meetup. You could type in. This is how I found this crazy little event in Washington. I was up there for one night, I happened to find an event that was going on. All I did was type up 3D printing events in Washington State or in Seattle area or something. Type that into Google. You’d be surprised what you’d find out.
With no notice, you’re there for one night. You found, “In a couple of hours, there happens to be one here and I’ll go.”
You’d be surprised what happens. Within a week, I guarantee you there’s an event somewhere going on someplace. There are also a lot of trade shows going on in various areas. Focus on what you’re interested in. We went to a couple of 3D printing trade shows and it opened our eyes to kinds of things. You’ve got to meet makerspaces and other things that would host events all the time. That connection can also help you. Subscribe to their websites, get on their email list, subscribe to their Twitter feeds. That’s what I do.
On our website, we have a list of trade show events.
We have a list of trade show events on our resource page. It’s HazzDesign.com. It’s the 3D printing tab. Under there, you’ll see “3D Printing Tips, Tools and Resources.” On that page, halfway down, there’s a whole list by month of trade shows. If you happen to be an event planner and your trade show is not listed, let me know because we try to keep it updated. We check every 30 days or so. It’s hard to keep up. There are many new things popping up all the time. We don’t do Meetup events on there so we don’t do the little ones, just the big trade shows.
Big and even the smaller regional trade shows.
Anything we find out about, we put it on there.
The little local Maker Cons and things like that.
If we know about them, we put them on there. If you want to promote your events, let me know and we’ll put it on there. Those are good things. If you’re new to 3D printing, none of these things are closed. You don’t have to be a professional. They’re all open to the public. That’s been the fabulous thing about it. You can go in there and learn.
It won’t cost you anything except your time and whatever it takes for you to get to that location.
Some of them have educational seminars that cost money, but some of them are worth it especially if you’re looking to learn.
If there is a charge, they’re pretty inexpensive. I found most of these Meetup events and makerspaces and things like that, they’ll only charge you if you’re going to use the 3D printers. They want you to cover the material costs and things.
Some of them charge $10 or $15 to cover the food. They bring in food and drink for the event. That’s your cover charge at the door for that. They’re inexpensive. It’s a great way to try out a printer and meet some other people who are interested in 3D printing because right now, the industry is all about who you know and what you know because it’s going to help you learn faster.
The community we’re finding as we get more into this is very important for everyone involved. I highly recommend it.
It’s a great question and definitely keep looking. Let us know about your events.
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