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February 22, 2018
This past week, Shop3D.ca was at the OLA Super Conference Expo and we had a blast!The expo itself was a 2 day event in which we had the opportunity to meet library staff and educators from all over Canada. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase the Ultimakers. We ran live demonstrations of the the Ultimaker 2 Go, Ultimaker 2+ Extended and our Ultimaker 3.
It was a great opportunity to introduce the world of 3D printing to an audience that might not have had a chance to view it otherwise. We had a number of people come up and stare at the prints in progress and mention that they had never had the opportunity to see a real 3D printer up close.
We made sure that we brought sample prints designed to appeal to everyone in the community: from pokemon for the kids, educational prints such as the dissection frog for the educators to even a fully 3D printed violin for the musicians/hobbyists. The most common question we seemed to be asked at the Expo was "Was this really 3D printed?".
It was rewarding to see so many people become inspired by the potential that 3D printing had for their libraries and their community as a whole. Listening to people talk about how they were currently utilizing 3D printing to help their community with everything from learning tools to entrepreneurial prototyping was amazing, but even more so were the people who started having ideas on the various programs they could introduce to their community. From the most technical of program ideas to even the most hobbyist, it was clear that the Ultimakers were inspiring everyone with its limitless application potential.
We had a great time meeting all the amazing attendees at OLA and hope to get the chance to attend again next year!
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