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New Jersey Collector’s Con

Posted by on November 9, 2014

Table set up with lots of cool Shapeways swag :D

Table set up with lots of cool Shapeways swag 😀

I just got back from the New Jersey Collector’s Con in Cherry Hill NJ and I’m pretty beat, but it was a great experience. Fran O’Boyle, the coordinator for the Con was nice enough to invite me to be a guest at the con where I got to set up a table and show off the stuff I’ve designed and talk to folks about the wonders of 3D printing. I spoke with Eleanor, the Community Outreach person for Shapeways and she sent me a bunch of print samples along with a big poster, a shirt, and a $25 gift certificate to give away at the show!

Showing off a lot of my 3D printed designs from the shop

Showing off a lot of my 3D printed designs from the shop

I took this responsibility very seriously but really had no idea what to expect at the show. When I got there, I was directed to the table I could setup at and set out the Shapeways swag along with all the stuff that I’ve designed and had printed out by Shapeways during my time as an amateur toy designer. I have to say that I think I was the only person sitting at a table during the show that WASN’T selling what was sitting on the table. There was a lot of traffic going by my table as it was right on the corner before entering the main hall where the majority of the dealers were setup. Some folks walked by without more than a glance to see if I had any vintage toys to sell. But lots of other folks stopped and looked at the collection of little robot toys that I had amassed.

My Uber Magnum gets to meet the original G1 Ultra Magnus :3

My Uber Magnum gets to meet the original G1 Ultra Magnus :3

Everyone I spoke with was very nice and several were very interested in learning more about this magical place we call “Shapeways”. I gave away tons of my business cards and regretted that I didn’t have any Shapeways stuff for them to take with them like the stickers and cards. A well, maybe next time. Everyone I spoke with I told about the class that I’m going to offer in January where I teach folks how to 3D model in Sketchup. In particular I will teach them how to model for 3D printing their own action figures. As far as I know there aren’t any videos or tutorials showing the best way to approach ball joints or how to deal with print tolerances or anything, so I think that could be a valuable class. If you’re interested I have a signup form here: You’ll need a google login to view the form. I’m requiring a google login since we’ll be using google Drive to store and share course files.

Removable helmets!

Removable helmets!

The course will be $50 and span 4 weeks with classes being about 2 hours on Saturday nights EST over Google Hangouts. We’ll go from “I don’t know anything at all about 3D” to “having a base action figure model to customize that you can sell in your own Shapeways shop”. That’s a lot to cover in a short time so things will go pretty quick. My plan in addition to using Hangouts and screen sharing is to also setup a shared google drive folder where students can access the files I’m working on to see how I’ve done things as well as upload their own files so that I can critique their work. I’m limiting the classes to a max of 10 so that students can get a more personalized experience. If things go well and I get a lot of signups then I’ll add a second class on Sundays or start a new class after the first has ended. If things go REALLY well then I’ll also offer an advanced course for those that have already taken my starter course to talk about things like designing for multiple materials, doing add-on parts, integrating moving parts in your model, and even designing a more complicated and articulated action figure than the one the starter class will be doing. Fingers are crossed because that’s going to be the really interesting stuff. I have yet to decide if I’m going to record the sessions and make the videos available. I probably should for those that would like to audit the classes or are unable to participate in the live classes.

Minimus Ambus hanging out with the OG UM ^__^

Minimus Ambus hanging out with the OG UM ^__^

So to wrap up I had a good time, spoke with tons of cool people, and introduced a lot of folks to the wonders of personal toy design and custom manufacturing with shapeways ^__^

Talk to you guys soon!

Christian

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