30 August 2018
3D printing enthusiasts from across the region gathered in Birmingham city centre as Birmingham City University hosted a meet-up event to share skills and encourage future collaborations.
The ‘3D Meetup’ event took place at Birmingham City University and Eastside Projects’ STEAMhouse facility in Digbeth, and saw 3D printing professionals come together for a day of talks and to showcase creations.
The event was the first of its kind to be held in Birmingham, with attendees including printing specialists Avatar 3D and the Birmingham-based Magic Candy Factory - the world’s first 3D gummy candy printing company.
“It was fantastic to see companies showcasing products but also hobbyists displaying their projects too”, said Adam Woodall, a technology consultant and 3D printing fan who helped to organise the event.
“It was great to have a collaborative environment with companies and visitors supporting each other.”
Revathi Timms, owner of Avatar 3D printing and exhibitor, added, “I am really pleased that I could be part of the first launch of the 3D Meetup at STEAMhouse.
“It was encouraging to see so many entrepreneurs at the event who were excited by 3D Printing Technology showcasing their work, each offering a service to improve people’s understanding of the potential & application of this technology.
“For many years people have focused on 3D design, it is fantastic to see those design ideas are now tangible products, their ideas have come to reality.”
Based in the former car showroom on Digbeth High Street, Phase One of STEAMhouse features a range of new state-of-the-art facilities which people can access for free, ranging from 3D printers and laser cutting machinery to virtual reality technology and printing studios.
It provides a collaborative innovation space for artists, academics and businesses to work together.
Earlier this year STEAMhouse announced plans for its second phase, which will see a historic Birmingham factory restored to its former glory to provide new space and facilities for collaborative work.