MAKESPACE in Vancouver - 3D printer for all?

I want a 3D printer - no real reason except they are cool. But the lack of a reason makes me think that I'd get a very expensive toy that I'd use a few times - but still would be awesome. If I just had a lot of spare cash... See below for some cool things that could be done.

But now I have a chance to use a 3D printer if one of my workspaces gets a grant for a MAKESPACE. Their goal is to create a MAKESPACE Fabrication Laboratory that will provide the tools to design and build anything you can dream. The lab would be open to the community and will hopefully become a hub of dialogue and creativity. Doesn't that sound great? If you are willing to help, please vote for the project!

So, what can you do with a 3D printer? (just one of the things that will be in the proposed Makespace)

Have you wanted to make your own 3D DNA model? You can make a paperweight or one that has bases you can snap together = listed as playset. What about making models of people after scanning them with a Kinect? (Note: I might want some creative control if I was scanned.)

What about a food 3D printer? I might actually be able to make pretty food if I had one of these devices.

If you have a big enough printer, you can make 'stunt cars' for movies. Yes, the priceless Aston Martin DB5 in the Skyfall movie was safe - my husband was very concerned about this so I was happy to hear that models were used for the dangerous bits.

There is so much that could be done! Can you please help us by voting for the projectThen if you are in Vancouver, you can try to make something new and exciting.


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