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iMakr has launched 3D printing training workshops

3D printing can definitely seem intimidating to newcomers - it all seems very technical and complicated. Which is why 3D printing stores need to work hard to make sure they educate customers, or even just browsers, to help them get to grips with the technology. iMakr, London's biggest 3D printing store, is already on the case: the shop has just announced it's going to be running daily workshops on the subject.

Busy tomorrow? Why not check out the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire?

An exhibition of all things making-related is taking place tomorrow at the London College of Communication - and it sounds like there's going to be plenty of 3D printing stuff going on there.

Organised by Make Magazine, the event is a free day of learning, crafting, and making, with plenty of drop-in workshops running so you can learn new skills from the experts. iMakr, the guys behind London's first 3D printing shop, will be on hand to show off 3D printers in action - drop by their stand to get your face scanned, or to win a 3D printed object of your choice.

Sign your kids up for this 3D printing workshop - quick!

Got kids? Get them into 3D printing by signing them up for a workshop at the Design Museum in London next month.

On 17 February, Black Country Atelier is running two workshops for children aged 5 to 11 - there's one in the morning, from 11am to 12.15pm and another one in the afternoon, from 2pm to 3.15pm.

In each workshop, children will be able to design and print their own brooch or badge, using a CAD programme to design the 3D model then watching it being printed on a 3D printer. It sounds like a really good way for kids (or anyone, really) to be introduced to the principles of 3D printing, and seeing something you've created on a computer turned into a real life object has to be pretty inspiring.

Tickets for the workshops cost £5 per child, and £10.75 for any accompanying adults. They're available from the Design Museum website, here - and if you want to sign up your kids, you'd better move fast before they're sold out.

Irish Post owner to bring 3D printing venture to London

According to the Financial Times, a new 3D printing venture is about to kick off in London thanks to Elgin Loane, an Irish entrepreneur.

Over the next 18 months, Loane plans to open eight new 3D printing centres in the premises of his Color Company shops in London. Once they're set up, the production centres will offer a series of 3D printing workshops, all aimed at getting businesses to appreciate the possibilities offered by 3D printing techniques. 

"London is an ideal place to begin a venture of this sort," Loane said, "because of the concentration in the city of small businesses, many of which are involved in creating new products in small volumes."

If the venture is successful in London, then Loane plans to expand into other cities - so keep an eye out for a 3D printing centre popping up near you!

Inition's 3D printing workshop will be part of the Digital Shoreditch festival next week

Inition will be running a 3D printing workshop as part of the Digital Shoreditch festival this month.

On Wednesday 30 May, the workshop will demonstrate to attendees how the process of scanning and 3D printing objects works. Attendees will be able to get hands-on with Inition's in-house scanning and printing machines; everyone will be able to scan a body part, and one person will be randomly chosen to get a 3D printed model of their scan. (Everyone else will get to take the raw scan data home with them to play with, so if you're going, remember to take a USB key with you!)

Places are limited, so if you do want to take part, book now via EventBrite.

More information is available on Inition's website. If you can't get along to this particular event, though, it might be worth checking out the Digital Shoreditch festival site; there are plenty of other exciting things going on!

 

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