Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Experiences at SIGGRAPH 2010

Today’s guest blog was submitted by John Penn, architect and principal of JWP Design LLC in Phoenix, AZ.

During the last week of July, the Los Angeles Convention Center hosted more than 22,000 people from 79 countries at the SIGGRAPH 2010 conference. JWP Design exhibited at the show from Sunday through Thursday. We hauled our ZPrinter 650 in a trailer from Phoenix to LA without incident. With support from Z Corp’s marketing team, we set up the booth and we were ready to go by noon Sunday.

 Everyone involved with the conference was impressed with the ease of use and speed of our best-in-class, full color 3D printer. We printed three builds each day. Two short builds, each two hours long -- one in the morning and one in the afternoon -- then a longer build each night. The system was printing or recycling powder almost the entire show. Students helped run the printer and post-process the parts. We were at the center from 8 am to 8 pm or later every day.

There was a lot of excitement about 3D printing in color. A lot of people who had never seen this technology were amazed! Even the people who already knew about Z Corp machines were impressed with the sample models we had on display. The feature detail and the color produced by the ZPrinter 650 with our zp150 build material were impressive to most viewers. We got quite a bit of traffic. There were more people to talk to than time available, and the days went by quickly.