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The Globe and Mail: If you can’t handle the crowds, Maker Faire isn’t for you

by CHARLES MIRE

One of the most critical parts of running a startup is getting solid market validation. That was our primary goal in attending the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, Calif.

We also wanted to show people our Discov3ry extruder, which retrofits most filament style 3-D printers to allow printing with paste materials. By showing people what paste printing looks like, and the range of off-the-shelf or homemade materials they could print, we hoped to remove some of the mystery of 3-D printing and get people thinking about possibilities.

Read the full story at The Globe and Mail.

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Communitech: Structur3D Printing blows away crowd at flagship Maker Faire (timelapse)

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Communitech: Structur3D Printing blows away crowd at flagship Maker Faire (timelapse)

Charles Mire at the Structur3D Printing booth at Maker Faire Bay Area   (Photo: Darin White)

Charles Mire at the Structur3D Printing booth at Maker Faire Bay Area
(Photo: Darin White)

By Darin White (SAN MATEO, CALIF.)

“How is it going?” I asked Structur3D Printing’s co-founder Andrew Finkle, after pushing through a massive crowd in the Start Up Pavilion at Maker Faire Bay Area a week ago. “Intense” was his answer as he busily tended the Discov3ry extruder’s paste-printing designs, made from everything from silicone to Nutella, to the delight of the more than 130,000 attendees at the weekend event.

My second question went to co-founder Charles Mire: “Are you hitting your goals for pre-crowdfunding exposure?” The answer was an enthusiastic...

See  the full Communitech post for a time-lapse video of the excitement for Discov3ry at MakerFaire as well as a debrief with Charles and Andrew.

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3D Printing Industry: Universal 3D Printing Paste Extruder to Launch at Maker Faire this Weekend

In order to get the most out of our desktop 3D printers, we need a wider variety of printheads.  Makers have long been experimenting with the idea of universal paste extruders, syringe-like devices that can handle more viscous materials for 3D printing.  And, though many have successfully created such printheads,Structur3D will be launching the first commercially available paste extrusion system at the Maker Faire this weekend.

The Discov3ry paste extrusion system is more than just a syringe printhead that can squirt out a variety of goops.  Structr3D bills it as a plug-n-play device that anyone can attach to their existing RepRap-style 3D printer, including Makerbots and Ultimakers, and begin printing. 

Read the complete article at 3D Printing Industry.

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