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Capitol Hill, The Capitol and Creative Capital

Sometimes it’s hard for us to realize there is a life outside of our Capitol Hill basement, especially when we do venture out and everything sounds the same.

Metrix MakerBot and Open3DP #3DDCLast week I headed out with Open3DP to Washington DC, for a whirlwind trip of 3D printing in our Nation’s Capital.   I showed off the Clonedel and some of our new powder-printing skills to the House of Representatives and met up with Makerbot, Shapeways, Reprap and a whole host of 3D printing and DIY fabrication folks who were invited by Public Knowledge to talk about Intellectual Property and this new age of being able to make awesome things without having to go through the traditional manufacturing process.   It was a fun-filled trip that involved a lot of robot-building, plastic space-invaders, bar-hopping and a couple of nervous TSA agents.  

The second part of this exciting post is that we got to give local artists Sutton Beres Culler a hand with a really cool art piece (or rather 150 pieces) for Creative Capital’s 2011 Benefit Auction on the 5th of May.   All of us at the shop have been wondering how this piece would come out once they got their hands on it, and it looks just amazing.   I can’t wait until we see the pictures from the final interactive assembly at the benefit.  If you are in New York (or heading to New York), tickets are still available for sale online.

An update from the cage.

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Last month was pretty crazy around the shop.  We pushed out over 50 sets of RepRap Clonedel parts, and we sent molds out far and wide.   We got a visit this weekend from the Electromagnate folks doing their Kickstarter-funded Documentary, and we got invited to 3D DC, a conference in the other Washington to do some dog and pony about 3D printing and Intellectual Property (check out their whitepaper).  We got a rundown on the Open3DP Powder printer, and started doing some customer runs on ours ($35 for a takeout box sized print).  Our Doctor-Intern Lisa has been making awesome progress on the Tilt Mill, and Sutton Beres Culler, our favorite artist-trio has been cranking out an amazing project for their upcoming New York trip.

We had our first EL Wire workshop, our first OpenSCAD workshop, and finished up our Arduino Outreach program at the Bush School. We hosted an amazing Makerbot/Mendel User Group Meetup, and started working on our own shop Clonedel.   As always, I forget to mention things on the blog, and even though we regularly update our Flickr Stream, I always miss some of the awesome that goes on.  If you’ve got a project that you want us to write about in depth, email

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