In the city of Albany, NY, there will be something called a “Printathalon” taking place soon. But we think this is something that should happen everywhere.
The “Capital District Printathalon 2015” will take place on September 19 & 20 at a hotel in Albany NY. Organized by 3D print enthusiast Colton Robtoy, the event hopes to do two things:
- Show actual 3D printing technology to the public;
- Provide a means of competition for local 3D enthusiasts
The event will work much like one of those cooking challenge TV shows: contestants will find out the category for the design and print challenge only at the beginning of the event. They’ll have 24 hours to design and successfully 3D print their entry, which will then be judged against other entries.
The event charges USD$10 to enter, unless you’re under 18 years of age, in which case there is NO charge for participating.
Now let’s be clear: this is a small event, taking place in a small city. But this could be so much more.
Every city, large or small, has people that do not yet understand 3D printing.
Every city, large or small, has people that could benefit from using 3D printing.
They just don’t know how to start.
A Printathalon is a very easy way to get people involved in the technology, particularly young people. This is the kind of event that will be much larger the second time around, as the first year’s event will inspire others to get into 3D printing.
If you’re in Albany, definitely attend the Printathalon, details at the link below.
If you’re not in Albany, as most readers may be, START A PRINTATHALON!