About 10 years ago, a friend told me that in the future, we will be able to print things. Not things on paper, but actual things, like a cup from which you can drink your coffee. She told me that we would be able to do this in our homes too. If we need a plate or a fork, or a cup for our coffee – we’ll just print it! I didn’t believe her. I couldn’t.
10 years later, last week, I attended a 3D printing and modeling workshop and printed a (tiny) boat.
Women@EIT is an initiative by two of my fellow EIT Digital students (Dora Pálfi and Maria Kanov) with the goal to build a community and network of female innovators, creators student and others in ICT. Even though it is called women in EIT, it is open to any women (or men) who would like to become part of the network. The community works to connect women for the exchange of knowledge and experience as well as inspire and empower each other. This is something that I personally appreciate and that I think is needed, as a woman in this field were we still are a minority. Apart from that, they also provide women with the chance to learn real technological skills. In order to do this, they organise workshops with different themes that also features elements of networking and the chance to socialise. The first event they organised was an Arduino workshop. The event I attended last week was a 3D printing workshop. It was held at the VIC Studio at KTH Campus. The workshop began with an introductory lecture about 3D printing and modeling. We then used Blender https://www.blender.org/ for modeling our 3D prints. As many of you might already know, Blender is a 3D creation suite that supports pretty much anything you might need that has to do with 3D: modelling, simulation, rendering, motion tracking, video editing. And the list goes on. To you who don’t know it, I would definitely recommend Blender because as a novice user it is actually very easy to use, it is free and it is open source! Anyway, we got to create 3D models of a boat. Mine ended up as a catamaran unintentionally. Still a boat though.
What is so exciting about 3D printing is that it has the potential to really change the way innovation and production takes place. Especially as the 3D printers are becoming more and more consumer friendly in terms of price and size. An open innovation community is already being established and growing, where 3D models ready to print are being shared.
Join Women@EIT facebook group to be part of this community and get information about future events https://www.facebook.com/groups/EITwomen/