The first ever, Australian showcase of 3D printing brought together the latest technology, ideas and experts under one roof

The 3D Printing Showcase 2013 held at the University of Melbourne was an opportunity for users and novices alike to discover what 3D printing can do and meet the people and companies making it happen.
3D Printing has come of age with more people using this technology across a wide range of disciplines. More stories of how 3D printing is being used in engineering, medicine, arts and science are emerging every day.  

Showcase organiser, Bernard Meade believes machines are now cheap enough to have in individual homes or offices.  

“This is a great time to start highlighting this technology and demonstrating the many uses of 3D printing,” he said.

“We are interested in sharing with the research and wider community how we use this burgeoning technology to aid our research and how will it affect the way we teach at the University. “

The showcase aimed to promote the potential of digital fabrication to all researchers, teachers and students at universities and high schools. It is hoped that institutions will collaborate to explore the teaching and learning potential of 3D printing.

The event was launched by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Glyn Davis and was a collaboration between the University of Melbourne, Quantum Victoria and Autodesk.  

As part of the event, 10 hand made 3D printers were donated to disadvantaged secondary schools across Victoria.