Those who only heard about 3D printing and did not imagine what is this, as well as everyone interested in modern technology, were able to see with their own eyes the capabilities of these technologies at the “RepRapUA” festival at the Scientific and Technical Library of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute on Sunday, the 5th of October.
3D printing is becoming increasingly popular. Such technologies are used in many fields, starting with medicine, automobile manufacture, jewelry and ending with food industry and building. However, the development of 3D printing in Ukraine is moving at a slow pace, so it needs to be promoted.
The festival was attended by representatives of different regions of Ukraine, as well as students and teachers of 7 faculties of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. The festival was held in the “show&tell” format, so it provided active communication between participants and visitors of the event.
Engineers, amateurs and professionals have demonstrate their works and surprised visitors with printers made with their own hands. Among the exhibits on two library floors were confectionary, models made of titanium, metal, gypsum and other materials printed on 3D printers. Visitors could see how to use 3D printers for entertainment, everyday life, business, science, education etc. A lecture also was held as a part of the festival “RepRapUA”. The lecture was about 3D printing as a driving force in science, the trends of the 3D printing industry.
The festival was organized by the public organization “MakerHab” with the support of the library of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Lampa Laboratory, companies such as Atmosphere, Plexiwire, Monifiament, “Extrusion in motion”, “Red Wave”, SoftiCo as well as STEM – education department of the State Scientific Institution “Institute for Modernization of the Content of Education” and the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.