3D and Me: What is 3D printing, how it works, and how to get started.

26 08 2012

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If you follow technology, there’s suddenly a lot of buzz about 3D printing. But exactly what is 3D printing, anyway, and how do you get started? We talk to Jonathan Hirschman, 3D printing enthusiast, and founder of MakeIt NYC, the preeminent New York user group for Maker culture, about why 3D printing is suddenly in the news, how it works, and maybe, why you should think about getting started with it.

English: Example of replication of a real obje...

English: Example of replication of a real object by means of 3D scanning and 3D printing. The gargoyle model on the left was digitally acquired by using a 3D scanner and the produced 3D data was processed using MeshLab. The resulting digital 3D model, shown in the screen of the laptop, was used by a rapid prototyping machine to create a real resin replica of original object. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jonathan Hirschman is the founder of preeminent user group for Maker culture in New York City, called MakeIt NYC. Jonathan Hirschman has been a cutting edge technologist his entire career, having worked professionally with computer animation, advanced digital printing and publishing, and most notably, the Internet. Jonathan managed production for the first commercial website, ever, and even worked with the W3C to help create the OBJECT html tag.

Since then, Jonathan has turned his attention away from software related things, and become fascinated with , and an active user of new technologies that allow everyday people to design and make things – physical things. Since 2009, he’s written multiple patent applications, started a new career of inventing, designing and prototyping physical things for his company, Pieco. Jonathan lives and works in Brooklyn.

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