Singapore’s 3D printer hub, SIMPLIFI3D, has come up with a number of unique ways to get the public excited about the new technology. From workshops surrounding 3D-printing Minecraft and Lego artifacts to creating Monsters and Creatures, the combination consultancy, printing service bureau, and scanning firm gets unique about getting people in their door. And on December 11th, SIMPLIFI3D is hosting a 3D Printer Face Off, which is the first of its kind, as far as I know.
For the official launch of “the first-ever 3D printing resource centre in Singapore”, folks can register their desktop fabricators to go head-to-head. The results will be judged by a team of local experts: Yen-Lu Chow, an entrepreneur, former Apple Distinguished Technologist, and president of WholeTree Foundation; Joel Leong, co-founder of Maker marketplace HAYSTAKT.COM and editor of The Makers’ Journal, a monthly periodical on Makers in Asia; William Hooi, an educator and avid Maker involved with the Mini Makerfaire in Singapore; and Vera Chok, President of Rosyth Parent Support Group. So far, the competitors in the contest are teams backing a variety of different 3D printers, including the Portabee Go, the Ultimaker, the MakerBot Replicator 2, and the Apollo 3D printer from Malaysia.
The face off is only part of a series of events to take place that day as part of the official launch of SIMPLIFI3D. Additionally, at 11 am and 3 pm, patrons are invited to take part in a 3D-printed squirrel makeover, which involves the painting and decorating of 3D printed squirrels. Also throughout the day, the 3D printer hub will demonstrate live 3D scans. Finally, at 7 pm, awards will be given out for the face off and patrons will have a chance to network.
If you’re one of our readers from Singapore, or just happen to be passing through the area next week, you can stop on by. Register for the face off, the squirrel makeover, or one of the scanning sessions here.