3…2…1…Maker Shootout!

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Visitor observing printing.

On Sunday, August 3rd, almost 400 people from around the Youngstown area gathered under a tent along the side of America Makes to meet the maker. Well, not that maker, but there were plenty of makers available to answer questions, show examples, and compete to see who was the best.

The Maker Shootout is part of the Maker Magazine’s efforts to show our communities the advances in 3D printing. The shootout featured several different companies and several different desktop printers, with the winner to be featured in the next issue of Maker Magazine.

There was something fun for all ages at the shootout. OH WOW! taught children about 3D printing and the finer points of blowing bubbles with plastic and yarn wands, while other local companies created and passed out examples of what 3D printers can make, like molds and plastic bolts.

America Makes was not only the host for the day, but also offered tours of their facilities to participants. While inside, guests witnessed the entire process of 3D printing, but with different materials than the desktop printers.

View the photos below to see some of YSU’s fantastic faculty showing the community our printers. You can also view printers like these in the lobby of Moser Hall!