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October 17, 2013
Updated: November 15th, 2013 11:46 AM (MT)

3D Printers: No Funky Red/Blue Glasses Required!

As technical communicators, we need to know the latest about products, processes, and services that affect our work. Come see the latest technology: 3D printers. If you thought sniffing freshly minted mimeographs was fun, you're going to LOVE this!

The 3D Printing Store uses advanced, state-of-the-art 3D printers to quickly and efficiently print your creations. Each attendee will receive a small bauble printed on a 3D printer.

What is 3D Printing you ask? 3D printing, also called additive manufacturing, means printing things layer by layer according to a 3D design file. This differs from traditional manufacturing, such as machining, which often involves subtracting a material in order to achieve a certain shape. 3D printers have a history of being very large and expensive; however, new consumer-focused 3d printers have recently become available for use. You know the saying, "Pictures are worth a thousand words." Descriptions alone simply don't take the place of viewing the printers in action!

Want a behind-the-scenes peek at the first retail store in America catering to consumers, hobbyists, and professionals? Sign up below. This will be a popular event and we are limited to 40 people, so don't delay!

Speaker: Brad Shults, Consultant-Designer, The 3D Printing Store

Brad Shults is a mechanical engineer and a consultant designer for the 3D Printing Store. He has several years of experience in developing biomedical devices, predominately centrifuge systems. He also has experience with laser scanning large objects such as damaged vehicles and buildings, transferring that scan data to CAD programs, and preparing exhibits for various reports, settlement meetings, and trials. Mr. Shults is ACTAR certified in traffic accident reconstruction, BOSCH certified for vehicle EDR downloads, and has published a white paper for Engineering Dynamics Corporation and Collision Magazine. Mr. Shults holds a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Mechanical Engineering and a minor in business from the University of Colorado.

Sponsor: Debra Wilcox, Co-Founder, The 3D Printing Store

Debra Wilcox is a principal in Alex Air and a co-Founder of The 3D Printing Store. Previously she was Vice President of Bye Energy, a start-up company developing an electric propulsion system for general aviation. She was selected for the NREL Energy Executive Leadership Program in 2009. Debra was the Department Head for Advanced Transportation Technologies for the Colorado Clean Tech Industry Association Fellows Institute in 2012. Ms.Wilcox currently represents general aviation interests on the Colorado Aeronautical Board overseeing the 76 airports in the State of Colorado and is a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for FasTracks. She is actively involved in several aviation/aerospace business related groups and is a member of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable board. She practiced commercial real estate law in Denver and previously worked for the Colorado Legislative Council researching and drafting legislation. Ms. Wilcox holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in English Education from the University of Northern Colorado, a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Denver Sturm College Of Law, and a certificate in Leadership in Sustainability from DU.