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Same Old Shane
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Where shall we go? Where would you like to see Prusa at?

Hello one and all 

So with the ever changing convention / maker fairs / gatherings still changing since the pandemic, with established conventions closed, and new ones opening up, it can be a bit difficult to discover new events. We would like to try some different types of events where 3D printing would be a nice addition to it. (For example, a convention for model train enthusiasts)

So I would figure to ask the community if there was any sort of conventions that are around that you would like to see Prusa attend. If so leave a comment with a link to the event so we can take a look at them and see which we can attend. For now, they would need to be in North America, or Europe. Eventually one day we would love to attend some new events in Asia and Australia 🙂 

Thanks all 

Shane (AKA FromPrusa)

Posted : 30/06/2022 12:50 pm
martinkh
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RE: Where shall we go? Where would you like to see Prusa at?

Anything educational. The selling point would be the ability for middle and high school students to learn to design (the real goal), and then print out their designs without having to spend all their time tinkering with crap printers. A dozen Mini's in every HS design/computer lab. Get the kids hooked and you have customers for life. Only not crack, but designing and building and thinking logically.

Posted : 30/06/2022 7:47 pm
jsw
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Model railroading is what got me into 3d printing, after seeing a demo of a printer a number of years ago at a train show.

3d printing and model railroading go hand in hand, particularly for such things as buildings and 'flats' (building facades) and even such things as rolling stock (boxcars, etc.) and accessories.  I personally started off with tunnel portals, self-drafted and printed at our local makerspace, and eventually to more complex items (including several cars), accessories, and even a clone of a popular Lionel control switch.

Many train shows will have one at most vendor(s) selling 3d print buildings, often with a working machine, and taking custom orders on-site from a book of models.  If a model needs to be of a certain scale, it's trivial to scale it and, time permitting, print one on site.

When a 3d print vendor appears at a Maker Faire, there are tons of competitors, but at a train show there will not be that much competition.  Below I have a photo of a vendor at the March 2019 Rocky Mountain Train Show in Denver with some model of Creality machine on site.  (He seemed unimpressed when I mentioned to him that I was currently doing building flats with the Prusa MK3S.)  😉

The largest of the Stateside train shows happens twice a year, spring and fall, in York, Pennsylvania, US, and is sponsored by the Eastern Division of the Train Collectors Association, of which I've been a member for some time.  It's at the local fairgrounds and usually runs three days.  https://www.easterntca.com/read-more.htm

Another one of the majors is the annual Rocky Mountain Train Show in Denver, Colorado, US, sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Division of the TCA.  It's the largest west of the Mississippi and usually occurs in March. https://rockymountaintrainshow.com/Default.aspx

I might suggest having a vendor booth at each, and also volunteering to do a demo and seminar in one of the rooms, things which are very popular at the Denver show.  A live working 3d printer in a booth on the exhibit floor will always attract a crowd.

I'm attaching a few photos of some of the items I've printed below the one of the vendor at the Denver show.

 

 

Posted : 30/06/2022 8:11 pm
jsw
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RE: Where shall we go? Where would you like to see Prusa at?

I see the 'edit' button disappeared before I could add this one item which I think is important if you want the maximum exposure and sales opportunities at train events.

I would suggest looking for 'Train Shows', as opposed to 'Conventions', as the former is really where the buying and selling happens.  The York show has several large halls for demo and sales, and thousands upon thousands of attendees intending to spend cash.

'Conventions' on the other hand are often times dominated, during the days, with tours of local railroad facilities and cultural sites, and often leave the attendees tired and hot upon the return to the hotel.  These will have vendor spaces, but with not nearly the sales and demo opportunities of the 'Shows'.

Posted : 30/06/2022 8:30 pm
Same Old Shane
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RE: Where shall we go? Where would you like to see Prusa at?

 

Posted by: @jsw

I see the 'edit' button disappeared before I could add this one item which I think is important if you want the maximum exposure and sales opportunities at train events.

I would suggest looking for 'Train Shows', as opposed to 'Conventions', as the former is really where the buying and selling happens.  The York show has several large halls for demo and sales, and thousands upon thousands of attendees intending to spend cash.

'Conventions' on the other hand are often times dominated, during the days, with tours of local railroad facilities and cultural sites, and often leave the attendees tired and hot upon the return to the hotel.  These will have vendor spaces, but with not nearly the sales and demo opportunities of the 'Shows'.

Thanks for the 2 suggestions, I will look them up and see what might happen. It sounds like it would be a bit different than our regular sort of events as far as offering some sort of presentation, but I can see what can think up of 🙂 

Shane (AKA FromPrusa)

Posted : 04/07/2022 9:20 am
Same Old Shane
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RE: Where shall we go? Where would you like to see Prusa at?

 

Posted by: @martinkh

Anything educational. The selling point would be the ability for middle and high school students to learn to design (the real goal), and then print out their designs without having to spend all their time tinkering with crap printers. A dozen Mini's in every HS design/computer lab. Get the kids hooked and you have customers for life. Only not crack, but designing and building and thinking logically.

Yes, any sort of educational show or convention would be good, and we are always keeping an eye out for them. We had a group of people who just came back from a educational convention from New Orleans, so we are slowly starting to go to them. If you know of any in or around your area, let us know 🙂 

Shane (AKA FromPrusa)

Posted : 04/07/2022 9:22 am
Diem
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Thinking about where most of my one-off or low volume designs go you might usefully attend shows that attract people who fix things ...

I make a fair few parts for boats/boatbuilders repairing older vessels.  Old auto parts are also called for.  Agriculture is another industry where venerable equipment is kept in use until parts are unobtainable.

The big, glitzy shows where the latest superyacht, autonomous combine harvester or muscle car are paraded are probably not ideal but lesser, more local shows where people who's budget is limited or where the ancillary equipment and parts are more important, those are the places where new users, those who run their own workshops, may be found.

I saw your stands at TCT 3Sixty; whilst fine for a big 3D trade show they wouldn't be appropriate for smaller ones:  display a few dozen different hard-to-get or customizable parts, run some demo printers and say 'We don't sell you the parts, we sell you the machine that makes them.'

Cheerio,

Posted : 04/07/2022 4:38 pm
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henrysilverio
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RE: Where shall we go? Where would you like to see Prusa at?

 How about the Montana State Fair?  Farmers and ranchers are always breaking things and many now use drones which always need parts.  I would love to meet you there.

Posted : 08/08/2022 4:14 am
Spiffy Wolf
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RE: Where shall we go? Where would you like to see Prusa at?

A 'get info' page that actually lists the version .See below 

Posted : 12/08/2022 12:07 pm
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