USA SEF: Recap

The USA Science and Engineering Festival was a huge success for the NIH 3D Print Exchange. We've estimated that over 5,000 people visited our booth, and we received great feedback. Best of all, we'd made some great contacts for some potential collaborations moving forward, to help improve the Exchange.

We hardly saw half of what we wanted to, but we saw a lot of exciting exhibits and met some fascinating people:

  • Airwolf3D - Eva and Eric Wolf have been a huge help to us at NIAID and NICHD, providing great support for our Airwolf3D XL printers, so it was great to finally one of them (Eric) in person.
  • Worldwide Telescope is a "a rich visualization environment that functions as a virtual telescope". They had a demo of the site on PC, but we loved trying out their experimental demo with XBox Kinect control. Imagine using your hands to navigate your way through the solar system and beyond!
  • John Fay from Worldwide Telescope let us try out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset that put us inside a neuronal network built by the Eyewire community. Mind = blown.
  • The makers of Nanocrafter, an interactive, crowdsourcing approach to synthetic DNA design.

The team would like to give a special thanks to everyone who volunteered at our booth over the three days of the Festival - it was hard work, but it is paying off.