Maker Day: Thinking in 3D On March 16 Is Chattanooga’s 1st 3D Printing Event

Tuesday, March 05, 2013
3D printer and printed object
3D printer and printed object

The Chattanooga Public Library in partnership with CO.LAB is presenting Chattanooga’s first 3D printing event, Maker Day: Thinking In 3D, on Saturday, March 16, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on the fourth floor of the downtown branch. 

The free event will showcase the art and science of 3D printing, a rapidly-developing technology, from an exciting array of perspectives including education, manufacturing, the visual arts and entrepreneurship.

Maker Day: Thinking in 3D will be an explosion of 3D technologies in action in a fun and educational environment designed to engage all ages and interest levels. The Maker Day program, a first of its kind in Chattanooga, will feature expert demonstrations, information kiosks, Q+A opportunities, displays of high definition 3D prints and models, as well as fun interactive activities with 3D scanners and more.

3D printing is a way to make physical objects on a desktop from a single digital file. Whether it is a prototype of an original design or a protective case for a cell phone, the power of 3D printing and digital DIY is emerging quickly.  

“The Chattanooga Public Library’s mission is to be the community’s catalyst for lifelong learning. Events like Maker Day help us bring the tools and technology that will be at the center of jobs in the not-so-distant future into the public realm right now,” said Chattanooga Public Library Executive Director Corinne Hill. “We look forward to introducing more programs and hands-on opportunities for everyone to explore this exciting technology at the library.”

Parents, students, hobbyists, and business and creative professional are encouraged to attend. A display of Chattanooga’s first 3D model of Downtown will be on view, in cooperation with SimCenter Enterprises, Inc., UTC/SimCenter, and Second Site, LLC. Bring the kids for interactive edu-tainment using Tinker CAD and 3D scanners. Watch 3D video conferencing and much more.

Demonstrations, talks and exhibit booths will be presented by NovaCopy, Engage3D, Chattanooga Regional Manufacturing Association, Virginia Tech’s DREAMS Lab, UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science, PlayCore, Chatt*Labs and the CHAMakers meetup group.

Maker Day: Thinking in 3D is sponsored by Ultimachine, SimCenter Enterprises, Inc., UTC/SimCenter, Second Site, LLC, CO.LAB and Big River Grille and Brewing Works. More information is available on the CHAMakers website www.chamakers.com

CHAMakers printed object
CHAMakers printed object

Ellie's Fine Lingerie Recognized For "Best Interior Design"

Ellie’s Fine Lingerie in Warehouse Row was awarded top honors at the Best of Intima Awards held earlier this month in New York, N.Y. by Intima Magazine. It is the premium lingerie and beachwear publication for the U.S. and Canada. The Best of Intima Awards jury was comprised of 20 high-end brands responsible for nominating and selecting award-worthy retailers. This year’s jury selected ... (click for more)

New And Used Vehicle Sales Drop In August

New vehicle sales in Hamilton County dropped to 1,025 in August, and used vehicle sales dropped to 3,315, according to figures from the County Clerk's office. That compares to 1,031 new vehicles and 3,491 used vehicles the previous August. Totals for August included 430 new cars and 595 new trucks sold. They included 1,754 used cars and 1,561 used trucks sold. (click for more)

Rhasean Lowry, 34, Charged In Death of 3-Year-Old Girl

Rhasean Lowry, 34, was arrested for abusing a three-year-old girl, and then criminal homicide after she died. Last Tuesday, the Chattanooga Police Department was called on a suspected child abuse case. Lowry took the victim to a local hospital and he stated the victim fell down steps. Doctors advised that the victim’s injuries were the result of blunt force trauma consistent ... (click for more)

City IDB Member Who Made Motion For $9 Million Black Creek TIF Had Not Lived In City For Years

A City Industrial Development Board (IDB) member who made the motion to approve a controversial $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) had not lived in the city for years, City Attorney Wade Hinton confirmed. Chris Ramsey, a BlueCross BlueShield official, was not present at an IDB meeting on Tuesday morning. Five other board members were. Citizen Helen Burns ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)