THE FALMOUTH DEMONSTRATION MONTH - STARTING MONDAY 8 JUNE 2015

This will be held in the Poly (The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society) Falmouth.

The goals of this Demonstration Month are as follows

  • To deepen the understanding of 3D Printing within Falmouth and Penryn
    • By inviting leading "influentials" to see 3D Printing in action, and then exploring with them the relevance of this technology to their activities
    • By "influentials" we mean leading artists, executives, educationalists, town dignatories and other opinion formers
  • To analyse the areas where the application of 3D Printing is likely to be most fruitful, and to make recommendations about the next steps the various players should take
    • At least in part, we will use this month to provide a stocktake of where the various kinds of needed expertise are around Cornwall and the West Country
  • This month is not specifically targeted at the general public, though they will be made welcome.
    • Despite this, a secondary goal of this month is to assess the extent to which Falmouth and Penryn might be able to sustain a full-time 3D Printing "Storefront" or "Cafe"
  • The intention is to apply the lessons from this Demonstration Month to creating a lasting legacy, which could take the form of some combination of the following
    • A strong 3D Printing element in Falmouth's annual Splash Arts Festival
    • The creation of whole- or half-day demonstration roadshows targeting (i) schools and colleges (ii) companies (iii) voluntary groups
    • The replication of this Falmouth Demonstration Month in other centres round Cornwall
    • The development of a major research and demonstration project looking at 3D Printing's potential role in the Marine sector
    • For a couple of years, there might be a case for running an annual Trade Fair, dedicated to 3D Printing and other Digital Technologies, which would be marketed throughout Cornwall and up into other parts of the South West.

The Programme for this month is still evolving. We currently envisions

  • Week 1, starting on Monday 8 June
    • Monday 8 June: 5pm: Inaugural lectures
      • Steve Cox “3D Technologies - Creating The Next Industrial Revolution”,
      • Justin Marshall "The creative application of digital production tools"
    • Tuesday 9 June 10am - 5 pm
      • Demonstrations of 3D Printing and Scanning
        • We will have at least three entry level printers in action, 1-2 scanners, probably some displays from centres of excellence such as Makernow and/or AIR
        • three to four "influentials" will have been invited in by appointment for demonstrations and discussions
        • one or two of the printers will be used to demonstrate the ease or difficulty of printing out various objects. Wherever possible, the spare printers will be made available to people with plausible printing projects.
    • Wed 10 June 10am - 5pm
      • Continued Demonstrations
      • 3-5 pm: Targeted discussions with a delegation from the Cornwall Marine Network
      • 5pm Lecture
        • Deryck Lamb. Measurement Solutions: "The role of high-level scanning"
    • Thursday 11 June
      • Continued Demonstrations - perhaps with an emphasis on Scanning
    • Friday 12 June
      • Continued Demonstrations
  • Week 2
    • Monday 15 June
      • During the day display of the Empire/Renishaw 3D Printed bike, with a wider display or Renishaw technology
        • There may be a special talk specifically aimed at children and the non-specialist public
      • 5pm lecture
        • David Ewing, Product Marketing Engineer, Renishaw plc "Riding into the future: the first 3D printed metal bike frame"
  • Weeks 2, 3 and 4 (starting 15, 22, 29 June)
    • The number of available specialists during the day is likely to go down, and we will tailor how we run these weeks in the light of lessons from Week 1
    • Throughout these weeks, one or two of the printers will continue to be used to test the limits to the kind of products which can usefully be printed, with the other printers being made available to people with interesting projects
    • Each day, a number of "influentials" will be invited in for discussions
    • Special briefings will be arranged for groups from various societies
    • We will aim to run at least one major talk each week, probably on either the Monday or Tuesday, at 5pm which is when the Poly's theatre is available
  • Week 4
    • Ann Marie Shillito, author of DIGITAL CRAFTS, has agreed in principle to
      • give us a lecture (possibly on Tue 30 June)
      • run a workshop for local artists
    • We will also schedule a panel discussion of the lessons learned from the month