3D Printing Taken To The Next Level At NOMCON

The very first Nation of Makers conference (also known as NOMCON) took place in Santa Fe, N.M., on June 9th. Congressman Ben Ray Lujan gave the opening keynote and welcomed makers from all over the United States to Santa Fe, N.M.

A delegation from Los Alamos Makers represented Los Alamos. The makers conference was unlike any conference. The event was very hands-on and inclusive. There were working groups instead of panel discussions, participants made their own swag instead of just picking up freebies and the main exhibit was a six-feet-tall crowdsourced 3D-printed sculpture made out of over 2,625 parts printed by makerspaces from all over the world, including Los Alamos Makers.

The final six-feet tall crowdsourced 3D-printed sculpture of Rosie the Riveter will be displayed at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe for all to see. A six-inch clay sculpture was first created by Baltimore, M.D. artist Jen Schachter then 3D scanned and scaled up to six feet by the "We the Builders" initiative, founded by Todd Blatt.

The spirit of the maker movement is one of ingenuity, creativity and collaboration, which are uniquely represented in this project.

One of the 3D-printed pieces contributed by Los Alamos Makers to the "We the Rosies" project. Contributors from around the world sent their pieces to Make Santa Fe, before being assembled during the conference.

The six-feet tall structure was made of 21 layers of a total of 2,625 3D-printed parts contributed by makers from around the world.

The "We the Rosies" project being assembled by participants at the Santa Fe Convention Center during the inaugural Nation of Makers conference.

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