3D printing festival returning to The Ranch for second year Saturday, Sunday – Loveland Reporter-Herald

After a massively profitable occasion final 12 months, the Rocky Mountain RepRap Pageant will likely be returning to The Ranch Saturday and Sunday with a whole bunch of 3D printing distributors and makers alongside returning occasions.

“I feel this 12 months goes to blow some peoples minds on what’s there,” mentioned Justin Teitelbaum, one of many occasion’s organizers.

Teitelbaum mentioned throughout the occasion’s inaugural 12 months final April, he and fellow organizers Mike Medhurst and Zach Ruder anticipated round 1,300 folks, understanding that comparable occasions occasions throughout the nation tended to attract in round 1,800 to 2,500 attendees.

Mitch Davis, co-founder of Polar Filament, sets up some sample 3D printed pieces that show off the different filaments they sell at their booth Friday, April 19, 2024, at the Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival at The Ranch in Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)
Mitch Davis, co-founder of Polar Filament, units up some pattern 3D printed items that showcase the totally different filaments his firm sells at a sales space Friday on the Rocky Mountain RepRap Pageant at The Ranch in Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

By the top of the weekend, the Rocky Mountain RepRap Pageant noticed greater than 3,100 folks not together with its makers and distributors.

“It was past something we imagined once we began this,”  Teitelbaum mentioned, including they ran out of attendee lanyards just a few hours into the primary day, however this 12 months they ordered “just a few extra.”

Teitelbaum mentioned this 12 months the occasion will function round 60 distributors and 70 makers from the world over, starting from bigger firms and big prints to smaller creators, all coming with a ardour for the sphere.

Friday afternoon, the various distributors and makers piled into the First Nationwide Financial institution Exhibition Corridor, organising cubicles and tables forward of the primary day of the occasion.

Mitch Davis, co-founder of Polar Filament from Michigan, mentioned the corporate’s crew got here final 12 months, uncertain how the occasion was going to be, however was amazed at how massive it turned out to be, getting to satisfy the faces behind companies and the various on-line creators who encourage others.

“You come right here and each desk is these folks,” he mentioned. “It’s actually surreal to see that. It’s cool to see the folks behind it.”

Davis added that together with the various merchandise dropped at the occasion are an equal variety of cool tales from those that got here.

Shane LaHaye with Prusa Analysis, a 3D printer producer from Prague, mentioned he loves coming to occasions like this and assembly with different folks excited concerning the discipline, the shoppers who purchase Prusa merchandise and the guy makers and distributors.

“It’s going to be a great time,” he mentioned.

Together with the various cubicles and tables, the weekend occasion will function a collection of audio system and presenters in addition to returning occasions just like the Dying Racers and Dragster competitions, pitting 3D printed autos in a take a look at of velocity.

Teitelbaum mentioned the occasion is an effective way to deliver a group of like-minded creators and lovers collectively to see what 3D printing has to supply and to teach these with a budding curiosity. He mentioned the occasion is so necessary for all concerned as a result of they merely find it irresistible.

“We wouldn’t be doing it if we didn’t find it irresistible,” he mentioned. “I don’t assume there’s a firm or maker that’s coming that wouldn’t be there in the event that they didn’t wish to be.”

The free occasion will likely be held on the First Nationwide Financial institution Exhibition Corridor at The Ranch, 5280 Enviornment Circle, from 9 a.m. to six p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Extra data is at rockymountainreprapfestival.com. Whereas the occasion is free, attendees can register for tickets at bit.ly/4455kb0.

Teitelbaum mentioned parking may also be complimentary for the occasion; these parking in The Ranch lot ought to scan a QR code discovered across the parking zone and enter their license plate quantity.