The 7th Annual World Maker Faire NY 2016 “Town Hall” Invites Present & Prospective Makers To Confab To Enhance The Event & Our Community!

Cheers, Synergist!

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As you know—over the last 20 months or so—our HCx3DP Community has helped birth and foster Health Maker Lab, Inc. (HML). HML’s “middle name” bespeaks the Maker Movement. Now, DigiFab Making is helping to empower Healthcare and the DIY/DIT (Do-It-Together) efforts to leverage LifeSci to enhance Health at the grassroots level of local communities.

As big a force as we believe Making to be, it is still “under the radar” of most Americans. This despite the 135 Maker Faires of every size held around the world in 2015. And, President Obama’s personal interest in Making at a Faire at the White House in 2014 and the National Maker Faires in 2015 and—just concluded—in 2016 in Washington, DC.

2015 LogoWorld Maker Faire here in NYC—the 7th Annual—takes place on 1 and 2 October 2016 at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. Last year the event hosted 95K Makers and “would bes” in two weekend days at the end of September. (This is the second largest Maker Faire in the world annually—the largest is Maker Faire Bay Area, with a 135K attendees last year.)

Three months or so in advance of World Maker Faire, the folks at Maker Media (parent of the Faires, “Make: Magazine” and many other Maker “vehicles”) hold a “Town Hall” here in NYC. Here’s how Maker Media’s Sherry Huss, VP and in charge of the Faire’s operation, positions the Town Halls:

“In addition to providing updates on the event, our goal is to recruit Makers, answer questions, continue to generate ideas, form working groups and connect with people and organizations that are interested in participating in the 7th Annual World Maker Faire New York.

“If there are others that you know that would like to get involved, please feel free to invite them too.  This event is open to the public and we would love to connect with people, groups and organizations that should be involved with Maker Faire. Feel free to spread the word and invite interested parties.

“If you have participated in World Maker Faire New York, attended a Maker Faire Town Hall in the past, want to talk to us about a group exhibit or are new and want to learn more, we will have our Maker Faire team at this event to work with you.

“In addition, we will be updating you on highlights from The National Week of Making. The maker movement is providing new insights into local and global manufacturing,design, workforce development, education and even creative culture.”

I’ll be attending this Town Hall—as I have the last two years. The Maker Media people are good folks to know—for all the interests of Makers.

The Town Hall will be held at Kickstarter in Brooklyn, at 58 Kent Street, Wednesday (tomorrow!), 29 June, at 6:30 to 8:30 PM


Organizer, HCx3DP Meetup NY &
Founder, Health Maker Lab, Inc.

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Our “DigiFab Healthcare Roundtable” UPDATE! Wed, 22 June: Join Our Next Meetup!

Greetings, Healthcare/DigiFab Synergist!

I’m delighted to update you on the exciting “doings” we have planned for your delectation at our upcoming Meetup on Wednesday, 22 June, here in DUMBO.

We’re working hard to assure this knowledge- and connection-rich event will deliver the latest news about DigiFab’s (including 3DP) positive disruption of Healthcare—news you can take to the lab-bench and bank!

>>> My Stanford Med School HCx3DP Lecture Highlights

[The Med School IS monumental & they’re building more & bigger in the School/Hospital complex on campus right now. Took my wife and me 45 mins to find the office suite of Dr. Larry Chu, our host, even with GPS, maps, Info Booths and uniformed greeters…Yowza!]

I’ll kick-off our 22 June event with an over-arching review of real-world HCx3DP developments worldwide. To launch, I’ll intro our “DigiFab Healthcare Roundtable” with an updated “high-light reel” of the lecture I presented at Stanford Medical School in Palo Alto at the end of April.

My title was “3D Printing & Patient Anatomy.” I took a “horizontal” perspective of current HCx3DP developments—in the sadly vertical-silo’d and sequestered ecosystem of medical specialties. I worked to show Stanford graduate students how diverse advances in our hybrid segment can connect effectively across a spectrum of new Healthcare solutions.

Hey…come to our 22 June Meetup to enjoy the same educational benefits as the cosseted students of Stanford!!

>>> Desktop Bio-Printing the Mysteries of Life

[The "BioBots 1" is a desktop 3D bioprinter that builds 3D living tissues out of human cells. AND, all starting at $10,000. A quantum cost-reduction from comparable printers on the market...]

Then, I’ll be pleased to intro Danny Cabrera, the Co-Founder and CEO of BioBots of Philadelphia via a Penn team of ‘Preneurs. (And, I’m proud to remind our Community that Danny is also a member of our Health Maker Lab Advisory Council.)

Danny & Crew are out to democratize biological engineering by providing low-cost, easy-to-use desktop 3D printers that can print “bio-inks.” BioBots’ social-commerce and common-good goals include helping biotechies and med-engines to prototype and iterate accelerated Healthcare solutions.

Come listen and watch how Danny has ‘preneured his company forward with a consummate example of HCx3DP in innovative action…

>>> CADD Edge Showcases the Newest Stratasys 3DPs

[Detail of human anatomy---printed from patient scans---by the new, breakthrough Stratasys J750. Note the integrated combination of colors, materials and opacities: all delivered in one 3D "print" via the J750's innovative "Digitally Mixed Model Materials" printer/software controls.]

Charles Driza—another Health Maker Lab Advisory Council member—is the new “Business Development Manager–3D Printing” at CADD Edge, Inc.’s office in Manhattan.

CADD Edge (or CE)—with nine offices in the Northeast including New York City—is an engineering-technology VAR (Value-Added Reseller). CE’s two most important “principals”—as independent sales organizations call their supplier/partners—are SolidWorks and Stratasys.

SolidWorks is a major CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software provider. Stratasys—a hybrid U.S./Israel firm—manufacturers a wide array of industrial and professional 3D printers. Stratasys—along with 3D Systems—is one of the world’s Big Two, publicly held, 3DP-pure-play firms.

Stratasys is also the parent of Brooklyn’s MakerBot, which it bought in 2013 for $400 meg. (Making Bre Pettis, Co-Founder and CEO, wealthy enough to become a VC after his inevitable departure of last year.) The BK firm was once the dominant leader in desktop “prosumer” 3D printers internationally. Now, some of MakerBot’s competition (e.g., Ultimaker) have caught up with the company.

Charles Driza enjoys recent job-experiences that make him a hybrid expert in our hybrid niche. These include:
(1)  an OR medical-device support-team manager;
(2) new biz development for a specialized 3DP OS controlling fleets of printers (particularly in higher education); and
(3) the co-organizing of a hands-on meetup group teaching “newbies” about the basics of 3D printing (e.g., a 100 at a time at the BK Public Library).

Stratasys has recently introduced the most sophisticated high-end 3DP on the market: the J750. (OK: Stratasys doesn’t seem to have a flare for memorable product branding!) This is the shipping-machine that suddenly made HP’s “vaunted” and “market-freezing” first-entry into the 3DP marketplace look pretty lame—by point-to-point comparative features. Particularly since that HP “trailing-edge” launch is NOW scheduled for the end of 2016 (IF it doesn’t slip further still).

The J750 sports features such as:
(1) multi-material capabilities (up to six materials mixed digitally);
(2) 360,000+ color capabilities (functionally “full-color”); and
(3) horizontal build layers down to 14 microns (0.00055 inches).

From the amazing printed results I’ve seen in person, the J750 is likely to deliver major impacts on 3D printing for Healthcare solutions. I look forward to Charles’ CE/Stratasys update—including the J750—on 22 June.

Come get educated and connected…!!


Founder, 3DP Media &
Health Maker Lab, Inc.


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World Maker Faire “Week” Action! & Our Latest HCx3DP Meetup NY / “Health Maker Lab” Workshop #5

This Week: Maker Movement Events MakerCon & World Maker Faire NY 2015 — Taking Advantage Of The DIY/DIT “Tech Circus” In Our Town. (Link here to the World Maker Faire Week’s Agenda…)


UntitledGet thee to MakerCon NY 2015 (Thursday, 24 September) &/or World Maker Faire NY 2015 (Saturday, 26 September, and Sunday, 27 September) at NYSCI in Corona Park, Queens (the 1939 and 1964 World Fair grounds).

In 2014, a third of all WMF “action” was 3DP-related. Impresario organization Maker Media, Inc.’s (MMI) online documentation highlights many 3DP mentions in the last few weeks. I’d opine that the percentage of Maker Movement 3DP interest — as judged by MMI, the “voice” of the MMovement — has accelerated considerably since last year.

Both these Maker “shows” are truly amazing events. (Maker Media has already produced 150 Maker Faires around the world this year!) WMF — an MMI “flagship” event — is projecting upwards of 100K attendees (2014 was 85K+) in two weekend days… If you’ve never experienced the “alternate” Maker-Movement universe, WMF is THE place to start. Mind-blowing is a phrase too calm. I’m taking my 6 YO grandson for his third year on one of the two days—I’ll be there for both (dawn to dusk, simply too much to absorb)!


Maker Movement Implications For Our HCx3DP & “Health Maker Lab”

The growth of 3DP and Healthcare segments — and (Voila!) Brooklyn as “Maker City”! (hey, whatof I been tellin’ youse guys) — continues within the Maker Movement.

As officially showcased by Maker Media, Inc., our interests in Healthcare3DP and Digital Fabrication are in the spotlight at this week’s MakerCon (Thursday, 24 Sept., for professional Makers). MakerCon is immediately followed by family-friendly, community-accessible World Maker Faire (Saturday, 26 Sept., and Sunday, 27 Sept.). These dynamite events are both at Corona Park (NYSCI and World’s Fairs site) in Queens. And, I’ll be covering them both — wearing my 3DP journo “hat.”

The email Subject line of MMI’s MakerCon-specific eNewser of 17 September was MakerCon NY: Local Manufacturing, Brooklyn’s Emerging “Maker City” and More. You’ll find six Brooklyn-Maker-focused articles (five of them with videos). Further — reflecting the 3DP and Healthcare boom within the Maker Movement — World Maker Faire again enjoys a separate and enlarged “3D Printer Village” and now a “Make: Health” area.


Can you make our HCx3DP/Health Maker Lab Meetup on Tues Evening, 29 September, 6:30 PM, at CityScience (68 Jay St.) in DUMBO?

Just wanted you to know that I’d love to have you joining-in our Community meetings in person next week! As you see from the updates below, we’re making real, sustained Health Maker Lab (HML) progress!

Now — more than ever — we need your insights, expertise and connections to help assure HML launches as a prototype of bio-grassroots success. That’s social commerce and common-good — for ALL of our various communities. Including the communities you’d like us to serve…  Just let me know and I’ll be happy to admin-comp your admission  — gratis.


Embedded (last below) are the latest general HML updates (six in number) you should know — comprising the platform on which we can build higher:



BUTFIRST, please note “the latest” on  MakerCon & World Maker Faire (WMF). Maker Media, Inc. (MMI) is showcasing Brooklyn as “Maker City!” (We can make this spotlight VERY important to Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams; Tucker Reed, President of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; and Carlo Scissura, President & CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber; among others.)

Further, WMF has set up a separate and enlarged “3D Printer Village” AND a “Make: Health” area at WMF.

This “Make: Health” area is being “curated” by Jose Gomez Marquez, an MIT Professor, Director of the Little [Medical!] Devices Lab at MIT and co-founder of I know Jose well because I covered him in a profile article last year. (A universal truth: everyone loves the reporter who highlights their strong points for a large audience…)

I love the MMI description of the “Make: Health” area. “This area is new to the Faire and will introduce medical advancements and home hacks for healthcare sciences and technologies using 3D printing, microelectronics, and more to give patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers expanded and personalized options.

I’d knew that Jose would be speaking WMF and figured it would have to do with Making Nurses — because this project is bankrolled by his sponsor the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Voila! Jose is presenting on “Launching a Medical Maker Space!” along with Lori Melichar, Jose’s benefactor at RWJF (whom I also know).


HCx3DP/Health Maker Lab Updates

Now, here are the full MakerCon/WMF news items — and other updates — I’ve been sending our Team. Highlights: Not-for-Profit support; sponsor ID; WMF background info; FULL video of our 29 July Meetup; new and important members of our Advisory Team…

(1) HML Not-for-Profit Formation; Via CUBE —

Through the good work of Jonathan Askin, of Brooklyn Law, we now are working with his CUBE (Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship and for which Jonathan serves as Faculty Chair and Innovation Catalyst) to form our Not-for-Profit status. This is via CUBE’s Community Development Clinic and Research Director David Reiss. I’m now meeting with our CUBE Team for HML Project kick-off on Friday morning this week: progress!

(2) Accountancy, HC and Tech Consultancy Support —

Further to HML’s NfP effort, we now also enjoy the active assistance of Grassi & Co. Grassi — via the excellent in-house “championing” of our HCx3DP Community member Guido Gabriele — is supporting our success in these several areas. Grassi is a mid-sized, tri-state firm ranked in the top 25 of such accountancies nationwide; they’re also ranked among the top 10 Best Companies to Work For in NYState.

(3) Targeting NfP Sponsorships —

I’m working to build our list of target sponsors for our NfP HML — and the “seed funding” we need. I worked a NYC Health Business Leaders (NYCHBL; another great Health-related org you should know here in NYC) event last week and (re)discovered several excellent sponsor potentials. Including reacquainting myself with a senior player at Cooley LLP, arguably the most important Life Sciences law firm in the country — and a key sponsor of NYCHBL. I’m following up…

(4) HCx3DP/Health Maker Lab Workshop, 29 July at HUGE, Inc. DUMBO —

Here is our HML Workshop #3 video (a little over 1.5 hours!) of your fellow HCx3DP-Community Members working to help implement HML in July. Structured by a slide deck intro’ing our HML Manifesto #1, you’ll find lots of interesting ideas here.

(5) HCx3DP/Health Maker Lab Workshop #5, Tuesday evening, 29 September, 6:30 PM, at CityScience in DUMBO —

Our next HCx3DP Meetup will focus on our HML Workshop #5 on 29 September. Your fellow HCx3DP-Community Members — working with our audience — will continue to help implement HML. We’ll present a new slide deck to inform and guide our HML discussions.

(6) Three New (Sterling!) Members of Our Informal Advisory Team —

Here are our newest HML Expert volunteers. We keep adding strengths to our spectrum of talents. And, these more are good people in our mutual cause of HCx3DP:

Aaron Roy, Head of Operations & Strategy, 3DPrinterOS, innovators in 3DP education & enterprise via the most powerful, open source, 3D Printing management platform in the world;

Conor Russomano, Co-F & CEO of OpenBCI & Organizer of the new NeuroTechNYC Meetup;

Thor Snilsberg, Executive Director, CityScience: committed to raising the quality of science education and supporting environmental stewardship using the natural and built environments as laboratories for active learning.”


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