3DP4E(veryone!) Delivers 3DP Knowledge-Resources 4 E(veryone!) 4 Free 2 Educ8 ALL

3DP is still a mystery to most people. They struggle to visualize the 3D Z-axis rising up out of the 2D of X-axis and Y-axis. And, the industry hasn’t been particularly effective at explaining itself. So—NOW—voila: the “3D Printing and Digital Fabrication Resource eBook!”

3DP4E's Logo Suite--3D Printing Around The World?

3DP4E’s Logo Suite–3D Printing Around The World?

And, you—the insider—thought Fabbaloo and 3ders were the 3DP sources of choice for these kinds of 3DP info-compendia…??

We’re in a new industry. (Well, okay, it’s over 30 years old…but, 3DP still didn’t get any respect—if you weren’t into rapid prototyping or reverse engineering—until the advent of the affordable and effective desktop 3D printer approximately five years ago: thank you, MakerBot.) As a result, the entire industrial segment is still relatively thin on the ground. (E.g., only two pure-play, broad-spectrum, 3D printer manufacturers are “in” the 3DP business as publicly held firms: 3D Systems Corporation and Stratasys Ltd.—this last actually owns MakerBot Industries of Brooklyn.) So, new blood—new players with innovative ideas—is welcome.

Now—because 3DP is so novel to so many—a new player here in New York City, 3DP4E (or “3D Printing For Everyone”) has decided to make it easier for 3DP newbies and the uninitiated (a VERY large population of wannabes) to access the knowledge bases of our booming 3DP industry.

(Besides 3DP4E’s new Resource eBook—a stand-alone PDF package—its beautifully designed Web site with a high-styled AND effective UX {User Experience} presents a Beginner’s Guide online…among many, many other curated and categorized, Web-based paths to 3DP knowledge.)

In particular, 3DP4E is interested to empower schools, enable teachers and educate students around 3DP and Digital Fabrication. (If we were to start all over from the beginning of 3D Printing, we would want to use this last term—“Digital Fabrication”—as this is really the most accurate and inclusive term of art. BUT, “3D Printing”—soon to be supplanted by “3DP”—has won the mindshare of various communities at large and is now the “public brand” of choice. No use arguing with memes…)

Ron Rose, CEO of 3DP4E.

Ron Rose, CEO of 3DP4E.

Ron Rose—a successful businessman and entrepreneur in an entirely different field—has (like so many others) been bitten by the 3DP bug. Building on his passion—and certainty in 3DP’s beckoning future—Ron launched 3DP4E LLC on January 1, 2014.

CEO Rose’s all-inclusive company mission/profile/goal statement reads: “3DP4E will strive to empower through design, technology and entrepreneurism. Our website is designed to be a comprehensive resource for the 3D Printing and Digital Fabrication Community, with an emphasis on education and community. Our primary goal is to bring 3D Printing and Digital Fabrication to schools, museums and libraries.”

With the release—at the end of last week—of the free “3D Printing and Digital Fabrication Resource eBook,” 3DP4E has taken a giant stride toward opening 3DP knowledge-accessibility to all and sundry. The eBook was authored by the company’s Chief Engineer Ajay Chandrashekar—a nuclear engineer by trade. (Yes, 3DP tends to seduce everyone…)

In its eBook, 3DP4E has chosen to research, curate, enhance and present the diverse streams of data that already exist in our worldwide 3DP ecosystem. Employing the ethos of Open Source, Mr. Chandrashekar compiled information from prominent 3DP Web sites. (3DP4E freely acknowledges the contributions of Fabbaloo and 3ders, each of whom “provided a brilliant list for open source, many of which are included in this eBook.”) And, then delivers 3DP knowledge to those who need it most.

Some of the 3DP4E Team in action at their Manhattan offices: (from left) Ron Rose, Larry Adames & Matt Manuele.

Some of the 3DP4E Team in action at their Manhattan offices: (from left) Ron Rose, Larry Adames & Matt Manuele.

Here’s how 3DP4E Communications Director Noah Waldman describes the company’s community of interest: “Our target audience is in the name: 3D Printing for ‘Everyone.’ Primarily, this book is for the people—without much experience—[who are] first looking to start learning about 3D printing. To that end, one of our favorite pages in the book is the “Free 3D Modeling Software” page. We feel it’s a great place for newcomers to really get hands on experience with working in three dimensions. But, we hope this book is also useful to professionals—who might be looking for new and better tools to help them get the most out of 3D printing.”

The primary innovations of “3D Printing and Digital Fabrication Resource eBook”—and the reason the effort is new and noteworthy—are several in number. They include: (1) multi-source curation; (2) clean, inviting and accessible product design; (3) free, easily available and conveniently packaged (PDF) content; and (4) a pledge to “ever-green” evolution of the subject matter. This last is key to the on-going usefulness of 3DP4E’s eBook—as nothing in tech is changing as fast as 3DP.

3DP4E is positioned to keep its eBook up-to-speed, up-to-date and regularly enhanced—because the company is really a media house covering the widest spectrum of 3DP interests. One side of the house informs the other.

3DP4E is making accessible 3DP knowledge its core deliverable. Those joining the swelling 3DP parade—present and prospective—should look forward to 3DP4E’s flag flying high as a leader to follow toward 3DP effectiveness. And, their next great 3DP’d object…thoughts to things…

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