Thursday, 22 January 2015

There is more to 3D printing than just 3D printing!

"The 3D Printer will do for manufacturing what the PC did for computing"

We are here to spread the word and provide knowledge to those who will listen.

There are many discussion groups around that focus on the subject of #3DPrinting but our group is based in Manchester for Manchester! of course we are including everybody who lives in Greater Manchester and the surrounding World.

Harnessing the The Wisdom of Crowds is what we are about. The President of the USA thinks 3D Printing is important enough to give it a mention in his previous 'State of the Nation' speech, maybe our government, and you, should also take this technology a bit more seriously.

It is not unusual for humanity to experience monumental changes to its culture and way of life, but the scale of change being unleashed at this very moment defies superlatives.

We are on the cusp of an age of the "intelligent machine". We already have the brain "The Internet" being nurtured and fed our collective knowledge and understanding via the world wide web; like ants who feed the queen and do its beckoning for the good of the colony.

We now have machines that can potentially make anything, and as we link this up with artificial intelligence, which has access to the vast suppository of the web, machines can then have their independence. What then?

This is not fiction, it is happening. Are you not at least curious as to know how we should influence the outcome?

The three laws you joke!
Have you seen "I Robot" ?

It all boils down to who has the control. Usually it is those who are better organised, like governments and corporations; but do they work in their best interests or ours? Well you know the answer to that question. However, we the little people, can influence our masters when we get together behind a cause; remember "Je suis Charlie" ?

You should be clever enough to work the rest out for yourself, unless tv and social media has addled the brain.

Join the cause, spread awareness and help create more high tech jobs here in the North West.

Make Machines our Allies not our Masters.

Let's hope destiny is kind to us all.


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

One Giant Leap for MANC-kind

The Manchester Space Programme has successfully launched and retrieved it's first un-manned space probe #DOGE1. The launch vehicle suffered catastrophic damage as it reached the outer limits of the earths atmosphere and exploded. Fortunately the flight safety systems deployed to return the delicate on-board scientific equipment to earth; where it is was recovered by the ground crew who had tracked the re-entry vehicle to a field close to the Humber estuary. The project was an undeniable success and more will follow, maybe a few more HABs (High Altitude Balloons) for research and then we get to play with proper rockets :-)


   The date and time were not set correctly on the camera, but who cares WOW :-)

Meanwhile at Launch Control - The @mcrspaceprog team looking up at the sky at the just launched space vehicle...

Picture by Tim Nash ‏@tnash  Oct 13 2014

Go to our website for more information about the Manchester Space Programme and how you can get involved and follow us on twitter @mcrspaceprog

PS: Some of the components used were 3D printed :-)

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Meeting No 32 at Fab Lab (Thu, October 16th 6-8:30pm)

It is that time of the month again!

See Meetings & Events page for location details. See also twitter

Things are moving fast; 3D Printing has gone into Space since we last met...

I'm Hugo, co-founder of Cults

Hello #3DPrinting Network of Manchester,

I'm Hugo, co-founder of Cults, first French 3D models repositories website for 3D printing.

I am contacting you because we're now pleased to host a unique and innovative design collection, which might interest you.

"Maison & Objet" is a series of objects - lamps, clocks and containers - inspired by the cities of Paris, Miami and Singapore, which currently host the international exhibition "Maison & Objet". Designer Samuel N. Bernier, creative director of leFabShop, made this fantastic collection. His designs are fully 3D printable by anyone equipped with a personal 3D printer. You simply have to download the 3D models on our platform Cults before start the 3D printing process.

This art project is a true shift because it aims to empower people. They have the opportunity to be both: manufacturer, consumer and critical of their own design products.

I hope this information will motivate you, enjoy it and relaying it on #3DPM.

If you need any additional information, please feel free to contact me at I'd be happy to answer you.


Cults’ team.

Posted on Behalf of Cults.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Seeking Help to grow #3DPM Farnworth

#3DPM has established an office in an indoor market and it has been furnished with 3D printers and computers   and it has been set-up to research and develop the #3DPrinting Academy; as well as spread awareness of 3D printing technology.

Help is being asked for, to grow #3DPM Farnworth; and in return we hope to help those who help us. For example:  to access 3D printing resources, knowledge and the network, etc.

If interested?  Then please get in contact at our meet-ups; or email for info.You are also very welcome to call in for a chat; the office is usually open around mid-day 10-3pm Mon-Sat.  ...  Address: #3DPM, The Indoor Market, 2 King Street, Farnworth, BL4 7AZ, UK.