Posted by Rick Pollack on July 21, 2013 2 Comments
at the 2013 National Senior Games Torch Lighting Ceremony.
photo by Nick Digiorgio
The 2013 National Senior Games are currently taking place in Cleveland, Ohio. The torch used in the opening ceremony was designed by local artist Nick Digiorgio. I met
Nick a few years ago through the local FabLab movement. Nick wanted to 3D print
a translucent orange flame (the torch is battery powered) and mill the guitar-style
lower portion of the torch. MakerGear|Josh
(IRC name) designed and printed the flame and we connected Nick with a local machinist,
Adam Lindsay, to do the CNC work.
As you can see, the torch (with the orange flame printed on a MakerGear M2) turned out really, really well and MakerGear was invited
to participate in the opening ceremonies. We set up 3D printers in front of the
main stage and printed a red flame during opening ceremony. We normally don’t
run printers in pouring rain but just before we were to go on stage and discuss
how the torch was made, the clouds opened, really opened, for several minutes.
Since we were already set up and printing we decided to play it out and see what happened.The M2 printed like a champ straight through
After the rain we went on stage and spent several minutes
explaining how the torch was made. I used to the opportunity to let people
know that MakerGear designs and manufactures high-quality desktop 3D Printers and is located right here in Beachwood (OH). Our 3D printers use local resources for machining, fabricating,
wiring and assembly and we ship our printers and accessories throughout the US and around the world (to all 50 US states and over 75 countries so far). The torch bearers then entered the mall and did a lap around the park.
photo from cleveland.com
former senior national sprint champion, was supposed to carry the torch the final leg and ‘light’
the much larger fixed torch but sadly he died on July3rd. Jack’s two sons proudly stepped-in
for him and once it was dark carried the torch the final leg across the grassy
mall overlooking Lake Erie. It was quite moving to see the glowing orb, designed
by Josh, printed in our shop on an M2, and carried by Jack’s sons, bob and weave through the crowd.
Nick, Josh and Adam – you guys did an excellent job! I am honored
that MakerGear was able to have a small but meaningful impact in the opening ceremony for the National Senior Games.
It has certainly been a while since our last blog post. We've just been heads-down making 3D printers here in NE Ohio.
And, we've also been chipping away at the backlog (down to four weeks). In this outgoing batch of printers (there are quite a few more behind this stack) are machines headed to Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, Taiwan and Ireland.
Posted by Rick Pollack on March 20, 2013 0 Comments
If you'll be at PAX East (3/22 - 3/24), stop by booth 1030!! We'll have M2s and be printing spaceships, video game critters and various interesting objects. We'll have plenty of printed objects on display. Here is an 18 inch model of the spacecraft Artemis we printed for the show (if you don't know what I'm talking about then you really need to stop by :) And, well have the new Creator software running so you can see firsthand the power of a streamlined, integrated workflow.
If you won't be at PAX East, we'll be out and about more this year, we'll keep you posted on our whereabouts.
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