3D Printing Taken To Next Level At NOMCON

The final six-foot tall crowdsourced 3D-printed sculpture of ‘We the Rosies’ will be displayed at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe for all to see. A six-inch clay sculpture was first created by Baltimore, Md., artist Jen Schachter, then 3D scanned and scaled up to six feet by the We the Buildersinitiative, founded by Todd Blatt. Courtesy photo
The very first Nation of Makers conference (also known as NOMCON) took place June 9 in Santa Fe. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan gave the opening keynote and welcomed makers from all over the United States.
A delegation from Los Alamos Makers represented Los Alamos. The makers conference was very hands-on and inclusive. There were working groups instead of panel discussions, participants made their own swag instead of just picking up freebies, even the food was prepared by youth from YouthWorks, a local community-based organization, under the supervision of Chef Carmen Rodriguez.
The main exhibit was a six-feet-tall crowdsourced 3D-printed sculpture made out of more than 2,625 parts printed by makerspaces from all over the world, including Los Alamos Makers. The project was titled “We the Rosies” because the sculpture was a representation of Rosie the Riveter, the iconic World War II symbol.
The sculpture was made of parts printed in different skin tones to celebrate diversity and the contribution of women. The collaborative 3D puzzle was assembled by participants at the conference and will be displayed at the New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe.
The spirit of the maker movement is one of ingenuity, creativity and collaboration, which are uniquely represented in this project.
The ‘We the Rosies’ project being assembled by participants at the Santa Fe Convention Center during the inaugural Nation of Makers conference. Courtesy photo
This six-foot tall structure is made of 21 layers of 2,625 3D-printed parts contributed by makers from around the world. Courtesy photo
One of the 3D-printed pieces contributed by Los Alamos Makers to the ‘We the Rosies’ project. Contributors from around the world sent their pieces to Make Santa Fe, before being assembled during the conference. Courtesy photo

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