ConFABulation is a one-day symposium focused on incorporating 3D scanning, modeling, animation, digital fabrication, and 3D printing into the classroom. Taking place at Prince George's Community College on June 5th 2013, the symposium will consist of panel discussions, paper presentations, and an open hackerspace. The goal of the symposium is to share ideas, network, and work towards a future where young generations of students are well equipped to innovate and meet the demands of changing manufacturing, art, business and entertainment landscapes.

This event is free and open to all, but we request attendees register here on Eventbrite to ensure you have a nametag.


9:30AM - 10:00AM: Registration - Marlboro Hall Art Gallery Coffee, mingling & Hackerspace set up. 10:00AM - 10:30AM: Introduction - Rennie Forum, Largo Student Center Opening remarks by organizers John Anderson and Jonathan Monaghan and a special video message by US Congressman Bill Foster. 10:30AM - 11:20AM: Special Presentation - Rennie Forum, Largo Student Center Jan Baum, Towson University, Networks to Advance the Rapid Tech Agenda. 11:30AM - 12:30PM: Paper Presentations Track 1: Room M-1098, Marlboro Hall Charles Kung, Montgomery College, Creating 3D-printed Aircraft in the Classroom
Kelsey Wilbanks, George Mason University, The Challenges of 3D Printing to the Repair-Reconstruction Doctrine in Patent Law
Track 2: - Rennie Forum, Largo Student Center Davide Prete, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Sculpture and New Technologies: Integrating Laser Scanning and 3D Printing in a sculpture and design class with a low budget.
Corinne Diop & Daniel Robinson, James Madison University, Beyond the Camera: 3D Technology and Photography 12:30PM - 1:30PM: Lunch - Marlboro Hall Art Gallery 1:30PM - 2:30PM: Keynote - Rennie Forum, Largo Student Center Michael Weinberg, Vice President at Public Knowledge, a digital advocacy group in Washington, DC and author of the white paper “It Will Be Awesome If They Don’t Screw It Up: 3D Printing, Intellectual Property, and the Fight Over the Next Great Disruptive Technology” 2:30PM - 3:20PM: Panel - Rennie Forum, Largo Student Center Maker Movement and Education with panelists Gareth Branwyn: former editorial director for MAKE Magazine; P. D. Klein: founder/director of FAB LAB DC; and Phil Shapiro: educator and former writer for PC World. 3:30PM - 4:30PM: Paper Presentations Track 1: Room M-1098, Marlboro Hall Dr. Gavin Garner, University of Virginia, The HooPrint: a 3D-printed printer.
Atiba Brereton, Howard University, The World by Design: 3-D Modeling and Printing as a Tool for Pipeline Development
Track 2: - Rennie Forum, Largo Student Center Lauren Kalman, Wayne State University, The Problem With Digital Foundations
Charlotte Belland, Columbus College of Art and Design, Cast to the Future: a casting production pipeline from virtual model through ABS into bronze. 4:30PM - 6:00PM: Hackerspace Happy Hour - Marlboro Hall Art Gallery

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Call For hackers & Makers

During the symposium PGCC's Marlboro Gallery will act as a kind of hackerspace. Attendees and presenters can bring their 3D printers, physical computing projects, or show off any other interesting projects relating to emerging digital technologies. The space will be staffed throughout the day by student volunteers and act as a lab for collaboration and exchange. If you are interested in participating, please send us an email with your ideas.

Check-in Location

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The Art Gallery at Marlboro Hall
Price George's Community College
301 Largo Rd
Largo, MD 20774

About the Organizers

Jonathan Monaghan works with 3D animation 3D printing and is currently the 3-D Subject Matter Consultant for the VisComm program at Prince George’s Community College. His 3D animations have been exhibited extensively, including venues such as the BFI Southbank in London, the International Rotterdam Film Festival, the Today Art Museum in Beijing, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, and the Anthology Film Archives in New York. He was a U.S. Speaker and Specialist selected by the U.S. Department of State to speak in Bahrain. Jonathan's work has been featured in the Washington Post, DC Magazine, Washington City Paper, and TimeOut NY. His 2011 3D printing MakerBot Artist Residency was featured on the Colbert Report, Bloomberg News, and NYC TV.

John Anderson is an Associate Professor of Art at Prince George's Community College, Largo, MD, and is an art critic for Washington City Paper, and Art in America. His work has received several grants and fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the most recent of which has allowed him to focus on 3D printing. His work has been profiled and reviewed by The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, and The Onion: A/V Club. In his spare time, he volunteers at the Smithsonian, assisting with 3D scanning, modeling, and photogrammetry.