Goodbye Pinshape :'( [updated]

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This morning, the Pinshape team got the notice that the investor we were hinging on fell through, which meant we wouldn’t have the funds needed to continue operations.


This is very sad for all of us in the team, and you could physically feel the silence where everyone was taking in the news during the morning meeting and letting it sink in that we were no longer going to be working together. But I suppose we all knew the risks of working in a startup. And I regret not one bit of it.

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3DHubs & Autodesk Fusion 360 Workshop Vancouver

Yesterday I went to a joint workshop hosted by 3DHubs and Autodesk. My work actually paid for me to go, but honestly the event was super cheap— $15!


The end goal of the workshop was to familiarize us with Autodesk Fusion 360, and for us to create our own lampshade! I wish I could attach a screenshot of my finished product here (it’s not that amazing, but still, I made it!), but it’s on my laptop so I don’t have access to it right now. IMG_1454

One of the coolest things aside from learning a bit of design was checking out the Vancouver MakerLabs. Walking in to 780 East Cordova, you’re met with a vast warehouse-like space that’s filled with goodies. There’s people working at the 3D printers, there’s someone in a corner sculpting something, and the whole places radiated creativity and inspiration. They’ve got cool pieces laying around from makers.


Handmade wooden chairs!

Asides from that, there were plenty of breaks during the lesson since the facilitators had to make sure everyone was on the same page in their design. During these breaks, I went and talked to some of the people at the workshop. Not everyone there had loads of experience in design, and there were a few that had never touched a design program before. But then there were some people who were designing the craziest stuff! There was someone there who was a design professor at a college, and she was creating this wonderful boat designed for 3D printing, and then to be integrated with electrical engineering to power it. What?!?!? So great!

I’m definitely up for more of these events. It was a great way to spend a portion of my Saturday! Anyone know of more meetups/workshops over weekends?!

Maker Faire Vancouver 2015 at the PNE Forum

Hello all,

Last Sunday I was at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire! It was the first time I had been to a Maker Faire, despite it having been ran in Vancouver for quite a while now (the last five years!). For the fourth time, it was held at the PNE Forum.

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I was actually there on behalf of Pinshape, the startup that I’m currently working at. It was a great experience and I got to check out budding tech and inventions! I also talked to lots of people who were interested in 3D printing— which is what Pinshape is associated with. Although we don’t sell 3D printers, nor do we print out models for people, we’re a community marketplace for 3D designers and makers! There were lots of 3D printer companies there, and 3D604 was also there with great makers showing off their printed stuff, but we were the only 3D marketplace there 🙂


I met lots of interesting people, mostly through those who approached the booth to talk to us. I was surprised to learn that quite a number of people own 3D printers, and that they varied vastly in age. Some other startups talked to us, I walked over to the 3D604 peeps to meet some of our community’s designers (John Biehler, Dan Steele, amongst others)— it was basically a day with lots of talking.

Around the faire, crazy stuff was happening. It wan’t the biggest of faires, but there was plenty to look at. Classes were going on (learn to solder, build your own motorized race car, etc.), you could buy neat stuff from stalls, and look at new inventions.

A brother and sister duo came up to our booth, and I had great conversations with them. They were unbelievably talented. Don’t trust me? Google them up: Jessi and Joshua Langager.


I ended up visiting them at their booth too, where their recent creation was displayed. They had made a lego NXT robot, and demonstrated how it was programmed so that it did all sorts of fun things! They were probably my favourite people at the faire.


At the Vancouver Maker Faire, there was also an outdoor area where more makers displayed their arts, and you could also grab some food at the food trucks! I ate a whole pizza because I was exhausted.

Hoping I get to go again next year! Have you ever been? If not, pen it down in your calendars for next year! Especially if you have kids. There’s so much learning going on, and I know for some (like my boyfriend), it was the Maker Faire that inspired them further on down the road 🙂

– Karen