RVA MakerFest 2016

By August 19, 2016Uncategorized

In 2015, SPARK Product Development was given the opportunity to participate as a “Maker” in RVA MakerFest at the Science Museum of Virginia among many many other talented and unique individuals and businesses from the local area. To our left was a booth with LEGO mosaics. To our right were artisan chocolates and cake pops. What more could you want?!

To say it in a concise manner, the experience absolutely rocked.

In more detail, SPARK had a great time teaching visitors about the design process from napkin sketch to manufacturing and all the steps in between- Proofs of Concept, 3D printing, Design for Manufacturing… There was even a steady return of kids coming back every hour to see parts finishing up on our 3D printer on display.

This year, the plan is going to be a bit different, and we’re very excited!


“This year, the plan is going to be a bit different, and we’re very excited!”


SPARK is going to be presenting alongside Main Street’s 3D Central as well as Manchester’s Short Run 3D in consecutive order to bring an educational experience of what it looks like to go from a creative broad concept in an initial brainstorming session to a laser beam specific detailed design for manufacturing.

Throughout this process, a visitor will be able to see and touch:

  • 3D CAD modeling
  • 3D Printers functioning and creating prototypes
  • Iterative Prototyping- Design Revisions/Improvements
  • Urethane Castings – Refined/High Detail/Durable Prototypes made from Silicone Molds
  • Design for Manufacturing – Design for Plastic Injection Molding
  • A Real Plastic Injection Mold – Machined from Aluminum with Ejector Pins, Gates, and Vents

It’s going to be a great time.

Please come out and see us on September 24, 2016 at the Science Museum of Virginia for this year’s RVA MakerFest!