The Bergen Amateur Radio Association Speaker Series Presents:
“Adventures in 3D Printing”
presented by Rebecca Mercuri, KA3IAX, Notable Software, Inc. & Kevin
Meredith, KB3BUT, Drexel University.
3D printers are all the rage, creating things from teeth in dental
offices to pizza in outer space! This talk will explore: how 3D
printers work; what capabilities can be expected; applications for Ham
radio; costs for purchase, operation and maintenance; object design
software tools and libraries. Our experiences in an educational
funded by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers
with kit (RepRap) and commercial (MakerBot Replicator II) 3D printers,
will be described. Some new types of 3D printers and filaments will be
discussed. A live demonstration of the MakerBot, including a wide
variety of printed objects, will be displayed. The FreeCAD open-source
design software will also be shown and explained.
The FreeCAD software can be found at: www.freecadweb.org — select
appropriate download for the operating system on the computer
(Mac/Windows/Linux, etc.). Once the download is complete, click on the
icon and follow the steps to perform the installation of the software
on your computer.
If you bring your laptop with the installed software, we will be
showing how to design a simple medallion, that we can print (time
permitting). Make sure your computer battery is fully charged (since
may not have enough outlets for everyone to plug into).
Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D. (KA3IAX) is a computer forensics expert and the
owner of Notable Software, Inc. . Rebecca holds various degrees in
computer science and engineering (from Penn State, Drexel University,
and the University of Pennsylvania). During 2003-2005 she was a fellow
at Harvard University, performing research on computer security
and has testified to local, state and federal government agencies on
many inherent problems with electronic voting systems. Dr. Mercuri’s
publications include a book chapter on Digital Image Forensics, and
numerous Security Watch and Inside Risks articles for the
Communications of the ACM magazine, where she also served as a
Contributing Editor. A Ham since the early 1980’s, she is currently
the Vice President of the David Sarnoff Radio Club.
Kevin Meredith (KB3BUT) is currently an Engineering major at Drexel
University, where he is also the Vice President of DUARC (W3MGF).
spearheaded the 3D printing project for IEEE’s Princeton / Central
Jersey Section, and several of his object designs have been featured
the front page of the Thingiverse 3D printing website. More recently,
Kevin assisted the Drexel Paleontology Lab and the Academy of Natural
Sciences with the preparation and 3D scanning of various dinosaur
The talk will be given at the October 4, 2015 monthly meeting of
the Bergen Amateur Radio Association at 7:30pm.
There is no cost to attend and refreshments are available. All are
The meeting will be held at:
The Township of Washington Senior Center
350 Hudson Ave
Twp. of Washington, NJ 07676
For more information and directions to the event, go to the club
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Here’s another shameless plug for what may be the best Awards Luncheon
The Annual Hudson Awards Luncheon is fast approaching. Please join me
in congratulating the 6 awardees and please support their achievement
by joining them at the 2015 Hudson Division Awards
Luncheon on November 8, 2015 from 12 noon – 4:00 pm.
Tickets are going fast, so be sure to purchase your tickets today.
take an ad out in the Awards Journal to publicly congratulate the 6
award winners from 2015. More ad space has been taken than ever
before, so don’t get left out!
This year the winners are:
Rachel Weiss AJ4WD – Amateur of the Year
Bruce Baccaro K2ULZ – Amateur of the Year
John Melfi W2HCB – Amateur of the Year
Hal Post AK2E – Grand Ol’ Ham
Jay Buscemi NY2NY – Grand Ol’ Ham
Blair Hearth KD2EPA – Technical Achievement
The Awards Luncheon, sponsored this year by the Bergen Amateur Radio
Association (BARA), will be held at:
343 Bergen Blvd
Palisades Park, NJ 07650
The catering hall is located just south of the George Washington
Again, tickets for the event are now being sold. At the moment, only
checks can be accepted as payment. To purchase tickets, please go to
the Hudson Division website (http://hudson.arrl.org), print out the
ticket order form, and mail it in following the instructions on the
Here is the link to the order form:
Tickets this year are $42.50 per person. The restaurant is set up
with smaller tables so there is no table discount.
All proceeds this year will be donated to the ARRL Legislative Issues
Advocacy Fund. Most money is raised by advertising sales. Please
consider taking an ad this year in the Awards Journal. The prices are
$30 for a quarter page, $50 a half page and $100 a full page. To take
an ad, please print out this form and mail it with a check as
instructed on the form. Here is the link:
The form is available in either a PDF or Word format.
The past 2 years we have raised nearly $10,000 that has been donated
to the ARRL. The money this year will once again be used to help
offset the expenditures we’ve been making in support of our
I hope to see you at the luncheon on Sunday, November 8, 2015!
73 de Mike N2YB