March 20-22 (2015) was the 3rd annual Midwest RepRap Festival held at the Elkhart County 4H Fairgrounds in Elkhart, IN. There were a lot of cool printers and people at the event, I was only able to attend for a few hours on Saturday (my drive one way was a few hours). Below are a few general overview pics of the people and tables:
I was able to meet the makers of the E3D printer hot-end and got to see the E3D Volcano in action, as well as learning a bit about the technical aspects of it. Actually, when I talked to the 2 of them I didn't know they were the actual developers.
I've been using the E3D v6 for a few months now, originally I got it because of it's versatility (can handle higher temps), the positive user ratings, but what really pushed me to get it was to print Taulman's T-Glase (PET filament), Taulman recommends a larger orifice size when printing with T-Glase to take advantage of optical properties.
Just today, 5/14/15, I finally received my very own Volcano hot end kit, distributors in the US completely sold after the festival, I couldn't find one until last week. Can't wait to install it and try it out (my goal is to dial it in with Taulman Bridge filament).