Tips and Tricks: July 1, 2014

“The Pros and Cons of 3D Printing”

Live Demo to Follow


“3D printers are all the rage, creating things from teeth in dental offices to pizza in outer space.”

So says Dr. Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D., who will address “The Pros and Cons of 3D Printing” at the Computer Learning Center on Tuesday, July 1, beginning at 2 p.m.

“I plan to explore how 3D printing works, what capabilities can be expected, and costs for purchase, operation and maintenance, as well as look at object design software tools and libraries,” Dr. Mercuri explains.  Her experience in an educational project funded by the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) with kit (RepRap) and commercial (MakerBot Replicator 2) 3D printers will be reviewed.  There will also be a live demonstration of the MakerBot, and an opportunity to view a wide variety of printed objects.   Dr. Mercuri will also show and explain the FreeCAD open-source design software.

Dr. Mercuri is a computer forensic expert witness and the owner of Notable Software, Inc. (  As a forensic expert she has been involved in a plethora of cases involving such matters as contraband, child endangerment, murder, computer viruses, malware and hacking, class-action suits, copyright and patent infringement, and election recounts (most notably Bush v. Gore). She has also provided formal testimony and comment to the House Science Committee, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the Election Assistance Commission, the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, the U.K. Cabinet, and numerous state legislatures and municipal bodies. She is a senior life member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), past Chair of the IEEE Princeton / Central Jersey Section, and a co-founder of the Princeton ACM/IEEE Computer Society.  Dr. Mercuri holds a Ph.D. from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  She also did post-doctoral research at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

The Computer Learning Center at Ewing, sponsor of the program, offers a full curriculum of computer-related courses, taught by and designed for older residents of central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For further information about this event, courses or directions, call 609-882-5086 or 609-883-1776 ext 6205 or visit the CLC website at

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