Editor’s note: Laura Baverman, editor of ExitEvent, takes an in-depth look at a new type of startup event coming to Raleigh. Its focus is on technology-powered prototyping. This is the latest post in the news partnership between WRALTechWire and ExitEvent.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Three men planning the first-ever Triangle Maker Startup Weekend were wandering around N.C. State’s campus one recent night when they stumbled on an event at the college’s Crafts Center.

A Gathering of Makers, it was called. A metalsmith, potter, woodworker and crafter headlined the night, but when the Startup Weekend guys introduced themselves, their event and the idea of creating prototype objects using 3-D printers in an old shipping container-turned-creative space, the discussion quickly turned into a debate.

Can technology-powered prototyping be a creative outlet? Or is it killing craft and creativity?

The artists feared the latter; the men argued the former.

In the end, they all agreed to keep an open mind. But it was an experience that stuck with the trio, and fueled their plans and recruitment efforts for one of just a handful of Maker Startup Weekends around the world coming up April 4-6 at HQ Raleigh.

The full story can be read at ExitEvent.