We've all been hearing about how 3D printing is the harbinger of a new industrial revolution for some time now, but outside of hobbyist circles, the technology hasn't really had much traction. Until now. This year is the first time that all seems to be coming to a head, and it looks as if 3D printing really is the future, and sooner than we expected. Last month, Makerbot released a new desktop printer and opened a storefront in NYC, London opened a 3D printshow to much fanfare, and Makerbot's Bre Pettis graced the cover of WIRED in an issue where WIRED's editor Chris Anderson breathlessly extolled the virtues and promises of this quickly developing technology.
This month, we'll be hearing about the new opportunities and challenges 3D printing is presenting artists, designers, museums and businesses.
**Note: This will be the first event held at EYEBEAM since superstorm Sandy devastated the organization. As always, half the ticket cost of this event will go directly to EYEBEAM, but if you'd like to donate more, please do so here: http://www.eyebeam.org/**
7:00pm – Doors. Mingling over wine and snacks provided by Tumblr
7:30-8:45pm – Presentations
8:30-10:00pm – Conversation continues over wine
Don Undeen is manager of the Media Lab at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. He's interested in how museums can use new technology to enhance the visitor experience both online and in the galleries. Recently, Don organized a 3D printing hackathon at the museum, in collaboration with MakerBot. He'll be sharing some of the insights and takeaways he gleaned from that experience.
Mary Huang is co-founder of Continuum Fashion, a part fashion label part design lab. Along with partner Jenna Fizel, she works to build the "future of stuff", combining interfaces and digital fabrication to push the boundaries between art, participation, and products. They are best known for pioneering wearable 3D printed clothing and web-mediated fashion collections.
Michael Weinberg is the Vice President, Institute for Emerging Innovation at Public Knowledge, a public interest group that represents consumers on technology issues. He focuses primarily on emerging issues in technology, law, and policy such as data caps, digital copyright, and 3D printing.
And a demo from MakerBot!
This event is made possible with support from Eyebeam and Tumblr, and livestream support from CultureHub.
About our sponsors:
Eyebeam is the leading not-for-profit art and technology center in the United States. It provides a fertile context and state-of-the-art tools for digital research and experimentation.
Tumblr is a microblogging platform and social networking website that allows users to share multimedia content quickly and easily with a vibrant community of peers.
CultureHub is an incubator for creativity focused on bringing together artists from diverse disciplines and cultures to explore art and technology as a means for developing new forms of expression, sharing creative experiences and promoting global collaboration, learning and innovation.