3D Printing, also known as Additive Manufacturing, is an exciting and potentially game changing technology that will dramatically alter the way products are designed, manufactured, distributed and financed. A standard digital file (.stl) of an object is created, either by using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software or a 3D scanner, and is sent to a dedicated machine which builds the object layer-upon-layer in a material such as plastic, metal or ceramic.
Today the technology is mainly used for rapid-prototyping and in a select number of industries for high-value low-run production. Adoption is increasing across more industries as high quality commercial printers become more affordable. High resolution industrial desktop machines can be purchased today for less than $10,000, whereas the same quality of output would have cost in excess of $100,000 five years ago. The home printer market is growing exponentially as well, as hobbyists and enthusiasts have embraced the open sourced technology which originated from the “RepRap” project (Self-Replicating Manufacturing Machine) while the cost of these home desktop 3D printing machines plummets.
In the same way the printing press democratized information and the internet democratized communication, 3D printing will demassify and democratize manufacturing - “The Third Revolution."
The 3D Printing and Scanning Special Interest Group (SIG) provides a forum for technologists and companies, as well as members of the investor community and other interested parties, to discuss the critical aspects of the technology that require improvement, the future direction of the technology and to network with one another. The majority of innovation and investment in 3D printing related technologies to date has not been centered in Silicon Valley, and this SIG aims to contribute to changing this for what is considered by many as the next trillion dollar market.
Example of areas we plan to discuss include: software (CAD, Digital Rights Management or DRM, and scanning), hardware and materials (the various printing technologies, types of materials available, scanners), the market place (internet market place, social networking design, customized production, manufacturers directly accessing the end user), the B2B market across all relevant sectors, and the home printer market.
Agenda - January 29th:
6:30pm – 7:00pm – Registration/Networking/Refreshments
7:00pm – 7:10pm – Introductions/Announcements
7:10pm – 7:20pm – Investment Trends – Geoffrey Doyle (GrowShapes) – SIG Chair
7:30pm – 7:40pm – Commercial Printer Market & Technology – Rich Stump (Principal at Fathom - full service product development company specializing in 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and design) – SIG Chair
7:40pm – 8:00pm – Home Desktop Printer Market & Technology – PrintrBot CEO – Brook Drumm
8:00pm – 8:30pm – Q&A & discussion on the future direction of this SIG
Brook Drumm – Founder & Owner of Printrbot – Brook is a builder at heart. That passion has led him to building machines that can help you build ANYTHING.
Brook is a dad, a husband, a business owner and an entrepreneur. His new day job is building 3D printers having set up Printrbot in early 2011. Printrbot is located in Lincoln CA and has manufactured 1,000s of open sourced home desktop printers. In Make Magazine’s Novembers edition their Printrbot Jr won the choice for best value shootout – “The cheapest, smallest, most portable 3D printer yet."!
SIG Chairman - Geoffrey Doyle, MBA, RE. Inst, B.Eng (Hons)- Geoffrey is Founder & CEO of GrowShapes, a firm dedicated to providing investment insight into the 3D Printing market. He has been a venture capitalist for over a decade for UK venture firm Percipient Capital and has invested in a number of 3D and CAD related technologies and is an active angel investor. Before becoming a venture capitalist Geoffrey held a commission in the Royal Engineer, British Army, and moved to Silicon Valley from London at the beginning of 2012.
SIG Chairman - Timothy Lipton is co-founder and CFO of ReAllocate.org. He is a seasoned and accomplished finance executive, with over 20 years of experience working with both private and public companies, domestic and abroad. He has worked with a number of technology and green-tech start-ups, as well as on Wall Street as an equity research analyst and investment banker where he covered consumer technology and the interactive entertainment software sector. He started his career on Wall Street with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter after receiving a BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University.
SIG Chairman - Rich Stump - Rich Stump is a principal at Fathom, a full service product development company specializing in 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and design. Through his experience in product development and taking products to market, Rich has been instrumental in several successful companies. He has 15 years of experience in sales and product development in industries including retail, electronic contract manufacturing, high tech software, rapid prototyping and manufacturing.
His credentials include the development and growth of three other successful product development businesses and World Wide Dominator award at ANSYS Inc. (ANSS) in 2006.
Rich has recently helped start and grow Simple Wave, LLC, which owns and manufactures the CaliBowl™ brand. Through his experience in product development and brand launches, Rich has a vast amount of knowledge on how to strategically approach the market with new ideas while utilizing market leading technologies.