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Distributed or Centralized: How Will We 3D Print?

Distributed or Centralized: How Will We 3D Print?

Learn about the pros and cons of using centralized and decentralized 3D printing from Sculpteo, Authentise, Treofab, and Type A Machines.

Individual presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by SIG Co-Chair Geoffrey Doyle.


•  Kristen Turner, U.S. Marketing Director, Sculpteo

•  Andre Wegner, Founder and CEO, Authentise

•  Sedny Attia, Founder and CEO, Treofab

•  Espen Sivertsen, CEO, Type A Machines

•  Moderator: Geoffrey Doyle, Founder & CEO, GrowShapes LLC

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Learn about the pros and cons of using centralized and decentralized 3D printing from Sculpteo, Authentise, Treofab, and Type A Machines.

Individual presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by SIG Co-Chair Geoffrey Doyle.


3D printing is democratizing manufacturing. Creating custom products has never been more accessible or affordable. Sculpteo will illustrate the ways startups are using 3D printing in their business — from prototyping and product development to final production and even marketing. Startups featured will include hardware, consumer products, software, and mobile apps.

Sculpteo is an online 3D printing service based in San Francisco and Paris. They offer on-demand 3D printing of individual products as well as short-run manufacturing. They have over 45 materials, colors, and finishes available, and superior file analysis and repair. Their factories use only professional printers and provide fast turnaround with worldwide delivery. Sculpteo was founded in 2009 by Eric Carreel and Clément Moreau.


Authentise delivers software to enable distributed manufacturing, including Intellectual Property protection and remote production monitoring tools for 3D Printing. Authentise’s technologies facilitate 3D printing’s ability to disrupt traditional manufacturing and supply chains.

Authentise’s first product is a 3D streaming widget embedded directly on its clients website, which permits marketplaces, OEMs and design owners to ensure that they get paid for every print while making the print process easier for their customers.

Authentise was founded at Singularity University in 2012 and is based at NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, California. It has been featured in the BBC, Bloomberg, MIT Technology review and others.


Treofab is an online marketplace that brings the consumer, designer and manufacturer together exclusively for 3D printed objects. Treofab provides and the consumer the ability to personalize and customize a product of their desire, gives the designer the creative tools and promotional outlet for their designs, and the manufacturers the ability to showcase their materials, finishes, speed, and delivery method.

Type A Machines

Type A Machines is a San Francisco based 3D printer manufacturer. Since their inception in January 2012, their Series 1 Desktop 3D printer has won multiple awards for their user friendly and reliable design. The Type A Machines community quadrupled in size last year to some 500+ users, and Type A Machines is rapidly becoming “experts choice” amongst Engineers, Designers, Educators and Makers.

Presenter Bios

Kristen Turner
U.S. Marketing Director of Sculpteo

Kristen was previously CMO at Ponoko, an online laser cutting service, and a product designer at Target Corporation.

Andre Wegner
Founder and CEO of Authentise

Prior to Authentise, Andre worked in Nigeria and India helping to structure, fund and invest pioneering debt and equity funds in West Africa, assisting large corporates on the creation of new businesses targeting low-income markets, consulting governments, and supporting social enterprises. Originally from the UK and Germany, he holds Masters Degrees in International Relations, Modern History and Business from St. Andrews University (UK) and ESSEC (France). He graduated from Singularity University in 2012.

Sedny Attia
Founder and CEO of Treofab

Ever since he built his first printer 3 years ago, Sedny has been obsessed with putting 3D printing in the hands of the masses. His obsession was born from his love of 3D printing at home for his wife, daughters and friends. Because of the frequent requests for new prints and customized changes, he realized there was a much better way to perform the CAD work and built his own customization tool; a tool they could use themselves. The first seed for Treofab was planted. Relying on two decades of engineering experience, and leading large teams of engineers he started building the 3d printing team of the future. Sedny has a strong track record of success in leadership and engineering such as designing the first voice over IP systems at Motorola in the early 90’s, leading large engineering teams doing chip design at Altera, and most recently running his own chip design firm designing custom chips for the Tesla Model S car. He relies heavily on leadership skills developed throughout his career managing large teams focused on execution and sales development and is currently implementing these strategies at Treofab.

Espen Sivertsen
CEO of Type A Machines

Espen Sivertsen is CEO of Type A Machines, builders of the award winning Series 1 desktop 3D printer. With a background in business and psychology, Espen has previously served as Team Leader with the Scandinavian school of entrepreneurship known as the KaosPilots, where he led teams of 36 students through real-world corporate projects, programs, and personal crises. Prior to this, Espen worked as Head of Demolab at iLab, an international knowledge center for new technologies and trends. When not at work, Espen can be found digging planter holes under his wife's ardent supervision in the garden, or playing frisbee golf in Golden Gate park (using 3D printed frisbees of course).

Moderator: Geoffrey Doyle
Founder and CEO of GrowShapes LLC;
Founder and Co-chair of SVForum 3D Printing and Scanning SIG

Geoffrey Doyle is CEO of GrowShapes LLC, which provides leading-edge 3D printing and scanning products and services in Silicon Valley.  Starting his career in the British Army (Royal Engineers), he transitioned into venture capital and worked at Percipient Capital in London for over 10 years investing in UK technology companies.  After moving to Silicon Valley he established SVForum’s 3D Printing and Scanning Special Interest Group at the beginning of 2013, the first monthly meeting forum for 3D printing related technology in Silicon Valley.  He is also a business advisor to Silicon Valley companies, such as Sixense, and a frequent speaker on the topic of 3D printing investments and technology trends. Geoffrey holds a B.Eng (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from University of Manchester (UK), an MBA from Manchester Business School (UK) and graduated from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Facility Host and Refreshment Sponsor
Pacific Crest Securities

Pacific Crest Securities is an independent firm focused exclusively on technology that conducts equity research, institutional sales and trading, M&A advisory, and public and private financings. The firm's unique approach gives it an unparalleled depth of knowledge and expertise in technology and technology investing. Pacific Crest, whose success is predicated on the success of its clients, has received numerous awards for its expertise, including Institutional Investor's "Best of the Boutiques" award for its technology research the past five years. Headquartered in Portland, Ore., Pacific Crest also has offices in San Francisco, Calif., Stamford, Conn. and Boston, Mass.

6:30PM –- 7:00PM Registration & Networking
7:00PM –- 7:10PM  Announcements & Introductions
7:10PM  -- 7:20PM  Our host & sponsor, Pacific Crest Securities
7:20PM -- 7:30PM  Kristen Turner, U.S. Marketing Dir., Sculpteo
7:30PM -- 7:40PM  Andre Wegner, Founder and CEO, Authentise
7:40PM -- 7:50PM  Sedny Attia, Founder and CEO, Treofab
7:50PM -- 8:00PM  Espen Sivertsen, CEO, Type A Machines
8:00PM -- 8:40PM  Panel
8:40PM -- 9:00PM  Networking

About SVForum
SVForum, a non-profit association, fosters innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership within the Silicon Valley ecosystem of individuals and businesses participating in emerging technologies. (

About the SIG
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, 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. (

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