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3D Printing: Personal Manufacturing for the Mass Market

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3D Printing is poised to become a part of our daily lives, allowing consumers to make things in a new era of mass customization. Once an expensive technology used by engineers, 3D printers today print car bodies, medical and dental prosthetics, high-fashion shoes and much more. Layer by layer, 3D printers deposit material to build up one-of-a-kind products, even with complex internal shapes.
Virtual marketplaces, cheaper printers and cloud-based consumer software are transforming the 3D Printing ecosystem, bringing the technology within the reach of everyone.  With a current market size of $1.3 billion, the 3D printing industry is set to explode to $3.1 billion by 2016, according to industry consulting firm Wohlers Associates. 
Join us and our industry leading panelists to understand business models and see the technology in action. Some of the key questions we'll explore include:

  • How are entrepreneurs using 3D printing to build profitable businesses?
  • Will the entrepreneurial opportunities be in designing, printing, materials, or tools?
  • Will consumers print at home or use cloud-based services?
  • Will 3D printing be a niche market or will it disrupt traditional manufacturing with personalized production?

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Moderator: 

  • Dale Dougherty, Co-Founder of O'Reilly Media; Editor & Publisher of MAKE Magazine

Panelists: 

  • Peter Weijmarshausen, Founder & CEO, Shapeways
  • Rajeev Kulkarni, VP, General Manager, Consumer Solutions Business, 3D Systems, Creator of Cubify
  • Gonzalo Martinez, Director, Strategic Research, Office of the CTO, Autodesk
  • Philip Delamore, Director of Fashion Digital Studio, London College of Fashion, University of Arts London

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great! Very animated discussions of the spectrum of topics facing 3D Printing and the industry.

    April 18, 2012

  • Maureen S.

    The basic content was interesting - and a great speaker lineup. But the content was also light in terms of what it could have been. The first firm made a short presentation, but the other firms should have presented, as well - giving the audience more of their work to view, more points of comparison, and a much more intriguing overall event.

    April 18, 2012

  • Romy I.

    @BOB - the 3D printers use STL (stereolithography) - I think one of our speakers works at a company holding the patent for STL which should be freed up now as its 20 year term is ending

    April 12, 2012

  • Romy I.

    This is a wonderful opportunity to see 3D printers in person. Even though I've been researching this topic and see 3D printing in person at the Tech Shop every day, you really have to see it to "believe it"!

    It's also a great chance to see big industry players using the highest quality 3D printers to get things done--Converse is an especially great example and they'll have a lot of great material there around the Business Case for 3D printing.

    April 12, 2012

  • Bob A.

    I am curious how newer technology is different from stero lithography, which has been around for quite some time.

    March 29, 2012

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