Roger Ball Eric Yim Endowed Professor of Asian Ergonomics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (PolyU Design) Roger Ball has been crafting iconic sports products since 1983 for Burton Snowboards, Fisher Price, Cooper Canada, Itech Sports, Brine Lacrosse, Bell Helmets and Nike. During his 25-year teaching career, he has led design studios in North America, Asia and Europe. Roger is the Eric Yim Endowed Professor of Asian Ergonomics at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University where he is the Program Leader for the post graduate education. He holds an MFA from the Domus Academy in Milan and a PhD in Ergonomics from TUDeflt University in the Netherlands. His award winning 3D anthropometric study, SizeChina, has created the first digital database of Chinese head and face shapes. His Asian Ergonomic Lab drives the development of ‘China-fit” products for local and global brands. His research clients include Luxottica, Microsoft, 3M, Cartier, Neurosky and cirque du soleil. His new book “DesignDirect – how to start your own micro brand” inspires designers to create their own personal brands. It is available on Amazon and at www.designdirect.com.hk.
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August 26 | 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Scan & Print: A New Design Methodology for Creating Body Fitting Products
Tyler Benster Policy Advocate, Consultant, Entrepreneur and Speaker Tyler Benster is involved in the 3D Printing industry as a policy advocate, consultant, entrepreneur and speaker. Tyler studied Applied Mathematics & Economics at Brown University and currently resides in Providence, Rhode Island. His first experience with rapid prototyping was in 2008 when he built a RepRap Darwin, the first DIY 3D printer, from scratch: building the electronics by hand and sourcing the mechanical parts online. Since then, he has visited and learned from the leading practitioners of additive manufacturing across the world. As a 3D printing evangelist, Tyler works with forward-looking manufacturers, startups, incubators, politicians and economic development groups.
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August 26 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm The Future for 3D Printing in Asia
Virginia Cha Chief, Research Practice National University of Singapore Virginia Cha is an active researcher, educator, mentor, and angel investor in Singapore’s entrepreneur ecosystem after 32 years of executive management in technology companies, with previous roles as founder and CEO of venture-funded, hi-tech companies in Singapore and China with successful exits on NASDAQ and HKSE. Virginia’s research interests are in entrepreneur decision-making and shanzhai innovation models, and have written multiple teaching cases on these subjects. She is an active educator in entrepreneurship and teaches at multiple institutions in Singapore: “Technopreneur”, a National Infocomm Competency Framework (NICF) course at ISS; “New Venture Creation” course at Fudan University; multiple MBA entrepreneurship courses at INSEAD. In addition, she is an active mentor and angel investor to early stage startups, with focus in technology ventures at INSEAD, NUS, and SMU. She is also the chairperson of her own investment holding company with R&D office complex at Tsinghua Science Park in Kunshan, Jiangsu province, PRC. Virginia earned her Ph.D. in Innovation from the National University of Singapore and her B.S. in Information Computer Science from the University of Hawaii. She started her career as a systems programmer at Burroughs Corporation in the U.S. in 1980. She has lived and worked in Bangkok, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and multiple cities in the U.S. She is also the Co-Author of the book Asia’s Entrepreneurs: Dilemmas, Risks and Opportunities.
Sessions
August 27 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am Funding 3D Printing Start-ups in Asia (Part 1)
August 27 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Funding 3D Printing Start-ups in Asia (Part 2)
K O Chia Director, Grace Financial Ltd. and President, Hong Kong Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (HKVCA) Mr. K O Chia is Director of Grace Financial Ltd., a family office and also serves as the President of Hong Kong Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (HKVCA). He has more than 35 years of varied experience ranging from US-Asia private equity-venture capital investing, start-up company experience and extensive operational management experience in the technology and consumer sectors across U.S., Europe & Asia. His current interest is in impact investments, bringing private equity approach in solving social issues.
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August 27 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Funding 3D Printing Start-ups in Asia (Part 2)
Daniel Cowen Co-Founder, WobbleWorks, Inc. Daniel is the Co-Founder and COO of WobbleWorks, where he guides and oversees operations, marketing and business development. Co-founder of two award-winning software start-ups (including “Last Night Never Happened”) and a former corporate lawyer, Daniel was born and raised in London, England. Since then he’s moved around a bunch, spending time in Hong Kong, Chicago and Montreal. Daniel graduated from the University of Oxford and is now based out of Hong Kong, where he splits his time between eating Dim Sum and honing his 3Doodling skills.
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August 27 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am Funding 3D Printing Start-ups in Asia (Part 1)
Bernat Cuni Founder, cunicode Cunicode is a design studio and brand of co-designed products, digitally fabricated. Founded in early 2011 to explore the business opportunities of Additive Manufacturing through design. When there is a new way of making things, there is a new way to design them. Cunicode researches the new aesthetics of additive manufacturing, explores business opportunities for the maker economy, makes design tools for everyone and makes and sells products using the digital fabrication ecosystem. We believe in the popularization of design tools and processes to lower the entry barriers to the world of making things. Cunicode’s designs and projects have been featured in international design shows and publications like Wired Magazine and The Guardian. His Crayon Creatures project is currently exhibited at the Science Museum London. Cunicode is run by Bernat Cuni, a product designer specialized in digital fabrication with expertise in several fields of industrial design, eco-design and design entrepreneurship. Bernat Cuni also works closely with academia to bring 3D Printing and design education together. He is currently invited professor at the Masters in Design Management at the Istituto Europeo di Design, and at the Masters in Product Design at Elisava Design School in Barcelona. Prior to heading cunicode, Bernat managed a Design Incubator program at the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
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August 27 | 9:00 am – 9:45 am Design for 3D Printing: Making Things Different
Shawn Frayne President, Looking Glass HK Ltd. Shawn founded Haddock Invention in 2006, a clean technology incubator based in San Francisco and Hong Kong, and co-founded a spin-off company, Humdinger Wind Energy, in 2007. Through these companies, Shawn has led the development of new technologies in the fields of green packaging, solar water disinfection, small-scale solar power, energy storage, and non-turbine wind power generation. For this work, he and the teams he works with have been awarded the Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award (2007), noted as one of the ‘20 Best Brains Under 40’ by Discover Magazine (2008), and listed on Inc Magazine’s ’30 Under 30’ rising business leaders list (2009). Shawn currently leads Looking Glass HK Ltd., advancing the world’s first patent pending volumetric 3D imaging technology. Shawn has his B.S. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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August 26 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm The Future for 3D Printing in Asia
John Hornick Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P. John Hornick is an IP counselor and litigator based in Finnegan’s Washington DC headquarters. Based on his 30+ years of experience, he counsels clients on virtually every aspect of IP law. He has litigated close to 100 IP cases in more than 30 U.S. federal courts in 18 states, five U.S. circuit courts of appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and others. He has appeared before more than 100 judges, arbitrators, and mediators and has tried every type of IP case. He has successfully avoided litigation for clients in hundreds of other disputes. His passion is the IP issues of 3D printing/additive manufacturing. John started the firm’s 3D printing initiative and formed Finnegan’s 3D Printing Working Group. John advises clients about 3D printing and the IP and licensing issues of this rapidly developing technology. He provides tailored in-house lectures and in-depth analyses to companies that want to be educated about 3D printing technology and materials, and how this technology may affect their businesses, both offensively and defensively. John closely follows the industry and is a frequent speaker and writer on 3D printing and its potential effects on IP law and the world. His articles have been published at www.3DPrintingIndustry.com and in the Journal of 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing, for which he serves on the Editorial Board.
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August 26 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am 3D Printing and the Future (or Demise) of Intellectual Property
Jeng Ywan Jeng Full Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology- Taiwan Tech JY Jeng is a full professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, while also Dean of the College of Engineering, at Taiwan Tech (NTUST – National Taiwan University of Science and Technology). During 2007-2009, he served as the Dean of the R&D Office at Taiwan Tech., and the Director of the Preparatory Office of the NTUST Patent Institute in 2010. Jeng received his PhD from the University of Liverpool in 1992, and MSc from the University of Manchester (formerly UMIST) in 1989, UK, respectively. Jeng earned his BEng from the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, in 1985. Jeng was a visiting scholar at the University of California in Santa Barbara, USA, for eight months in 2002, then at the University of Cambridge, UK, for two months in 2008. For the two-&-a-half-year period January 2010 – August 2012, Jeng was a full-time technocrat in a diplomatic capacity at the Taipei Representative Office in Moscow, responsible for all co-operations of science and technology between Taiwan and Russia. Jeng was also on leave from his academic duties during 2005-2007 to focus on the BOT project of the Teco Group Research Institute as a government co-op initiative with the conglomerate Teco Taiwan. The spectrum of Jeng’s current research covers domains of the multi-disciplinary technologies spanning opto-mechatronics (maskless lithography), additive manufacturing (AM) alongside the more consumer-centric 3D printing, femto-second laser material processing, and patent engineering. Parallel to his academic activities and achievement, Jeng recently received the honorary fellowship of the New Kinpo Group Professor and wears the hat of a consultant-at-large at the XYZ Printing company. He is an expert consultant to the SAS Wafer Inc.
Sessions
August 26 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm The Future for 3D Printing in Asia
August 27 | 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm Highlight on Killer Applications of 3D Printing
Graham Leach Visiting Lecturer, School of Design, The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong Graham has over 20 years of commercial experience in high technology, health sciences, entertainment, manufacturing, education and about a dozen other industry sectors. He has held C-Level positions at several firms (CTO, CIO, CEO) as well as founding two companies of his own. Graham has participated in almost every aspect of merchant and investment banking (IPO, private placements, M&A, angel funding, bridge financing, seed funding). He has worked with IBM, Microsoft, Bayer Pharmaceuticals and many other Fortune 500 companies on various projects. Graham attended Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, where he earned a degree in Asian History & Computer Science. He then attended the MBA CORE program at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia before departing to work in a Canadian/Hong Kong dotcom startup. Once he arrived in Asia, he studied Putonghua at the Chinese Language program at The Beijing Language and Culture University, Beijing and most recently he has undertaken an MBA at The University of Liverpool. Currently a Visiting Lecturer at The Polytechnic University of Hong Kong, Graham is also an Entrepreneur in Residence at M-LAB, a leading Hong Kong private incubator, a member of Dim Sum Labs and a startup mentor at Good Lab. Graham has over years of experience with 3D printing at industrial scale with the uPrint series from Dimension (Israel) as well as an ongoing collaboration with Adrian Bowyer, the father of the RepRap open-source 3D printer. He has fond memories of tweaking his first Prusa Mendel and is currently coaxing his personal Makerbot along.
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August 27 | 1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Challenging the Next Generation of 3D Designers
Dr. Conor MacCormack Co-Founder & CEO, Mcor Technologies Ltd Formerly site manager for a 5th Framework European project with Airbus, principal investigator with SPS Technologies in the US aerospace sector, and with a PhD in mechanical engineering, Dr. MacCormack co-founded Mcor Technologies in 2005 to democratise innovation by creating accessible tools based on paper-based Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL) technology. Dr. MacCormack has served as Mcor CEO since 2007, during which the company launched industry-changing products, won national competitions and awards and generated worldwide recognition and demand. Previously, Dr. MacCormack consulted for notable companies, including Boston Scientific, ABS Pumps, Aisle Master, Mantis Cranes, Tanco Autowrap, Keenan Systems and Dromone Engineering.
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August 26 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am Colour 3D Printing: What Is It and Why Does It Matter?
Michele Marchesan Chief Opportunity Officer, 3D Systems As Chief Opportunity Officer 3D Printers, Michele is responsible for the global management of one of 3D Systems’ most strategic and fastest growing business units. Michele maintains a dual focus on customers and resellers, with an emphasis on delivering sales, improving efficiency and enhancing team-building to optimize end results and ongoing experience. Under Michele’s leadership, the global reach and adoption of 3D Systems’ personal and professional printers has expanded dramatically all over the world, both through the addition of large numbers of new resellers and the successful incorporation of reseller networks gained through company acquisitions. Michele’s efforts have led to greater market presence, global reputation-building and increased revenue. Experienced in growing teams to their greatest potential, Michele invests his energy in providing the necessary internal and external support to establish 3D Systems’ personal and professional 3D printers as the leaders of their respective sectors. Prior to assuming his current role, Michele worked as 3D Systems’ Director of Sales for Europe and Asia Pacific. In Europe, Michele built a printer channel from the ground up before guiding his team to achieve record European revenues for 3D printers. As Director of Sales for Asia Pacific, Michele expanded the scope of the region’s business from a small unit to a meaningful contributing market.
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August 27 | 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm Afternoon Keynote: Manufacturing the Future
Trevor Morris Co-Founder and Chief Editor, 3DTupo Media Limited Born and bred in Hong Kong, Trevor read law at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. He went on to obtain his Ph.D. during which he worked for Hong Kong’s Basic Law Consultative Committee in the drafting of the Basic Law of the Special Administrative Region. He is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Hong Kong University. Trevor’s main interest remains in film, TV and other media, having produced English-language documentaries for the likes of NatGeo and Discovery Channel. In 2005, he produced “DragonBlade”, China’s first full-GGI, full-feature animation film. From 2007 to 2010, he worked at Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures (Asia Pacific), producing Chinese-language movies targeting the Greater China market. Since 2011, he worked on animation projects in collaboration with Pukeko Ltd. whose principals include five-time Oscar winner, Sir Richard Taylor and acclaimed director, Sir Peter Jackson. 3Dtupo is a new venture for Trevor to tap into the potentially immense China market in 3D printing goods and services.
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August 27 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Funding 3D Printing Start-ups in Asia (Part 2)
Peng T. Ong Managing Director, Monk’s Hill Ventures Peng T. Ong is a Managing Director at Monk’s Hill Ventures, a technology venture fund. He sits on the boards of YY Inc. and Singapore University of Design & Technology; and, also on the advisory board of the Chancellor of the University of Illinois. Until recently, Peng was also on the boards of SingTel and Singapore’s National Research Foundation; and, chaired Infocomm Investments. Peng founded Match.com (bought by IAC), Interwoven (now part of HP), and Encentuate (acquired by IBM). The businesses he created now generate annual revenues that total more than US$1 billion. He has a master’s in Computer Science from UIUC and a BSEE from UT Austin. Peng is also an avid audiophile.
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August 27 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Funding 3D Printing Start-ups in Asia (Part 2)
Nave Rachman Pre Sales & Application Manager, Stratasys Asia Pacific & Japan Nave Rachman is the Pre Sales & Application Manager in Stratasys AP LTD.From the past few years; Nave has created and transferred knowledge of additive manufacturing applications to the users and training the application engineers working with the users of Stratasys products. In Intel Corporation, Nave worked between 2010 and 2013 as a supervisor and project-leader in the System and Security Control Center. Nave has lived 1.5 years in the United Kingdom and Ireland as a Regional Sales-Manager in the cosmetics industry. He currently resides in Hong Kong.
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August 27 | 9:45 am – 10:30 am Morning Keynote: 3D Printing Application in Manufactory: Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM)
Joseph Scott Vice President, Scott & Associates John Joe is Vice President of Scott & Associates, Inc., Afinia 3D’s Agency of Record. A School District purchased a 3D printer and didn’t have curriculum to go with it. Joe wrote and delivered an eight-week session that was based upon Minnesota State Curriculum Standards. Although not an Educator, he has an interesting perspective on introducing 3D Printing to at-risk students and the unexpected outcomes.
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August 26 | 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm Ten Profiles of 3D Printer-Enabled Innovators
Ajay Sharma Founder & CEO, Kloneworld How do we pass on the stories of our childhood, our culture, our values to our children in this fast world of screens, tablets and videogames? Ajay Sharma is the Founder & CEO of Kloneworld, a Singapore company that is on a mission of passing on stories. Just upload a face photo and find yourself everywhere, in storybooks, apps, animation, 3D Print Figurines or stickers. Kloneworld also uses 3D printing to make personalised toys, board games etc. Before starting Kloneworld in 2012, Ajay spent 13 years in the financial services industry. As an investment banker at Morgan Stanley, research analyst at CLSA and then a partner at Flowering Tree Investment Management. He graduated in pharmacy from IIT -BHU and MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. He loves to play Tennis, Cricket and Golf and lives in Singapore with his wife and his two daughters, the inspiration behind Kloneworld.
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August 27 | 11:00 am – 11:45 am Funding 3D Printing Start-ups in Asia (Part 1)
Ir. Bryan So Senior Consultant Biomedical, Optics and Precision Engineering Automation Service Division, Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC) Ir. Bryan SO is the Senior Consultant of the Biomedical, Optics and Precision Engineering Unit, Automation Service Division, Hong Kong Productivity Council (HKPC). Bryan is also the Supervisor of the Rapid Prototyping Technology Centre (RPTC) at HKPC, responsible for the one-stop consultancy services on computer-aided design (CAD), product development, 3D printing, as well as the bureau services on rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing including PU duplication through silicone molding, small batch production, post-processing, polishing & painting, opto-mechatronics design and fabrication. His knowledge covers a wide range of industries including toys, automotive, electrical appliances, medical & healthcare, opto-mechatronics, eye wear, jewelry, etc. With more than 12 years of experience in advanced manufacturing technologies, Bryan is also the investigator for new technology development including CAD/CAM systems, automation & biomedical engineering. Bryan is currently the Executive Deputy Secretary General of Asian Harmonization Working Party (AHWP) for promoting medical device regulatory harmonization & convergence, and offering the related regulatory affairs and quality management system consultancy services in HKPC, including medical device GMP, MDGDP, ISO13485, ISO14971, pre-market notification, safety & compliance, etc.
Sessions
August 26 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm The Future for 3D Printing in Asia
August 27 | 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm The Evolution of 3D Printing
Louis Sze Assistant Engineer, Technology Application in BioMed Unit, Industrial Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Mr. Louis Sze, a biomedical engineer in Technology Application in BioMed Unit from PolyU Industrial Centre and currently finishing his PhD in Orthopedics in CUHK. From the past few years, Louis has provided anatomical models and prosthesis fabrication support to the dental hospital in Hong Kong with the emphasis of CADCAM and 3D printing applications. He has also successfully conducted different cadaveric studies and clinical trial for the application of digital workflow in different orthopedic surgeries. His research interests include medical applications of 3D printing, patient specific instruments and high fidelity manikin model for medical training.
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August 26 | 2:00 pm – 2:00 pm Medical Applications in 3D Printing: Biomodeling and Patient Specific Instruments
Daniel Tsang Chief Editor and Founder, The Gestalt Limited and Committee Member, Hong Kong Maker Faire 2014 As a journalist, Daniel has traveled throughout Asia to amass info about the latest development in 3D Printing market as well as the Maker culture. He has interviewed key 3D Printing companies and connections with them in Shanghai, Shenzhen, Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong. Before starting Gestalt, his own media company, Daniel used to cover trade and commerce news for the Hong Kong Economic Times. The Gestalt is dedicated to analyzing the latest technologies for readers in the manufacturing sectors, including toys, watches, jewelry, electronics, automobiles. The Gestalt is currently working in Taiwan for further information research with Tokyo being the next destination.
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August 26 | 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm Microeconomics of 3D Printing in Asia: How it Actually Happens
Collin Wilkerson Managing Director, Western Tool & Mold Ltd. Born in the United States and raised in Hong Kong, Collin Wilkerson is the founder and Managing Director of Western Tool & Mold Ltd (WTM), a Hong Kong based company specialized in tooling and molding, providing “Total Plastic Solutions” to the Aerospace, Medical, Electronic, Industrial and Specialty Industries. Prior to the establishing WTM, Collin was managing the operations as Operations Manager in Dongguan at Hip Lick (Lee’s) Plastic, where he shortened manufacturing lead time by 20% and reduced reject rate by 30%. With the attitude of “doing the impossible,” Collin was promoted to Vice President, Hong Kong in 2002 and further grew the business through his methodical and innovative approach, resulting in the doubling of revenue. With a deep-rooted passion in engineering, Collin set up his own company, WTM, in 2004, introducing value stream engineering and work flow management to customers and resulting in time, cost and rejects reduction. WTM currently serves customers from all over the world with a wide spectrum of products. Collin holds a Bachelor Degree in International Economics and Finance from University of California Sonoma. He holds a Master of Arts (MA) Degree (International Economics and Finance) from Claremont Graduate University and Drucker School. Collin currently resides in Hong Kong.
Sessions
August 26 | 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm The Future for 3D Printing in Asia
August 27 | 4:45 pm – 5:30 pm Additive Manufacturing for the Aerospace Sector
Terry Wohlers Founder, Principal Consultant, and President, Wohlers Associates, Inc. Terry Wohlers is principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 27 years ago. Through this company, Wohlers has provided consulting assistance to more than 240 organizations in 24 countries. He has authored nearly 400 books, articles, and technical papers and has given 100 keynote presentations on five continents. Wohlers has appeared on many television and radio news programs, including NPR, CBS Radio News, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, Australia’s Sky News, and China’s CCTV. In 2007, more than 1,000 industry professionals from around the world selected Wohlers as the #1 most influential person in rapid product development and additive manufacturing.
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August 26 | 9:00 am – 9:45 am Opening Keynote: The Next Frontier in 3D Printing
Yang Yihu President and CEO, ESUN Yang Yihu is President and Chief Executive Officer of ESUN, the leader in PLA and 3D printing material. From 1988 to 1997, he worked for the industrial management in Hubei Provincial Petrochemical Industrial Department. Since 2002 he has been responsible for 10,000 ton/Y of PLA production project, which was approved as a key project of Strategic Emerging Industrial Plan by the Chinese National Development and Reform Commission. Yang Yihu is responsible for 25 international and domestic patents as one of main inventors. He has led ESUN in research and production of 3D material since 2007. He is also Vice Chairman of the degradable professional committee of Chinese Plastic Industrial Association.and Chairman of the low carbon bio-plastic industrial innovation alliance. He holds an MBA degree from Wuhan University.
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August 26 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Application of 3D FDM Printing Material
James Yu CEO and Chairman, WestingCut Group (China) and Founder, Xery 3D Printing Science & Technology Inc. Yu is co-founder and CEO of WestingCut Electric Inc. (Shanghai), WestingCut Heavy Industrial Science and Technology Inc. (Anhui), WestingCut Heavy Industrial Technology (Shanghai), Xery 3D Printing Science & Technology Inc. (Hefei), and Xery 3D Printing Science & Technology Inc. (Anhui). From 1998 to 2007, Yu was a senior engineer at Husky Injection and Molding Systems Ltd. (Bolton, Canada) and Sensor and Software Inc. (Mississauga, Canada). He also served as a professor at Shanghai University of Science and Technology from 1989 to 1997.
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August 26 | 2:30 pm – 3:00 pm 3D Printing and Cloud Manufacturing
Brandon Zatt General Manager of International Business Department, ZGKJ & All-Around China Hand Born in Upstate New York in 1975, Brandon Zatt was raised on super heroes and fairy tales and grew up building amusement parks out of Tinker Toys, dreaming he’d one day make them real. An early move to Washington DC and a liberal arts education provided further stimulation, and upon graduating the University of Michigan in 1998 with a Bachelors of History, he moved to China hoping never to grow old. After teaching English and learning Chinese in Changsha, Hunan, he worked aboard a cruise ship on the Yangtze River before disembarking in Shanghai in 2001 to pursue writing. Covering the profound transformations rippling through China’s economic, social and cultural realms as a freelance writer for the South China Morning Post and others, in 2006 Guangzhou magazine “That’s PRD” asked him to spearhead their expansion into Shenzhen. Enthralled by Shenzhen’s youthful spirit and limitless potential, he continued writing, launching online magazine Bai Cai and deepening his understanding of China. In 2011, frustrated by journalism’s outside observer position, Brandon Zatt stabled his pen in pursuit of more authentic experience and opened a trading company with a friend, sourcing Chinese goods for the developing world. A fortuitous remark in 2012 brought him into China’s property development field, managing foreign architects and designers for local developers, where he continued to grow. This year his design company merged with Dongguan-based developer ZGKJ, and as they prepare to open China’s first 3D Printing Comprehensive Innovation Park, his childhood dream of building amusement parks grows closer each day. Basing himself on the teaching, “A blue fly, if it clings to the tail of a thoroughbred horse, can travel 10,000 miles,” Brandon Zatt is off to a gallop and enjoying the ride.
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August 27 | 11:45 am – 12:30 pm Funding 3D Printing Start-ups in Asia (Part 2)

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