Agenda

“The 3D printing industry is a moving target. This year we created a program that balances cutting edge technology with coverage of established trends. The program covers the most recent developments in the 3D printing industry, from fashion to aerospace, and provides a range of tutorials to help participants catch up with the basic aspects of the technology, software, and law.” – Hod Lipson, Associate Professor at Cornell University and Conference Chair for Inside 3D Printing
Day 1: April 15 Tutorial Day

9:15am

Registration Opens

10:00am – 12:00pm

Tutorial 1
Tutorial 2
Tutorial 1: 3D Printing Fundamentals: An Industry Primer
Read Description
Intellectual property is the fruit of human creativity. In the U.S., there are five kinds of government-given rights that protect IP. John Hornick, an internationally recognized thought leader on the potential effects of intellectual property rights on 3D printing, and vice versa, provides an entertaining and informative primer on how utility and design patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and trademarks apply to the processes, machines, materials, software, and products of 3D printing.
Tutorial 2: Introduction to 3D Printing – Technologies, Materials, and Disruptions
Read Description
This two-hour tutorial is a condensed version of a week-long course that covers 3D printing for a non-technical audience. We will cover basic processes, technologies and materials, as well as future technology trends. We will also discuss the basic principles of design software (CAD) for 3D printing, and learn why 3D printing is disruptive to conventional manufacturing industries. No technical background is assumed or required. At the end of this course you will understand:
  • The dozen basic 3D printing processes
  • Materials that can and can’t be printed, and why
  • The four phases of evolution of 3D printing, current and future
  • How design software works together with 3D printing
  • The ten disruptive principles of 3D printing

12:00pm – 12:15pm

Break

12:15pm – 2:15pm

Tutorial 3
Tutorial 4
Tutorial 3: Building a Small Business with 3D Printing: Planning, Goal Setting and Resources
Read Description
3D printing is powering small businesses and empowering creative entrepreneurs to design, produce and sell unique products that fill specific needs for consumers. 3D printing technologies through services like Shapeways or home-printers offer entrepreneurs many new possibilities, but beyond the technology, what do you need to know to plan, launch and grow a successful, and sustainable, small business? This session will ensure that you have a handle on what you need for your business so that you can get off to a strong start. In this hands-on session Shapeways Community Outreach Coordinator and author Eleanor Whitney will walk participants through:
  • – Defining the focus and mission of your business
  • – Planning and goal setting for your business
  • – Finding resources for entrepreneurs and small business owners
  • – Practical applications and challenges for utilizing 3D printing in a small business context
Tutorial 4: 3D Printing and Toy Design: Reinventing Everything
Read Description
This tutorial will cover how 3D printing has already changed the toy industry, how it is currently changing, and the amazing future ahead. See how the corporate overseas manufacturing model vs. the “American Made (in my garage)” culture is evolving through fun toy examples. Find out how 3D prototyping has changed and accelerated Mark’s private inventing business on every level. He will also discuss why there has never been a more exciting time to be an inventor/designer/artist – and how anyone can get involved in changing the world today. 3D printing allows inventors to maximize their talents to create anything they can dream up, and make a living doing it. Plus insights into our awesome future…. and how it is being reimagined everyday.

2:15pm – 3:00pm

Break

3:00pm – 5:00pm

Tutorial 5
Tutorial 6
Tutorial 5: How to Get Started with 3D Printing
Read Description
Learn the basics of desktop 3D printing. We will discover the 3 ways to make, which include downloading, scanning and design. We will also cover tips on how to use your 3D printer, what users are creating and how you can get started today!
Tutorial 6: 3D Design Geometries: Understanding and Applying Generative Microstructures
Read Description
This tutorial will provide budding artists and fashion designers with an algorithmic method for customizing micro-structure geometry throughout specific parts for variable material properties. We’ll demonstrate how this can make lighter & stronger parts for additive manufacturing & can optimize the material properties / structure throughout a part. Attendees will walk away from this highly informative tutorial with a better understanding of generative methods to model 3D microstructure’s and the how these 3D microstructures can respond to different performative criteria, creating variable material properties.

5:00pm – 5:15pm

Break

5:15pm – 7:15pm

Tutorial 7
Tutorial 8
Tutorial 7: Introduction to 3D Scanning
Read Description
As 3D Printing’s popularity continues to resonate around the globe, the impact of additive manufacturing is poised to revolutionize how products are designed and generate new opportunities in emerging markets. And yet fully leveraging the technology still requires sophisticated design tools and years of experience. As advanced optical scanning technologies become more ubiquitous, turning the objects you already own into printable 3D models will quickly become more economical. Think of a future where every existing smartphone and tablet can function as a potential 3D Scanner and create 3D models from 2D images. In fact, with the global 3D scanning market predicted to grow from $2.06 billion in 2013 to $4.08 billion by 2018, the future has already arrived.
Tutorial 8: Direct Metal Printing in Applications
Read Description
Increasingly, 3D printing is used not only for prototyping, but for the production of finished goods as well. Join us as we walk through one of the hottest technologies in the industry: Direct Metal Printing. This tutorial will walk through the considerations for deciding whether to use metal additive manufacturing, and instruct through a presentation relevant case studies. Key themes to be explored include monolithic construction, flow optimization, miniaturization, increased functionality and mass reduction. Attendees will walk away with a comprehensive understanding of when to use Direct Metal Printing and how to take advantage of the design freedom.

6:30pm – 8:30pm

WOHLERS ASSOCIATES CONSULTING DINNER
For 19 years, Wohlers Associates, Inc., the leading consulting firm for the 3D printing industry worldwide, has produced the Wohlers Report, the undisputed leading annual state of the industry report. Although consultations with the firm can be difficult to obtain, attendees of this dinner will have the chance to spend two hours meeting with Terry Wohlers, founder, principal consultant, and president of Wohlers Associates. Ask questions, discuss business opportunities, and speak in depth about predictions for the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry. Register today to reserve your spot.
Day 2: April 16

8:15am

Registration Opens

9:00am – 9:45am

Keynote
Morning Keynote: The Shapes of Things to Come Description coming soon.

9:45am – 10:30am

Medical Track
Business & Investment Track
Food, Fashion, & Entertainment Track
Law & IP Track
3D Medical Printing: From Concept to Clinic, From Education to Regeneration
Read Description
Although 3D printing seemingly burst onto the medical scene over the last couple of years, it has actually been impacting the practice of medicine for over a decade. 3D printing was initially utilized for medical planning and modeling, but has since been utilized to build patient specific implants and even to print cells. The FDA has recently noted 3D printing as a path forward for personalized medicine, especially in the realm of medical devices. In this talk, I will first present an overview of 3D printing in medicine, including our own work printing bioresorbable splints for airway reconstruction, first published in the New England Journal of Medicine and featured on the Today Show, NPR, and CNN among other media. I will then discuss the various applications of patient specific and personalized medical devices and implants from surgical training and education to external custom devices to patient specific implants and the future of integrated 3D printed materials and biologics like cells, proteins and genes. Finally, I will discuss the many hurdles to bringing 3D printed medical devices to clinical use, especially the regulatory challenges that result from the ability to create custom patient specific devices and tissues, in addition to the challenges that 3D printing will pose for traditional paradigms of medical device manufacturing.
Print Me an Investment Banker: Additive Manufacturing M&A and Financing Trends
Read Description
Emerging from a nascent, hobbyist technology to the centerpiece of the “third industrial revolution”, 3D printing has stormed onto the scene and deal making along with it. Averaging around an acquisition a month and millions of dollars of funding, it is safe to say 3D printing is greasing the wheels of capitalism, one voxel at a time. Find out who’s investing money, who’s buying who, how much they’re paying and what’s next.
Digitally Manufacturing Food to Medical Devices – Are FDA Regulations Evolving Fast Enough?
Read Description
This session discusses the unique challenges associated with digitally manufactured products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) such as food and medical devices. 3-D Printing presents an opportunity for numerous innovations including the potential for individuals to customize medical devices and food with specific details to meet each consumers need – such as specialized medical devices and personalized food with unique nutrient profiles and calorie content. Among other cutting edge innovations, companies are developing ways to monitor an individual’s biostatistics and then create personalized food to match the needs of the person’s health status. Importantly, the “intended use” and “claims” for the product would govern whether pre-market FDA clearance or approval is necessary for market access. Our discussion focuses on how these innovations may exist within the framework of the FDA regulatory system for food, dietary supplements, drugs, and medical devices.
3D Printing and The Future (or Demise) of Intellectual Property
Read Description
In this presentation John Hornick, a recognized thought leader in the 3D printing space, explores the intersection — and some would say the head-on collision — between 3D printing and intellectual property. Illustrating this high level, rapid fire presentation with examples of advances in 3D printing and materials, John explores the implications for intellectual property and the world and addresses challenging questions, such as: How will the democratization of manufacturing affect IP? Can protection from infringement be balanced with the ability to innovate? Does IP stimulate or stifle innovation in the 3DP space? Is the existing IP regime up to the task, or is IP fundamentally in conflict with a 3D printed world? How is IP special in the 3D printing space? Who will win the tug of war between IP and open innovation? Will IP survive, or are we headed for a worldwide open technology community? Guaranteed entertaining and educational.

10:30am – 11:00am

Morning Break and Exhibit Hall Opens

10:30am – 11:30am

Sponsored Session by Venable
Getting your 3D Printed Product to Market: An Insider’s Perspective Using their experience with 3D printing to create food, medical devices, and consumer products, the panelists will share the best practices and lessons learned with respect to R&D, pre-approval compliance issues and IP protections needed to bring your 3D product to market. Members from leading food and consumer product companies will address innovation agreements, managing relationships with key regulators such as FDA, and how to secure the appropriate IP protections that will help you to generate revenue.

11:00am – 11:45am

Medical Track
Business & Investment Track
Food, Fashion, & Entertainment Track
Law & IP Track
OsteoFab Technology: An Advanced 3D Printing Platform for Skeletal Reconstruction
Read Description
Over the past decade, materials technology centered on PolyEtherKetoneKetone (PEKK), a high performance polymer, has been developed by OPM. Combining this “best-in-class polymer” with specialized 3D printing capabilities has led to development of a new generation of medical devices that have already begun to improve patient outcomes and have the further potential to fundamentally improve the economics of orthopedics on a global scale; for developed and developing countries. These are disruptive changes that will allow the industry to provide the finest levels of healthcare to more people at lower cost.
  • High Performance Additive Manufacturing (HPAM) creating end use 3D printed polymer products
  • OPM manufactures FDA cleared PEKK implants using a 3D printing technique
  • 3D printed PEKK suitable for load bearing implants
  • The Big Picture on 3D Printing: A VC Perspective
    Read Description
    3D printing is often hailed as “the next industrial revolution” – but why is a 20-year old technology sector suddenly attracting the attention of venture capitalists and industry giants alike? What can be learned from the past, and what can be expected in the future? Zack is a venture capitalist with Lux Capital and led the firm’s investment in Shapeways – the world’s largest 3D printing marketplace – as well as a soon-to-be-disclosed startup leveraging 3D printing in an entirely new way. In his talk, Zack will give a comprehensive overview of the critical technology and market trends that are shaping the current landscape of 3D printing and share what areas to watch in the years ahead
    Print and Eat: Overview, Challenges and Opportunities in Food Printing
    Read Description
    What is food printing and how does it work? What kind of food can be printed and how does it taste? Is the technology ready, and are we? This talk will cover the burgeoning field of food printing, discuss its brief history, show some of the technologies involved, and outline some of the key challenges and opportunities lying ahead.
    Global Strategies for Intellectual Property Protection in Additive Manufacturing
    Read Description
    Additive manufacturing has created both a technical and social revolution that presents unique challenges for intellectual property (IP) protection. A thorough understanding of how to address IP in the additive manufacturing context is important to avoid common pitfalls. This talk will center on global strategies for protection under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, Berne Convention on copyrights, the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs and anti-counterfeit laws, for example. Common forms of IP protection, a discussion of expired patents and technical trends is also included.

    11:45am – 12:30pm

    Medical Track
    Business & Investment Track
    Food and Fashion & Entertainment Track
    Law & IP Track
    The Future of Medical Innovation via 3DP
    Read Description
    Healthcare is one of its fastest growing segments of 3D Printing. Additive manufacturing is already transforming medicine with applications that are astounding: printed organs, personalized prosthetics, custom orthotics, dental implants, podiatric products, bioprinted skin. How will 3DP enable future innovation within the medical industry? Our panelists will provide their perspectives and predictions.
    Startup Competition
    Read Description
    The Startup Competition at Inside 3D Printing is the hottest pitch event in the industry, with participants raising more than $6 million in 2014. Five promising startups, selected by Tyler Benster, will pitch for five minutes in front of a panel of VCs and entrepreneurs to determine this year’s winner. Investors at this can’t miss session will get the first look at compelling opportunities just around the corner. Previous winners include 3D Hubs (New York 2014) and Wiivv Wearables (Santa Clara 2014).

    If you want to pitch your company and present in this session, please email 3dprinting.startup@mecklermedia.com and include about 200 words that describe your business idea.
    3D Printing Dessert
    Read Description
    The present and future of 3D printed food; how digital artisanship will shape the culinary arts and food service.
    From Abstract to Accountability: The New Tools Innovators Must Have to Survive in a 3D Printed World
    Read Description
    With the advent of and advances in 3D printing and materials, the implications for intellectual property as pertain to all sectors are wide and varied. This panel will address DRM, as well as the complex world of patents, copyrights, trademarks. Our panel will also pose challenging questions, such as: How the future of IP will be impacted – how will the democratization of manufacturing affect IP? How can protection from infringement be balanced with the ability to innovate? Does IP stimulate or stifle innovation in the 3DP space? Is the existing IP regime up to the task, or is IP fundamentally in conflict with a 3D printed world? Who will win the tug of war between IP and open innovation? Will IP survive, or are we headed for a worldwide open technology community?

    12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall is Open

    1:30pm – 2:15pm

    Keynote
    Afternoon Keynote: Twelve Years From Now A typical education takes twelve years to achieve. A dozen years from now, students graduating from high school will have had exposure to 3D printing all throughout their education. What will this mean for the development and use of the technology, and what will the world be like when all college students have grown up with 3D printing?

    2:15pm – 3:00pm

    Medical Track
    Business & Investment Track
    Food, Fashion, & Entertainment Track
    Law & IP Track
    3D Printing: The Intersection of Medical Device Innovation and Regulation
    Read Description
    3D Printing provides for unlimited opportunity for innovation in the health care industry. However, this innovation must occur within the current FDA regulatory framework for medical devices, which has not yet addressed the differences between traditional medical devices and additive manufacturing. Although the FDA’s Additive Manufacturing Working Group is operational, specific guidance from the FDA has not been released. This session focuses on how 3D Printing innovation is impacted by the current FDA regulatory framework for medical devices and what we may see from the FDA in the future.
    Reinterpreting Hype and Progress: a Glimpse into the Future of 3D Printing
    Read Description
    Academics, economists and even politicians acknowledge the role of additive manufacturing in the Third Industrial Revolution. Yet most consumers did not buy a 3D printed good in 2014. Relying on case studies sourced from in-person visits to leading practitioners across more than 10 countries, this talk will dive into such discrepancies and offer a compelling perspective on the future of the technological and business landscape. Topics to be addressed include why the Long Tail is trumped by Constrained Customization, speculation on how to make 3DP 100x faster, and a definition of the ultimate promise of 3D printing.
    3D Printing and its Effect on the Fashion Industry: Vendor Agreements, Supply Chain, Customer Experience and More
    Read Description
    When people think of 3D printing and the fashion industry, their attention most likely focuses on issues of intellectual property. While IP rules and regulations will certainly need to be considered, there will be a profound and immediate effect on vendor or designer agreements, the supply chain, inventory control, employees and the customer experience. In fact, some of my fashion clients are already 3D printing their entire collections. This session will focus on emerging issues that are changing the landscape of the fashion industry, including designer/manufacturer relationships, employee changes, and new shopping experiences.
    Exploring the Legal Risks and Liabilities of Medical Device Manufacturers in the 3D Printing Industry
    Read Description
    Many risk managers and attorneys are predicting that 3D printing of medical devices will generate new and novel approaches to establish a manufacturer’s liability for injuries allegedly cause by these devices. Whether and how traditional theories of strict liability or other torts evolve with this technology remains to be seen. In this rapidly developing field, legal practitioners are adapting and preparing to respond to well-crafted claims and novel theories, and to develop defenses to protect the innovators and ensure the benefits of this forward-thinking design and production reach patients. This session will include a discussion of how liability can be apportioned among the various parties involved in the development, “manufacture,” and use of a 3D product. Mr. Bruyere and Ms. Stevens will explain how 3D printing challenges traditional products liability theory and structure, and consider how the law may adapt to this expanding sector of medical device creation. Note: This session does not involve IP issues.

    3:00pm – 3:30pm

    Afternoon Break and Exhibit Hall is Open

    3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Sponsored Session by Husch Blackwell
    The 5 D’s of 3D – Learn to Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Decide How to Succeed in a Complex Legal Environment Intellectual property and product safety issues present unique opportunities for liability in the 3D printing industry. Join this interactive workshop to discuss strategies to not only avoid these liabilities, but to also lead your team safely to success.

    3:30pm – 4:15pm

    Medical Track
    Business & Investment Track
    Food, Fashion, & Entertainment Track
    Law & IP Track
    The Opportunities and Application of 3D Printing in Healthcare
    Read Description
    3D printing is enabling more efficient and cost-effective custom medical solutions for each individual, accelerating treatment and improving human abilities. SOLS’ first product brings 3D printing to footwear through dynamic, corrective footbeds engineered to change the way the world walks. 
    Rapidly Prototype Your Company and Other Tips
    Read Description
    It takes more than a brilliant idea to succeed at launching a new business; you need a well-rounded plan that is robust enough to survive uncertainties that will inevitably come up along the way. Marco Perry has spent the last 18 years designing, engineering, and partnering with corporations to launch innovative products. He has started several companies, and it goes without saying that many mistakes were made along the way. Pensa is Marco’s first significant success, and this past year he and his Pensa partners spun-off a product company dedicated to their invention, the D.I.Wire. Marco will share the top lessons learned from his successes and failures of getting new ideas off the ground.
    nTopology: Generative Micro-Structures for 3D Printing
    Read Description
    Using geometry, 3D printed parts can be tailored to have specific material properties optimized to specific performances that vary throughout the part. A new level of detail & control is now available, though, not easily accessible using the current suite of CAD tools. By applying a cellular logic, one can “digitally grow,” structures with variable properties optimized throughout for specific performances. A parametric approach is replaced with a generative approach by defining a design space within a set of simple rules operate, defining a logic for geometric cells to combine, replicate, & subdivide. Simulation tools, such as FEA & multi-physics are no longer separate pieces of software used to test or validate a specific design, rather they are part of the generation of the design. This method empowers the designer to take advantage of the ability of 3D printers to build up parts with variable geometries, allowing for material properties ranging from cellular textiles with varying amounts of flexibility to lattices with varying stress/strain properties. Though SLS, SLA, or FDM normally print in one or two materials, a much wider range of material properties are possible using geometry and processes like multi-jet, which can print using multiple materials, can produce hybrids which mix a specific material & geometry to produce variable structures not possible with other manufacturing methods.
    IP Strategies for the 3D Printing Era
    Read Description
    This session will provide a detailed discussion of the application of Intellectual Property (IP) in developing strategies to protect or leverage products, services and business models that use 3D printing technology.

    4:15pm – 5:00pm

    Medical Track
    Business & Investment Track
    Food, Fashion, & Entertainment Track
    Law & IP Track
    e-NABLE: How Free, Crowdsourced, 3D Printed Prosthetics Offer Helping Hands in the Global Village
    Read Description
    e-NABLE, a global community of volunteers creating free, 3D-printed hands and arms for children and underserved populations. Founder Jon Schull will discuss the history and future of a movement–and a model of crowdsourced digital humanitarianism–that is growing explosively and has already delivered over 700 hands and arms to children around the world. For more information and extraordinary videos, see http://enablingthefuture.org
    How To Make 3D Printing Work for You and Your Organization: Best Practice Tips and Tricks
    Read Description
    The 3D Printing industry is growing rapidly and there are a lot of options for businesses of all kinds to engage with the technology. This talk will focus on how companies can best approach, integrate, and expand 3D Printing technologies to meet their business objectives. Several case studies will be presented to give those less familiar with the technology a framework to help them think through the question of how to make 3D Printing work for them.
    How Breakthroughs in 3D Trend Design-for-Custom are Progressing Human Expression and Function
    Read Description
    Wearables today are limited by the fidelity of data they provide and the scope of body parts they cover. If most people are physically unique, customization is key to enabling the advent of the bionic human. The answer to widespread skepticism of wearables are 3D printed custom devices that power themselves. Ask yourself: is one-size-fits-all really the right fit for you?
    3D Printing in Retail
    Read Description
    Successful retail 3D printing must focus on designing systems that make sense for a retailer’s unique situation. In doing so they make the most of a multi faceted technology with software, hardware, material science, software and business process all being impacted. This requires a new kind of approach that will be demonstrated in this session. Authentise Services designed and built the 3D printing and scanning initiative due to be released by a major Fortune 100 corporation in early April. The initiative moves away from considering retailers mere hardware channels to building experiential systems for customers that are custom designed to the core of the retailer’s main business.

    5:00pm – 6:00pm

    Networking Reception & 3D Print Fashion Show
    Join us in the 3D Print Design Show exhibit hall for a networking reception and fashion show, sponsored by Materialise and curated by Natacha Alpert, Miras3D.
    Day 3: April 17

    8:15am

    Registration Opens

    9:00am – 9:45am

    Education & Maker Track
    Manufacturing Track
    Art, Architecture, & Design Track
    Aerospace, Defense, & Technical Track
    3D Printing in Education and Training: Emerging Curriculum and Delivery Models
    Read Description
    In this session, we’ll learn about what’s already being done on 3D Printing’s education and training frontiers. We’ll survey educational and structural models that have emerged to-date and hear about successful practices from the educational leaders who have been developing and implementing courses of study, curriculum and materials for 3D Printing. We’ll also explore overarching educational policy issues with the panel. With the private sector beginning to fund educational programs, what about the issues of equal access to the technology and curriculum? Who exactly should decide the goals and objectives for teaching 3D printing skills, concepts and understandings? Does the 3D Printing community need to formulate an educational policy position?
    3D Printing Materials 2015-2025: Status, Opportunities, Market Forecasts
    Read Description
    A comprehensive overview of the technologies and materials available for 3D Printing, including the technologies available for 3D Printing in different materials, the applications and addressable markets of each technology, trends in the industry including global market forecasts, and insights from end users.
    Growing Architecture
    Read Description
    The design of architecture involves imagining buildings and cities that have not yet been created. Physical models have always been a part of the architect’s toolkit for generating and communicating ideas. But 3D printing offers new possibilities to explore new forms and new materials for the architecture of the future.
    3D Scanning Technologies to Streamline Your Business
    Read Description
    When it comes to 3D scanning technologies, innovation, customization and quality control are what it is all about. In this session, we’ll explore fully integrated solutions for industries such as reverse engineering, prototyping, as well as consumer facing businesses including 3D body scanning for printing 3D selfies. Join us for a highly informative session and discover how the speed and precision of the latest 3D scanners can be used to improve your business.

    9:45am – 10:30am

    Education & Maker Track
    Manufacturing Track
    Art, Architecture, & Design Track
    Aerospace, Defense, & Technical Track
    Color 3D Printing: What Is It and Why Does it Matter?
    Read Description
    We live in a color world. We see everything in color. Whether you’re a designer, engineer, architect, artist, animator, student, doctor, healthcare provider, entrepreneur or consumer – you live, think and imagine in full, living color. But why 3D print in color? After all, we haven’t used color 3D printing in a widespread manner before. For professionals, most products are designed with the look of the product being paramount – how will it stand out over the others on the shelf? Shape is also very important, but color is one way to make your products stand out over the competition. Color allows you to communicate better within an organization and color also allows you to communicate better with your clients. For consumers, we want to be able to print customized gifts and keepsakes, such as 3D photos and statues, in full color, and not be limited to single color objects – in the same way that we want purchase multicolor products and 2D print in color. It’s no wonder that a number of 3D printers are now providing color 3D printing capabilities. But the definition of what it means to print in ‘color,’ ‘full color’ and even ‘multicolor,’ varies widely among 3D printers. What is the difference between the different types of color? Which is best suited for your unique application and business needs? And what new business possibilities are now available with the different flavors of color 3D printing? In this presentation, you will learn:
    • – The importance of color 3D printing
    • – Applications and new businesses made possible with color 3D printing
    • – How to identify and compare different types of color 3D printing technologies to select the one that is just right for your unique needs
    Full Automation of Modeling for 3D Printing From Noisy and Incomplete Scans
    Read Description
    The traditional approach to extracting a fully-formed closed 3D model from a real-world scene is extremely challenging because the individual scans are often incomplete or very noisy. Traditional algorithms result in deformations which often required manual post-processing on a CAD system to clean up the final model. Further, the capture and modeling process is very computationally intensive and is difficult to implement on mobile or embedded devices which have limited processing power. We will describe an algorithm and our implementation of an automated 3D modeling technology that is robust and very fast. This automated 3D model extraction can enable a large number of new applications in 3D printing as well as augmented reality, training, parts inspection, ecommerce, and security.
    The Value of Rapid Prototyping in Architecture
    Read Description
    Rapid Prototyping has been around since the 80s. NASA was one of the first organizations to use the technology for the development of their space program. At that time the technology was so expensive and so inefficient that it did not make any sense for a company to invest in. Now, 30 years later the technology has reached a mainstream exposure, and the name has been updated to 3D Printing. Rapid Prototyping is hard and for large Industrial Design companies, 3D Printing is for the rest of us. The cost of the technology has come down drastically, but the technology can still not be considered cheap. Sure, there are cheap printers out there, but the quality of the model produced shows it. So we are still talking about a serious investment. Not only in the hardware, but also in consumables, software and staff training. All this is not a problem, as long as there is a value attached to all these investments. The question then becomes, what is the value of my investment? The value must be in the model. This session will talk about the value a model holds for Rietveld Architects, and how and why it helps to lower costs and increase efficiency.
    Application of 3D FDM Printing Material
    Read Description
    This highly informative session focuses on the opportunities and challenges related to FDM3D material. Join us as we analyze the reasons behind the rapidly growing popularity of FDM3D, point out the main problems, and explore one standard for FDM3D material. We’ll also provide examples of the PLA and PVA modification process in 3D printing. Finally, we’ll summarize the status of Esun filament as it applies to the overall market and maker community.

    10:30am – 11:00am

    Morning Break and Exhibit Hall Opens

    10:30am – 11:30am

    Sponsored Session by CADD Edge, Inc.
    A Primer of PolyJet: Faster, Smoother and More Flexible 3D Printing Let us introduce you to the diverse world of PolyJet 3D printing technology from Stratasys. PolyJet-based Objet printers uses tiny droplets of material—just like in your inkjet printer—to build parts that achieve down to 16 micron layer thickness and 600dpi. Some Objet printers can even mix materials for parts with variable colors or material properties—even transparency. The materials are UV-cured thermoset polymers, which enables a wide variety of performance characteristics enabling a range of application. Click here for more information.

    11:00am – 11:45am

    Education & Maker Track
    Manufacturing Track
    Art, Architecture, & Design Track
    Aerospace, Defense, & Technical Track
    3D Printing + Hydroponics = 3Dponics
    Read Description
    So what makes 3Dponics so special? We soon realized that 3Dponics is actually the perfect way to introduce students to 3D printing, as it touches on a variety of existing subjects, from biology and environmental science to engineering and product design. Teachers can take the original 3Dponics system and create custom activities around it. These can be as simple as gathering empty plastic bottles and caring for plants or as complex as designing new parts to turn the hydroponics system into an aquaponics farm. The lessons are invaluable. Our ultimate goal is to make the most efficient open-source 3D-printable garden system for use on Earth, Mars or ISS.
    Accelerating the Adoption of 3D Printing in Industrial and Commercial Supply Chains
    Read Description
    3D Printing can unleash vast opportunities in distributed sourcing provided intellectual property and quality assurance issues can be dealt with to manufacturers’ satisfaction. With the proper 3D Printing infrastructure platform, manufacturers can simplify their supply chains and realize meaningful economic benefits. This session will present real-life examples of companies that incorporate an exchange for 3D Printable designs in their sourcing strategy to lower cost, grow revenues, and improve customer service.
    FEEDBACK Design: 3D Printing in Architecture and Music
    Read Description
    The talk will present a series of projects done by MONAD Studio in collaboration with musicians, luthiers and students using 3D printers to design music instruments and sonic environments. It will demonstrate the use of 3D printed prototypes in the design, mock-up and actual use of final components to build installations that involve music performances, highlighting the process of feedback and constant iteration that drive contemporary design.
    Metal 3D-Printing Insights: Past, Present and Future
    Read Description
    In this session, Tuan will be sharing his observations and Insights on recent Metal 3D-Printing development, market-share projections, type of industry players, key applications, growth drivers, comparison, DMLS vs EBM, key comparisons, challenges, key technologies, and best practices for getting started with metal 3DP and trends.

    11:45am – 12:30pm

    Keynote
    Additive Manufacturing State of the Industry Countless corporations, government agencies, researchers, and others are investing in additive manufacturing (AM) technology in ways that have not been seen in the past. Many are trying to understand where it is headed and how they fit in. Some of the biggest companies and brands in the world, such as Adobe, Airbus, Amazon, Autodesk, Boeing, GE, Google, Lockheed Martin, and UPS, have made some level of commitment to AM. HP, for example, is in the process of introducing an entirely new 3D printing technology that is 10 times faster than competitive machines. Product development and manufacturing organizations that embrace AM successfully could hold a distinct advantage over competitors that choose to ignore it.

    12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Lunch Break and Exhibit Hall is Open

    1:30pm – 2:15pm

    Education & Maker Track
    Manufacturing Track
    Art, Architecture, & Design Track
    Aerospace, Defense, & Technical Track
    3D Printing: Disrupting Supply Chains
    Read Description
    Through 3D printing the factories of the future have the potential to become community­-run micro­-operations. Products could become on­-demand and closer to the point of purchase, with individuals and companies alike driving design and innovation. Manufacturing and distributing products would not only be cheaper and better for the environment, but also positively impact local economies.
    Determining Cost-Effectiveness of 3D Printing
    Read Description
    An overall strategy will be presented that details how to identify and determine which parts are commercially viable candidates for 3D printing. We will outline the framework and discuss the specific process steps that are necessary to conduct this analysis. Questions that will be addressed include: How do I analyze my company’s current cost structure (including secondary costs, such as inventory, downtime, and shipping)? How do I compare those costs to the cost of 3D printing? When commercially viable parts are identified, how does my company know whether to produce those parts in-house or to use a third party supplier? How do we properly present these findings to the business decision-makers in our organization? Senvol has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 companies in industries such as aerospace, oil & gas, consumer products, and automotive. Specific case studies from this work will be shared with the audience.
    Adobe: Bringing 3D Printing to Creatives
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    With the emergence of a mainstream consumer market for 3D printing, the real opportunity is content – beautiful, compelling, print-ready content that’s high-quality, full color and personalizable. However, there remains a gap between the content produced by 3D modeling tools and what 3D printers need to do to deliver high quality results. Now, with Adobe Photoshop CC, creatives can use a tool they’re familiar with to easily and reliably refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs. Then, with a simple click of ‘Print’, they can take their 3D designs to the physical world. In this session, see how Adobe is bringing 3D printing to the creative mainstream.
    Sustainable Benefits of 3D Printing
    Read Description
    As 3D printing technology continues to advance in capability, materials development and reduced equipment costs, we are seeing an amazing transformation. Companies are beginning to use 3D printing for reducing time to market, improving product performance, and reducing the cost to manufacture complex products. 3D printing offer several advantages, including reduced material waste, lower energy intensity, just-in-time production, and construction of structures not possible with traditional manufacturing processes. By using precise layers to create a part, wasted materials or by-products are greatly reduced when compared to machining a part from a larger block of material. 3D printing can also be used to consolidate complicated component-based assemblies into an optimized design, often providing additional environmental benefits as in the case of lighter aircraft parts. In this presentation, Dr. Krystofik will present an overview of the innovative ways companies are using 3D printing to promote sustainable manufacturing.

    2:15pm – 3:00pm

    Keynote
    Keynote: The Killer Apps of 3D Printing According to Wikipedia, a killer app is “any computer program that is so necessary or desirable that it proves the core value of some larger technology.” Over the years, killer apps have been all around us, from the game Space Invaders for the Atari VCS in the 1980s to the app store on our smartphones today. In this presentation, Materialise Executive Chairman of the Board, Peter Leys, will talk about the concept of killer apps, the role they may play in 3D printing, and the ways in which additive manufacturing can make a real difference in the way we live today.

    3:00pm – 3:30pm

    Keynote
    Keynote Panel: The Future of 3D printing A panel of experts with a vast knowledge of the 3D Printing industry will be put to test to predict the future directions for the industry. What new technologies can we expect to see? What new businesses? New applications? If anyone can tell you the answers to such questions, this panel can. At the end of the panel, we’ll leave some time for you to pose your own questions to our industry thought leaders.

    3:00pm – 4:00pm

    Sponsored Session by Autodesk
    How to be the Most Innovative Company in 3D Printing With the vast amount of competition in the 3D landscape, how do you position yourself at the front of the pack? Even if your company is just looking to break in to the space these helpful tools and advice from Autodesk will kickstart your team to being on top of the market and perceived as a thought leader. Come learn about the future of how things are made from Autodesk 3D Technologist Jesse Harrington Au.

    3:30pm – 4:15pm

    Education & Maker Track
    Manufacturing Track
    Art, Architecture, & Design Track
    Aerospace, Defense, & Technical Track
    To 3D Print or Not to 3D Print
    Read Description
    Tempting though it is to 3D print everything, in reality not every design is best suited for 3D printing. This presentation explains the characteristics of designs that maximise the opportunities of 3D printing, what the benefits are and what to avoid when designing for different 3D printing technologies.
    3D Printed Injection Molding (3DIM)
    Read Description
    This session will cover how 3DIM and 3D printing is not only creating a new way to manufacture, but also enhancing the traditional manufacturing methods. 3DIM is a huge development in 3D printing applications, as this provides an efficient way for 3D printing to be integrated into large volume manufacturing.
    Castles in the Sand: 21 Century Mega-Scale 3D Printing Construction Applications
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    Description coming soon.
    3D Electronics Printing
    Read Description
    Voxel8 exists to disrupt the design and manufacturing of electronic devices by seamlessly integrating function into 3D printed objects. There is growing demand to place electronics and embedded circuitry into objects, such as UAVs and satellites, that possess small form factors. Our nascent technology allows one to design the electronics around the finished part, rather than designing the part around the electronics. Voxel8’s functional inks, multi-material 3D printing platform, and intelligent software enable designers and engineers to integrate electronic circuitry and devices within high performance matrix materials. To demonstrate these capabilities, we have fabricated finished parts, e.g., quadcopters, with embedded electronic devices, sensors, and antennas.

    4:15pm -5:00pm

    Education and Maker Track
    Manufacturing Track
    Art & Architecture Track
    Aerospace, Defense, and Technical Track
    3D Printing and Cloud Manufacturing
    Read Description
    The traditional manufacturing industry is based on a large scale framework and assembly line infrastructure which drives up cost and limits the diversity of products we can enjoy. Cloud manufacturing enables people send their idea to the cloud and have someone do the design execution on their behalf. Additionally, cloud logistics can subsequently deliver the final product to their home or customer. This more efficient cycle utilizes personal manufacturing which the traditional industry can’t perform because of the cost factor. Join us for an enlightening session as we discuss the advantages of 3D printing for rapid manufacturing and the relatively inexpensive production of small numbers of parts via cloud manufacturing.
    How We Make
    Read Description
    A report from the cutting edge of industrial adoption: Behind the veneer of pop culture consumer printing lies a massive adoption of 3d printing that is revolutionizing transportation, energy, healthcare and most of all how we design to enable step changes in functionality.
    Digitizing Our World for Design
    Read Description
    Computer Aided Design (CAD) is nothing new to the fashion world, but it’s come a long way in the last decade and is sure to become even more valuable in the next. The main limitation to CAD has been input and export limitations. Both of these are changing with the rise of availability to 3D Scanning, and 3D Printing. This talk dives into the details of the coming revolution that will be created by these technologies becoming more widespread and adopted. With a special look at the area of designing for unique customers using smart algorithms such as Computer Vision and Deep Learning.
    How 3D Printing is Used for Security Training
    Read Description
    This session presents the use of 3D Printing for training in the following situations: 3D printing of towns and landscapes to see elevation and planning, 3D printing of vehicles for transport and air recognition, 3D prints of equipment to see internal components and functionality, 3D printing of controlled goods with regard to security, 3D prints for R&D projects for military use and 3D scans to create 3D printed equipment.