WebMediaBrands (parent company of Media Bistro) is organizing two 3D Printing Conferences and Exhibitions this year. The first “Inside 3D Printing” event will be held April 22-23 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City. A West Coast conference will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on September 24-26.
“Inside 3D Printing is the first event to delve into the present and future of the business impact of 3D printing,” said Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of WebMediaBrands. “3D printing has become the next great technological disruptive force in the field of ‘making things’ and according to a recent article in The Economist, 3D printing ‘could well rewrite the rules of manufacturing in much the same way as the PC trashed the traditional world of computing.'”
The conference program is being designed for architects, artists, jewelry and fashion designers, industrial designers, marketers, entrepreneurs, medical professionals, software developers, venture capitalists, intellectual property lawyers, and other professionals whose careers might be affected by the growth of 3D printing.
The program chair for the inaugural event is Dr. Hod Lipson, the director of Cornell University’s Creative Machines Laboratory and co-author of the new book: Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing.
“3D printing is already shaking our age-old notions of what can and can’t be made,” said Hod Lipson. “But what we’ve seen so far is just the tip of the iceberg. The next episode of 3D printing will involve printing entirely new kinds of materials. Eventually we will print complete products — circuits, motors, and batteries already included. At that point, all bets are off.”
Keynote speakers include Terry Wohlers, an expert in rapid product development and additive manufacturing, and Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO of the Shapeways 3D printing online marketplace and community for personalized production. Weijmarshausen is a global expert on 3D printing, entrepreneurship, internet marketing, and business development.
Conference sessions will include:
- 3D Printing Firearms: The End of Gun Control?
- Design Tools in the Age of 3D Printing
- Transforming Education through 3D Printing Digital Materials
- Spotlight on Fashion, Art and Architecture: Redefining the Future of Design
- How Professional Investors Are Playing the 3D Printing Boom.
Early bird registration rates are in effect until March 14.
The conference sponsor, WebMediaBrands, is an Internet media company that provides content, education, and career services to social media, traditional media, and creative professionals.
Book: Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing
“Fabricated: provides an introduction to 3D printing now and in the future. The book explains why 3D printers “are bursting out of the factory” into homes, businesses, schools, kitchens, hospitals, even the fashion catwalk to create an explosion of technological and social innovation.
Based on hundreds of hours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from a broad range of industries, The book was written to help you imagine some answers to this question: “How will 3D printing technologies change my life?”
You can read about pioneering teachers, small businesses, artists, surgeons and researchers who are applying 3D printing. In addition to explaining the basics of 3D printing, the book covers weird and wonderful applications such as printing food, dental crowns and (someday) replacement heart valves, organs and joints.
Consider this: As more people acquire the tools to duplicate or “edit” commercial products or works of art, intellectual property challenges may rise to a whole new level.