International CES Features 3D Printing Conference Track and Tech Zone

CESLogoThe scope of the International CES conference and expo extends well beyond everyday electronics such as TVs, tablets, audio systems, cameras, and gadgets.

The 2014 International CES (January 7-10) in Las Vegas will showcase how connected technologies are changing the way we run our homes, drive our cars, educate our children, monitor our health, care for the sick, buy things in stores, play games, and watch videos. Tech zones will include areas devoted to robotics, fashionware, fitness technology, digital health innovations, and 3D printing.

The 3D Printing TechZone will showcase the various additive manufacturing processes that are being used in making prototypes in the medical, aerospace, engineering, and automotive industries as well as the more compact 3D printers that are making the process more accessible to makers and consumers.

3DPrint_SponLogoA Conference Track entitled, “Don’t Believe the Hype? 3D Printing Uncovered” is being organized by experts from TCT Magazine and Personalize.

Personalize is a web portal that delivers 3D printing news and printable designs to consumers. TCT Magazine is a leading source of business intelligence on industrial 3D printing. They have been covering the topic for more than 20 years. The editors of TCT magazine note that “3D printing is an overnight sensation that has been around for 30 years. Consisting of tens of technologies processing hundreds of materials, there’s more to it than meets they eye.”

The 3D Printing Conference track at CES will bring together thought leaders, 3D printer manufacturers, champions of 3D printing-related businesses models, and industrial super-users of 3D printing processes.

Speakers will include:

  • Avi Reichental, CEO of the 3D printing equipment manufacturer 3D Systems,
  • Clement Moreau, CEO of the Sculpteo 3D printing service, and
  • TCT columnist and technology consultant Todd Grimm.

Other Programs of Interest to Creators

Sometimes, the disruptive impact of emerging technologies can difficult to predict. Many of the conference sessions are less about the technologies, and more about the types of changes they might bring.

For example, one session will focus on how Hollywood is being affected by the world of always-connected, always-on media and the ability to watch video whenever and wherever we want. Another session will examine how mobile photography on smartphones and tablets has affected photography-related businesses.

A session entitled “The Roar of the Crowd” will examine how crowdfunding through sites such as Kickstarter to deviantArt is changing how content is funded, created, and curated.

Other session titles include:

  • Merging Content with New Technologies
  • The Digital Copyright Debate: What Needs to Change?
  • YouTube: Unlocking the Power of Programming, Premium Content, and Advertising
  • The Future of Gaming
  • The Smartphone/Tablet Economy
  • The Multiscreen Universe
  • Redefining the Relationship Between the Consumer, Advertising, and Media Platforms
  • The State of Digital Music
  • Impact of the 3D Printing Revolution
  • The Power of Co-Creation and the Maker Revolution

International CES

The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

CES showcases more than 3,200 exhibitors, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more; a conference program with more than 300 sessions; and more than 152,000 attendees from more than 150 countries.


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Learn How 3D Printing May Affect Art, Design, and Business

3DPrintingConfLogoWebMediaBrands (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 - The New World of 3D Printing Book CoverWhether you plan to attend the conference or not, reading the book “Fabricated” will give you some insights into why creative professionals should care about 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.


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Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing by Hod Libson and Melba Kurman