3D Printing, Beyond the Hype: What's It Actually Good For?
Tuesday, July 16th from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
presented byGeneral Assembly +Quartz
Few technologies are as subject to media hype and sci-fi speculation as 3D printing, which has been touted as everything from an end to traditional manufacturing to a solution to world hunger. We'll bring together individuals who are actually making mass 3D printing a reality with those who are coming up with other creative uses for an evening of conversation about the present and future of the technology. How is 3D printing changing existing industries? What new industries are (actually) being enabled by it? How does it enable existing technologies?
Christopher Mims, Tech Reporter, Quartz (moderator)
Christopher Mims is the science and technology correspondent for Quartz. He believes that the most interesting things about the universe have yet to be discovered, and that technology is the primary driver of cultural change. He is often surprised and delighted by what people will say on record.
He is a former editor at Seed, Scientific American, Technology Review, Grist and Smithsonian, and in those roles launched blogs, redesigns, video series and other half-forgotten but otherwise influential experiments in new media.
As a freelancer with the news metabolism of a hummingbird, he spent a decade writing news and analysis for the aforementioned, as well as BBC, Wired, Nature and the like. His Japanese is mostly regional slang, and sounds funny to people from Tokyo. He had a brief but varied stint in a neuroscience lab, during which he came to appreciate that research is hard, and all results are preliminary until other scientists have reproduced them -- and sometimes not even then.
Duann Scott, Designer, Shapeways
Duann Scott is an Australian Industrial Designer, writer and researcher specializing in the democratization of product design through online digital fabrication. He works with Shapeways to help promote the 3D printing company and it’s community. With experience bringing bespoke products to being through traditional fabrication techniques and cutting edge 3D printing technologies Duann’s practical experience combined with his academic research into the social implications of digital fabrication gives him a broad understanding of the field as it is evolving.
Matthew Griffin, Director of Community, Adafruit
Matthew Griffin is currently writing 'Design & Modeling for 3D Printing' for Make:Books ( http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920028598.do) and is a contributor to Make Magazine on topics of 3D printing, including a number of articles in Make: Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing and a Skill Builder for MAKE 34: 'Finishing and Post-Processing Your 3D Printed Objects.' He is Director of Community & Support at Adafruit Industries, an open source hardware company that focuses on online learning around electronics and making the best-designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels.