Join Us for 3D Printing: The Future Is Now (the BIF10 Workshop)

Last year at BIF9 3D printing took center stage on more than one occasion. Remember Ping Fu's pink, 3D-printed shoes?! For the BIF10 workshop, 3D Printing: The Future Is Now, Matt Hlavin of [r+pm] will lead an exploration of this new manufacturing revolution give workshop participants a chance to experience and imagine the possibilities. Matt and his team will delve into the capabilities of 3D printing, the future of 3D printing, and most importantly give you an understanding of the possibilities 3D printing can bring to your business model. And of course, there will be a 3D printer live in action.

I've done a little digging and have uncovered a bit of news about 3D printing to whet your appetite:

  • The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) just announced it is doubling the floor space it will devote to 3D printing. The January 2015 CES will feature 14,000 square feet of exhibit space devoted to 3D printing vendors.
  • A recently published market research report estimated the market for personal 3D printing products and services will reach $1.05 billion by 2019.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health (NIH) has opened its own public repository of printable 3D models to create a "community-contributed database of bioscientific 3D-printable files.”
  • The Wall Street Journal reviewed the $1400 MakerBot Replicator 3D Printer, which comes with its own iTunes-like store for downloading printable objects, "3D printing's biggest step yet into the mainstream because it succeeds in enabling pretty much anyone — tinkerers, children, and parents playing Bill Nye — to create."
  • And finally, Fast Company and Smithsonian have already moved on to discuss the next disruption — 4D printing, which allows for printing objects that can assemble themselves and otherwise change shape on their own and adapt to their surroundings.

Photo of Ping Fu's 3D-printed shoes from BIF9 by Stephanie Ewens Alvarez.

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