“Three-dimensional printing …may have as profound an impact on the world as the coming of the factory did. Just as nobody could have predicted the impact of the steam engine in 1750—or the printing press in 1450, or the transistor in 1950—it is impossible to foresee the long-term impact of 3D printing. But the technology is coming, and it is likely to disrupt every field it touches.”
The Economist, Feb 2011
A 3D printer is essentially a machine that can turn a digital design into a physical object. A fairly simple process - and yet one which has the potential to transform the way things are made. This technology, together with other digital fabrication techniques, is increasing being referred to as "the next industrial revolution" (Wired Magazine) - and yet most people are still unfamiliar with the concept.
DFEEST, Intel and The Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) and RiAus will attempt to change this at a day of talks and workshops around the theme of 3D printing. We will examine the impact that these rapidly developing and increasing affordable technologies may have on many areas, including creativity, education, and industry.
The event will take place on Monday 20th February at RiAus. Come along to find out more about what these potentially transformational technologies could mean for your business, school or even home.
Morning Forum (9am until 1pm)
In the morning, speakers from industry, education, research and the creative communities will present on a broad range of topics, from how they are using 3D printers in their work, through to the impact that these technologies are beginning to have on diverse fields including clothes and footwear design, architecture, engineering and construction, automotive, aerospace, and the medical industries.
During the break, participants will get a chance to see 3D printers in action. The morning will finish with a panel session in which members of the audience will have the chance to put their questions about 3D printing to a panel of experts.
Dr Genevieve Bell (Intel)
Gavin Artz (ANAT)
Researchers from the University of South Australia
Other speakers to be confirmed.
This session will be of interest to creators, designers, manufacturers – small and large, DIYers and hobbyists, as well as government officers and business development practitioners interested in supporting new industries and market opportunities for local businesses.
Afternoon Technical Workshop (2pm to 4pm)
In the afternoon, a limited number of participants will learn about the technologies involved in more detail, from the basics of 3D design through to the science behind 3D printing. Participants will get the chance to try out some of the technologies involved themselves.
This session is recommended for people of a more technical mindset who are interested in the actual processes involved in 3D printing.
If you have any questions to our speakers please tweet them using hashtag #3DprintADL.
Register now to reserve your place at the forum, workshop, or both.
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