Just like computers send 2D documents to traditional printers, 3D printers receive 3D models and create real 3D objects. 3D printers deposit materials such as plastics, rubber, and metal layer-by-layer to produce unique items.
Capture, Design Print! If you can snap a photo, you can 3D-print. New materials, low-cost printers, simple design tools, and new marketplaces let you make your very own jewelry, toys, shoes, and much more.
With a current market size of $1.3 billion, the 3D printing industry is set to explode to $3.1 billion by 2016, according to industry consulting firm Wohlers Associates.
- How are entrepreneurs using 3D printing to build profitable businesses?
- Will the entrepreneurial opportunities be in designing, printing, materials, or tools?
- Will consumers print at home or use cloud-based services?
- Will 3D printing be a niche market or will it disrupt traditional manufacturing with personalized production?
Come and find out the answers to these and many more questions at the next MIT/Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB) event moderated by Dale Dougherty, Co-Founder of O’Reilly Media and Editor and Publisher of MAKE Magazine. Click here to register.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
6:00 – 7:00pm Networking and Refreshments
7:00 – 8:30pm Panel Discussion and Q&A