3D Printing Becomes Big Business

3D printing has grown from a hobby to being poised to begin producing objects on-demand from previously unattainable materials using low cost machines. How can we use this virtualization of product innovation to serve the “long tail” of commerce, lower our use of resources, slash logistics costs, and change what it means to be a manufacturer or consumer?

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May's Disruptive Diner is 3D Printing Becomes Big Business. The Disruptive Diner is a setting for exploring emerging opportunities and big ideas with like-minded peers in an intimate and non-selling environment. Join us if you're ambitious about creating the future.

What happens when you start to ship bits instead of boxes? One impact is that you might start producing custom items like the one at the right as simply as you might have once stamped them out by the thousands. This aviation part has compound geometry, integrated fasteners and structural elements, a unique form and was produced in a day with zero tooling and waste. It has enhanced functionality with less time and equipment invested in making it.

Manufacturing costs are also driven by scale and logistics. Products are made in large runs at great distance from the end user, even though trends like just-in-time, customization and personalization offer higher margins if processes could support them. In today's resource-hungry model, raw materials from around the world are processed and shipped to an expensive manufacturing site, where a lot of identical “widgets” must made out of these materials. These products are then stored at the manufacturer's expense before being shipped all over to consumers and businesses that must accept the exact same thing as every other customer, as if they had the same needs, priorities and interests.

Something emerging from amateurs promises to change all of this. You might have heard of 3D printing and the “maker” movement, with hobbyists printing out plastic parts on desktop machines in their workshops. Or you may have heard of Rapid Prototyping in the commercial space.  3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing is far more, and it's potential to make an impact is growing exponentially. In this session we'll explore product possibilities and business models emerging from various additive strengths and options:

  • zero waste and zero tooling
  • the potential to have different materials properties from one end of a part to another
  • the ability to adjust material properties from one end of a product to the other
  • incorporate metals, plastics, circuitry and even biologic components
  • complete customization
  • the elimination of physical parts from the supply chain
  • an evolution from a physical object inventory to an intellectual property inventory
  • cutting nearly all shipping except the "last mile" from the supply chain

Our speakers for this session lead quick inspiring PechaKucha-style presentations with plenty of time for questions, discussion and networking. They include:

  • Jesse Phelps has a background in 3D printing that informs his vision of the leanest and most effective supply chains. As Director of Software Engineering at Marcone Appliance Parts Supply, a distributor of parts with 50 locations across the US and Canada, Jesse sees that aftermarket industries are already being transformed through personal 3D tools. He'll share thoughts on how companies can evolve to become more like Amazon and thrive as the disruptive technology and accompanying changing customer expectations move into the mainstream.
  • Jeff DeGrange is Vice-President of Direct Digital Manufacturing at Stratasys, a global leader in 3D prototyping and production equipment and services. With a background in advanced manufacturing, he's now in a position to see the capabilities that digital manufacturers will have to combine materials, functionality and form in ways unimaginable a few years ago. A Masters of Engineering graduate of Washington University's School of Engineering, he'll share how companies are creating incredibly complex zero-tooling parts with no waste - customized and just-in-time - as well as business model changes he is seeing as he travels the world.
  • Learn 10 business opportunities emerging in 3D printing from an aspiring entrepreneur on the front lines. Imagine objects made on demand of infinitely variable mixes of plastics, nanomaterials, metals, ceramics and more. Now imagine the kind of ambitious engineer able to turn those visions into a business. Aaron Thornton is working on developing ever newer additive manufacturing methods and material as a doctoral student at Missouri Science & Technology. He will share his view of the kinds of services that the new experts of 3D printing will be able to deliver for his investors, customers and business partners.

Don't miss this thought-provoking session on how what we make and how we get it to consumers is poised to change.

May 7th, 2013 11:30 AM   through   1:30 PM
Lab 1500
1500 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
United States
Phone: (314) 496-3457
Registration Type
Regular Registration $ 20.00
Openly Disruptive or Lab1500 Member Registration $ 0.00
Lunch Options
No Lunch $ 0.00
Carolina Style BBQ Sausage $ 10.00
Tuna Melt $ 10.00
Blackened Chicken $ 10.00
Chicken Caesar Salad $ 10.00
Club Salad $ 10.00
Spinach Fruit & Pecans $ 10.00
Drink Option
Lemon Lime Sparkling Ice – sugar-free, naturally flavored sparkling spring water $ 0.00
Black Raspberry Sparkling Ice – sugar-free, naturally flavored sparkling spring water $ 0.00
Orange Mango Sparkling Ice – sugar-free, naturally flavored sparkling spring water $ 0.00
Snapple Lemon Tea $ 0.00
Plain Bottled Water $ 0.00
None $ 0.00
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