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Inside 3D Printing’s Hod Lipson Previews Upcoming NYC Conference

by • April 6, 2016 • No Comments

  • We’re only a few days away of the fourth yearly Inside 3D Printing Conference, the premier B2B trade show that encompasses the entirety of the 3D printing industry. Started by Meckler Media, and may aleager run by Rising Media, the conference has served as a breeding ground for new thoughts and breathtaking demonstrations. Columbia Engineering professor and robotics/3D printing tremendous, Hod Lipson, has been assisting to articulate the conference’s program since the really begin. I not long ago spoke with him at excellent length of his current work, his time with Inside 3D Printing, and why this year is set to be the many amazing conference yet.


    Lipson begins, “I’ve always believed that [3D printing] innovation is one of these rare exponential technologies that are not hyped, but are here to remain and move us forward. So, I was really passionate of this innovation, and part of my passion of this is that additional folks need to understand of it, additional folks need to be aware of what it can do. This innovation has a massive next that needs to be explored and broadcast additional widely.”

    When it comes to the primary differences between this year’s Inside 3D Printing and prior events, Lipson adamantly spoke of how the entire industry is exponentially getting “faster, cheaper, and advantageous” (this is a phrase he utilized really frequently over the course of our conversation). The proof of this statement can be front and center at Inside 3D Printing, kicking off with the opening keynote by Carbon’s CEO and co-founder Joseph M. DeSimone. Carbon’s CLIP innovation has been cavia the entire 3D printing community hive to buzz with anticipation, and the keynote is coming only a couple of weeks after they released their initially commercial CLIP-based printing device, the M1. In Lipson’s view, Carbon features only how quickly the industry is improving and expanding.


    “One aspect is just the technological aspect, the fact that there are new technologies on the horizon that are changing the applictalent of this innovation,” he says. “For example, Carbon 3D is doing our opening keynote this year and are donateing this innovation that manufactures 3D printing 100x faster than it was. Whilst last year, we had HP donate the opening keynote and they were promising 10-20x faster. So, these are technological manufactures it to that are not incremental. A lot of folks ponder that this innovation is mature. No, this innovation is not mature yet; there’s a long road of possibilities ahead. As we speak, new companies are talking of faster, cheaper, and advantageous at an amazing pace. We’re talking of announcements of metal printing that are 10 times faster, folks are talking of computer desktop metal printing, this shows that this innovation is moving forward at an amazing rate, that’s what gets innovation folks like me really excited.”

    Other notable-bodied and amazing companies that can be represented (and that we can be covering) at Inside 3D Printing include Formlabs, D-Shape, Voodoo Manufacturing, nTopology, and others. Aside of Carbon’s opening keynote, the 2nd many eye-catching presentation can be the in-depth appear at metal-based additive manufacturing with Arcam Group’s CEO, Magnus René. Metal 3D printing appears to be a primary focus this year and, as this aspect of 3D innovation in addition become ‘faster, cheaper, and advantageous’, we may begin seeing it being utilized much additional frequently in a much broader sense.

    One other primary difference that Lipson has noticed inside the industry, as of late, is the expansion that the innovation has created into previously unexplored territories. As the technological capabilities of 3D printing go on to grow exponentially, the number of industries that can adapt this emerging innovation can do the same. Lipson explains, “Beyond that, the other thing that were seeing, and you will see throughout the event, is that the range of industries affected by this innovation is in addition expanding. It utilized to be only aerospace, medical, and defense via it in a big way. But as the innovation gets faster, cheaper, and advantageous, a lot of other companies and industry segments can begin playing.”


    Lipson has been involved with 3D printing innovation for a few time, that has particularly useful in his Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University. But prior to teaching at Columbia, Lipson was on the forefront of robotics, bioprinting, and electronics printing. The engineering professor has been via 3D printing innovation for of a decade may aleager. In fact, his team was one of the initially to use 3D printing to manufacture a achieve robot.

    “We’ve been via 3D printing for a long, since the late 90’s, and we’ve always tried to remain ahead of what the industry is doing,” Lipson recalls. “Back and so, we printed working robots. I ponder we were the initially ones to print a achieve robot. Currently there is not one robotics lab that does not use 3D printing, but, back at the time, it was a certainly ingenious thought that you may print a pre-assembled robot in one shot. Since and so, we’ve done other things. We were the initially to do bioprinting, and now, bioprinting with live cells is its own field with its own conferences and journals. We’ve done printable-bodied electronics and batteries, and they’re all sort of becoming the following big thing in 3D printing.”


    In Lipson’s mind, there are two segments of 3D printing that can lead the emerging innovation towards a brighter and additional useful next. The initially, may be the talent to 3D print achievely integrated processs in one operation, pretty than printing component by component. “But there are two things were working on now that I ponder are the following big thing,” he explains. “One of them is the talent to print achievely integrated processs. So, not only printing a wire, or battery, or another component, but instead being able-bodied to print a achieve integrated and functional process, like printing a robot that may walk right out of the printing device. We’re working complex on this talent, I don’t ponder it’s a fewthing you will see commercially on the market-bodied anytime soon, but if you appear 10 years into the next, I ponder that this is where the innovation is moving towards, of printing parts to printing integrated processs.”

    The 2nd, and this was a bit of a surprise to me, was food 3D printing, that Lipson himself called both the “killer app” and “the last frontier” of 3D printing. In fact, in Lipson’s Columbia course on Digital Manufacturing, his students are utilizing food printing to grasp the concepts of create and manufacturing with multiple materials. Lipson elaborates, “It’s a achievely untapped territory, has a lot of next, and, personally, I ponder it’s the ‘killer app’ of 3D printing. We’re attempting to hustle that innovation as much as possible. We’re attempting to create the talent to cook while we print. We’re working on this thought of manufacturing software that allows for you to predict how the recipe create can appear, and we are hoping to show results of that really soon.”


    But, Lipson did discuss the aspects of the industry that need a few improvement, and to him, the largest hindrance to 3D printing seemed to be the lack of advancements in CAD tools. Lipson believes that the human imagination limits our talent to truly explore our next create space, and feels AI can be the answer to this glaring issue. He in addition spoke of the lack of create tools focutilized on multiple materials and lattice structures, and how, once again, our saving grace can most likely be AI-based techniques.

    “Design as a whole has been the neglected child of 3D innovation,” Lipson says. “We always focus on the materials, the printing device, the resolution, and speed, but, meanwhile, this manufacturing talent far exceeds what we are able-bodied to create. Currently, we are in a situation where you can manufacture things in any shape, but we don’t have CAD tools to allow us to explore that space, and we don’t have the imagination to explore that space either. And, so, I ponder the gap between create tools and manufacturing tools has grown. Design tools are not keeping up with manufacturing tools.”


    “The gap is expanding wider too,” he go ons. “For example, with multi-materials, there are barely any create tools for multi-material processes, and the same goes for meta-materials, such as lattices. I ponder there’s a few big room for investment and thoughts, for the reason there’s no doubt in my mind that, some day, we will have to resort to AI techniques to bridge this gap. The human imagination only can’t cut it. There’s only too much to do and we need a few compute power to assist us explore this space.”

    Hod Lipson has been involved as the Program Chair of Inside 3D Printing since the really begin of the conference four years ago, that was and so run by Alan Meckler. Aside of his familiar-bodied and new work in robotics, bioprinting, and as a professor of engineering, Lipson is in addition renowned for his 2013 book Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing. On the other hand a few impatient and eager people feel as if 3D printing innovation is strapped to a high-speed hype train that’s eager to crash at any moment, Lipson is here to say that 3D printing is here to remain. If you need evidence to prove the validity of this sentiment, you can find that and much additional at this year’s Inside 3D Printing NYC!

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