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Additive Manufacturing and the Future of How We Make Things

 

Additive manufacturing, such as 3D printing, has revolutionized the way we think about production, with examples in prototyping, consumer products, hardware, tools, guns, jet engines, drones, fashion, and even houses. Almost any type of material can now be “printed”, leading to innovations on an almost daily basis. Will the future be “printed” as some people predict? These are the technologies and questions Dr. Andrew Dent will explore in this captivating lecture.

 

Dr. Dent Vice President, Library & Materials Research, plays a key role in the expansion of Material ConneXion’s technical knowledge base. His research directs the implementation of consulting projects and the selection of innovative, sustainable, and advanced materials to Material ConneXion’s Library, which currently holds over 7,500 materials. Material ConneXion has been tracking and advising in this area of industry for a decade, and will bring insights on where this revolution is heading.

 

From Whirlpool and Adidas to BMW, Proctor & Gamble, and Ikea, Dr. Dent has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies develop or improve their products through the use of innovative materials. He is a frequent speaker on sustainable and innovative material strategies and is the co-author of the Material Innovation books series, which, to date, includes Material Innovation: Architecture and Material Innovation: Product Design. Dr. Dent has also contributed to many magazines including Business Week, Fast Company, and the Financial Times. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science from Cambridge University in England.

Additive Manufacturing and the Future of How We Make Things