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HOW IS 3D PRINTING CHANGING THE WAY WE THINK?: NMW/INSIDE 3D CONFERENCE 

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With the global 3D printing industry tipped to grow to more than $19BN by 2018, and leading universities including additive manufacturing in their curricula, it's clear that 3D printing has reached a tipping point. And its key question - how is 3D Printing changing the way we think and work? - will be the core focus of this year's Inside 3D Printing Conference &  Expo.

 

The event takes place alongside National Manufacturing Week (May 11 - 13, Sydney Showground), Australia's largest manufacturing industry expo. Co-locating NMW 2016 with Inside 3D Printing, is designed to bring about a 'meeting of minds' and spark conversations between designers, manufacturers and other industry professionals whose ideas will shape Australia's 3D printing industry.

 

At the heart of Inside 3D Printing is a conference program drawing together trailblazers who are putting 3D into diverse practices, in fields ranging from humanitarian aid to industrial development.

 

Among presentations will be an inspiring story of using 3D printing for disaster recovery and ongoing development in East Africa. Dr Jennifer Loy, Program Leader Industrial Design, Convenor 3D Design Digital Media, Griffith University will present the results of a Griffith University research project for Oxfam, which applied 3D printing to water and sanitation infrastructure developments remote communities, to alleviate human suffering.

 

A separate conference session offers real-life examples of how 3D printing has contributed to business growth. This session will be presented by Jim Talbot, Managing Director, Ionit USA, an industry visionary whose background includes pursuing disruptive technologies for high-profile companies such as Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr Talbot will outline how an exchange for 3D printable designs has been the catalyst for business success through lowered costs, stronger revenues and improved customer service.

For those keen to interpret the likely industry trends for 2016 and beyond, Inside 3D Printing also offers high-level sessions examining how, what and where global trends will impact Australian industry. Key conference speakers will include Ian Gibson, Professor of Industrial Design, School of Engineering, Deakin University, sharing insights into the trends shaping global adoption of 3D printing. James Novak, PhD Candidate and Lecturer at Griffith University is also a confirmed speaker, who will brief participants on the intriguing trend towards gamification - and how new tools are becoming available that will help designers take their customers on a journey of creating their very own, tailored-to-their-needs products.

National Manufacturing Week Event Director, John Gorton, comments that co-locating Inside 3D Printing and NMW together is an exciting 'first' for Australian industry.

"With forecasters pointing to an explosion in 3D printing applications, now is the time for industry and technologists to come together, to share their knowledge and market insights, and to collaborate on ways to turn 3D printing's enormous potential into commercial success" Gorton said.

"There's simply no better forum for this collaboration than National Manufacturing Week. Each year, NMW attracts many thousands of industry professionals who are looking for solutions to manufacturing challenges and hungry to find new sources of commercial opportunity."

"NMW has long established itself as the event that brings industry together, under the one roof. And when these innovators connect with the game-changing potential of 3D printing at this year's event, the results are bound to be exciting."

For more information, or to register for National Manufacturing Week, visit www.nationalmanufacturingweek.com.au. Registration is free for trade visitors - and once registered, you'll receive regular updates on NMW and associated events as final details for this year's game-changing event are confirmed.

 

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