Introduction to 3D Printing

September 12, 2013

9:00 am - 11:00 am

NextFab Studio
2025 Washington Ave
Philadelphia, 19146 (map)


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Additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, has the potential to vastly accelerate innovation, compress supply chains, minimize materials and energy usage, and reduce waste.

Join DVIRC and Accelerator partner NextFab Studio for an Additive Manufacturing information session, demonstration and market application discussion.

Speaker: Dr. Evan Malone, Founder and President, NextFab Studio

In this breakfast seminar, Dr. Malone will:

  • Provide an overview of Additive Manufacturing, the underlying technology, and its evolution from the world of rapid prototyping into full-scale production
  • Provide demonstrations of its advantages in engineering design and manufacturing
  • Discuss state-of-the-market applications of how the technology is driving innovation across a wide-range of industrial sectors and changing not only concepts of how we make things but pushing the boundaries of what we can make

Additive manufacturing, often referred to as 3D printing, is a new way of making products and components from a digital model. Like an office printer that puts 2D digital files on a piece of paper, a 3D printer creates components by depositing thin layers of material one after another — only where required — using a digital blueprint until the exact component has been created.

Interest in additive techniques is growing swiftly as applications have progressed from rapid prototyping to the production of end-use products. Additive equipment can now use metals, polymers, composites, or other powders to “print” a range of functional components, layer by layer, including complex structures that cannot be manufactured by other means.

By eliminating production steps and using substantially less material, ‘additive’ processes could be able to reduce waste and save more than 50% of energy compared to today’s ‘subtractive’ manufacturing processes, and reduce material costs by up to 90%. The use of additive manufacturing can potentially benefit a wide range of industries including defense, aerospace, automotive, biomedical, consumer products, and metals manufacturing.

Dr. Evan Malone is an engineer, entrepreneur, and pioneer in additive manufacturing. Among his many ventures, Evan is the founder and President of NextFab Studio, LLC, a 21,000 square foot facility in Philadelphia reconfigured into an engine of tomorrow’s creative economy featuring a collaboration space with cutting edge tools, expert staffing, 3D printers, computer controlled machine tools, software, and electronic workbenches.

Accelerator Partners:

DVIRC Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania Collegiate Consortium
EEB Hub NextFab Studio Paramount Industries
Penn State University Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation Philadelphia University
Philadelphia Works Select Greater Philadelphia Triumph Engineering

Sponsored in part with funding from:

Economic Development Administration (EDA)
Department of Energy (DOE)
National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Employment & Training Administration (ETA)