Presented by Evan Malone, PhD, President and Founder of NextFab, a 3D printing company
Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D Printing, has been available as a commercial technology since the mid-1980's, but has exploded into the public consciousness in recent years. Grass-roots enthusiasts have embraced the technology for its ability to democratize innovation. The media, large industry, and government are touting it as a disruptive technology which will impact almost every economic sector and aspect of life. In this talk, Dr. Malone will provide an overview of the technology and its history, present a number of fascinating real-world applications and consequences, and attempt to dispel misconceptions about the true capabilities - and limitations - of this powerful manufacturing technology.
ABOUT OUR SPEAKER
Evan Malone, PhD, is founder and president of NextFab, a high-tech makerspace (a community center that provides technology, manufacturing equipment and educational opportunities to the public), product development service center, and business incubator, with multiple locations in Philadelphia. NextFab provides 3-D tools and equipment for the public to rent and use for their own projects.
Dr. Malone holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania, and has worked on the conceptual design of particle accelerators at the US Department of Energy's Fermilab high-energy laboratory. He went on to attain master of Engineering, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in mechanical and systems engineering from Cornell University. His research activities involved mobile robotics and 3D printing. Highlights have included helping lead Cornell University's 2002 RoboCup autonomous robotic soccer team to a World Championship in Japan, and developing materials and systems to allow 3D printing of electrical circuits, batteries, artificial muscle actuators, organic polymer transistors, mechanical sensors, and even food.
Dr. Malone's collaboration with Bonassar e al. at Cornell has enabled some of the earliest successes in 3D printing of living biological materials (tissue engineering). In 2006, with Professor Hod Libson, he created Fab@Home, one of the first open source 3D printers, some of which are still being used for research in chemistry, biology, and medicine today. He has continued to play an active role in the development and promotion of the 3D printing industry through this research, his publications, his work as a consultant, his work as a subject matter expert for government, his work to develop industry standards, and by providing technical training and direct access to 3D printing equipment and services through NextFab.
Dr., Malone is a partner in Drive Passion PC Services, a cybercafe and office services company in Mahube Valley, Gauteng, South Africa. With his wife, archaeologist Jill Weber, he also owns Jet Wine Bar, Rex 1516, and Cafe Ynez restaurants in Philadelphia.