Glimpse the future-NMTC presents 3D printing’s potential

NMTC 3D Printing Presentation, 11 July 2013

Thanks to our event sponsor. TriMech is an engineering and engineering services provider that delivers Technology, Services, & People to our engineering, manufacturing, and product design clients as well as the Department of Defense.

MEETING TOPIC
Most of you never witnessed the birth of Xerography and its off-spring, our now ubiquitous 2-dimensional  office printer, but you will witness something incredibly bigger in potential, today, July 11, 2013.

The evolution of office printing has taken a futuristic leap with 3D Printing, and it’s becoming affordable and the learning curve is collapsing.

If you can design something, you can build it – there’s no additional cost in complexity.

With 3D printing, making a single custom product is no more expensive per unit than making 10 or 100. For example, while it is now possible to make a million car frames or plastic cups using a 3D printer, it will more likely be used in applications that require customization, such as product prototypes, office gadgets, smart phone and tablet cases/covers, medical implants and prosthetics and even personalized jewelry and promotional business products. Manufacturing will also be revolutionized.

The availability of these systems, for both industrial and personal uses, allows just about anyone to create their own model or product, even start a business with them.

The industry is expected to continue to grow very quickly, with the sale of products and services worldwide estimated to be $3.7bn in 2015 and close to $10bn by decade’s decade’s end.

Using the analogy that 20-30 years ago, there weren’t any [personal computers] and no Internet and printers themselves were huge, expensive and mostly leased machines, yet, here we are. 3D Printing is at the beginning of that 20-30 projected future.

Get ideas on how this technology will give you a competitive edge, speed up your decision-making processes by seeing things in 3 dimensions and unleash your creative people to develop income generating concepts never thought of before.

In all, it’s a focused blast of the power of 3D printing, looking to its future.

PRESENTERs:

Mark Butkiewicz at Survice Engineering along with the world-class 3D printing and additive manufacturing capability of the Edgewood Chemical & Biological Center.

Mark is currently the Corporate Director for Metrology Business Development at defense contractor, SURVICE Engineering, exploring new opportunities in laser scanning and reverse engineering. In addition, he oversees the Applied Technology Operation of SURVICE which focuses on research and development.

Bradley Ruprecht is an Engineering Technician/ Senior Model Maker Rapid Technologies Branch, Advanced Design and Manufacturing Division (ADM) the Prototype Integration Facility of the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at APG.

Bradley is also adjunct faculty at Towson University as part of the Interdisciplinary Object Design program, teaching mold making and urethane casting.

Ruprecht is also one of the first five people to win the coveted Dinosaur Award for the Polyjetting Additive Manufacturing Process from the Additive Manufacturing User Group.

And most interestingly, volunteers at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum and for the Smithsonian’s Office of Exhibits Central, helping the Smithsonian make those wonderful exhibits we all enjoy at the various Smithsonian museums.