Robotics

Digital Printing & Digital Fabrication 2015/NIP31

Event Date: 
Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 7:45am to Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 5:45pm
  • Neil Gershenfeld
    Director, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms
    The Third Digital Revolution
    Analog telephone calls degraded with distance; digitizing communications allowed errors to be detected and corrected, leading to the Internet. Analog computations degraded with time; digitizing computing again allowed errors to be detected and corrected, leading to microprocessors and PCs. Manufacturing today remains analog; although the designs are digital, the processes are not. Gershenfeld will present emerging research on digitizing fabrication by coding the construction of functional materials, and explore its implications for programming the physical world.

  • Richard Hague
    Department of Mechanical, Materials, and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham; Head of the Additive Manufacturing and 3D-Printing Research Group; and Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing
    3D Deposition of Functional Materials for Additive Manufacturing of Smart Devices
    The presentation will cover research work at the University of Nottingham into functional 3D Printing. This research is primarily focused on various jetting techniques, including: piezo electric based systems, for both functional and structural inks; functionalized 2-photon lithography, for nano-scale fabrication; and the direct drop on demand jetting of high temperature metallics, using a bespoke system unique to Nottingham.
  • Michael McAlpine
    Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota
    3D Printed Bionic Nanomaterials
    The ability to three-dimensionally interweave biology with nanomaterials could enable the creation of bionic devices possessing unique geometries, properties, and functionalities. The coupling of 3D printing, novel nanomaterial properties, and ‘living’ platforms may enable next-generation nano-bio interfaces and 3D printed bionic nanodevices

The conference offers additional opportunities for valuable conversations through special events, including Technology Round Tables on Surface Manufacturing and Security Printing, a State-of-the-Art Invited Talk on "3D Printing File Formats," and an intellectual property update and discussion about the Supreme Court case Alice Corporation V. CLS Bank International.

Register for the conference by August 31 to save. And, while you are reserving your spot, don’t forget to sign up early for short courses.*

We look forward to seeing you in Portland!