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The Digital Factory Podcast #16: Live From Formnext With Joris Peels, Nora Toure, and John Hart

Last week a large part of the 3D printing industry gathered in Frankfurt to visit Formnext, an immense additive manufacturing trade show. In this episode, recorded in the hallway outside the Formnext show floor, we bring you interviews with three authorities on 3D printing: Joris Peels, editor-in-chief of; Nora Toure, founder of Women in 3D Printing; and A. John Hart, associate professor of mechanical engineering at MIT and co-founder of Desktop Metal.

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Joris Peels

The editor-in-chief of talks about the new emphasis on post-processing within the additive manufacturing industry, whether anyone is buying high-end metal 3D printers (they are), why it’s difficult to do mass customization with metal printers, and why the world-changing stuff is the boring stuff.

Favorite tools: Wera Joker wrench, Wiha Precision screwdrivers

Nora Toure

The founder of Women in 3D Printing sees the democratization of technology coming to manufacturing, as the same emphasis on accessibility that’s become common in software moves into hardware. “You do not need to be an engineer to 3D print today,” she says. “All you need is to have a good idea.” Her advice to managers who want to build a more diverse workforce: focus less on formal degrees and credentials, and more on what people want to do.

Favorite tool: WordPress

A. John Hart

As 3D printing becomes an essential tool for engineers, John Hart has developed a curriculum at MIT that introduces the next generation of engineers to its capabilities and applications. His Fundamentals of Manufacturing Processes courses draw students from across the university, especially MBA students interested in digital transformation for manufacturers. Hart has also developed an online course and training programs through MIT’s ADAPT consortium that are available to industry.

Favorite tool: an Epson document camera that projects manufactured artefacts in the classroom