Jul. 13, 2023

Formlabs and Autodesk Announce Fifth Annual ‘The Digital Factory’ Conference

On September 13, the Conference’s “Chaos to Convergence” theme will bring together executives, policy makers, and innovators to discuss how manufacturers have successfully evolved production in response to recent roadblocks.

Somerville, MA, Jul. 13, 2023Formlabs, the leading 3D printing company, and Autodesk, the leading software company helping customers design and make a better world for all, today announced the fifth The Digital Factory Conference coming to SoWa Power Station in Boston on September 13, 2023. This year, the conference will explore ‘Chaos to Convergence’ highlighting new production methods created in response to recent industry stressors. The Digital Factory will feature an agenda of keynotes and panelists discussing these latest evolutions, including representatives from Autodesk, Hasbro, GE Digital, Tulip, MIT, and more. Registration is now open at thedigitalfactory.com.

Manufacturers of all sizes have realigned their organizations, strengthened their foundations, and explored new methods of production in response to the stressors of the last few years. These adaptations have changed how businesses interact within the global manufacturing network, and those who thrived have made not only themselves, but also the network as a whole, stronger. The Digital Factory creates a space where ideas from global business leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs, and innovators, converge to discuss topics including digital design, digital manufacturing, sustainability, workforce development, and supply networks. Conference panels will feature industry thought leaders discussing various trends, such as the future of manufacturing, how digital manufacturing can support supply chain resiliency, how advances in healthcare digitization can be applied to other industries, and more. This year’s conference will also feature the crowd-favorite Pop-Up Factory: Powered by Tulip. Attendees can join the factory line and experience a hands-on, end-to-end assembly process.

“The Digital Factory is one of my favorite events of the year, where leaders in manufacturing technology get together to share their latest advances and connect to make the global manufacturing network stronger as a whole,” said Max Lobovsky, co-founder and CEO of Formlabs. “This year’s conference will celebrate the many obstacles weathered over the past few years that ultimately led to new innovations and growth in the manufacturing industry and beyond.”  

“Technology is affecting profound change on the companies and people who design and make the world around us,” said Andrew Anagnost, president and CEO of Autodesk. “Powered by AI and the cloud, industry will be able to produce better, more sustainable products more efficiently. I’m excited to talk with the people on the forefront of this change at The Digital Factory conference,” Anagnost said.     

Formlabs and Autodesk have assembled an impressive lineup of distinguished speakers, including top industry leaders highlighted below with additional speakers to be confirmed ahead of the conference. Interested speakers may submit an application to [email protected] for consideration. 

  • Andrew Anagnost, President and CEO of Autodesk. Dr. Anagnost’s career spans more than 25 years of product, business, and marketing experience focused on driving strategy, transformation, and product development, much of that time at Autodesk. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Andrew was Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of the Business Strategy & Marketing organization, where he served as architect and leader of Autodesk’s move to become a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions provider. Early in his Autodesk career, he led the development of the company’s manufacturing products.

  • Max Lobovsky, co-founder and CEO of Formlabs. Lobovsky pioneered Formlabs into a new category of professional desktop 3D printing when it launched the world’s first affordable, powerful desktop stereolithography 3D printer and now leads the company on its mission to enable anyone to make anything.

  • Brian Chapman, President and Head of Global Design and Development, Hasbro. Chapman started his career designing and selling his own jewelry before joining Hasbro as a toy designer developing toys for Batman, Star Wars, GI-Joe, Harley Davidson, Jurassic Park, Pokemon, Beyblade and Transformers.

  • Liz Reynolds, Lecturer, MIT; former White House policymaker. Reynolds is a principal research scientist and executive director of the MIT Industrial Performance Center, as well as a lecturer in MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. She previously served as Special Assistant to President Biden for Manufacturing and Economic Development at the National Economic Council. 

  • Natan Linder, co-founder and CEO of Tulip. Linder's work aims to fuse design and engineering to create novel human experiences.

  • Scott Reese, CEO at GE Digital. Reese is a veteran of the software industry and was appointed in 2022 to lead the $1 billion industrial software business that enables customers to accelerate the digital transformation of their operations by improving productivity, reliability, safety, and sustainability.

  • Yvonne Hao, Secretary of Economic Development for the State of Massachusetts. Hao has more than 25 years of executive business experience across financial and pharmaceutical industries. Additionally, she has served as a Board Director for numerous companies including CarGurus, Flywire, Gentherm. ZipRecruiter, and Bose.

For the most up-to-date conference details, registration, and sponsorship opportunities visit www.thedigitalfactory.com

Media who would like to cover or attend the event in September should reach out to [email protected] to learn more about obtaining press credentials.

About Formlabs

Formlabs is expanding access to digital fabrication, so anyone can make anything. Headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts with offices in Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Hungary, and North Carolina, Formlabs is the professional 3D printer of choice for engineers, designers, manufacturers, and decision makers around the globe. Formlabs products include the Form 3+, Form 3B+, Form 3L, and Form 3BL powered by an advanced form of stereolithography (SLA) called Low Force Stereolithography (LFS)™ 3D printing, Form Wash and Form Cure post-processing solutions, Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, and Form Auto manufacturing solution. Through its Factory Solutions offering for industrial users, Formlabs provides the factories of tomorrow with the flexibility and versatility needed for demanding, evolving industrial applications. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials that continue to push the boundaries for 3D printing, as well as best-in-class 3D printing software. For more information visit formlabs.com.

About Autodesk

Autodesk is changing how the world is designed and made. Our technology spans architecture, engineering, construction, product design, manufacturing, media and entertainment, empowering innovators everywhere to solve challenges big and small. From greener buildings to smarter products to more mesmerizing blockbusters, Autodesk software helps our customers to design and make a better world for all. For more information, visit autodesk.com or follow @autodesk. #MakeAnything

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