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Lyman Connor

Founder, Handsmith

Originally from Indiana, PA, Lyman Connor studied Science and Engineering at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and UNC Pemberton before enlisting in the United States Navy for six years. Post-Navy, he worked in a myriad of manufacturing industries and power production. In addition to his current role as Global Design Lead of Turbine Controls at General Electric, he founded the NPO Handsmith, Inc. to provide low-cost prosthetics and other enabling devices to the economically disadvantaged. In his spare time, Lyman is an avid cyclist and loves exploring museums and new applications for emerging technology in his microfactory.
On The Blog: 3D Printing Powered Startup Manufactures Affordable Custom Prosthetics


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Zeb Wood

Lecturer, Human Centered Computing, IUPUI

Alongside teaching and volunteering at the School of Informatics and Computing of Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Zeb Wood co-heads projects exploring the use of 3D for film and games, 3D printing for prosthetics, augmented reality in education, and education towards entrepreneurship. Wood continues to support the state by finding local artists, designers, and animators worthwhile opportunities and careers in unexpected avenues.​
On The Blog: The Shirley Technique: A Cancer Survivor Receives a New Jaw


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Jon Hirschtick

CEO and Co-Founder, Onshape

Jon is co-founder and CEO of Onshape, the world’s first full-cloud professional 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) system. Prior to Onshape, Jon was a founder of SolidWorks, the world’s most widely used 3D CAD system, where he served as CEO, board member, and group executive until 2011. Jon has been a board member and advisor at many other startups in the 3D printing, augmented reality, and CAD markets, including Magic Leap, MarkForged, Z Corporation, Revit, Liquid Machines, Express3D, and Vela Systems. Jon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from MIT, where he was also a member of the MIT Blackjack Team.


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Spencer Wright

Research and Integrations, nTopology

Spencer Wright works on Special Projects (mostly relating to lattice structures) at nTopology, a small CAD software company in New York. His background spans small time metal fabrication, corporate strategy consulting, and R&D for robotic sliding doors. In his free time, he prints bike parts out of titanium, blogs at pencerw.com, and writes a weekly manufacturing newsletter, The Prepared.


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Robert Vignone

Designer and Founder, Clackeys Brand, Polysculpture Art

Robert Vignone is a veteran visual effects and video game 3D artist who has worked on films and games including Avatar, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and The Last of Us. After working in the entertainment industry, Robert cofounded Mold3D, a company dedicated to education on emerging technologies such as 3D printing and virtual reality. In December 2016, Robert founded Clackeys Brand Keycaps, where he designs and sells 3D-printed keyboard keycaps inspired by fine art, pop culture, video games, and film. He creates personal art under his alias Polysculpture.
On The Blog: Finish Kit Tips and Tricks


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Emily Glass

NuVu-X Partnerships Lead, NuVu Studio

Trained as an architect, Emily is a designer, coach, and program manager at NuVu Studio, an innovation school for middle and high school students that teaches an interdisciplinary curriculum using the architectural studio model. Emily is passionate about incorporating design and technology into traditional educational environments, which she does daily through her work with NuVu’s partner schools across the country. She believes in progressive, alternative methods of education and learning through making and building. Emily received her M.A. in Architecture from Rice University and a B.A. in Architecture from Columbia University.


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Jeremy Shaw

Director of FabVille, Somerville High School

Jeremy “Jerry” Shaw is the head of the Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering program and director of FabVille FabLab at Somerville High School in Somerville, MA. He has developed an extensive engineering education program for high school students aiming to enter college or the workforce. He has worked with i2 Learning to create, teach, and adapt innovative curriculum to engage junior high students and teachers in engineering and science. Previously, he served as an electrical engineer in the nuclear power and data center industries.
On The Blog: Meet a Fab Lab at the Forefront of Advanced Manufacturing Education


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Dr. Mike Itagaki

Founder, embodi3D

Dr. Michael Itagaki, MD, MBA, is a practicing interventional radiologist from Seattle, WA. He began dabbling in medical 3D printing as a side interest, but after a 3D printed model helped him successfully perform a supposedly “impossible” surgery, he became an advocate for the power of 3D printing to help patient care and education. He founded embodi3D.com with the goal of making medical 3D printing available to everyone. Today, embodi3D.com has thousands of members and is a leading community of medical 3D makers.
On The Blog: 11 Ways 3D Printing Pushes the Boundaries in Medicine


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Dr. Michael Scherer

Member, American Board of Prosthodonists

A computer nerd who happened to become a dentist practicing clinical and academic prosthodontics in Sonora, CA, Michael Scherer, DMD, MS, APC, is an internationally recognized expert on dental implants, dentures, and digital technology. He has personally coached thousands of dentists on how to replace teeth with dental implants and use dental implants to anchor loose dentures. He is a Clinical Professor at Loma Linda University, a Clinical Instructor at University of Nevada School of Dental Medicine, and a board-certified prosthodontist—an accreditation held by less than 1,000 practitioners worldwide.
White Paper: Digital Dental Model Production with High Accuracy 3D Printing


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Kat Ely

Principal Designer, Cofounder, CLEAR Design Lab

Kat is a cofounder and principal designer at CLEAR design lab, a product design consultancy focused on designing products for innovative technology companies in the robotics, IoT, wearable, and clean energy spaces.
On The Blog: Inside the Production of a Robot Hand


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Ed Tackett

Director of Educational Program, UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center

Ed Tackett is the director of educational programs at the University of Louisville Additive Manufacturing Competency Center (AMCC), located on the University of Louisville’s (UofL) Belknap Campus. A nationally recognized educator in the additive manufacturing field, Tackett was previously the director of The RapidTech Center at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. With more than 20 years in additive manufacturing training and education, Ed is instrumental in leading the UL AMCC and the development and delivery of its curriculum.


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Tim Gornet

Manager, Rapid Prototyping Center Operations, University of Louisville

Tim Gornet has been active in the additive manufacturing field since 1988, when he ran an SLA 250 at GE Appliances. He is past president of the Additive Manufacturing User’s Group (AMUG), founder and past president of the Selective Laser Sintering User’s Group, and a former board member for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing group. Recent funded research includes several ONR/AFRL SBIR/STTR projects on unique polymer laser sintering materials and high temperature polymer applications as well as development of new materials and processing parameters for Direct Metal Laser Sintering. In addition, he has led polymer laser sintering research programs with Boeing for novel aerospace application.


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Skylar Tibbits

Co-Director and Founder, MIT Self-Assembly Lab

Skylar Tibbits is the founder and co-director of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab, housed at the International Design Center. The Self-Assembly Lab focuses on self-assembly and programmable material technologies for novel manufacturing, products, and construction processes. Skylar is also the Editor-In-Chief of the 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing Journal and the founder of SJET LLC, a small multi-disciplinary design practice. Skylar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT where he teaches graduate and undergraduate design studios.


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Natan Linder

Co-founder, Tulip; Cofounder and Chairman, Formlabs

Natan Linder is a co-founder and chairman of Formlabs and co-founder of manufacturing technology company, Tulip. Drawing from over 15 years of experience and accomplished careers at companies like Samsung, Sun Microsystems, and Rethink Robotics, Linder holds a depth of expertise in computer science, product design, and entrepreneurship. Currently a PhD candidate (on leave) at the MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group, Linder’s work aims to fuse design and engineering to create novel human experiences.


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Ben Einstein

General Partner, Bolt

Ben Einstein is an experienced product designer, venture capitalist, and thought leader in the hardware startup community. Ben is currently a founding General Partner at Bolt, a pre­seed fund focused on companies at the intersection of hardware and software. Prior to founding Bolt, Ben ran Brainstream Design, a product design and development consultancy. Ben has been directly responsible for bringing a long list of products to market, covering diverse sectors including consumer electronics, high­ performance audio, sporting goods, and green energy.


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Stefanie Mueller

Assistant Professor, MIT EECS

Stefanie Mueller is an assistant professor in the MIT EECS department, joint with MIT MechE, and a member of MIT CSAIL. In her research, she develops novel hardware and software systems that advance personal fabrication technologies. Some of her projects include WirePrint, LaserOrigami, constructable, and faBrickation. Stefanie’s work has been published at the premier venues for Human-Computer Interaction ACM CHI and ACM UIST and has received several Best Paper and Honorable Mention Awards. Stefanie is also serving on the ACM CHI and UIST program committees as an associate chair. In addition, Stefanie has been an invited speaker at universities and research labs, such as MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, CMU, Cornell, UW, ETH, Microsoft Research, Disney Research, and Adobe Research.


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Daniel Dempsey

Senior Additive Manufacturing Engineer, New Balance

Dan Dempsey is the Senior Additive Manufacturing Engineer at New Balance Athletics, responsible for managing New Balance’s internal rapid prototyping service bureau. In addition, Dan leads New Balance’s efforts towards utilizing 3D printing as a true manufacturing technology. In his time at New Balance, Dan has worked on several industry first projects, including the world’s first competition printed running spikes (Jack Bolas, NB Games, 2013), the first competition printed futbol plates (Aaron Ramsey, FA Cup, 2015), the first commercial printed running shoe (Zante Generate, 2016), and the first competition printed baseball spike (Corey Kluber, MLB Opening Day, 2017).


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David Cranor

Principal, derestricted; Co-founder, Formlabs

David Cranor is a designer and engineer specializing in manufacturing and logistics for short-run consumer products and interactive installations. He conducts independent research, artist collaborations, and client projects which aim to explore the technical and cultural phenomena surrounding the emerging New Hardware movement. In addition to his studio work, David has co-hosted the O’Reilly Hardware podcast and served as Associate Chair of the SOLID conference. Previously, he co-founded Formlabs and received his Master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab.


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Philip Beesley

Architect + Founder, Living Architecture Systems Group

Philip Beesley, MRAIC OAA RCA, is a practicing visual artist, architect, and Professor in Architecture at the University of Waterloo and Professor of Digital Design and Architecture & Urbanism at the European Graduate School. His Toronto-based studio’s methods incorporate industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering. Beesley frequently collaborates with artists, scientists and engineers, he has authored and edited sixteen books and proceedings, and he has appeared on the cover of Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO and AD journals. Features include national CBC news, Vogue, WIRED, and a series of TED talks.


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Sarah Boisvert

Founder, Fab Lab Hub

Sarah Boisvert founded Fab Lab Hub to foster workforce training in digital fabrication manufacturing skills and conduct R&D on 3D printed prosthetic hands. She has also consulted for the Fab Foundation, a non-profit that supports more than 1,000 fab labs worldwide. A co-founder of the commercial division of Potomac Photonics, Inc., she now serves as Chief 3D Printing Officer. Sarah Boisvert has over 30 years experience in the design, development, and commercialization of high technology products utilizing Digital Fabrication. For fun, she creates 3D Printed jewelry from her home in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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Larissa Nietner

Co-founder, Qwartzi, and PhD candidate at MIT

Larissa is finishing up her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. As a student in MIT’s Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity, Larissa has helped to develop and pioneer a number of hybrid manufacturing processes for rapid-design-to-production. She oversaw the use of SLA 3D printing in an undergraduate manufacturing class, including for use in thermoforming with more than 100 cycles per 3D printed tool. Larissa is on the board of startups in the smart factory space and the STEM education space.


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Nadya Peek

Post Doctoral Research Associate at MIT Center for Bits and Atoms

Nadya Peek is a postdoc at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, a group at the intersection of the physical and the digital. Nadya Peek works on unconventional digital fabrication tools, small scale automation, networked control systems, and advanced manufacturing, and teaches the MIT class “How to make something that makes (almost) anything”. Nadya Peek is an active member of the global fablab community, working on making digital fabrication more accessible with better CAD/CAM tools and developing open source (hardware) machines and control systems. Find her at http://infosyncratic.nl


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Raphael Stargrove

Product Management Lead, Additive and Composites, Autodesk

At Autodesk, Raphael leads the product management team responsible for additive and smart manufacturing, including factory layout and production management. Prior to Autodesk, Raphael lead physical product management at Shapeways, the world’s largest 3D printing service bureau, which produces tens of thousands of custom on-demand products per day.


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Cyril Saelens

Business Manager, 3DESIGN

After graduating from Engineering school in France and moving to the USA in early 2000’s, Cyril founded 3DESIGN Software Solutions in the Los Angeles Jewelry district to introduce jewelers to CAD software, CNC mills and Rapid prototyping machines. In 2009, he joined forces with Gravotech group as Business Manager software division for North America to further develop 3DESIGN, a CAD solution dedicated to Jewelry design. Today, CAD designing & 3D printing are essential tools in the jewelry industry used by retailers, designers and manufacturers.


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Marcelo Coelho

Head of Design, Formlabs; Lecturer, MIT

Marcelo Coelho’s work focuses on programmable materials and digital fabrication technologies for products, installations, and crowd experiences. Marcelo is currently Head of Design at Formlabs, Principal at Marcelo Coelho Studio, where he develops innovative and experimental work, and a Lecturer at the MIT Department of Architecture. Prior to his studio practice, Marcelo Coelho received a Bachelor in Computation Arts with highest honors from Concordia University, and Doctorate in Media Arts and Sciences from the MIT Media Lab.


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Eduardo Torrealba

Engineering Lead, Formlabs

Eduardo is the lead engineer on Formlabs’ Fuse 1 project. His team spans mechanical, electrical, optical, software, and materials engineers working closely together to develop new products at breakneck speeds. During graduate school he created PlantLink, an internet connected soil moisture monitoring platform for gardeners that was acquired by Scotts Miracle-Gro. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Baylor University and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


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Dávid Lakatos

Chief Product Officer, Formlabs

Dávid Lakatos is Head of Product at Formlabs. Prior to joining Formlabs, Lakatos founded Sold., an automated peer-to-peer selling service that was acquired by Dropbox. He was a co-founder of FabLab Budapest, the first rapid prototyping lab in Central and Eastern Europe. A native of Hungary, Lakatos holds degrees in electrical engineering with a focus on nanosciences from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, as well as a M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.
After the Hype Hangover: What’s Next for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing?


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Max Lobovsky

Co-Founder & CEO, Formlabs

Max Lobovsky is co-founder and CEO of Formlabs, leading efforts to build the world’s largest professional desktop 3D printing company. Prior to starting Formlabs, Lobovsky led the efforts at [email protected], one of the industry’s earliest open-source 3D printing projects which has been instrumental to setting up labs in schools worldwide. A Forbes’ 30 Under 30 recipient, Lobovsky holds a B.S. in Applied Engineering and Physics from Cornell University and a M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.

The Formlabs User Conference

MIT Media Lab | June 6, 2017

The first Formlabs FUSE Conference will celebrate the community of people using our technology to change the way things are made and solve global problems. Join us to exchange best practices, hacks, and applications, share ideas within and across disciplines, hear expert advice from industry leaders and the Formlabs team, and get a sneak peak into future product plans.

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