From Trinkets to Body Parts: 3D Printing - Transforming Sci-Fi Fantasy Into Reality


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The limits of 3D printing have expanded beyond the attention of hobbyists and enthusiasts. Imagine a young boy, born without fingers, lifting and grasping with a 3D printed hand or a woman speaking for the first time in years with a 3D printed jawbone. Astronauts will soon produce repair parts in space. And within a decade, doctors will transplant 3D printed kidneys and hearts. 

Come learn how 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a catalyst for mass customization and rapid, collaborative product development. Its fast-growing market reach now includes consumers, small businesses and large industrial players. What are the implications for traditional manufacturing? What impact is 3D printing having on intellectual property law? Given this technology’s demonstrated ability to drive rapid advances in the Seattle region’s traditional fields of biomedicine, aerospace and software, what does the future of 3D printing look like?

Join us for our January MIT Enterprise Forum event to learn more about the technology, applications, and future of 3D printing. 


Hod Lipson, Professor of Engineering, Cornell University.  Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a co-author of the recent book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the US National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative.


Ashley Long, Founder, Ember IP.  Ashley is the founder of Ember IP, an intellectual property law practice focused on trademark portfolio development and brand management. Ashley first learned about 3-D printing in the course of her legal work, when a 3-D printing client sought trademark registrations for their 3D printers. Since then, she has followed the legal debate surrounding 3D printing, in particular as it pertains to trademark, copyright and patent matters.

Ashley is also on the executive board of the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest and the co-chair of its volunteer committee. Professional endeavors aside, Ashley’s activities include hiking, yoga, and reading everything she can get her hands on.


Dylan Oliver, General Manager, FATHOM Northwest.  Dylan Oliver is the General Manager for FATHOM Northwest, a Stratasys 3D printer dealer, technical support specialist, and rapid prototyping services provider based in Seattle, WA and Oakland, CA. Over the years he has been involved in many aspects of additive technologies, from equipment operation and technical support and repair, to capital equipment sales, prototyping services and consulting. Dylan has leveraged these technologies with a variety of software in a broad range of industries such as medical, architecture, product development, and arts and entertainment, and everywhere in between.

Ivan Owen, Mechanical/Puppet Designer & 3D Printer User.  Ivanis a special effects artist, designer, inventor and 3D printing enthusiast.  His focus is now primarily based around 3D printing and the positive effect that it can have on our future. His work includes co-creating the Robohand partial hand prosthesis, which was featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, CBS Evening News, and the Katie Couric Show. The Robohand device is now in use by over 200 individuals across the globe and, due to the low-cost of the manufacturing technology, it has been provided to most of these people for free. It has expanded beyond the traditional model of centralized production and people in need of these devices are starting to assemble the prosthesis themselves in their homes as a DIY project.

In addition to this he has been working with the University of Washington MESA (Mathematics, Engineering Science Achievement) Foundation by instructing their teachers on 3D printing & design and how to carry it over to their 6th-12th grade students.  As a component of their focus on Engineering, they want to give their students a way to easily and inexpensively manufacture mechanical components to test in real-world scenarios.

Chuck Pettis, Brand Director, MakerBot.  Chuck Pettis, author of TechnoBrands: How to Create & Use “Brand Identity” to Market, Advertise, & Sell Technology Products, is Brand Director at MakerBot® (). Previously Vice President, Marketing, Chuck now directs MakerBot corporate and product branding. Bre Pettis, Chuck’s son, is CEO and co-founder of MakerBot.

MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, Ltd., is leading the Next Industrial Revolution by setting the standards in reliable and affordable desktop 3D printing. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry-leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers.

Chuck is also President of BrandSolutions® (), a brand-based advertising agency and is founder and creator of Earth Sanctuary® (), a nature reserve, retreat center, and sculpture park on Whidbey Island. Additionally, Chuck is an angel investor in a number of high-tech companies.

Chuck has a BA in psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University and an MS from Buckminster Fuller’s design department at Southern Illinois University. 


Event Schedule:

5:30p – 6:30p             Networking / Cash bar / Buffet

6:30p – 6:55p             Keynote Address

6:55p – 8:00p             Panel Introductions and Discussion

8:00p – 8:15p            Audience Q&A

8:15p             Forum concludes

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 1:30am