Manufacturing the Future through 3D Printing

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3D printing (also known in professional circles as “additive manufacturing”) is transforming the industrial landscape, changing where and how manufacturing is taking place. From the high-end metal additive manufacturing technologies that are being used in aerospace, to the types of lower-end consumer 3D printers that have been launched on crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, 3D printing is making it possible for new applications to be developed, new markets to be entered, and new customers to be served. In this seminar, Simon discusses how 3D printing is changing the manufacturing system, the sustainability and entrepreneurship opportunities that 3D printing is creating, and the educational needs that must be addressed if its potential is to be fully realised.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
10:30am – 12:00pm Presentation & QA
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
Segal Graduate School
500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Room 2800 (2nd floor)
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Simon Ford is a Beedie Family Visiting Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University for the 2016-17 academic year, and a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. He is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability. His recent projects have focused on the emergence of 3D printing, its effects on sustainability, and how it affects the distribution of manufacturing activity. He is also a strong advocate of experiential learning and is a developer and facilitator of serious games on the topics of new product development, technology roadmapping, and technology acquisition. His work has been published in journals such as Technological Forecasting & Social Change, R&D Management, Journal of Cleaner Production, International Journal of Production Research, and Research-Technology Management.