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Sunday, May 7 • 9:30am - 10:30am
The 3D Stuff Your Dreams Are Made Of: 3D Printing Materials

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For all of the discussion at Construct3D about the opportunity a desktop 3D printer presents to educators, we spend far too little time deeply exploring the nature of the eccentric polymers that are themselves "the 3D stuff your dreams are made of." This panel brings together a dream team of filament manufacturers and experts to share insights into how thermoplastics, thermoelastomers, composite materials, etc, are produced, strategies for how to make better use of standards as well as "exotics," and why 2017 will be the most exciting year for desktop 3D printing materials to date.

There are many materials you can process through a desktop 3D printer these days, and a number of 3D printer models engineered specifically to better handle a broad range of material types, properties, and temperatures ranges. This panel will aim to address key topics for materials that can be applied to all FFF-style desktop 3D printers.

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Matthew Griffin

Director of Community, North America, Ultimaker
Matthew Griffin is the Director of Community for Ultimaker North America. He is currently finishing a lecture series on 3D Printing Hardware for Coursera, a book on design for 3D printing, and is a writer, teacher, and consultant covering topics such as 3D Printing, electronics hobbyists, and more. He has taught Digital Fabrication at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA). He has been a regular contributor to MAKE Magazine including the annual Make: Ultimate Guide to 3DP series. Previously, he was community manager at Makerbot Industries and Director of Community... Read More →

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Alexander Dick

Partner, ProtoPlant, makers of Proto-pasta
Having worked in 3D Printing for more than 13 years, Alex brings industry-specific experience to Protoplant. Educated as an engineer, the first 10 years of his career were spent focused on industrial 3D Printing machinery operation, applications, training, and pre/post-sales supp... Read More →
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Ronan Hayes

Co-Founder, Reflow
Ronan Hayes is the Co-founder of Reflow, an innovative start up that delivers sustainable materials for 3D printing, through an international decentralized network of recycling and production. Ronan is a brand strategist and social entrepreneur who is passionate about the space w... Read More →
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Charles Mire

CEO, Structur3D Printing
Charles began his career in Texas, where he worked as a backend Unix software developer for about 10 years before deciding to switch tracks to become a scientist. He obtained a MSc in applied physics from the University of Texas at Dallas, where he gained early printing experienc... Read More →
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Blake Teipel

President and CTO, Essentium Materials
Blake is predominantly responsible for providing strategic leadership for Essentium by directing the company's senior-executive team, managing organizational performance, and establishing long-range business goals, strategies, plans and policies. Blake also directly leads... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Ballroom A,B, C