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Sunday, May 7 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Exploring 3D Design Software and Best Practices

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A panel of digital fabrication professional designers share experiences introducing desktop 3D printers into challenging, high-profile projects with clients and collaborators. We will start with a discussion of the state of this desktop technology in the current professional marketplace, and the software and fabrication strategies that these experts use to keep their projects afloat. We will then explore the evolving role of this ever changing technology in the design studio, how this class of tool helps (and hinders) communication with clients unfamiliar with design for manufacturing best practices, and what educators (and their career-minded students) can bring into the classroom, suggested by how these professionals invent and iterate 3D projects.

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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 →


Matthew Borgatti

Matthew Borgatti is Lead Scientist at Super-Releaser, the soft systems design lab. At Super-Releaser, he's developed spacesuit component prototypes, compliant structures for human/drone interaction, and proof-of-concept design patterns for universal soft exoskeletons. He is deepl... Read More →
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Sean Charlesworth

3D Printing & Fabrication Specialist, Adam Savage's Tested
Sean is a regular contributor to Adam Savage's Tested where he uses digital modeling and 3D printing to bring projects to life - like making a working Ghostbusters Ghost Trap or a custom Lightsaber. He handles 3D Printing equipment reviews and tries to do a deep-dive into the p... Read More →
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Michael Curry

Michael is a Kansas City based Architect, Designer, and Evangelist. He has designed projects ranging from sports stadiums to robotic petting zoo chickens and everything in between. A cofounder of the MakerBot Design Studio, Michael created much of 3d printed content used in MakerBot Industries marketing efforts, public appearances, retail stores, and partnerships. Since leaving Makerbot he has created projects for with Autodesk, Formlabs, Maker Media, Wiley Publishing, and... Read More →
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Darlene Farris-LaBar

Presenter, East Stroudsburg University
Darlene Farris-LaBar, a Professor of Art + Design at East Stroudsburg University. She has a MFA from SUNY, Purchase College, a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and an AAS in Digital Media Arts from College of Technology NYC. Her art requires research through environme... Read More →

Eric Schimelpfenig

Presenter, DigitallyFabbed.com
Eric started his career designing architectural millwork, furniture and cabinetry. After many years working for wood shops and cabinetry showrooms he founded SketchThis.net with the goal of making it easier for designers to use technology in their businesses. | | He has worked... Read More →
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Laura Taalman

Presenter, James Madison University
Dr. Laura Taalman is a Professor of Mathematics at James Madison University, and author of nine books on topics ranging from Calculus to Sudoku. She has consulted for 3D printing companies Ultimaker, Shapeways, and MakerBot, and is the founder of JMU 3SPACE, the first general-education 3D printing classroom in the country. Dr. Taalman blogs about 3D printing at MakerHome and Hacktastic, has designed and shared hundreds of 3D models in the 3D-printing community (where she is known as... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 10:30am - 11:30am
Ballroom A,B, C