The new business of 3D printing
1 March 2013
The NSW Trade & Investment Centre in Sydney recently hosted an event with industrial designer Scott Summit on innovative business opportunities available from "additive manufacturing" or 3D printing.
Scott, an international leader in 3D printing, offered insights into how manufacturers and designers can use this new technology to devise new ways of doing business and as inspiration for generating innovative solutions for new and old problems alike.
Scott's company, Bespoke Innovations which he co-founded in 2010, applies additive manufacturing to produce prosthetics for people who have congenital or traumatic limb loss.
Additive manufacturing technologies including 3D printing are set to disrupt fields including construction, consumer products and healthcare. This revolutionary technology is impacting the way people look at and think about design and manufacturing.
Coupled with user-friendly design software and fast Internet, 3D printing opens up vast opportunities for customer-centric and co-designed products; short run and individualised production; and rapid proto-typing and manufacturing.
Scott was joined at the event by speakers including Lisa Colley, Director, Creative Industries Innovation Centre (CIIC), Andrew King, Chair of the NSW Manufacturing Taskforce and Angus Robinson, Industry Advisor, Advanced Manufacturing CRC (AMCRC) to discuss the challenges and opportunities in Australia.
The event was presented by NSW Trade & Investment in partnership with Enterprise Connect, the Creative Industries Innovation Centre, and the University of Technology Sydney.
For more on 3D printing watch Scott Summit"s TEDx talk.