Where Can You Submit Information On 3D Printing Trade Shows?

The Association of 3D Printing has set up a free site for 3D Printing trade shows, which can be found at: http://3dprintingtradeshows.com.

No matter whether you are a 3D printing veteran, trying to stay on top of the latest development in the 3D printing space. or whether you just want to check out the 3D printing trend: 3D Printing Conferences and 3D Printing Expos are great occasions to do just that. Below is our listing of 3D Printing Events taking place across the globe.

Members and non members alike can click the “submit” button and place a free listing on the site. Upgraded listings are available as well.

3D Printing Industry Growth Figures

According to Expert Consulting, the global 3D printing market was valued at USD 8.312 billion in 2017, and is expected to reach a value of USD 35.36 billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 27.29% over the forecast period (2018 – 2023). The scope of the report considers hardware, software, and services solutions offered by major players in the market. This report focuses on adoption of these solutions by various end users across the globe. The study also emphasizes on latest trends and industry activities that have a lasting impact on the market.

With technological advancements and product innovations, use of 3D printing technology has found various application in a wide variety of areas, such as jet engines, advanced prosthetics, and even living tissue (with a potential to disrupt the entire manufacturing industry). The industry is being constantly driven by technological developments, which promise higher flexibility and enable faster design. Further, manufacturers have realized the advantages that 3D printing offers, such as optimizing material, labor, and transportation costs.

The downside to every growth point in technology is control. How can governments control the printing of live tissue, copyright violations and printing of illegal material?

3D Printing… What Does it Mean for the Future of Manufacturing and the Thin Line Between Copyright Infringement and Fair Use?

Breaking Copyright With 3D Printing!

3D Printing: The hype is real! Engineers, Designers, and everyday consumers are using this new fabrication process to conceptualize and create things that were once impossible. But what does this mean for the future of manufacturing and where do these 3D prints fall on the thin line between copyright infringement and fair use?

Is it possible that 3D printing will do for objects what MP3s did for music; by once again radically transforming the way we look at copyright? In this episode of Idea Channel, we sit down with Michael Weinberg, head of litigation at Shapeways, a 3D printing company located in New York to get an inside look at their facilities and discuss the how copyright is handled in the 3D printing world.

“I think that 3D printers are just one half of the IP question. What about 3D scanners? That is surely the next step. Just as 2D printing led 2D scanning, 3D scanning must be following in the wake of all the 3D printing technology, and I can’t imagine it is far behind. As scanning improves, it is feasible that we will be able to incorporate spectral analysis, x-ray, electromagnetic imaging, etc. to create perfect scans of, well, everything, and print anything. ”

“At that point, what happens to intellectual property? Can you copyright a steak or your grandmother’s recipe for egg noodles? When we can perfectly duplicate anything down to a microscopic level, what happens to invention and how is it protected?”

3D Printing Advances – GM Now Using 3D Printing!

According to GNM, there are over 30,000 parts in your average car–and creating all these pieces, then putting them together requires an incredibly complex supply chain and manufacturing capabilities.

But General Motors and the San Francisco-based software company Autodesk have a plan to upend how cars are designed, reducing the number of car parts that go into each car, while making cars both lighter and stronger. How? Using a tool that Autodesk calls “generative design,” where engineers can put the parameters required for a particular car part into the company’s program, and an algorithm devises and tests every possible form that part could take.

Read how GM partners with Autodesk here