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3D Printing Revisited

23rd February 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The brave new world of 3D Printing: printing in plastics, metal, edible liquids...

6pm registration

6.30pm talks

Refreshments and networking from 7.30pm

Dr Tim Minshall

Head of the Centre for Technology Management, Reader in Technology and Innovation Management

Institute for Manufacturing

Topic: 3D Printing – Impact on Future Innovation

As the pace of development and adoption of Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing (AM-3DP) technologies continues to increase, there are many issues that still need to be addressed before UK firms can capture the full potential that these technologies promise. This presentation will give an overview of four areas of research that are seeking to improve our understanding of the barriers and opportunities for AM-3DP. The four areas are exploring: (1)  how firms can manage their adoption in different application areas; (2) the linkages between the adoption of AM technologies and the (re)location of manufacturing activities; (3) the impact that AM technologies are likely to have on a range of industrial sustainability issues; and (4) the role of public policy in supporting the diffusion of AM technologies.

Before joining the Centre in 2002, Tim was a Project Manager and Board Member at St John’s Innovation Centre where he focused on industry / academic collaboration around new technology ventures. Prior to that, he worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan.  Tim has B.Eng. from Aston University external link and a PhD from Cambridge University Engineering Department.

Matthias Ediger

The Technology Partnership

Topic: Next Generation in inkjet printing for Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing has penetrated many markets from high-value metal to plastic parts in several industry sectors; but production speed and material gamut are still seen as a barrier to widespread adoption of the technology. TTP are working on solutions to enhance dimensional stability and local properties of both polymer and powder-based materials.

Matthias has worked in technology and product development at TTP since 2011. He holds a Diploma in Physics from the Leibniz Universität Hannover and a Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University. After a first excursion into industry (Osram) he moved to Cambridge as a postdoc in 2008. He is currently developing TTP’s 3D printer portfolio for wider applications.

Vaiva Kalnikaitė

CEO of local innovation company Dovetailed.  The company is spawning NuFood (www.nufood.io) to commercialise a ‘kitchen robot’ based on 3D printing technology. The kitchen robot allows users to create 3D structures from encapsulated liquid that hold their shape until consumed.


23rd February 2017
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free – £15


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