The Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco played host this past week to investors, lawyers and some of the biggest names in the world of 3d Printing. The inaugural Additive Disruption Summit featured new technologies, panel discussions and highlighted the message that 3d printing is ready right now to be a disruptive technology.
Companies such as Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin outlined how they are moving already from simply producing prototypes and models through 3d Printing to creating and printing production quality parts. 3D Systems, Stratasys, SLM Solutions, MakerBot, EOS and countless other big name 3d Printing companies were in attendance. The future of 3d Printing software was also discussed, as companies including Secured3d, Authentise and Materialise were present. Bioprinting, 3D printing in architecture and 3D printing in space were just some of the cutting edge topics discussed.
The Summit offered a vantage point into some of the unique Intellectual Property questions companies must answer ahead as well. Highly respected names from the IP field such as patent lawyer John Hornick were present and his discussion “Away from Control,” warned of impact of at-home 3D printing on the retail business model.
The Summit united a wide collection of important minds from the 3d printing industry with the companies, investors and lawyers vital to the growth of the industry over these pivotal next few years. With many questions remaining for widespread adaption of the 3d printing industry events such as these, where collaboration is fostered and developed, will continue to be more frequent and encouraged.