Tech Insider: How To Use Desktop 3D Printers to Reduce Product Design & Development Costs

Thursday, 12 December 2013 2:00 PM ET, 11:00 AM PT, 19:00 GMT

Join us for an introduction to the new MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Learn how Desktop 3D Printers can reduce the time and cost of rapid prototyping, model making, product design, and concept development.
We will walk you through the 3D printing process, step-by-step, starting with a CAD file and ending with a printed part.
Learn the properties of PLA filament, a high detail and high strength bio plastic that can render models in great detail.
See samples of the wide variety of prototypes, parts, and models that demonstrate the capabilities of the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

What you will learn:

  • How the new category of Desktop 3D Printers can reduce the time and cost of rapid prototyping, model making, and product design and concept development.
  • The desktop 3D printing process, step-by-step, starting with a CAD file and ending with a printed part.
  • The benefits, low material cost, and reasons to use PLA filament in Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF).
  • The benefits of affordable rapid prototyping and model making, right at your desk.
  • Using a Desktop 3D Printer and Desktop 3D Scanner to prototype new products.
PRESENTER: Anthony Moschella, Director of Product, MakerBot
Anthony Moschella is the director of product at MakerBot, where he works with MakerBot’s team of engineers and designers, creating tools for the manufacturers and creators of tomorrow. A passionate hacker, maker, teacher, speaker and 3D printing advocate, Anthony worked on the MakerBot Replicator and Replicator 2 teams to help bring the disruptive technology of desktop 3D printing to the masses.

In addition to his enthusiasm about the power of personal fabrication, Anthony brings more than 12 years of consumer product design experience.  Before MakerBot, Anthony developed ultra-low power wireless sensor products and high performance automotive simulation tools for National Instruments, where he released dozens of hardware products and wrote for a number of technical publications. Anthony holds degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Brown University and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

MODERATOR: Dexter Johnson, Contributing editor for IEEE Spectrum’s Tech Talk
Dexter is the author of IEEE Spectrum’s online blog The Nanoclast. He has researched and written reports and analysis in the areas of nanotechnology, sensors, IT, advanced manufacturing and economic trends within a number of different industries. He has been the program director for international conferences in the areas of telecommunications, digital content delivery and nanotechnology. In addition to his work at IEEE Spectrum, Dexter is a senior analyst with Cientifica, a UK-based business intelligence company for emerging technologies.
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