3D Printing

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Date(s) - Wednesday, April 10, 2013
12:00 am

Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa

3D Printing

3D printer used to produce Skyfall's Aston Martin stunt double

3D printer used to produce James Bond’s Skyfall’s Aston Martin stunt double

Glenn Campbell of Peak Solutions LLC will discuss the radical innovation of 3D printing.

You probably recall that in 1980, no one had ever heard of an IT department.  Then, with the advent of desktop computers and networked computing, a whole new industry sprang up, and today, it’s hard to find a company of more than 10 people withOUT an IT department.  That’s about where we are in the world of 3D Printing today.  I would hazard a guess that 30 years from today, you’ll be hard pressed to find a company without an RP (Rapid Prototyping) department.

glenn-campbellBy way of a biography, Glenn Campbell started out as a class A prototype machinist in Los Angeles. He served as Chief of NC Programming for the Galileo spacecraft project at Jet Propulsion Laboratories. He could see the writing on the wall, and knew that NC technology would put machinists out of work, so he became a programmer for NC machinery, working with NASA building wind tunnel models for the B1 and B2 stealth bombers, to name a few. As the NC programming capability migrated from mainframes to PC’s he moved into the software world and went to work for the companies that made NC programming equipment. As Mr. Campbell watched each company develop an IT department, he also watched every manufacturer develop a programming department. New trades and new professions that had never existed before. He worked with Perception Systems in South Carolina to help develop the first Ballistic Particle 3D Modeling system in the mid-80s. He moved here to San Francisco to work with an old friend from those software days, Paul Mott, who owns Peak Solutions.

You and I will watch as most of the companies that we know today develop Rapid Prototyping departments. Who will need this technology? In short, everyone. We can make parts today that were impossible a few short years ago. We’ve reduced the price of many of the parts for the unmanned drones being used today in Afghanistan by as much as 95% by producing them with STL technology. “PARANORMAN”, the Laica Productions Oscar Nominated stop-motion animation film utilized RP equipment to create the facial figures and full range of expressions on all of their models – The endeavor was so successful they’ve just announced their next feature, which will ALSO be created with RP technology. Hospitals model CT Scans of patients so doctors will know what to expect when they open a patient up on the operating table.

Mr. Campbell’s presentation covers the types of RP technology in use today, and how they are being utilized in industry. He will also talk about the 4 basic types of models that most companies need to produce, and how those modeling requirements guide RP technology developments. Last, he will talk a little bit about futures, and share some thoughts from folks who know a little more than I do about the future. It’s a wonderful topic for speculation.

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