Seminar 3D Printing and the consumer: at Home and at School


Friday 25 October

Seminar 3D Printing and the consumer: at Home and at School

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at Home: The 3D printing at home market is still in its infancy. The majority of the current 3D print at home users are ‘technofreaks’ who enjoy being an innovator. But what has to happen to bring 3D printing to the mass market? These topics will be covered in this School: The impact of the announcement of the UK Education Secretary Michael Gove that English schools will use a new “national curriculum”, which contains the exposure and basic training on the use of advanced technologies such as robotics and 3D printing, is huge. This implies each UK school (at least the public ones) will effectively be required to provide a 3D printer, associated software and training to children as young as five years old. This seminar will covers the consequences and the opportunities for schools, teachers on one hand, and for suppliers of hardware, software and content on the other hand.
Who should attend this seminar? If you are interested in the home market, anybody involved in the future of the 3D printing at home market should attend this seminar, from hobbyist to retailer, and from hardware manufacturer to software supplier.In you are interested in the school market or if you are involved in education as teacher, manager and/or publisher, this seminar will give you an excellent insight in this exciting and new market.
Seminar program
8.30 – 9.00 Welcome and registration
9.00 – 10.30 Session: 3D printing at Home

  • Moderator, Joris Peels, Consultant, Voxelfab
  • 3D Hubs – Local 3D printing, Bram de Zwart, Co-founder, 3D Hubs
  • 3D-printings place in society – a practical approach, Robert Vissers, Co-founder, Eccomi 3D
  • Return on investment of 3D printing at home: 2 years? Jouke Verlinden, Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty Industrial Design Engineering
10.30 – 11.00 Break
11.00- 12.30 Session: 3D printing at School

  • Moderator, Joris Peels, Consultant, Voxelfab
  • “A 3D printer in every school” – Michael Gove, Minister for Education UK, Martin Stevens, CEO, It is 3D
  • Generation 3D, Erik de Bruijn, Co-founder and developer, Ultimaker
  • Science labs & mini-fablabs in schools (Personal & Digital Fabrication in education), Frits Hoff, Managing Director, FabLab Maastricht
JorisHeadshot Joris Peels, Consultant, Voxelfab
Resumé: Joris Peels is a consultant to the 3D printing industry. He helps multinationals, start ups and established 3D printer manufacturers with business development, strategy and marketing. He has written for the Wohler’s Report and writes a regular column for industry magazine TCT. He candidly blogs about 3D printing on
Previously Joris worked for i.materialise and Shapeways.
Speakers overview
Robert Vissers Robert Vissers, Co-founder, Eccomi 3D
Title of presentation: 3D-printings place in society – a practical approach
Content of presentation:3D-printing is changing the world as we know it. This claim is quite big.We will examine the claim and see to what extend it’s already happening. Taking a closer look at the impact on economy, ecology, society in general. Based on concrete and practical facts we can find a clear timeframe for the events.
Resumé: Educated as IT-consultant, worked and lived abroad (Milano and Copenhagen) for an international company well known it the Eindhoven region. Discovered 3D-printing out of curiousity. As a printer-owner I’m linked to 3D-Hubs, making my printer available to the general public. Wrote a booklet for engaging the general public to 3D-printing. Currently connecting people and taking on assignments. Networker. What I’ve learned so far is that there is a lot happening in the field of 3D-printing. We are in need of the Creativity of the General Public, so let’s make it easy and get the consumers on board
 bramdezwart Bram de Zwart, Co-founder, 3D Hubs
Title of presentation: 3D Hubs – Local 3D printing
Content of presentation: 3D Hubs connects 3D printer owners with people who want to print and is often called the “AirBNB of 3D printing”. 3D Hubs is on a mission to make 3D printing accessible to everyone by unlocking the world’s idle 3D printers. 3D Hubs is the world’s largest network of 3D printers with over 1,000 printing locations across 200 cities (and counting), helping people print locally every day.
Resumé: Bram de Zwart co-founded 3D Hubs in 2013. Before this he worked for 4 years at 3D Systems (DDD) the market leader and inventor of 3D Printing. Bram was a product manager and developed dozens of consumer products for the pioneering Freedom Of Creation and Freshfiber brands. Conducting M.Sc. thesis research on the future business opportunities of 3D printing, Bram has a longtime passion for these nifty machines and is on a mission to provide everyone in the world with local access.
 Jouke_Verlinden_-_zebra (1) 125  Jouke Verlinden, Assistant Professor, Delft University of Technology, Faculty Industrial Design Engineering
Title of presentation:  Return on investment of 3D printing at home: 2 years?
Content of presentation:  Additive Manufacturing enables digital fabrication for a relatively low cost, while the internet offers model sharing and parametric customization for free! But why would we want this? Other researchers claim that the Return on Investment of 3D printers is just 2 years (Wittbrodt et al., 2013), yet this lacks an empirical basis. At Delft University, we are currently gaining hands-on experience of employing 3D printed utensils and more outside the lab environment. This includes:• Shower head and other parts in the bathroom • Clothes hooks, buttons, • Jewelery and decorative products • Parts to improve 3D printing process How long will they last, what is the true cost and what is the appreciated value? In this presentation we will show some of the initial results and will ask the active “maker” community to help us generate good results that will challenge the future!
Resumé: Jouke Verlinden is assistant professor at the section of computer aided design engineering at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. With a background in virtual reality and interaction design, he leads the “Augmented Matter in Context” lab that focuses on blend between bits and atoms for design and creativity. Co-founder and lead of the minor on advanced prototyping programme and editor of the International Journal of Interactive Design, Engineering and Manufacturing.
 Martin Stevens Martin Stevens, CEO, It is 3D
Title of presentation:  “A 3D printer in every school” – Michael Gove, Minister for Education UK
Content of presentation: The UK government sees the future with a 3D printer in every school. Why? What do they mean? What do they expect? What will they do to make this happen? What will actually happen? Is the UK going to lead the world in 3D printing, or is the UK going to enable the rest of the world learn from its mistakes?
Resumé: Martin has been involved in 3D printing for some 15 years, and was involved in the launch of low cost 3D printing. Although he has been involved in engineering and manufacturing all his life, his first degree was in English Literature, followed up many years later with an MBA. After many years in engineering products and systems, he brought CNC machines, RP equipment and laser cutters to schools; when he saw the opportunities offered by low cost 3D printing, he changed career. With his business partner Trupti Patel, he founded it is 3D.
 Erik de Bruijn 125 Erik de Bruijn, Co-founder and developer at Ultimaker
Title of presentation: Generation 3D
Content of presentation: Today, being a digital native is a common expression for somebody who grows up with virtual worlds at their fingertips. What would it mean to grow up a decade from today, with the ability to create in physical spaces? Let’s imagine what it’s like, if you can actually make whatever you can imagine.
Resumé: Erik de Bruijn has a passion for disruptive and empowering technologies. Erik’s research focuses on the intersection of research on user communities, 3D printing and open source collaboration. Since early 2008, Erik has been immersed in the RepRap project. After building and improving several RepRap designs, he started to co-develop the Ultimaker with Martijn Elserman and Siert Wijnia, which became a hit as soon as kits were offered.In 2011 he co-founded Ultimaker BV, now a global leader in affordable 3D printing. Through his company, he hopes to provide many more people with powerful enabling technologies that allow them to create anything they can imagine.
 Frits Hoff 125 Frits Hoff, Managing Director, FabLab Maastricht
Title of presentation: Science labs & mini-fablabs in schools (Personal & Digital Fabrication in education)
Content of presentation: In education there is also an increasing interest in 3D printers and digital fabrication. Firstly, from the technical departments like science or IT, the other from the creative departments. Not only in secondary schools but also in primary education, vocational education and higher education. Initially classes and teams of teachers visit a FabLab, then they get various lessons in the FabLab or at school. When one or more teachers have become really excited they purchase a 3D printer and if there is enough budget soon more equipment is ordered. Now we see the first schools with a mini FabLab or science lab. This presentation describes the first experiences in the Netherlands and a personal vision for the future of these mini-Fablabs.
Resumé: Frits Hoff is director of FabLab Maastricht (the Netherlands). He is involved with FabLabs since 2009 and an international consultant in starting and managing a new FabLab. Boardmember of foundation FabLab Benelux.
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