The MakerLab (Aric, Danny, Ryan, and Vishal) attended the Chicago 3D Printing Conference & Expo at McCormick Place last week. Thanks to Hod Lipson, we were given the opportunity to speak at the Expo on Thursday, July 11 and share our story. We spoke about our Lab and the cool things that have been made there so far, such as Jeff's lightbulbs and Ben's wifi display. In addition to sharing our story, we had the opportunity to learn about recent advances in 3D printing from experts such as Bre Pettis (CEO, MakerBot, recently acquired by Stratysys), Scott Crump (Chairman and Founder, Stratasys), and Abe Reichental (CEO, 3D Systems). Here are some of the interesting things we learned:
--MakerBot's Digitizer 3D scanner is making nice progress and should be available by the end of 2013.
--3D Systems is beta testing a 3D printer that prints food from cartridges inspired by the Keurig coffee system. During the conference, they also announced a partnership with Deloitte to accelerate adoption of 3D printing.
--Stratasys has 3D printers that print over 100 different types of materials.
--Microsoft is placing a heavy emphasis on 3D printing and trying to make it as easy as 2D printing.
--Xerox (PARC Division) is working on technology for printing electronic circuits and new types of batteries.
--Disney has started a new initiative that allows children to print Barbie doll accessories at home.
View more photos from the Expo here.