3D Printing Gets Its Own Dedicated Convention In April

    January 8, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Plenty of people are excited about the future of 3D printing, but not many events are solely dedicated to the technology. Sure, there’s the Maker Faire and Euromold, but those events cover much more than just 3D printing. That’s all going to change in April.

WebMediaBrands announced that its hosting the inaugural Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in New York City this year. The event will take place on April 22-23, and feature the latest and greatest innovations in 3D printing. The conference will be chaired by 3D printing expert Dr. Hod Lipson of Cornell University.

“Inside 3D Printing is the first U.S. event to delve into the present and future of the business impact of 3D printing,” stated Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of WebMediaBrands. “3D printing has become the next great technological disruptive force in the field of ‘making things’ and according to a recent article in The Economist, 3D printing ‘could well rewrite the rules of manufacturing in much the same way as the PC trashed the traditional world of computing.’”

Of course, it’s a little unfair that East Coast folks get to have all the fun 3D printing fun. Worry not, as WebMediaBrands intends to bring a similar show to Santa Clara, CA in September of this year.

In short, 3D printing now has two events dedicated to it coming this year. It’s really gratifying to see a technology finally get its own conference, and getting two in the same year is even better. It just goes to show that 3D printing is being taken very seriously now.

You can find out more about the conference at the official Web site. The event is looking for exhibitors and sponsors now so interested parties will want to sign up before it’s too late.

UPDATE: Commenter Duncan Wood points out that the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo is not the first of its kind in the U.S. If you want more 3D printing madness, you’ll want to check out RAPID and AMUG. The latter will be holding its conference a week before WebMediaBrands’. RAPID’s conference will be in June.

  • http://www.tctshow.com Duncan Wood

    Good to see yet another event, but I feel compelled to point out that the US has had two 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing events running for years in the shape of RAPID run by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers and the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG). In addition considering that this article name checks Euromold in Germany it is worth pointing out that the UK has also had a dedicated 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (TCT Show) event for 17 years, yes thats right, 17 years and there are several other regional shows and events in the US and Europe, all that have been running for multiple iterations.
    I’m all for the positive spin, but lets not get caught up in the hype around this tech and ignore the fact that this tech has had its own conferences for years, this NYC one, and indeed the new London Show of last fall both seem intent on pretending they are the only kids on the block..know your history.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      Thanks for the update. I looked around to see if their claims of being the first were true, and I didn’t find any evidence of a conference dedicated solely to 3D printing in the U.S. Apparently I wasn’t looking hard enough.

      • Emily

        Hi Zach – Events such as RAPID, AMUG, and others describe their events as conferences with discussion and presentations on additive manufacturing. While 3D printing is a part of additive manufacturing, additive manufacturing is NOT necessaries a part of 3D printing.

        WebMediaBrands is correct in their statement that Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo is the first show solely based on 3D printing.

  • http://www.tctshow.com Duncan Wood

    Zach, appreciate the update and honest response.

  • Elizabeth Goode

    Hi Zach – It is great to see such emphasis on the industry. The industry was founded under the term Rapid Prototyping/Rapid Manufacturing by a multitude of technologies (starting with 3D Systems’ Stereolithography) and has transformed into Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing, although you still rapid prototype and rapid manufacture with the products. You will see the terms used interchangeably. Shows in the U.S. such as RAPID and even IMTS have had a sole focus on 3D Printing for the past 15-20+ years. As Duncan mentioned, TCT has been around for 17+ years. AMUG is celebrating its 25th anniversary and focuses on education and training for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printer users/owners in the industry. I can understand how this event could be called a dedicated 3D Printing convention, however, keep in mind, many of us have been in the industry for years and have been a part of building, creating and recreating the industry that has become a hot trend on the stocks. To us, it is about making sure the technology is moving forward, and companies continue to push and develop new products, materials and solutions for the home user to the mainstream manufacturer. Looks like this will be a great event and hopefully a successful one!