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.