Star Designers to Speak at NAMIC’s 4th AM Summit

Keynote speaker Dr Lionel T Dean, pioneer industrial designer from Future Factories Studio and his Tuber Lamp design.

Keynote speaker Dr Lionel T Dean, pioneer industrial designer from Future Factories Studio and his Tuber Lamp design.

If you are attending the NAMIC AM Series’ Emerging Applications Summit, watch out for star speakers Lionel T Dean and Chris Lefteri. Internationally acclaimed 3D printing pioneer and Product Artist Lionel Dean’s keynote speech will explore the issues that surround a paradigm shift in consumerism and how we can better understand the capabilities and commercial progress of AM.

He will also touch on the ways it is opening new applications and markets, and the implications for designers and creative ownership, identity and brand. Lionel’s designs are part of MOMA’s permanent collection.

Chris Lefteri of the eponymous Chris Lefteri Design, with offices in London, Seoul and Singapore, will also reveal his insights on using AM to revolutionise sustainable design and the trends and developments in materials. He shares: “Some challenges faced in my industry is how to make the leap from the processes being used as a tool in the processes to it being used for mass-production and having the mindset that there are materials out there that have the same performance properties as injection moulded plastics.”

From left: Lionel T Dean of Future Factories and Chris Lefteri of Chris Lefteri Design.

From left: Lionel T Dean of Future Factories and Chris Lefteri of Chris Lefteri Design.

The two speakers are part of a succession of speakers covering various industries, bringing the latest Additive Manufacturing (AM) developments from around the world to the forefront and showcase Singapore’s role in this “new industrial revolution” in this event organized by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC).

The 4th NAMIC AM Summit is slated to be bigger then its preceding event, pictured above. Ginkgo3D photos.

The 4th NAMIC AM Summit is slated to be bigger then its preceding event, pictured above. Ginkgo3D photos.

Dr Ho Chaw Sing, Managing Director of NAMIC says, “Although the widespread adoption of 3D printing technologies for industrial and consumer applications is still in its infancy, the response from companies has been overwhelming.

“NAMIC’s mission is to engage, educate and foster greater collaboration between the public and private sector, with an emphasis on start-ups and SMEs. Through events such as the AM Emerging Applications Summit, we hope to dispel the myth that 3D printing is a hype technology, by sharing of various successful innovative case studies and applications, thus inspiring economic and social value propositions for business adoption.”

Over 300 delegates from across the emerging applications ecosystem will gather to discuss the role 3D printing is playing in emerging applications in the consumer market. High-level decision makers, AM practitioners, regulators and investors will be present to showcase the state of technology, latest trends and practices for AM in emerging applications and address the barriers to AM adoption.

ECS will be exhibiting at this event as representatives of 3D Systems they continue to foster the great partnership between NAMIC, 3D Systems and ECS.

(Left) Dr Ho Chaw Sing, MD of NAMIC says, “The response to 3D printing technologies for industrial and consumer applications has been overwhelming.” Ginkgo3D photo.

(Left) Dr Ho Chaw Sing, MD of NAMIC says, “The response to 3D printing technologies for industrial and consumer applications has been overwhelming.” Ginkgo3D photo.

Key Takeaways

Three key themes to explore at the summit are:

  1. How AM in the Building and Construction Technology produces innovative solutions
  2. How AM can impact Product and Industrial Design
  3. Tomorrow’s Food through AM

Businesses in the building construction, food and consumer markets have reached an inflection point of diminishing returns with value capture activities. There is a tremendous level of innovation in marketing and packaging, but its content remains the same. New ideas and technology adoption can enable a step-function improvement in productivity and customer satisfaction through greater personalisation in products.

These industries should then explore ways to leverage on 3D printing as it can provide greater benefits at lower costs, shorter product development cycle-time, simplification of supply chain and logistics, as well as less material wastage. The ability to build just about anything from a digital file, changes the paradigm for just about every industry applications. The design creative community can now realise their wildest creations using 3D printing – which in the past may not have been economically viable or possible with subtractive technologies.

NAMIC aims to jumpstart the Singapore community awareness in every major industry vertical on the ideas and perspectives we had gleaned from meeting with 3D printing experts and industrial communities around the world.

Keynote Speakers

Other speakers include Dr Shyam Anand Jha of Centre for Rural Information and Action (CRIA) and Willy Ng of Hamilton Labs, where they will be presenting latest developments in 3D printing materials and 3D printed toilets.

Look out for three panel discussions at various times of the day.

Panel Discussion 1: How AM will Change the Landscape of Architecture and Construction

Left to right: 1. Thomas Schroepfer, Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Design, SUTD 2. Dr Hossein Rezai, Director, Web Structures  3. Lionel Dean, Industrial Designer, FutureFactories Studio 4. Dr. Jacky Chung, Assistant Professor Department of Building School of Design and Environment National University of Singapore

Left to right:
1. Thomas Schroepfer, Professor, Architecture and Sustainable Design, SUTD
2. Dr Hossein Rezai, Director, Web Structures
3. Lionel Dean, Industrial Designer, FutureFactories Studio
4. Dr. Jacky Chung, Assistant Professor, Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, NUS

Panel Discussion 2: Women in AM – Have We Moved the Needle

Left to right: 1. Chloé Rutzerveld, Founder, Chloé Rutzerveld Food & Concept Design 2. Vivian Hartmann, Founder, Vivaciously 3. Gladys Wong, Chief Dietitian/ Senior Manager, Nutrition & Dietetics Dept, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital 4. Ting Tang, Founder, Elements Lab 5. Yeong Wai Yee Assistant Professor School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering NTU

Left to right:
1. Chloé Rutzerveld, Founder, Chloé Rutzerveld Food & Concept Design
2. Vivian Hartmann, Founder, Vivaciously
3. Gladys Wong, Chief Dietitian/Senior Manager, Nutrition & Dietetics Dept, Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
4. Ting Tang, Founder, Elements Lab
5. Yeong Wai Yee, Assistant Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, NTU

Panel Discussion 3: Will AM be a Disruptor or will it Remain Just a Novelty in the Industry?

The summit will round up with a final panel discussion about AM’s significance in the industry.

Left to right: 1. David Hartmann, CEO and founder, Sendinaden 2. Matteo Bertezzolo, CEO and Co-Founder, Bermat   3. Leandro Rolon, CEO, Founder, DeFacto 4. Melissa Snover, Managing Director, Katjes Magic Candy Factory

Left to right:
1. David Hartmann, CEO and founder, Sendinaden
2. Matteo Bertezzolo, CEO and Co-Founder, Bermat
3. Leandro Rolon, CEO, Founder, DeFacto
4. Melissa Snover, Managing Director, Katjes Magic Candy Factory

Of the four summits held so far, this AM Summit has the highest number of overseas participants. If you are interested in the future of design manufacturing and want to find out how 3D printing technology can benefit you, register now to attend!

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