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Coffee Hour Book Talk featuring Hod Lipson

Friday, May 9, 2014 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Carpenter Hall, Library Study Space
Cornell University Sch-Engineer, 242 Carpenter Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-2201, USA

TITLE:  The future of 3D printing

The promise and peril of a machine that can make (almost) anything.



ABSTRACT: 3D Printers – machines that can automatically fabricate arbitrarily-shaped parts, layer by layer, from almost any material – have evolved over the last three decades from limited and expensive prototyping equipment in the hands of few, to small-scale commodity production tools available to almost anyone. It’s been broadly recognized that this burgeoning industrial revolution will transform almost every industry, and every aspect of our lives. But how? And where will this technology go next? This talk will describe the underlying principles common all areas that 3D printing technology is transforming. We will then look at the evolution of additive manufacturing to see where it will go next. From printing arbitrarily complex shapes to creating new kinds of materials, and ultimately, moving from fabricating passive parts to printing active, integrated systems, including electronics, actuators and sensors. Will we be able to print a robot that will walk out the printer, batteries included?


BIO Hod: Hod Lipson is a professor of engineering at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and a co-author of the recent book “Fabricated: The New World of 3D printing”. His work on self-aware and self-replicating robots, food printing, and bio-printing has received widespread media coverage including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN, and the National Public Radio. Lipson has co-authored over 200 technical papers and speaks frequently at high-profile venues such as TED and the US National Academies. Hod directs the Creative Machines Lab, which pioneers new ways to make machines that create, and machines that are creative. For more information visit

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Engineering Library, Cornell University Library


engineering, Cornell University Library, CUL, book talk, 3D printing, Math and Physical Sciences Libraries, EMPSL



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