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Print4Fab 2020

An Introduction to Digital Fabrication & Additive Mfg.

Course Number: SC08

An Introduction to Digital Fabrication and Additive Manufacturing: Methods, Materials, and Applications
Instructor: James W. Stasiak, HP Labs
Level: Introduction
Duration: 2:00 plus 15 minute break.  After the class, adjourn to Zoom to join the instructor and other students in a discussion of the class.
Course time: 
   New York: 
Wednesday 14 October 19:00 - 21:15
Thursday 15 October 00:00 - 02:15
Thursday 15 October 08:00 - 10:15

This course enables an attendee to:

  • Develop an understanding of different digital fabrication and additive manufacturing methods and materials.
  • List and compare different applications that range from printed electronics to the life sciences.
  • Develop an understanding of the technology landscape, key players, and practitioners.
  • Evaluate the technological issues and challenges that will guide the evolution of digital fabrication and manufacturing applications and implementations.

Intended Audience: this is a survey course for engineers, scientists, and technical professionals who are interested in the history, current state, and future of digital fabrication and additive manufacturing technologies.

Course Description:
Over the last two decades, there has been a remarkable convergence of two disparate technologies: commercial and industrial digital printing and the extension of digital printing methods and materials to fabricate and manufacture physical objects. This convergence—a blending of traditional printing methods, advances in materials science, and manufacturing methods—has established a new technology domain which includes digital fabrication of physical objects in three-dimensions and various implementations of additive and digital manufacturing. 

The objective of this short course is to introduce the rapidly emerging science and technology of digital fabrication and manufacturing.  The course begins with an up-to-date overview of the remarkable advances in fabrication methods and strategies, printable and functional materials, and processes that have and are reshaping the way we imagine, design, fabricate, and manufacture technology. We have already seen how digital fabrication and additive manufacturing have enabled new commercial applications and products in domains spanning analog and digital electronics, MEMS and NEMS, sensing, computation, and communications. Digital fabrication is also transforming and challenging traditional manufacturing paradigms by enabling unprecedented customization and personalization of products.  Perhaps the most remarkable examples of the analog to digital fabrication transformation are in the Life Sciences where digital printing methods, “biological inks,” bio-inspired and bio-assisted processes promise to revolutionize medical procedures, drug discovery and delivery, and patient care and management. 

At the end of the short course,  we will be able to look back at the factors that influenced and enabled this revolution, understand the current state of the technology, identify challenges and opportunities, and imagine how the paradigm of “printing things”  will enable new technologies and services decades from now.

Jim Stasiak is a distinguished technologist and principal scientist in HP Labs Physical Sciences Division.  His current research is focused on the intersection of nanotechnology, digital printing, and fundamental materials science.  In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has made important contributions in the fields of condensed and soft matter physics, molecular electronics, nanotechnology, and is considered one of the pioneers who transformed digital inkjet technology into a new platform for fabricating and manufacturing using additive methods and functional materials.  In recognition of his contributions and leadership in a wide range of digital printing science and technology, he was the recipient of the 2012 IS&T Johann Gutenberg Prize. He has been an active member of IS&T for more than 25 years and has held various committee and board positions including Vice President (2014-2018).  Most notably, he was instrumental in organizing and launching the inaugural Digital Fabrication Conference in 2005, serving as the conference General Chair in 2005, 2006, and 2017, and as the Executive Program Chair in 2015 and 2016. He is a named inventor on more than 70 issued US patents and is the author of numerous scientific and technical articles and book chapters, and is regularly invited to present focal, keynote, and plenary papers at US and international conferences and workshops. In 2019 he was elected IS&T Fellow.

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Digital Fabrication and Unique Printing Applications
10/14/2020 7:00 PM - 9:15 PM
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