A 360 degree view of 3-D printing
Submitted by Kashyap Kompella (@kashkompella) on Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Section: Analytics and Visualization Technical level: Beginner
(1) Provide a brief tour of the exciting world of 3D printing & (2) Discuss opportunities and applications in the Indian context
3-D printing is a game changer and not surprisingly it has attracted a lot of attention globally in the last couple of years as the technology is maturing. But I initially wondered whether a session on 3-D printing is appropriate for this conference but then I realized if "visualization" is one of the focus areas, then 3-D printing definitely belongs here. Because what 3-D printing enables is a concrete and tangible realization of a concept, a prototype and even an end product.
This is a vast subject and in a 20-30 minute presentation, we'll be able to only scratch the surface and I propose to cover the essentials like -
- What is 3-D printing and what's the big deal about it?
- Who's currently using it? (Practical details about current adoption.)
- What are the potential applications? This should be of interest to start-up folks and MBA types as well.
- What are common software tools used in this field? This should be of interest to the tech. junta who'd like to explore further.
Though I will cover some important design tools, I don't intend to make this a technical session. You'll not see snippets of code on the screen.
Just come with a curious mind...
I am an industry analyst, it's my job to keep on top of technology and trends. More here: http://www.realstorygroup.com/Who-We-Are/Analysts/43-Kompella
3-D printing is a personal interest area and have been closely following this emerging field.