Making 3D printing part of every designer’s DNA

Thinking beyond prototyping. 3D printing is not just a prototyping technology anymore, it is a manufacturing technology which requires a different way of thinking. A designer needs to know the ins and outs of the product, and is required to learn new skills and approaches to become a real professional in 3D Design & Engineering. Many aspects should be considered: how will it function, what should it be supporting, what is the optimal construction?

The 3D printing technology allows the designer to stay closer to the final product. Potential problems or defaults in the design can be iterated quickly, making it easier to adjust and solve inefficiencies. In other words, 3D printing supports an improved product lifecycle management.


On May 19th 2015 we welcome you to the 3D Design & Engineering Conference at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Everyone involved in 3D printing and the design & engineering industry should join this networking event.

The 3DDE Conference offers design and engineering professionals the chance to learn and meet the possibilities of 3D printing, and to look at design challenges from different perspectives. The following topics will be covered during the conference:

  • The 3D printing value chain
  • Visualisation tools, and 3D design & 3D engineering tools
  • The integrated workflow
  • 3DDE education and studies
  • Topology Optimization
  • Product Lifecycle Management – PLM and beyond (Application Lifecycle Management (ALM), Service Lifecycle Management (SLM))
  • Validation
  • Creative thinking in the design process
  • The great potential of 3D printing for the service / repair market
  • 3D content as part of product manufacturers’ portfolios – from households to professional products
  • The need for new business models
  • IP, liability, legal and technical issues
  • Reverse engineering of 3D products
  • Postprocessing, essential for 3D printed products

Who should attend? Any person who is involved in developing products using 3D printing, from designer to engineer, from researcher to 3D printer manufacturer and from material manufacturer to software developer. Please visit the website to find out why you should attend the full day conference.

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