Like most, I had been following with curiosity over the past few years the growing momentum of 3D printing and its huge potential impact on manufacturing as well as the consumer markets. I had the opportunity to view Chris Anderson’s video at Canada 3.0 last year and was convinced that this was/is a game changer particularly in the manufacturing sector where the implications will be staggering.
The current tools in this space are generally 3D printers but also include CNC routers, laser fitters and 3D scanners, all using proprietary software and hardware support. The impact on cross-sectors will be significant as well as changing how we approach academia at all three levels.
WEtech has since learned what our partners & stakeholders are exploring & investing in this space and through collaborative discussions and planning, have organized two 3D themed events. The first will be targeted at a Consumer market based audience at Hackforge, located at the main branch Windsor Public Library on March 29, 2014. All ages welcomed.
The second event will be held on April 29, 2014 in partnership with the University of Windsor Engineering Faculty and specifically designed for SME’s & ICT in the manufacturing sector communicating why and how manufacturing will shift to a digital distribution model. This will impact how they operate and this technology adoption will encourage them to become more local and less capital intensive. It is an innovative process evolving from more traditional models.
Change is coming- we need to learn together how best to embrace, expand and profit from it!