Scaling Additive Manufacturing from Prototype to Production

3D printing is ubiquitous in prototyping, but it's just beginning to gain traction in production applications. As 3D printing technology advances, how should product developers think about applying it to improve their products, reach new markets, and speed their product cycles? This panel discussion features insights from Katy O'Brien of New Balance, industry-leading analyst Terry Wohlers, and Nate Higgins of Alpha Precision Group.
Dávid Lakatos

Terry Wohlers is principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 32 years ago. Through Wohlers Associates, he has provided consulting assistance to more than 267 organizations in 26 countries, as well as to 180+ companies in the investment community. He has authored 420 books, articles, and technical papers and has given 155 keynote presentations on six continents. Wohlers served as a featured speaker in events held at the White House in 2012 and 2014. He has appeared on many television news programs, including Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, Fox Business, MSNBC, NPR, and Australia’s Sky News. Wohlers is a principal author of the Wohlers Report, the undisputed industry-leading report on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide for 24 consecutive years.

Katy O'Brien is an Engineering Manager for Manufacturing Innovation at New Balance, one of the few companies dedicated to continuing to make footwear here in the United States. The Manufacturing Innovation team supports the domestic manufacturing initiatives by leveraging new technologies and automation to gain labor efficiencies and drive new product opportunities.

Nate Higgins is the Plant Manager of the Metal Injection Molding and Additive Manufacturing facility at Alpha Precision Group. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame in Engineering and Entrepreneurship. Prior to working at APG Nate Co-Founded InVivo Concepts, which developed and manufactured equipment for enhanced imaging during biomedical research. He brought this startup experience to APG where an initial “Green Field” MIM operation was started and later executed an acquisition to fuel 100% year over year growth.

Dávid Lakatos is chief product officer at Formlabs, the pioneer and industry leader in professional desktop 3D printing, overseeing all aspects of the company’s product development. Prior to joining Formlabs, Lakatos founded Sold., an automated peer-to- peer selling service that was acquired by Dropbox. He was a co-founder of FabLab Budapest, the first rapid prototyping lab in Central and Eastern Europe. A native of Hungary, Lakatosholds degrees in electrical engineering with a focus on nanosciences from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, as well as a M.S. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT.


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