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Will 3D Printing Change the World? | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

Much attention has been paid to 3D Printing lately, with new companies developing cheaper and more efficient consumer models that have wowed the tech community. They herald 3D Printing as a revolutionary and disruptive technology, but how will these printers truly affect our society? Beyond an initial novelty, 3D Printing could have a game-changing impact on consumer culture, copyright and patent law, and even the very concept of scarcity on which our economy is based. From at-home repairs to new businesses, from medical to ecological developments, 3D Printing has an undeniably wide range of possibilities which could profoundly change our world.

Speaker Series: 3D Printing - Impacting the Business Model

Learn how 3D printing and additive manufacturing are impacting the business model with Jan Baum, Executive Director of 3D Maryland. From 3D visualizations, prototypes, optimized products, tooling, and end-use parts to an ethos of innovation, 3D printing and additive manufacturing are disrupting how we make things in the 21st century across industries. Learn how you might use these tools for your business advantage.

3D Printing - IgniteMEDA presentation - MEDA 2014 Annual Conference

Jan Baum presents on 3D Printing at  IgniteMEDA.

Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore Quarterly Economic Update, featuring 3D Printing

EAGB Market & Research Analyst Patrick Dougherty discusses the winter Regional Economic Update and the new 3D Printing white paper regarding the future of manufacturing in Greater Baltimore. Guest Jan Baum, Director of 3D Maryland, shares her experience and knowledge.

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National Conferences


The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. Held in Las Vegas every year, it has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.

Walters Art Bytes

The Walters Art Museum will host its second annual hackathon, Art Bytes II, where technology and creative communities work together to build programs and applications to enhance the museum experience for visitors. 

3D Print Show

In case you thought it looks like one, let’s just be clear – 3D Printshow is not a trade show. We’re committed to the idea of creating a fully interactive technology event that’s inspiring, entertaining and educational.


AeroDef® Manufacturing is the leading summit and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME, in partnership with an executive committee of industry OEMs professionals, our mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain manufacturing competitiveness in the global economy.

Model Making Show

If you've never attended an APMM Conference, you will be surprised by the strength of expertise and experience that you will encounter. If you are a veteran attendee, perhaps you'll find a new contact, a vendor you had never met before, or come across an innovative solution will make your attendance at our 2014 event a good investment in your future. If you miss San Jose in 2014, our next gathering won't take place until 2016! Can you afford to put off crucial training, networking, and strengthening alliances that long?

Inside 3DP

Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, has gained a reputation for producing high quality seminars and wide-ranging exhibitions worldwide. And now another dimension has been added - Maker Summit & Pavilion. Under one roof all levels of 3D Printing interest are covered whether an attendee is interested in the future of bioprinting to making custom jewelry. Also new at Inside 3D Printing is a workshop day (April 2). Inside 3D Printing brings together the 3D printing universe and prepares you to take advantage of "The Third Industrial Revolution". Don't miss out! Partake in workshops, seminars for every interest level, and networking to explore business opportunities, policy consideration, and the latest 3D printers and services.


AMUG is an independent, industry-wide users group that gives its members a forum for learning, information exchange and establishing professional connections. No matter what additive manufacturing technology you use, AMUG is here to assist you in getting the most from the technology and achieving all that is possible.


For nearly 25 years, RAPID has been the authority on 3D. The event was developed by SME members who wanted an annual forum to learn and share additive manufacturing knowledge and best practices, and buy and sell related equipment and services. These members built a community of like-minded professional with whom they have grown their skills, developed their network, and advanced their businesses. RAPID continues this tradition in 2014, leading the way for innovation in all areas of manufacturing.

3D Digital Events

Smithsonian X 3D launches a set of use cases which apply various 3D capture methods to iconic collection objects, as well as scientific missions. These projects indicate that this new technology has the potential not only to support the Smithsonian mission, but to transform museum core functions. Researchers working in the field may not come back with specimens, but with 3D data documenting a site or a find. Curators and educators can use 3D data as the scaffolding to tell stories or send students on a quest of discovery. Conservators can benchmark today’s condition state of a collection item against a past state – a deviation analysis of 3D data will tell them exactly what changes have occurred. All of these uses cases are accessible through the Beta Smithsonian X 3D Explorer, as well as videos documenting the project. For many of the 3D models, raw data can be downloaded to support further inquiry and 3D printing.

Design 2 Part 

For over 39 years, engineers and product manufacturers have relied on Design-2-Part Shows to find the best custom components, parts and contract manufacturing services. Each show features hundreds of job shops and American contract manufacturing suppliers exhibiting their skills in design, prototypes, production runs, value added services, assemblies, electronics, and much more.