Avi & Others to Speak at Digital Fabrication Summit in Baltimore

To inaugurate the new Potomac Digital Fabrication Center at BWTech@UMBC technology park, a number of members of the 3D printing and Maker communities will come together at the Digital Fabrication Summit in Baltimore, Maryland on May 6, including none other than 3D Systems’ CEO, Avi Reichental.

Avi Reichental 3d systemsAs Potomac Photonics, Inc., microfabricator of medical devices, biotech and electronics, moves its headquarters to the Potomac Digital Fabrication Center, they’ve partnered with the non-profit FabLab Hub to host the Digital Fabrication Summit. In addition to a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Potomac CEO Mike Adelstein and a speech from the company’s founder, Dr. C. Paul Christensen, the event will see addresses given by Avi Reichental and Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, and others.

As Potomac is an authorized reseller of 3DS machines, Reichental will deliver the event’s keynote, titled “Manufacturing the Future”.  Dr. Gershenfeld, the original founder of the concept of FabLabs, will give a talk on how Digital Fabrication will affect society at large. Additionally, Kegan Schouwenburg, CEO and co-founder of Sols and former Director of Industrial Engineering and Operations at Shapeways, will discuss her experience in the industry. The Executive Director of bwtech@UMBC, Ellen Hemmerly, will also be there to relay the University of Maryland at Baltimore’s plans to prepare students for these new technologies in the workplace.

If you’re in the area, you might think about attending and taking a tour of the facility.