3D printing was a hot topic when we attended Wired Magazine’s inaugural conference in London this month. Objet was invited to take a starring role demonstrating multi-material 3D printing in the conference’s Test Lab – a session for delegates to explore the latest fascinating new technologies, as selected by Wired. “3D printing was set to be a hot topic at WIRED 2011, so we wanted to bring someone on board who could demonstrate some of the most exciting applications of the technology,” comments Peter Giblin, curator of the Test Lab, “When we heard about Objet’s unique multi-material 3D printing capability we were determined to include Objet Connex technology in the session.”
WIRED 2011 Together with O2 was a two day conference celebrating ideas, innovations and people that reshape the world, designed to immerse participants in a creative and innovative atmosphere of collaborative discovery and knowledge sharing. The conference was expected to attract around 350-400 thought-leaders and opinion-formers and the Test Lab session turned out to be a bustling hive of activity with robots interacting with crowd, 3D cameras recording the event and model helicopters threatening to take out the chandeliers of The St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
Delegates had seen talks with a heavy emphasis on 3D printing earlier in the day from Chris Anderson, Wired’s US Editor-in-Chief, and Lisa Harouni, MD and Co-Founder of Digital Forming, so the Test Lab provided an opportunity see the process first-hand with the recently introduced Objet260 Connex multi-material 3D Printer. Giblin concluded, “The Test Lab was a great success and we were delighted with the contribution from Objet. It was great to see the bewilderment and excitement on the faces of those new to 3D printing when they saw models printed during the session, in one build, with moving parts, multiple materials and no assembly required, and they started to contemplate the possibilities.”
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