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Now in 3-D: Cornell Professor to Speak on Printing Technology

(Posted October 28, 2013)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- A professor of engineering at Cornell University, Hod Lipson, will speak at Juniata College on "The Future of 3-D Printing," at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6 in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Academic Center on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by the Juniata Department of Religion.

The printing technology has evolved in the past several years from expensive prototyping equipment to small-scale production tools available to almost anyone.

Lipson, the author of "Fabricated: The New World of 3-D Printing," will discuss how 3-D printers can fabricate shaped parts from almost any material. The printing technology has evolved in the past several years from expensive prototyping equipment to small-scale production tools available to almost anyone.

He will talk about where such technology can go next, explaining how people will have unprecedented control over the shape of objects and how use of 3-D printers can create new types of materials. Finally, he will talk about the next generation of printing -- literally going from fabricating passive parts to printing active, integrated systems.

Lipson is the head of Cornell's Creative Machines Lab and had co-authored more than 200 technical papers. His work on self-aware, self-replicating robots and food printing has been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Time, CNN and National Public Radio.

Lipson joined the Cornell faculty in 2001 as an assistant professor with the departments of computer and information science and mechanical and aerospace engineering. He was promoted to associate professor in 2008. From 1998 to 2001 he was a postdoctoral research in the computer science department at Brandeis University, while also serving as a lecturer in mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
He earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1989 from Technion Israel Institute of Technology and went on to earn a doctoral degree in 1998 in mechanical engineering from the same institution. He also co-founded three startup companies, including two active businesses, Nutonian Inc., a data-mining company, and Trilogical Inc., a GPS tracking company.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.