By Andrew Wynn-Williams Divisional Vice President for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
For most of us, 3D printing is one of those extraordinary technologies that hits all those cliché terms like “disruptive” and “game-changing”. But if you are in manufacturing those terms are more than just buzzwords. They can be genuinely concerning rather than just interesting and cool. Disruption is threat, challenge, opportunity and future all rolled into one. It represents such a stark change that it is difficult to even decide what a first step might be.
That means any opportunity to demystify 3D printing, to break it down and show in real business terms what it means for a manufacturer and its business is like gold. How do you invest in it? Where do you invest in it? What can it do for you? How does a manufacturer make sure that the disruption of 3D printing is an opportunity they understand and not a future they hide from? Those are questions that we at the CME believe it is our responsibility to help our members answer.
That is what our next Innovation Insights event is all about. Presented by Canada Makes and hosted by Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Cimetrix Solutions and CME, this event will hold interest for anyone trying to learn what the future of 3D printing holds for them. Canada Makes, a CME initiative, is a national network of experts and institutions dedicated to the adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D technology in Canada.
Emily Carr University of Art + Design is the only post-secondary institution in BC dedicated solely to the arts, media and design. It is an ideal partnership for showing what 3D printing can mean for manufacturing here in BC.