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Join us for a workshop mapping out the future of 3D modeling and printing at Carnegie Mellon University on January 10-11, 2017.

CMU is at the center of a manufacturing revolution in machine learning, modeling, and more. Hear from speakers who are at the forefront of the movement to change manufacturing for both industry and consumers.

Making 3D printing technology more accessible to more people is a central goal of much of the computer science research happening in additive manufacturing at CMU today. This summit will explore cutting edge work happening at CMU in this domain.

Topics & Speakers

Our discussion will focus on issues such as

  • Users: increasing the set of people who can make things (making design easier, moving from CAD to functional specification)
  • Modeling & Software: core functions that modeling software should provide to non-experts; easier to make modular parts; etc
  • Automation: applications of optimization and machine learning to automate aspects of design
  • Materials: incorporating a wider variety of materials (soft, conductive, strong, biological, etc.)
  • Lifecycle: tracking use throughout the lifecycle  


Please register by January 3rd
If you wish to present a poster, please register for that here.

Housing & Location

The Summit will take place in the Gates-Hillman Building, room 6115, on CMU’s campus, 5000 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

We recommend Bakery Square’s SpringHill Suites Pittsburgh Bakery Square
Address: 134 Bakery Square Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Phone: (412) 362-8600

Other housing options can be found at

Agenda (Tentative)

January 10th
8:30-9:30 Breakfast & Introductory Remarks
9:30-10:00 Keynote: Tico Ballagas: Multi-Jet Fusion and the Future of 3D Printing
10:00-11:00 Research Talks: Automation

Simon LuceyProfessor, Robotics Institute, School of Computer Science, CMU: on computer vision and its applications for capturing modeling information

Levent Burak KaraProfessor, Mechanical Engineering: Generative Design and Fabrication of 3D Structures Under Functional Constraints

Stelian Coros, Professor, Robotics Institute: How will 3D Printing Change the World of Robotics?

11:00-11:30 Break
11:30-1:00 Breakout Groups: Automation
Rooms: GHC 6002; GHC 6501; GHC 6115 (three groups)
1:00-2:00                Lunch
2:00-2:40 Research Talks: Focus on new materials

Scott Hudson, Professor, HCII, School of Computer Science, CMU: Development of Advanced 3D Printers and Printing Technology

Lonnie Love, Oak Ridge National Laboratories, The Role of Composites for Large Scale Polymer Additive Manufacturing

2:40-3 Break
3-4:30 Breakout Groups: Materials & Modeling

Rooms: GHC 6002; GHC 6501; GHC 6115 (three groups)

4:30 Posters &  Hors d’oeuvres (Atrium)
January 11th:
8:30-9:30    Breakfast
9:30-10:00 Research Talks: Users, Modeling & Software

Jennifer Mankoff, Professor, School of Computer Science, CMU: Concepts in End-User Modeling and Design

Madeleine GannonCMU:  On-Body 3D Modeling and Fabrication

10:00-11:15 Breakout Groups: Users & Lifecycle

Rooms: GHC 6002; GHC 6404; GHC 6115 (three groups)

11:15-12 Closing keynote:

Tovi Grossman, Autodesk : on the future of 3D modeling software

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