TechConnect World 2018

2D and 3D Printing. Technology Overview, Industrial Applications and Challenges

2D and 3D Printing

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Technology Focus

As modern manufacturing technology is evolving, the trend is to be digital, on demand, sustainable and green.  Of course, cost and performance will always be factors so do risk and benefit when choosing a manufacturing technology.  This short course comprises two main sections.  The first section starts with an overview of modern 2D printing technologies and their applications. This is followed with a survey of the use of printing as an additive manufacturing technology for printed electronics.  Some of the challenges, such as ink materials, ink-surface interactions, coffee ring stain effect, print process effect on performance, etc. are summarized and future directions will be discussed. 

The second section of this short course is on 3D printing.  Major 3D printing technologies, including stereolithography, selective sintering, selective melting, direct ink printing, hot melting printing, inkjet and aerosol jet printing will be overviewed.  The application areas and shortfalls of various approaches will be discussed.  Key challenges to bring the technology to market from both technical and business viewpoints will be discussed. The use of printing to build smart, value-added objects additively and three dimensionally will be surveyed.

Who Should Attend and How Will They Benefit?

This course is targeted for a very broad audience, from scientists and engineers to researchers in both academic and industry who are interested in manufacturing technology for the future, to managers and executives where familiarity of manufacturing technologies are critical not only from the knowledge viewpoint, but also to decision making in strategic direction and R&D investment.  Researchers and engineers in printing will get the benefits of seeing the entire landscape of printing and how printing may apply to manufacturing.  Researchers in printed electronics and 3D printing will get an overview of the fundamental challenges involved in this area.  This may lead to the creation of cross discipline research in the future.

Course Content

Topics will include:

  • Modern 2D printing technologies, including offset lithography, gravure, flexography, electrophotography, inkjet, dye transfer, etc.
  • Printing as an additive manufacturing tool for printed electronics
  • Challenges and outlook for printing in printed electronics
  • ITO replacement and other critical materials for printed electronics
  • History and background of 3D printing
  • Major 3D printing technology: stereolithography, selective laser sintering/melting, E beam melting, filament printing, inkjet printing and direct ink printing
  • Industrial applications of 3D printing
  • Challenges and outlook of 3D printing
  • Commercialization examples for additive manufacturing


Workshop Instructor

Kock-Yee  LawKock-Yee Law
Founder and CEO
Research and Innovative Solutions

Guest Speaker

Steve ReadySteve Ready
Member of the Research Staff
Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)


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