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What Things May Come

The 37th annual Brown Symposium will take place at Southwestern University Feb. 26–27, 2015, and will focus on the impact of three dimensional (3D) technology on humankind as it endeavors to meet future challenges in the arts and sciences.

To date, most of the hype surrounding 3D digital printing has been on relatively mundane objects, which can now be made by anyone with the aid of a personal 3D printer.

Brown Symposium XXXVII seeks to discuss the printing of things previously not thought possible, such as functioning human organs, and how this technology changes the way in which we think creatively.

Different from other forms of knowledge, 3D printing allows not only for the discovery of things long past, as in its use in archaeology, but it also has the potential to solve major issues today and in the future, such as building environmentally friendly homes, mass producing customized products, exploring other planets, replacing living body parts, or creating unique sculptural forms previously only imagined.

The 2015 Symposium will explore what things may come from 3D printing technology and how it will not only impact our lives, but open our minds as well.

The Symposium will include an international sculpture exhibition of 3D digitally designed and printed artworks, along with lectures, panel discussions and videos that demonstrate what remarkable things have already changed our lives and what things may come in the future.

The Symposium is being coordinated by Mary Visser, professor of art and holder of the Herman Brown Chair. Her specialties are sculpture, computer modeling and animation, rapid prototyping and digital photography. She will also coordinate the International Digital Sculpture exhibition, along with Christian Lavigne, president of ARS Mathematica of Paris.

Featured Symposium speakers will include:

  • Anthony Atala M.D., a practicing surgeon and a researcher in the area of regenerative medicine, whose work focuses on growing new human cells, tissues and organs.
  • Bruce Beasley, world-renowned sculptor and winner of the Purchase Prize in the Paris Biennale.
  • Olaf Diegel, a professor at Lund University Sweden, widely published in the areas of additive manufacturing and rapid product development.
  • Robert Michael Smith, a sculptor and professor of art at New York Institute of Technology.
  • Lisa H. Crump M.S., co-founder of Stratasys, Inc. a high tech manufacturer of 3D printers that developed FDM fueling the personal 3D printer for the home; she is also the founder of Cairn Ventures, a company that invests predominantly in early stage, high-growth potential companies in the Midwest.

To learn more about the Symposium, art exhibit, speakers and artists, click here.

Story by Kristina Moore

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