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Rising Media announced the full program for the Inside 3D Printing San Diego event, taking place at the San Diego Convention Center on December 14-15, 2016.

Inside 3D Printing is the largest professional 3D printing event worldwide, having hosted 33 events globally since its launch in 2013. This will be the series’ fourth edition in California, with previous events hosted in San Jose and Santa Clara.

The Inside 3D Printing San Diego program, which is chaired by Tyler Benster, General Partner, Asimov Ventures, features dedicated conference tracks focused on 3D printing applications in business, manufacturing, medical, and metal; keynote speeches from industry leaders Weidong Huang of Northwestern Polytechnical University, Hod Lipson of Columbia University, and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates, Inc.; a full day of pre-conference workshops on December 13; as well as networking opportunities for additive manufacturing professionals to forge valuable industry connections.

“3D printing is undergoing a watershed moment, as big and small companies alike begin to use the technology to manufacture finished goods. Several breakthrough technologies in plastics and metals promise to drive this exponential growth,” said Tyler Benster, conference chair and General Partner, Asimov Ventures.

He continued, “We have some surprises in store at Inside 3D Printing San Diego, as several companies emerge from stealth mode to unveil ground-breaking new technology, while other established presenters discuss best practices for emerging business models.”

Rising Media also announced The Nature Game, a competition challenging participants to create objects, which are hard or impossible to determine as objects having been created by natural growth or by human 3D design and manufacturing. Inspired by Alan Turing's 1950 Turing Test and developed by Uformia's Turlif Vilbrandt, The Nature Game asks the question, "Can an object be explicitly designed and fabricated by humans that seems to be naturally grown and/or expresses properties and complexity only found in naturally produced objects?" Objects created for The Nature Game will be on display at Inside 3D Printing San Diego where event attendees will have the opportunity to view the objects and guess whether they are human or nature made.

"We are now able to understand and control all types of matter at scales beyond our own perception. In the next 30 years, manufacturing systems will communicate and fabricate alongside natural systems and human made objects will no longer stand apart and separated from natural processes,” said Turlif Vilbrandt, CTO, Uformia.

San Diego-based bioprinting company Organovo is confirmed to participate and display 3D printed tissue for attendees to view through a microscope at Inside 3D Printing San Diego as part of The Nature Game.

Also on the program will be the Frontier Tech Showdown, a startup competition for early-stage startups in 3D printing, robotics, and virtual and augmented reality; the Frontier Tech Hackathon hosted by Amazon Alexa; and a special panel aimed at exploring diversity and multiculturalism in frontier technology industries.

Inside 3D Printing San Diego is co-located with Rising Media's RoboUniverse and Virtual Reality Summit as the first Frontier Tech Forum. The combined expo hall expects 50+ exhibitors showcasing the latest in frontier tech hardware, services, and software.

Prices for Frontier Tech Forum San Diego increase on-site, so register before December 14 to save.

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