Information Management Institute

Opportunities & Challenges Symposium

January 28 - 29, 2013

Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

sponsored by

Information Management Institute

Symposium Focus

3D Printing is Hot - there's no doubt about it! BUT how fast will it develop? What are its limitations? What is its true potential? Are there infrastructure hurdles? There is much to learn and understand about 3D Printing, its growth & development and its future. IMI's 3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Symposium will address 3D printing's potential as well as the drivers, challenges and barriers critical to its growth and success.

The statements being made about 3D Printing are amazing - such as:

  • "A lovely infographic from the fine folks at High Table shows that the 3D printing industry is worth $1.3 billion at this very moment. It's expected to grow to $52 billion by 2020. That's a 300 percent growth." Zach Walton, Writer for WebProNews - August 2012

  • "In the same way that the Internet radically reduced entry costs in generating and disseminating information, giving rise to new businesses like Google and Facebook, additive manufacturing has the potential to greatly reduce the cost of producing hard goods, making entry costs sufficiently lower to encourage hundreds of thousands of mini manufacturers-small and medium size enterprises (SMEs)-to challenge and potentially outcompete the giant manufacturing companies that were at the center of the First and Second Industrial Revolution economies." Jeremy Rifkin in The World Financial Review

  • "3-D Printing: the shape of things to come" article by Matthew Knight, CNN, July 2012

  • "These "desktop factories" will one day become a $1 trillion industry-completely changing the traditional factory model forever. It's what's known as a "disruptive technology." Article entitled How Desktop 3D Printing Factories Will Create the Next $1 Trillion Dollar Industry by Michael Robinson in 3D Printing Model Blog March 2012

  • And there are new quotes and projections for 3D Printing's future almost daily!!
  • 3D Printing is being utilized in numerous industries including aerospace, automotive, biomedical (dentistry, prosthetics, tissue, etc.), composites, construction, consumer goods, energy, jewelry, machine tool, military/defense and many others. Manufacturers cite advantages and benefits such as the following for their implementation of 3D Printing:

    • Precision Individualized Products
    • Minimal Inventory Costs (Space, Overhead & Product Costs)
    • Materials Conservation (No or Minimal Machining/Finishing Waste)
    • Increased Design Flexibility
    • On-Demand Production
    • Time Savings (Design, Prototyping & Production)
    • Production of Products Not Conventionally Manufacturable (Complex Shapes, Internal Voids, Layered Structures, etc.)
    • Centralized Design & Remote or Distributed Manufacturing
    • & More!

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    IMI's 3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Symposium will explore 3D Printing's application opportunities, challenges, needed improvements to enhance implementation, economics and other factors essential to the growth and expansion of 3D Printing.

    IMI programs bring together delegates from diverse cross sections of the topic industry and are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Conference participation will enable attendees to meet with the 3D Printing community's leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

    Symposium Speakers
    Tom Ashley, Pivotal Resources USA
    John Lapp, Fujifilm Dimatix
    Dr. Dene H. Taylor, SPF-Inc
    Anthony Vicari, Lux Research

    3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Symposium
    January 28-29, 2013
    Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
    Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

    Program & Topic Coverage

      Monday, January 28, 2013

      11:00 a.m.Symposium Registration

      1:00 p.m.Opening Session

    3D Printing: What, When & Where?

    3D Printing - Changing the World
    Tom Ashley, Director, Pivotal Resources USA, Lexington, Kentucky
    Tom Ashley, Pivotal Resources USA
    • History of 3D Printing
    • From Rapid Prototyping to Additive Manufacturing
    • Introduction to 3D Printing Technologies
    • 3D Application Examples
    • Opportunities in 3D Printing

    Ink Jet for 3D Printing
    John Lapp, Director Strategic Accounts, Fujifilm Dimatix, Lebanon, New Hampshire
    • Ink Jet Technologies for 3D Printing Applications
    • Jetting Requirements & Needs
    • Printhead Attributes Beneficial for 3D Printing Process
    • State-of-the-Art & Development Trends
    • Example Applications
    • The Path Forward

    3D Printing Videos & Discussion: Applications Potential
    • Architectural
    • Dental & Medical
    • Consumer Products
    • & Others

      6:00 p.m. Networking Reception

      Tuesday, January 29, 2013

      8:30 a.m. Session 2

    3D Printing: Road Map to the Future

    Ink Jet (& Ink Jet Like) Technologies for Industrial Printing, Fabrication & Functional Print
    Dr. Dene Taylor, President, SPF-Inc., New Hope, Pennsylvania
    Dr. Dene Taylor, SPF
    • Definitions: Industrial Ink Jet Print, Fabrication & Functional Print
    • Key Players & Products
      - Industrial: High Production 2D
      - Fabrication: 3D Prototype & Lab to Production
      - Functional Print: Printed Electronics, Circuitry, Products, Sensors, Barriers & Coatings
    • Limits of Technology
    • Performance Requirements: What is Needed?
    • Issues, Trends & Opportunities: What Can Be?

    An Integrated Future: Assessing the Technology Landscape in Additive Manufacturing
    Anthony Vicari, Research Associate, Lux Research, Boston, Massachusetts
    • Bottom-up Near Net Shape Manufacturing Techniques Gaining Attention
      - 3D Printing, Metal Injection Molding, etc. \
      - Inherent Ability to Increase Materials Utilization
      - Reduce Need for Costly/Time-consuming Post Processing Operations
    • Potential to Embed Electronics within Structures during Fabrication Opens Up New Class of Integrated & Multifunctional Advanced Materials
    • Mapping Out the Deposition & Materials Technology Landscape
    • Examining Near, Medium & Long Term Applications & Market Opportunities
    • Comparison of Varied Business Models found among 3D Printing Technology Developers

    3D Printing Videos & Discussion: Benefits & Challenges
    • Product Development: Prototyping
    • Economics
    • Materials
    • Intellectual Property
    • & More!

     12:00 Noon Adjournment

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    IMI Conferences in January - February 2013

    3D Printing: Opportunities & Challenges Symposium
    January 28-29, 2013

    AWA Inkjet Label & Packaging Print Seminar
    January 29-30, 2013

    22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
    January 30 - February 1, 2013

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    Speaking Opportunities at IMI Conferences

    If you have a potential topic for presentation at this or another IMI conference, please submit your proposed presentation topic and a brief outline to Al Keene at IMI (Email to or fax to +1-207-235-2226) for review.

    IMI is always looking for potential speakers for upcoming conference programs and will be pleased to discuss your ideas for potential presentation topics.

    Hotel Information

    IMI's 3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Symposium is being held in conjunction with IMI's Digital Printing World 2013 Conferences at the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites in Scottsdale, Arizona. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each meeting registrant. Early booking is advised as the special meeting rate of $124 (includes daily resort fee) for single or double occupancy is guaranteed only until January 6, 2013. After that date, the group meeting rate will be on a space available basis.

    To make reservations, go to or call +1-480-991-1414. You must identify yourself as part of Information Management Institute Group to obtain the group rate by phone.and to assure that the $15.00 daily resort fee is waived. Cancellations must be received 24 hours prior to arrival or 1 night room and tax will be assessed.

    Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites

    Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

    Scottsdale is serviced by Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) which is approximately 12 miles from the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. and is served by over 15 domestic and international airlines with convenient and economical nonstop service to over 80 domestic and 20 international destinations.

    Super Shuttle is available at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and is located outside the baggage claim areas. Super Shuttle's current price from Sky Harbor Airport to the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is $16 per person each way. Taxi fare should be approximately $30 to $35. Door to door limousine service is also available outside baggage claims.

    Additional information on Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and available services can be found at

    Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites Location & Information

    Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is a peaceful, green 25 acre retreat tucked into the Sonoran Desert.

    Nestled at the foot of Camelback Mountain and drenched in sunshine an astonishing 300 days a year, the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites desert resort is an inviting oasis in Scottsdale featuring exotic desert flora, clean crisp air, and breathtaking mountain views. Everything has been designed for ultimate comfort and supreme relaxation including our beautifully manicured grounds, two swimming pools, fitness center, tennis courts, putting greens, and nature trail where guests often spot cottontail rabbits and quail in their natural habitat.

    The casita-style guest rooms are unique and offer a private at home feel. All casita-style guest rooms feature beautiful appointed décor, luxury bedding with duvet, 300 thread count Persian linens and pillow top mattress and private patios. Complimentary internet is provided in guest rooms and the conference center.

    Dining options within a ten minute walk of the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites include J. Alexander's, Blanco Tacos & Tequila, Veneto Trattoria, Houston's, Rancho Pinot, Tottie's Asian Fusian, Fogo De Choa, Blue Wasabi and more! There is also a Trader Joe's Supermarket adjacent to the hotel as well as numerous shops.

    The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites is located approximately 1 ˝ miles from Old Town Scottsdale and Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Ollie the Trolley operates from December thru March stopping at the The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites every twenty minutes (2012/2013 schedule will be posted when announced). Also, the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites Town Car Service operates within a 3 mile radius of the hotel - subject to availability.

    Arizona means golf to some visitors. While golf abounds in all areas of Arizona, there are four courses within minutes of the Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites. Concierge can assist with your arrangements to play McCormick Ranch Golf Course, Camelback Golf Club, Kierland Golf Club and Talking Stick Golf Club as well as others. Dolce Salon and Spa is located adjacent to the hotel. Dolce is a two-story 13,083 square foot location with 21 spa rooms, 10 manicure and pedicure thrones, 28 styling stations, 1 Versa Spa spray tanning booth, 1 make-up counter, 1 Brow Bar and a cafe. Hotel concierge can make arrangements for your desired treatments.

    The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites plus the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas and the State of Arizona provide excellent opportunities to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.

    Dress for IMI's Digital Printing World 2013 Conferences will be casual.

    The Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites address is:

    Scottsdale Cottonwoods Resort & Suites
    6160 North Scottsdale Road
    Scottsdale, Arizona USA
    Phone: +1-480-991-1414
    Fax: +1-480-951-3350
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