The disruptive potential of three-dimensional printing -- the fabrication of machine parts from digital models -- is creating "a new ecosystem" for people in the fabrication business, including designers, engineers, hobbyists and kids.
What does the future hold for such remote-control fabrication? Philipp Schmaelzle, a member of the Google[x Rapid Evaluation team, will give a talk on this topic at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at SRI International in Menlo Park at the monthly Cafe Scientifique.
As a member of the Rapid Evaluation team at Goggle, Mr. Schmaelzle and his interdisciplinary engineering and scientific colleagues "scout widely and experiment audaciously to hatch technology solutions with profound impact." His talk is entitled: "3D Printing and Beyond: Disrupting Manufacturing through Incremental Fabrication?"
Mr. Schmaelzle is a veteran of Xerox PARC, where for five years he worked on "consumer, industrial and medical devices, LED lighting, displays, solar energy and applying optics in unusual ways," according to Cafe Scientifique.
Important: Go to this link for more on Cafe Scientifique, including directions and parking guidelines at SRI International. Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
Do not park at SRI's main entrance at 333 Ravenswood Ave. Entrances to Conference Center parking are next to the church on Ravenswood Avenue and at Ringwood Avenue and Middlefield Roard.