Is 3D Printing really reshaping the work of the designer? 

Designers were among the first group of people taking advantage of 3D Printing when software development aligned with the technological advancement of printers, bringing the technology more accessible to all. We’ve had a lot of talks and presentations over the last 10 years explaining how 3D Printing changed the work of the designers.

But, is it really reshaping the work, in the sense that it is totally disrupting the way things were done before the 3D Printing era? Or is it an evolution of the work? Can 3D Printing be considered a new tool and support for art and design, the same way screens changed the way creative minds can express themselves?

This upcoming 3DTalk will focus on design and how 3D Printing is opening new opportunities, from being able to create new types of design, working new materials, and using new methods of production, to opening avenues for research, environmental impact and creating new types of businesses.

We are thrilled to bring the vision of 3 wonderful and talented women to the table, starting with Virginia Estrada, who is known for her unique approach to materials and her classic but modern style. Her current work is influenced by her early years, two artful decades ago, as a painter and sculptor. She was greatly inspired by architectural form and space, which had a profound effect on the direction her work has taken over the years. Now Virginia is harnessing the newest tools of technology, specifically the 3D printing process.

As an environmental artist, Darlene Farris-Labar will share her experience using 3D printing technology to promote and educate about the natural environment, climate change and biodiversity. The goal of her work is to combine nature and technology in an attempt to bring awareness to current environmental concerns. Her most recent work involves the designing and 3D printing of native plants and flowers that currently exist within various locations.

Selin Olmsted, a sun and optical designer, will also share with us her experience using 3D Printing for her creations. Selin discovered her passion for art and design at a young age while growing up in Istanbul, Turkey. She was continually influenced by the diverse textures around her such as the Aegean sea and its intricate bays versus the metropolitan cityscapes. This with her love of fashion brought her to NYC to study at The Fashion Institute of Technology. She then designed menswear for 10 years. From the menswear field, Selin became a full-time designer at Warby Parker and became educated in the field of eyewear.

#3DTalk panels are open to everyone: men and women, kids and adults, novice and experts in 3D Printing. Monthly events are organized in San Francisco, New York area and Paris, France all year long, so come and join us on May 18 in New York! Thank you to Inside 3D Printing and Samsung Next NYC for co-hosting us and this event!

This #3DTalk will live streamed via our Facebook page, 3DTalkEvent. Tune in at 6:30 pm EST this Thursday!

If you are in New York that day, we recommend attending in person to experience the #3DTalk at its fullest. RSVP here.


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Nora is a 3D Printing expert since 2010, particularly skilled at building strategic alliances and strong business relationships.
Named among the 20 most influential women in Additive Manufacturing every year since 2015, Nora also received the Certificate of Honor in Manufacturing by the City of San Francisco in 2017 for her work with Women in 3D Printing, and was awarded Community Advocate of the year 2018 by her peers.

She started her career in Additive Manufacturing in 2010 by joining 3D Printing service leader, Sculpteo.

Nora joined Ivaldi Group in 2018. Ivaldi Group leverages cutting-edge additive manufacturing solutions to provide on-site parts on demand services for various industries. Drawing on a breadth of additive manufacturing industry experience, Ivaldi Group works across a range of stakeholders to digitize product portfolios and improve cost, risk and delivery for all parties, providing a Part Replacement as a Service solution.
As the VP of Strategy, Nora works closely with the CEO to build and implement the company's strategies in various segments: from core business value to customer relationship and parts production and delivery.

Nora founded Women in 3D Printing in 2014 to promote women leaders in the Additive Manufacturing industry. She also co-initiated and co-organizes #3DTalk, an industry-specific and educational event series featuring women in the 3D Printing and related industries. #3DTalks are global events hosted in various cities across the USA and Europe.

Pursuing her vision for more social inclusion, she joined 3D Africa as Board Advisor. 3D Africa is a youth and women economic empowerment program developed by the Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), a nonprofit organization with years of experience combining education, technology, and economic development to transform economically challenged populations into self-sustainable communities. 3D Africa is part of the YTF’s Clinton Global Initiative 2016 Commitment to Action.

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