With face-to-face events cancelled in the face of pandemic, the 3D printing community is still connecting with new virtual offerings.
Spring is typically crowded on the 3D printing calendar. Industry events offer opportunity to network, to showcase and discover the latest launches, to build new relationships and strengthen existing ones, to buy and sell hardware, software, and materials. With the highest-profile events of the season called off — and rightly so — during the current COVID-19 outbreak, the industry has been longing for these standing gatherings.
And they’re happening, digitally.
As some events have already realized, the digital manufacturing community has ample opportunity to digitize their meetups. Here are just a few of the upcoming digital events we’re looking forward to:
Digital Additive Manufacturing Conference
Link3D has announced a new Digital Additive Manufacturing Conference including keynotes, fireside chats, and panels, as well as virtual networking. The event is set for March 24-25, 2020.
Speakers’ presentations will be screen shared, and attendees will have the opportunity to chat and pose questions during each presentation. The Virtual Networking events will offer smaller meeting rooms in the conference platform to chat. Presentations will include speakers from EOS North America, Carpenter, ExOne, Forecast 3D / GKN, Honeywell, Castheon, 6K, UL, TUV SUD, HP, Baker Hughes, Velo3D, The Barnes Group Advisors, GoProto, SLM Solutions North America, PostProcess Technologies, REM Surface Finishing, Formlabs, nTopology (pending confirmation), Additive America, DyeMansion, and Re3DTech.
Dyndrite and members of its Dyndrite Developer Council are offering the new DDC2020 virtual event that “connects key influencers with those delivering tomorrow’s digital manufacturing solutions.” The event is set for April 21-22,2020.
“DDC2020 will feature live press events, online presentations, and interactive discussions from companies changing the digital manufacturing world, including, Aconity3D, Ansys, HP, Nvidia, Renishaw, and more.”
Typically held in the Netherlands, this year’s anticipated Additive World event from Additive Industries announced earlier this month that it would be moving to a virtual setup — and so become free of charge. The event is set for April 1, 2020.
Such digitization highlights both the resilience and the versatility of the digital manufacturing industry. 3D printing continues to go strong in these unique times, and it’s more important than ever to stay connected.
Last week I was pleased to hop on a call with about 50 members of the additive manufacturing community, gathered together by Justin Finesilver of The 3D Printing Store / Accucode, to discuss business measures in the time of coronavirus. The conversation was excellent and hopefully will continue to lead to community initiatives and helpful joining of resources.
More digital events are popping up all the time, and we’ll continue to do our best to share them as well as attend them ourselves. We miss seeing everyone in person, but it’s wonderful to continue to connect online.