Our upcoming Xpand3D Virtual Manufacturing and Design Event taking place May 25-26, 2021 will showcase three different panel discussions that will include some of the most knowledgeable people in the industry. If you’re interested in hearing about the latest advancements in design and manufacturing, you don’t want to miss these discussions. Here are the topics that will be covered and who will be speaking.

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3D Printing vs Traditional Manufacturing Processes for Plastics

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 @ 1 PM EDT


  • Are technologies such as Multi Jet Fusion, High-speed sintering, High-speed SLA competitive or complementary to Plastic injection Molding?
  • What are the biggest obstacles for Plastic 3D Printing to gain market share in high volume parts production?
  • What are some of the most significant new advances in 3D Printing that will enable higher volume production acceptance?
  • How important is DFAM for driving production in 3D Printing?
  • How does DFAM compare to Designing for Plastic injection Molding?
  • What are some of the most important considerations for quality assurance in 3D printing and how do those compare to plastic injection molding?


  • David Pierick –  3D Printing Application Development Manager, HP
  • Avi Reichental – CEO, Nexa3D
  • John Krieg – Operations Manager, Rapid Inspection, LLC
  • Todd Grimm – Additive Manufacturing Consultant, Writer and Presenter, T. A. Grimm & Associates, Inc.

The Future of CAD

Wed May 26, 2021 @ 8:45 AM EDT


  • As AI & machine learning mature in our industry, how important will the role of the designer be in the design creation process?
  • With most technology going from analog and digital such as cameras, music, and 3D Printing, will CAD eventually transition from exact boundary representation to 3D and 2D mesh representations?
  • In the end, who will create the next-generation CAD system? Will it more than likely be a Topology Optimization/Generative Design company, a Finite element company, a traditional CAD company, or a new startup company the likes of Parametric Technologies 35 years ago?
  • What capabilities do you foresee in the next generation CAD technology?
  • Do you think that there will be a revolution in the next 10 years such as when PTC first commercialized Parametric Solid Modeling or do you think it will be more evolutionary?


  • Rob Hassold – CEO/Founder, Cimquest
  • Jon Hirschtick – Co-founder and Former CEO at Onshape—Founder and Former CEO of SolidWorks, Onshape
  • Blake Courter – CTO at nTopology

Is Metal Printing Ready for Primetime?

Wed May 26, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT


  • Will different technologies fill the prototyping vs high production needs for metal printing or will one technology emerge as the leading technology to serve both needs?
  • Will metal printing ever become accurate enough to print high tolerance (plus or minus 1 thou) parts or will there always need to be a hybrid (3D Printer/CNC) or CNC post-processing used to achieve that level of accuracy?
  • What are the biggest hurdles in metal additive that need to be addressed before it gains more acceptance in the marketplace and how realistic is it that these obstacles will be overcome?
  • What role will AI/machine learning take in metal additive?
  • Will the improvements in DMLS be able to compete with the new technologies being developed such as Binder Jetting?
  • How important is it for Metalworking shops to adopt metal additive manufacturing and why?


  • Bob Hedrick – President, CAMufacturing Solutions
  • Kenneth Fortier – Product Owner – Visualization and Simulation, CNC Software – Mastercam
  • Nate Higgins – President, FreeFORM Technologies
  • Ric Fulop – Founder and CEO, Desktop Metal
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