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A Conversation with “Father of 3D-Printing” Joseph Beaman

A Conversation with “Father of 3D-Printing” Joseph Beaman

In early 2015, I had the huge, and unexpected honor of sharing a stage with one of the “fathers” of 3D-printing, Professor Joseph Beaman, head of the School of Engineering at the University of Texas.

It was an hour of conversation I’ll not soon forget – Joe talking about how the New York Times ran a piece about his selective laser sintering initiatives back in 1986, and how they spoke of it as the future of manufacturing. Of course, times have changed and thirty years have passed and 3D-printing is now being toyed with by consumers, and by teams like the one we sent to Sudan with Not Impossible, thanks to Intel and Precipart.

Project Daniel was, of course, a career highlight, but the opportunities it brought to speak more broadly about innovation and social good on a level such as this, opposite such a generous and warm figure as Professor Beaman is another valuable reward that I’ll continue to value and appreciate. Many thanks to the Medical Innovation Labs for bringing us together. Check out the chat right here: