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Symposium Summary from Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing with Advanced Materials

Thank you for attending the inaugural 3-D Printing Symposium at the University of Washington: Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing with Advanced Materials!

We had a fantastic event with more than 100 speakers, panelists, and poster presenters covering diverse topics that included polymers and new functional materials, advanced printing techniques, art and architectural design, and medicine.This was a stimulating day with many active discussions, and we look forward to working with you to advance the field of additive manufacturing.

A very warm thanks to our sponsors FATHOM and Stratasys. We extend our particular gratitude to our friends at FATHOM for their hospitality in hosting both a wonderful reception and tour of their pioneering work space and printers.

FATHOM is ecstatic about the level of interest in 3D-printable microfluidic hardware, and looks forward to collaborating with many of you in the near future. FATHOM’s Director of Research, Carlo Quiñonez, PhD, can be reached The FATHOM team, located at its Seattle-based office and production center, is happy to work with UW students and faculty on any upcoming 3D printing projects! Reach out with any questions to Dylan Oliver, FATHOM’s general manager

During the course of the Symposium, several of you noted an interest in partnering with the UW on research and collaborative projects. We are excited to hear from you. Please contact Duane Storti at or Alshakim Nelson at if you would like to explore innovative and collaborative opportunities with the UW.

Please visit our blog for updates about our research and leading-edge academic experiences for students. We hope to offer another additive manufacturing symposium on the UW campus next year, and we are also in the midst of planning the Zing Conference on additive manufacturing in Portugal in June 2017.


The UW Strategic Initiative for Additive Manufacturing Team

Alshakim Nelson, Chemistry, Symposium Lead,
Duane Storti, Mechanical Engineering, Symposium Lead,

Nicolas Boechler, Mechanical Engineering
Andrew J. Boydston, Chemistry
Cole DeForest, Chemical Engineering
Albert Folch, Bioengineering
Mark A. Ganter, Mechanical Engineering
Dawn E. Lehman, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Laura N. Lowes, Civil and Environmental Engineering




Please join us for “Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing with Advanced Materials”

Saturday May 14 | 9am-4pm (4:30-6:30 Reception*) | Alder Hall Commons |
University of Washington, Seattle

Hosted by the UW Strategic Research Initiative for Additive Manufacturing, this day-long event offers an unprecedented chance to witness the latest advances in 3-D printing and scholastic research for one of the most critical societal opportunities in modern history.

Our faculty, students and corporate partners are working together to identify and evaluate the true potential for additive manufacturing technologies to fulfill the needs of emerging technology and industry. Topics of discussion will include 3-D printing related to new polymeric material compositions, micro-architectured materials, art/architecture, medicine, prosthetic development, and microfluidics.

The post-symposium reception will be co-hosted by Fathom Inc. which has a facility just blocks away from the UW campus.  This is an opportunity to see live demonstrations of the most advanced 3D printers that are available on the market, while enjoying light appetizers and beverages with symposium participants.  A shuttle service will be provided to transport (8 minutes one way) attendees to and from the Fathom facility.


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