Made in Space Chief Strategy Officer Mike Chen to discuss "How 3D Printing Will Help Us Conquer Space" Friday, Aug 22; Autodesk Technology Futurist Dr. Jordan Brandt to discuss "The Complexity of Compiling Matter" Saturday, Aug. 23 at 3D Printer World Expo Seattle

Already revolutionizing art and industry, 3D printing is a technology of today and the future. As 3D Printer World Expo Seattle commences Aug. 22 and 23, delivering live demonstrations, training and exhibits of leading-edge 3D printing technology in today's marketplace, the conference program will be led by keynote sessions from two industry visionaries on how 3D printing technology will shape our future – both on and off our home planet. Their keynote addresses are as follows:

"How 3D Printing Will Help Us Conquer Space"
by Mike Chen, Chief Strategy Officer, Made in Space
Friday, Aug 22, 10:00 a.m. Pacific

This fall, in a pivotal step toward humans becoming a multi-planetary species, the International Space Station will receive its first printer from Made In Space. From logistics simplification to massive reductions in budgets and time-to-delivery, 3D printing promises practical solutions that overcome the economic – and physical – barriers to space exploration, commercialization and colonization. Learn how Made in Space solved the "built on earth" supply chain problem by developing a microgravity-tested 3D printer that builds parts off-world and on-demand.

About Mike Chen
A software architect, entrepreneur and relentless proponent of human space colonization, Chen founded his first company in 2002. He graduated from Oberlin College in 2009, where he received high honors for his thesis research on human consciousness. A graduate of Singularity University, member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and Autodesk Scholar-in-Residence, Chen co-founded Made In Space to push the envelope of human space exploration and cause a paradigm shift in the way we think about humanity's place in the universe.

"The Complexity of Compiling Matter"
by Dr. Jordan Brandt, Technology Futurist, Autodesk
Saturday, Aug 23, 10:00 a.m. Pacific

As we enter the age of algorithmic design and computational materials, 3D print instructions will become exponentially complex. Our entire digital infrastructure and methods of representation will need to be rethought. Join this conversation to explore a future in which we teach our machines to design and make things.

About Dr. Jordan Brandt
Dr. Jordan Brandt is a Technology Futurist at Autodesk, with educational and professional background spanning the architecture, aerospace, cloud computing and composites manufacturing industries. Brandt came to Autodesk through the acquisition of Horizontal Systems, which he cofounded and served as CEO, overseeing the creation of Glue (now BIM 360 Glue), a 3D cloud collaboration platform. Brandt received his degree in Architecture from the University of Kansas, while his doctoral dissertation at Harvard developed the concept of distributed manufacturing systems (mobile factories) for composite building envelopes. He has consulted extensively with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research to develop next generation Additive Manufacturing technologies and materials, as well as the GSA for their laser scanning program. He spends most his time in the future designing and making things.