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The Future of 3D Printing

August 28, 2014

The Consumer Electronics SIG presents…

The Future of 3D Printing

Industry pundits and technology futurists are telling us that the reality of 3D technology is just around the corner. Recently, even Home Depot announced it was going to make consumer 3D printers available in its stores.  That said, there are many questions surrounding 3D printing related to cost, purpose, benefits, and even environmental impact.

Join us on August 28th when the CommNexus Consumer Electronics SIG presents an expert panel on The Future of 3D Printing.

Among the questions we will be tackling head-on:

•    What is the future for consumer 3D printing?
•    Will 3D printing be the next disruptive technology in a smart home?
•    What will the market for consumer 3D printers be worth by 2018?
•    What are the prospects for 3D scanners over the next five years?
•    When will 3D printing at home reach mainstream adoption?
•    What are the different market challenges and hurdles for mass market adoption?
•    How will material cost and hardware cost change over the next five years?
•    What other business models will be employed to monetize 3D printing at home?


Amilio Aviles
Aerospace Engineer, 3D Robotics
Amilio Aviles is an Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer at 3D Robotics which develops innovative, flexible, and reliable personal drones and UAV technology for everyday exploration and business applications.  3DR relies heavily on 3D printing for rapid prototyping and product development.  3DR’s open source software and hardware enable innovation in UAV development including 3D printed drones.

Amilio uses 3D Printing daily in design, testing, and to support manufacturing.  He has worked on numerous unmanned and robotic systems in academic, defense, and small business settings.  In addition to his professional experience, Amilio has done extensive international volunteer work on appropriate technologies projects and hopes that 3D Printing will become an enabling technology for improving lives around the world.

Arthur Deptala

Mechanical Engineer and Senior Managing Member, Pathway LLC
Arthur Deptala is a mechanical engineer and senior managing member of Pathway LLC, which specializes in rapid product design and development through the use of the latest 3D printing technologies. Arthur and his team constantly look to utilize the latest improvements in 3D printing capabilities, speed, and materials in order to reduce the cost and time to market for their clients. While he has seen 3D printing’s effect on his own industry he feels that we are only in the early stages of a technological revolution that will have a profound impact on society by bringing the means of production within everyone’s reach.


Rick Clancy
Head of Public Relations, Covario, Fmr. SVP Corporate Communications, Sony Electronics

Rick Clancy is a veteran corporate communications executive, a public relations thought-leader, and a social media pioneer.  He currently serves as the head of PR for Covario, Inc. – the three-time OMMA Search Marketing Agency of the Year (2011-13) and “the only leader” cited in the Forrester Wave of SEO software platforms. 

Based in San Diego, Covario provides enterprise-level search marketing services to global brands and national retailers.  The firm also integrates a variety of innovative social media and content marketing strategies in its client programs. The firm’s suite of software solutions includes tools for automating local SEO, enterprise search, and social media marketing. 

Rick’s responsibilities encompass media and analyst relations, as well as social media outreach and content marketing.  He plays a key role shepherding Covario’s customer loyalty commitment through its embrace of the Net Promoter Score (NPS) system, in addition to supporting integrated marketing communications and employee engagement.His name is literally the first word in “Groundswell,” the groundbreaking book from Forrester Research about the impact of social media in the corporate enterprise.  The former senior vice president of corporate communications at Sony Electronics served on its management committee as executive champion for company wide social media initiatives. One of those initiatives was the CE industry’s first corporate blog.  In addition, he drove the development of Sony’s first interactive social networking community, its Facebook page, YouTube channel, and Twitter debut.Previously, Rick held a variety of key communications roles with New York-based advertising/public relations agencies (Creamer Dickson Basford and JWT) and with Wall Street investment firms (Drexel Burnham Lambert and E.F. Hutton).  He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Bethany College, where he currently serves on his alma mater’s Board of Trustees.

Phil Baker, Columnist, San Diego Daily Transcript, Co-Founder, Think Outside, Former Director, Apple, & Developer, Polaroid & Seiko
Rick Clancy, Head of Public Relations, Covario, Former SVP, Corporate Communications, Sony Electronics  & Past-chair, Communications Committee,  Consumer Electronics Association
Louis Kim, Vice President, Advanced Platforms Group, Hewlett-Packard
Uma S. Jha, Principal Consultant, Angika Enterprise

Thursday, August 28th 2014

5:30 PM Registration/Networking/Refreshments
6:00 PM Program Begins
7:30 PM Program Ends

750 B St. 29th Floor
San Diego, CA 92101

Duane Morris will validate VALET PARKING. Please valet park at the front of 750 B St. and come up to the 29th floor for the SIG event!


Pre-Registration: (Registration CLOSES at 12 Noon on 8/27/14)
$10.00 – CommNexus Sponsor***
$20.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE – Mentor Sponsor**
FREE – Students, Military & Press*

At the Door:
$20.00 – CommNexus Sponsor
$30.00 – Non-Sponsor
FREE – Mentor Sponsor
FREE – Students, Military & Press

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