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Professor Joseph DeSimone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

April 25, 2016 - 4:30pm
Braun Lecture Hall
S.G. Mudd Building
Stanford University

“Instead of 2D-printing Over and Over Again: Continuous Liquid Interface Production of 3D Objects”

About the Seminar:

“3D printing” is a misnomer:  it is actually 2D printing over and over again.  This lecture will describe a new advance in 3D additive manufacturing that is rapid, continuous and no longer layer-by-layer that promises to advance industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing. The new Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects from a pool of resin instead of printing them layer-by-layer. The technology was simultaneously introduced to the scientific community as the cover story in the journal Science and on the stages of TED2015.  CLIP technology raises the state-of-the-art in 3D fabrication in three ways:

  • GAME-CHANGING SPEED: 25-100 times faster than conventional 3D printing
  • COMMERCIAL QUALITY: produces objects with consistent mechanical properties
  • MATERIAL CHOICE: enables a broad range of polymeric materials
  • MICROFABRICATION: enables complex geometries to be fabricated in the tens of microns size scale

This lecture will introduce CLIP and will describe the opportunities associated with it, including the potential for designing new approaches to medical and drug delivery devices.

About the Speaker:

Joe co-founded Carbon3D in 2013. Under his direction, Carbon3D is marrying the intricacies of molecular science with hardware and software technologies to advance the 3D printing industry beyond basic prototyping to 3D manufacturing. Throughout his time in academia, Joe has published over 300 scientific articles and has over 150 issued patents in his name-with over 80 patents pending. Joe also previously co-founded several companies including Micell Technologies, Bioabsorbable Vascular Solutions, and Liquidia Technologies.

As CEO of Carbon3D, Joe is currently on leave from his role as Chancellor's Eminent Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University and of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina. He received his BS in Chemistry from Ursinus College, and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech.

Joe is one of less than twenty individuals who have been elected to all three branches of the National Academies: Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering. During his career he has received over 50 major awards and recognitions including the 2015 Dickson Prize from Carnegie Mellon University; 2014 Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success from the ACS; the 2010 AAAS Mentor Award in recognition of his efforts to advance diversity in the chemistry PhD workforce; the 2007 Collaboration Success Award from the Council for Chemical Research; and the 2002 Engineering Excellence Award by DuPont.

The 2015-2016 Student Hosted Colloquium is sponsored by Genentech.

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