Vail Symposium discusses the exploding possibilities of 3D printing, Oct. 20 |

Vail Symposium discusses the exploding possibilities of 3D printing, Oct. 20

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Andy Christensen.
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What: “How 3D printing is Changing Industry,” with Andy Christensen, Terry Wohlers and Charles Overy.

When: Thursday, Oct. 20; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. program

Where: Colorado Mountain College, 150 Miller Ranch Road, Edwards.

Cost: $25 online general admission, $35 at the door; $10 students and teachers.

More information: Visit to register.

VAIL — Additive manufacturing, known to most as 3-D printing, has been described as the beginning of a third industrial revolution, with capabilities extending far beyond what most might consider manufacturing to entail.

For instance, 3-D printing is already being used to create human organs from a patient’s own cells and to create prosthetics using maps of a patient’s skeleton. NASA is using 3-D printing to create injectors for ITS rocket engines. In 2014, Chevrolet used 3-D printing to prototype its Malibu car. Even the defense industry is using 3-D printing to create guns.

The possibilities for 3-D printing include significant social impacts, as well. Imagine doing away with the organ donation wait list or being able to create cheaply and effectively important technologies.

Today the Vail Symposium will host three experts in this field to discuss which industries are seeing significant breakthroughs thanks to 3-D printing, as well as what those breakthroughs mean to the public. The program will be hosted at Colorado Mountain College in Edwards, with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Panelists include Andy Christensen and Terry Wohlers. Charles Overy will moderate the program and offer his insight into the field.

“This is a very interesting field, perhaps beyond what most people think when they hear about 3-D printing or manufacturing,” said Kris Sabel, Vail Symposium executive director. “Even industry experts are continually finding new uses for this technology, all of which have significant impact on the public.”

Christensen has been active in the additive manufacturing industry since the mid 1990s, focusing on medical applications. He has created entirely new tool sets that didn’t exist in the areas of virtual surgical planning, patient-specific anatomical modeling, personalized surgical guides and 3-D printed metallic implants.

Wohlers is the founder of Wohlers Associates Inc. His team has provided technical and strategic consulting on the new developments and trends in rapid product development additive manufacturing. Wohlers has twice served as a featured speaker at events held at the White House and is regularly cited by national and international media, including CNBC, CNNMoney, The Economist and Financial Times.

Overy is a founding principal and director at LGM, a full-service architectural visualization practice established in 1992 using 3-D printing technology.