FSU's Westcott Building

About The Symposium

Florida State University presents an exploration of 3D printing technologies and research for students, teachers, innovators and entrepreneurs. From creating product prototypes, to manufacturing custom parts and products, from generating architectural models, to creating ceramics and sculpture, from producing fashion apparel and jewelry, to printing artificial limbs and generating replacement organs from stem cells, 3D printing is impacting every industry and research interest. Stacking Layers is intended to provide fundamental information about 3D printing to beginners, and to provide a venue for those experienced with 3D printing to share their insights.

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Stacking Layers: In person, streamed and on-demand

Stacking Layers presentations will be streamed live online and accessible on-demand after the symposium at http://learningforlife.capd.fsu.edu/3d/.

The Speakers

We are assembling a group of presenters that represent state-of-the-art 3D-printing applications and research from multiple disciplines and interests.



Opening Remarks

Dr. Garnett Stokes, Provost, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, Florida State University

Dr. Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research, Florida State University







Host and Facilitator: Larry Lynch

Florida State University

Following a 30 plus year career with IBM, Mr. Lynch began working with the Florida State University Office of Intellectual Properties and Commercialization in 2004 where he was charged with working directly with researchers on campus to discover, develop and commercialize new business opportunities based on FSU research projects. Mr. Lynch helped create numerous new companies and multiple licensing contracts based on university research. In October 2010, he joined the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County as the Director of the organization’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program. The program was created to provide resources to small high-tech companies trying to make their start in the commercial marketplace. Today, Mr. Lynch serves FSU as a Business Development Consultant and as our host for Stacking Layers.




Gartner Analyst

Pete Basiliere

Gartner, Inc., Research Vice President for Imaging and Print Services

Pete Basiliere (shown here as a 3D model) is Gartner’s Research Vice President for Imaging and Print Services, conducting research and providing advice on best practices, market strategies and technology trends. Pete assists technology providers and end users with practical insight relating to 3D and traditional printing, customer communication management, print operations and security matters, and Gartner's Automated Document Factory 2.0 architecture. Pete has 35 years of industry experience, including roles as operations manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, purchasing manager for PVA-EPVA, and engineering manager for NEBS. The National Association for Print Leadership (NAPL) published his two books: Diversifying with Mail and Fulfillment Services: Unlocking Hidden Profit Potential and Successful Print Buying: A Guide to the Cost-Effective Procuremen of Printing.




Gartner Analyst

Mac Cameron

Stratasys, Inc.

Mac Cameron is an Application Engineer for Stratasys, based in Eden Prairie, MN. Stratasys is a leading manufacturer of 3D printing equipment. Its systems range from desktop 3D printers to large, advanced 3D production systems. Mr. Cameron holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Cameron has advanced experience with Fused Deposition Modeling and Polyjet technologies and has been working with the University of Minnesota’s medical school on advanced 3D printing applications. Prior to Stratasys, he spent a month traveling through China and India exploring additive manufacturing opportunities. He also worked with 3D printers at the University of Minnesota, using them to speed up the design processes for customized products.




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Suman Das

Georgia Tech - Morris M. Bryan, Jr. Chair Professor for Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Dr. Das is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering, and is the Director of Georgia Tech's Direct Digital Manufacturing Laboratory. He serves as Senior Advisor for Additive Manufacturing to the Director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. He is also a program faculty in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, and the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program at Georgia Tech. Das is internationally known for his leadership in the fields of additive manufacturing, direct digital manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and large-area micro/nanostructure fabrication, having conducted over 23 years of research in these fields. His research covers interdisciplinary topics under the overall framework of advanced manufacturing and materials processing, computational design, and materials science. In all his research endeavors and collaborations, he strives to integrate these three elements together to achieve new fundamental scientific insights, to produce groundbreaking, high-impact results, and to create and commercialize innovative and disruptive manufacturing technologies. Overall, these efforts are directed towards applications in the Aerospace, Energy, Healthcare, and Nanotechnology sectors.


Leanne Gluck

Leanne Gluck

3D Systems - Director of Social Impact

Leanne Gluck is the Director of Social Impact at 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D printing centric design – to- manufacturing solutions including 3D Printers, print materials and cloud sourced on demand custom parts. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future. In her role, she manages corporate philanthropy, youth education and sustainability initiatives, helping 3D Systems deliver on the mission of “Making Good.” Previously she worked at the Clinton Global Initiative building cross-sector collaborations to support the future of manufacturing in the United States and was the national Project Manager for “uniquely ME!”, the Girl Scout/Dove Self Esteem Program, helping kids across the country discover a strong sense of self, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Communications from Baruch College, and an MBA with a focus on Social Enterprise and Global Sustainability from the Ohio State University.


Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez Posada

Robert McNeel & Associates (Rhino 3D Software) - Worldwide Director, RhinoFabStudio

Andrés is a software developer and trainer since the 1980s. He has developed applications for diverse design markets as well as training materials for different CAD and Design software including the community of training materials www.rhino3D.tv. Andrés is the author of the Rhino Visual Tips training videos that are currently sold worldwide http://v5.rhino3D.com/group/rhino-visual-tips-5. He has been working with the Rhino Team since the very early stages. He is now the head of the McNeel Southeast US & Latin American Division.  He is also the worldwide director of the global digital fabrication community called RhinoFabStudio www.rhinofabstudio.com  as well as the creator of the Generative Jewelry & Fashion Design community GJD3D www.gjd3D.com, and the Generative Furniture Design community GFD3D www.gfd3D.com.


Andres Gonzalez

Anton Hopen

Smith Hopen, Registered Patent Attorneys - WManaging Partner

Anton Hopen is a 1991 honors graduate of the University of South Florida in Interdisciplinary Science and a 1995 graduate of the University of Florida College of Law where he received the Presidential Recognition Award for Outstanding Achievement.  Mr. Hopen is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, all U.S. District Courts in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.    He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar in Intellectual Property Law, one of only 121 attorneys nationally to hold this distinction. Mr. Hopen has been recognized as an expert in intellectual property law by the Wall Street Journal which frequently publishes his opinion on complex intellectual property matters.   Mr. Hopen regularly lectures at the University of Florida College of Law on patent misuse, estoppel and antitrust law relating to intellectual property. He has also appeared in the Business Journal, Law Review, Money Magazine and Biotechnology Law Report.  Mr. Hopen is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubble and is founder of Innovation Express teaching young students about Intellectual Property Law.


Andres Gonzalez

Michael A. Hripko

America Makes - Workforce and Educational Outreach

Mike Hripko joined America Makes in January, 2014 as the new Deputy Director of Workforce and Educational Outreach. Most recently, Mr. Hripko served as Director for Research and Technology-based Economic Development for the Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In this role, he supported several industry, government, and academic collaborations, resulting in new and expanded programs, technology-based research, and regional economic development. Mr. Hripko also enjoyed a 31-year-career with Delphi Packard Electric Systems, in Warren, Ohio, from which he retired as Manager of Product Management and Pricing in 2008. In this capacity, Mr. Hripko led a team of engineers responsible for comprehensive product portfolio management, including the coordination and prioritization of new product development, and ensuring that all new products achieved quality and profitability metrics. Additionally, his team was responsible for establishing and maintaining the pricing strategy for a $1B global business. During his Delphi career, he also managed various other functional departments, including Product Management, Marketing, Sales, and Component Design Engineering. Mr. Hripko holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering (Operations Research) from the University of Iowa, and an M.B.A. from Kent State University.


John Londot

John K. Londot

Greenberg Traurig, P.A. - Shareholder

John Londot is admitted in both Florida and Georgia, and sees complex matters to trial and through appeal. He has first-chaired jury trials in both state and federal courts in Florida to complete verdicts for his clients. John practices in commercial, constitutional, employment, real estate, and securities litigation, as well as administrative and professional regulatory law. Well-versed in the varieties of litigation, John also represents elected officials in connection with their constitutional and statutory responsibilities, public officials and employees in proceedings before the Florida Ethics Commission and Division of Administrative Hearings, students and staff in the Florida university system in connection with disciplinary proceedings, and, in expression of his appreciation to those who serve, members of the United States armed services in connection with disciplinary actions and in pursuit of writs of habeas corpus. In addition, John has served as an adjunct professor, teaching Administrative Law and Process at Barry University, and as a guest lecturer at Florida State University College of Law. John authored the chapter "Judicial Notice; Presumptions; Burden of Proof" in The Florida Bar’s manual, Evidence in Florida, 7th and 8th editions, and was a Speaker/Author at The Florida Bar’s Topics in Evidence Seminar (co-sponsored by the Code & Rules of Evidence Committee, Trial Lawyers and Criminal Law Sections), in March 2011, addressing the use of legal presumptions in jury instructions.



Brett Lyons

Brett I Lyons

Boeing - Materials and Process Engineer of the Research and Technology department

Brett Lyons is currently employed at the Boeing Company working in the areas of additive manufacturing, thermoplastic composites and composite tooling. He began working with additive manufacturing materials and processing while in graduate school at the University of Michigan in 2003. During his studies to complete a Masters of Mechanical Engineering , Brett had the chance to apply additive and composite materials while contributing to the Formula SAE student team. Brett began working for Boeing in 2008 in St. Louis, and is now based in Seattle Washington. Since joining Boeing, his area of focus has been on high temperature thermoplastics for Laser Sintering along with tooling and processing of composites.





David Orozco

Florida State University - Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in Business and Faculty MBA Program Director

David Orozco, J.D. is the MBA Program Director and an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at The College of Business, Florida State University. His specialized area of expertise is related to intellectual property laws and regulations. His published articles have appeared in: The Journal of Business Ethics, The American Business Law Journal, Indiana Law Journal, Penn State Law Review, The Journal of Marketing and The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. Other works include a forthcoming book chapter on intellectual property and human rights, funded research projects by The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Marketing Science Institute (MSI). His views on trademarks have appeared in the national press including The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. Orozco received his B.S. in Economics from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 1999, and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2004. After law school he spent three years as a post-graduate research fellow at the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Research in Technology and Innovation (CRTI) in Evanston, IL.





Joshua M. Pearce

Michigan Tech - Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Group Leader, Pearce Research Group - Michigan Tech's Lab in Open Sustainability Technology

Dr. Pearce is an Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering and in the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the Michigan Technological University. He runs the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology Lab, whose research concentrates on the use of open source appropriate technology to find collaborative solutions to problems in sustainability and poverty reduction. His research spans areas of open-source 3D printing of appropriate technology for sustainable development and solar photovoltaic cells. His research group developed the recyclebot, which is able to make 3D printing filament from plastic waste. His group was the first to show that 3D printing products at home can radically drop costs while also  reducing environmental impact. Recently, his group developed an open source 3D metal printer for under $1200. He is the author of the Open Source Lab a guide to making custom low-cost scientific equipment using 3D printers and open-source electronics.



Stephen Portz

Brevard County Public Schools and National Science Foundation - Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow, Triangle Coalition for STEM Education, Placement with National Science Foundation's Computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate

As a high school engineering technology teacher from Brevard County, Stephen incorporated 3D printing technologies into his program on the Space Coast of Florida ten years ago. He brings this experiential knowledge of how to implement rapid prototyping with student populations by way of case studies involving entrepreneur inventiveness and by partnering with industry to take student prototyping to the logical conclusion of a true product development activity. In his placement with NSF, Stephen is working to further cyber physical curriculum development and training as well as efforts to make engineering education accessible at the middle and grade school levels. This project is part of an ongoing effort by the University of Virginia's Curry School of Education under the direction of Glen Bull.



Rabieh Razzouk

Florida State University - Learning Systems Institute, CPALMS, Florida Center for Research in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM)

Dr. Razzouk is the Acting Director of FCR-STEM at FSU. He is the principal investigator and director of the CPALMS including the CPALMS 3D initiative. The CPALMS 3D is leading the way to integrate 3D modeling and printing in the K-12 setting by providing integrated STEM curricular resources, training, and other opportunities for teachers and students. Rabieh has 20 years of experience in building educational technology solutions and businesses with a strong focus on K-12. Rabieh joined FSU in 2003 and he holds an MBA from Purdue University.



Vincent Rossi

Smithsonian Institution - Digitization Program Office

Vincent Rossi hails from the great state of New Jersey. He has a BFA in sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Graduate level fine art study at Goldsmiths College/ University of London, England. From 2004 to 2011, he worked as a sculptor, model maker and project manager for the Smithsonian's Office of Exhibit Central and helped produce and manage many Smithsonian exhibits. From 2011 to present Vince works as a 3D Program Officer for the Smithsonian's Digitization Program Office - building 3D capacity, developing 3D workflows and trying to live life to the fullest.



Adam Santone

Florida State University - Learning Systems Institute, CPALMS, Florida Center for Research in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (FCR-STEM)

Dr. Santone coordinates the CPALMS Code, CPALMS Perspectives, and CPALMS 3D resource development programs at FCR-STEM. These programs feature 1) classroom-ready R and Python modules for data analysis and visualization, 2) brief documentary-style K-12 STEM videos featuring experts, teachers, professionals, and enthusiasts, and 3) K-12 STEM curriculum integrating 3D modeling and printing. Dr. Santone earned degrees in biology, plant molecular biology, and interactive 3D computer graphics, and holds a PhD in Technology from Purdue University. Past science education outreach includes a leadership role in the NASA Spaceflight and Life Sciences Training Program at Kennedy Space Center and participation in the National Science Foundation GK-12 Program, creating data visualization lessons for science and mathematics classes at a rural middle school.


Darrell Wallace

Darrell Wallace

Youngstown State University and America Makes - Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Founding Director of YSU's Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives (AMWI), America Makes Deputy Director of AME. 

In January 2014, Darrell Wallace, Ph.D. was appointed the new America Makes Deputy Director of AME. Previously, Dr. Wallace was the Deputy Director of Workforce and Educational Outreach, a position he held since the Institute’s original award. Dr. Wallace brings a unique blend of core competencies to America Makes that spans across his professional, industry outreach, research, and teaching background. Dr. Darrell R. Wallace is also currently on an extended leave of absence from Youngstown State University (YSU) where he is an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. Additionally, he is also the Founding Director of YSU’s Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Initiatives (AMWI). Dr. Wallace is a graduate of The Ohio State University. His bachelor’s and master’s degrees are in mechanical engineering while his doctorate’s degree is in manufacturing automation, engineering education, and cognitive engineering.



The Panels

Legal Panel

Gartner predicts the loss of at least $100 billion annually in intellectual property by 2018 because of 3D printing. This panel will address legal issues associated with 3D printing technologies including patent law and intellectual property rights.

David Orozco


Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in Business and Faculty MBA Program Director
Florida State University


Anton Hopen


Managing Partner
Smith Hopen, Registered Patent Attorneys


John K. Londot

John K.

Greenberg Traurig, P.A.


Education Panel

This panel will discuss 3D printing in education including curricula and teacher training.

Stephen Portz
Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow

Leanne Gluck
3D Systems

Michael A. Hripko
America Makes



Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez Posada
Robert McNeel & Associates (Rhino 3D Software)
Worldwide Director, RhinoFabStudio

Rabieh Razzouk
Learning systems Institute, Florida State University



The (Tentative) Agenda

A mix of presentations on cutting edge research and applications in 3D printing, tutorials on how to get started with 3D printing, and hands on experiences with 3D printing technologies.

Stacking Layers presentations will be streamed live online and accessible on-demand after the symposium at http://learningforlife.capd.fsu.edu/3d/.

Tuesday Feb 25

8:00 - 9:00 Registration & Check-in
9:00 - 9:20

Larry Lynch, Host and Facilitator

Dr. Garnett Stokes, FSU Provost

Dr. Gary Ostrander, FSU Vice President for Research

9:20 - 10:15

Presentation 1: An overview of 3D printing applications and implications
Dr. Darrell Wallace, America Makes

10:15 - 10:45 Break & Exhibits
10:45 - 11:30

Presentation 2: 3D printing hardware, feedstock, applications and industries
Mac Cameron, Stratasys

11:30 - 1:00 Lunch sponsored by Stratasys
1:00 - 1:45

Presentation 3: Open-source 3D printing
Dr. Joshua M. Pearce, Michigan Technological University

1:45 - 2:30

Presentation 4: State of the art 3D printing in engineering and the aerospace industry
Brett Lyons, Boeing

2:30 - 3:00 Break & Exhibits
3:00 - 4:00

Presentation 5: Data Driven and Parametric Form Finding Design with Rhino and Grasshopper 1.0 
Andres Gonzalez Posada, Robert McNeel & Associates (Rhino 3D Software)

4:00 - 5:00 Panel discussion: Legal considerations in 3D scanning and printing
  • Dr. David Orozco, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in Business and Faculty MBA Program Director, Florida State University
  • Anton Hopen, Managing Partner. Smith Hopen, Registered Patent Attorneys
  • John K. Londot, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
5:00 - 6:30 Reception and Exhibits


Wednesday Feb 26

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
9:00 - 9:45

Presentation 6: 3D scanning and printing for preservation and education
Vincent Rossi, Smithsonian Institute

9:45 - 10:30

Presentation 7: Advanced design, manufacturing, and materials science in the aerospace, biomedical, energy and nanotechnology sectors
Dr. Suman Das, Georgia Institute of Technology

10:30 - 11:30 Break & Exhibits
11:30 - 12:15

Presentation 8: Future impact of 3D printing on industry and the economy
Pete Basiliere, Gartner Inc.

12:15 - 1:30 Lunch sponsored by 3D Systems
1:30 - 2:00

Presentation 9: Current Developments in 3D Printing
Leanne Gluck, 3D Systems

2:00 - 3:15

3D Printing in Education - Panel Discussion

  • Leanne Gluck, 3D Systems
  • Michael A. Hripko, America Makes
  • Stephen Portz, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
  • Andres Gonzalez Posada, Robert McNeel & Associates (Rhino 3D Software)
  • Dr. Rabieh Razzouk, Learning Systems Institute, FSU
3:15 - 3:30 Final Remarks
3:30 - 4:30 Exhibits


The Location

The Augustus B. Turnbull III
Florida State Conference Center

555 W. Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1640

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The Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center is centrally located in close proximity to the Florida State Capitol, one block south of FSU campus, and minutes from Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) and I10.

Several fine hotels are nearby including the Residence Inn which is a short walk from the conference center, and A Loft, a mile away in the heart of downtown Tallahassee. A group discount rate of $119/night is offered by the Residence Inn for reservations booked prior to January 31, 2014, by phoning 1-800-331-3131 and using the group code TDP, or by clicking the following link:

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Parking is free at the conference center for registered conference attendees.

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Symposium Host

Dr. Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research for Florida State University

Symposium Advisory Committee

Dr. Sally McRorie, Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement for Florida State University

Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley, FSU College of Business

Associate Dean Myra M. Hurt, FSU College of Medicine

Dean Larry Dennis, FSU College of Communication and Information

Dean Frank Patterson, FSU College of Motion Picture Arts

Dean Sam Huckaba, FSU College of Arts and Sciences

Symposium Working Committee

Mr. William “Bill” Sweeney, FSU Office of Research

Mr. Ken Baldauf, FSU Program in Interdisciplinary Computing

Mr. Jerry Horne, FSU High-Performance Materials Institute

Mr. Larry Lynch, FSU Business Development Consultant

Mr. Phil Gleason, FSU Master Craftsman Studio


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