Materials and Design

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 II digs deep into 3D printing applications with an exploration of the impact of additive manufacturing on industry and the marketplace, a look at the technology that brought the world first 3D-printed car, NASA's research on 3D printing buildings on the moon from moon dust using autonomous robots, Bio-3D Printing, using cells, biologics and/or biomaterials as building blocks to fabricate personalized 3D structures or functional in vitro biological models, 3D printing open source, custom, microfuidic lab equipment, and much more. Join us for an enlightening two days.

Stacking Layers: In person, streamed and on-demand

Stacking Layers presentations will be streamed live online and accessible on-demand after the symposium at

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.


Sally McRorie Gary Ostrander


Opening Remarks

Dr. Sally McRorie, Interim Provost, 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.




Pete Basiliere

Pete Basiliere

Gartner - Research Vice President for imaging and print services

Pete Basiliere is Gartner’s Research Vice President for imaging and print services, conducting research and providing insights on technology trends, market strategies and best practices. Pete assists clients with practical advice relating to 3D printing and 2D digital printing hardware and software, customer communication management software and the Internet of Things.

Pete has 35 years of experience in operations, engineering and procurement management roles and has had two books about the printing industry published. His recent Gartner research reports on the 3D printing market include the annual Forecast: 3D Printers, Worldwide, 2014, six overviews of the major 3D printing technologies, a Market Guide for 3D Printing, and a worldwide market survey of enterprise 3D printer demand drivers. Pete recently co-authored Maverick* Research: Makers and Startups Are the Ones Shaping the Internet of Things.


Bedrich Benes

Bedrich Benes

Purdue University - Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology

Dr. Benes is a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, a director of High Performance Computer Graphics Lab (, a director of Purdue CUDA Research Center, and Indiana Manufacturing Center of Excellence (In-Mac) fellow. His is a co-author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and his research focuses on 3D modeling, (inverse) procedural modeling, high performance computing using GPUs, simulation of natural phenomena, and 3D additive manufacturing. His focus in digital fabrication is in development of novel algorithms for geometry processing. He co-authored a novel algorithm that allows to improve structural strength of 3D printable objects prior to their fabrication. Recently he developed a novel algorithm that allows printing objects larger that the printing trail, (see also the video here) and a novel method to generate optimal support structures for FDM printers.


Bedrich Benes

Ken Brace

Rapid prototyping Services, LLC - Owner

Ken is a native Floridian who grew up in Satellite Beach and studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Central Florida. After graduation, Ken and his father founded and operated a precision sheet metal company in Palm Bay which grew to employ 60 people working 35,000 square feet of shop floor space. The focus of Ken's career in recent years has been in new product development, both in designing and manufacturing, using 3D printing. Ken started Rapid Prototyping Services (RPS) in 2004, where he invested in thermoplastic technology because of its superior strength compared to other processes on the market. RPS does short run and low volume production using ABS, POlYCARBONATE, PC/ABS, NYLON-12, ULTEM 9085 and PPSF. Ken is past president of the Manufacturers Association of Central Florida (MACF) and the local chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).


Suman Das

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.


Amy Elliott

Amy Elliott

Oak Ridge National Lab - Research Scientist in Additive Manufacturing

Dr. Elliott is a research scientist in Additive Manufacturing (AM) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), where the Local Motors 3D printed Strati and the BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) were developed. In support of the MDF’s mission, Dr. Elliott serves as an AM technology consultant for industry and businesses interested in utilizing AM technology and conducts AM research based on the needs of industry partners. Her research focuses on inkjet-based AM including binder jetting of metals and jetting of photopolymers, and she has worked heavily with desktop AM machines. Dr. Elliott received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Tech DREAMS Lab (Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems) under the advisement of Dr. Chris Williams.


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 Andrés is the author of the Rhino Visual Tips training videos that are currently sold worldwide 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  as well as the creator of the Generative Jewelry & Fashion Design community GJD3D, and the Generative Furniture Design community GFD3D


Andres Gonzalez

Anton Hopen

Smith Hopen, Registered Patent Attorneys - Managing 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.


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.



Rob Mueller

Rob Mueller

NASA - NASA, Senior Technologist

Mr. Mueller is a Space Systems Engineer working on Space Mission Architectures and technology development for space missions to other planetary bodies (Moon, Mars, Asteroids etc). Specializing in Robotics and In-Situ Resource Utilization. Principal Investigator for "Game Changing" technologies. He is the Co-Founder and Principal Investigator for NASA's Swamp Works where they are developing 3D additive construction methods using lunar regolith (moon dust) for planetary surface applications such as building shelters to protect crew and mission.


David Orozco

David Orozco

Florida State University - Associate Professor of Legal Studies, MBA Program Director and Dean's Emerging Scholar

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.


Carlo Quinonez

Carlo Quinonez

FATHOM Research Engineer

Carlo Quinonez is driven by his passion for science and engineering, and brings with him an expertise in additive manufacturing, prototyping, product design, and electrical and mechanical engineering. Carlo started designing and building tools for scientists twenty years ago while an undergrad at San Diego State University. After receiving his doctorate in biology from the prestigious California Institute of Technology, Carlo focused on hardware development and joined a product design studio building bespoke lighting systems. Eventually his path led him back to science as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego where he developed 3D-printable scientific instrumentation for microfluidic experiments. Prior to joining FATHOM, Carlo worked at Autodesk Research in the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Group, developing tools for bioprinting and contributing to Project Cyborg, a cloud-based platform of design tools for life sciences.


Cesar Rodriguez

Cesar Rodriguez

Autodesk - Senior Research Scientist in the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter group

Dr. Rodriguez's research focus is on computer-aided design of engineered cells and multicellular systems. Prior to joining Autodesk, Dr. Rodriguez was the Synthetic Biology Research Lead at Genome Compiler and Software Lead at BIOFAB: International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (BIOFAB). He is a co-founder, former co-editor, and former working group lead of the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL), an emerging data exchange standard. Before joining the Synthetic Biology community in 2009, Dr. Rodriquez pursued research in Medical Informatics and Systems Biology. He completed Research Fellowships at Stanford and Yale University, received his M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine and a B.S. in Biological Science from Florida State University.


Wei Sun

Wei Sun

Drexel University - Albert Soffa Chair Professor; Department of Mechanical Engineering, and 1000plan Chair Professor, Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Wei Sun, Albert Soffa Chair Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University, and Albert Soffa Chair Professor and Director of Biomanufacturing Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Dr. Sun’s research has been on Biofabrication, Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering, CAD/CAM and Additive Manufacturing. Dr. Sun’s research has been sponsored by US National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Chinese Natural Science Foundation (CNSF) and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. He has over 350 journal and conference papers/abstracts and conducted over 190 invited presentations in the field of his research. Dr. Sun is currently an elected President for International Society of Biofabrication and Editor-in-Chief for journal Biofabrication (Published by IOP).

Bio – 3D Printing, using cells, biologics and/or biomaterials as building block to fabricate personalized 3D structures or functional in vitro biological models through Additive Manufacturing techniques, emerges as a new frontier in advanced manufacturing. Bio – 3D Printing has provided a viable tool for making tissue engineered substitutes, novel medical devices, orthopedic implants and advanced cell/tissue-on-a-chip micro-fluidic systems. This presentation will report our recent research in this field, covering from 3D cell printing to application as in vitro models for disease and drug testing study. Personal thought on challenges and opportunities of Bio-3D Printing will also be shared.


Wei Sun

Girish Wable

Jabil Circuit, Inc. - Technology, Operations, Sourcing and Business Solutions Strategist

With a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, Girish Wable is a technology, operations, sourcing and business solutions strategist for Jabil. With more than 18 years of global experience, Girish has experience in electronics manufacturing, high performance coatings, material handling, automation, printed electronics.


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

Thursday Feb 19

8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20

Larry Lynch, Host and Facilitator

Dr. Sally McRorie, FSU Interim Provost

Dr. Gary Ostrander, FSU Vice President for Research

9:20 - 10:00

Presentation 1: Pete Basiliere, Gartner

3D Print Market Trends: Where Do You Go From Here?

Abstract: The hype about 3D printing is sky high. Yet the reality is that 3D printing is revolutionizing one industry after another, from aerospace to bioprinting, from consumer goods to military weapons. All the while 3D printing enables anyone anywhere to create life altering medical devices. Learn how fast the 3D printer market is growing and the underlying technology and market trends driving that growth. And then ask yourself, “How will I innovate with 3D printing?”

10:00 - 10: 15 Break & Exhibits
10:15 - 11:00

Presentation 2: Amy Elliott, Oak Ridge National Lab

Additive at Oak Ridge National Lab: Materials Development and the 3D Printed Car

Abstract: A major limitation currently facing Additive Manufacturing is the narrow selection of materials that can be processed and the speed with which they can be shaped. At ORNL, new materials development is being propelled by the use of big science tools, such as the Neutron Spallation Source. Also, the development of the BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) system has revolutionized the way we think about automotive manufacturing.  This talk will cover all these aspects of advancing AM technology as well as discuss the future of AM in industry and our daily lives.

11:15 - 12:15

Presentation 3: Bedrich Benes, Purdue

Software Infrastructure for 3D Printing

Abstract: Additive manufacturing is probably one of the most important next technological steps that has the potential to become the key leader in changing society. However, additive manufacturing is not without problems. In general, all manufacturing is responsible for 33% of the world's carbon footprint, and the option of bringing manufacturing from factories to smaller scale will further exacerbate the problem. One of the most important problems is that the algorithms for 3D printing are severely lacking behind the technology itself. Current software is slow and manufacturing a single object can take hours. It is not uncommon for a 3D object that even 100% of additional material is necessary for its fabrication. Last but not least, the creation of the model geometry in contemporary software tools does not consider the 3D printability at all.

In this talk we will show how several novel algorithms for geometry processing can provide reduction of the printing time and the amount of used material while preserving the shape of the input object. We will show novel algorithms and methods addressing structural printability issues, support structures generation, and 3D object packing algorithms.

12:15 - 1:15 Lunch - provided by our sponsors Stratasys and Technical Training Aids.
1:15 - 2:00

Presentation 4: Legal Implications Panel Discussion
David Orozco, Anton Hopen, John Londot

In this discussion, three legal experts will discuss legal considerations and issues considering 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

2:00 - 2:45

Presentation 5: Suman Das, Georgia Tech

Additive Manufacturing in Industrial and Defense Production: Opportunities and Challenges

Abstract: This presentation will begin with a brief history of additive manufacturing (AM), followed by an analysis of the some of the reasons for the current excitement and focus on AM technologies. A few industrial case studies of successes in mass customization and production across diverse industrial sectors will be presented. Next, some of the key advances that need to be made in order for AM technologies to be truly accepted and adopted on the production floors of America’s and the world’s factories will be discussed. The presentation will conclude with future possibilities and advances that can be expected in the next 10-20 years.

2:45 - 3:15 Break & Exhibits
3:15 - 4:00

Presentation 6: Andres Gonzalez Posada, McNeel

From Passion to Execution

Abstract: After the “Shop Class” was taken out of schools, other two powerful movements counterpointed this tendency. The first one, around the eighties, employers and schools started to realize that the engineering graduates were not well prepared to do real engineering design work, and this was a troublesome disadvantage. The second, for more than a decade now, prototyping equipment, such as routers, 3D printers and laser cutters, have dropped in price prominently. Therefore, the new trend under way is the “studio” model in which groups of designers and engineers could create prototypes in a few hours instead of days. This has radically changed the design, analysis, and creation processes providing access to the democratization of design and technology.


Symposium Day 1 Concludes

5:00 - 7:00 Happy Hour Meetup

Sponsored by Shapeways
Hosted by Tallahassee's Makerspace: Making Awesome
in Ralroad Square at 1009 Commercial Drive


Friday Feb 20

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

Presentation 7: Robert Mueller, NASA

Additive Construction using Basalt Regolith Fines

Abstract: This presentation will summarize activities at Kennedy Space Center regarding the utilization of BP-1 basalt regolith and comparative work with lunar basalt simulant JSC-1A as a building material for robotic additive construction of large structures. In an effort to reduce the import or in-situ fabrication of binder additives, we focused this work on in-situ processing of regolith for construction in a single-step process after its excavation. High-temperature melting of regolith involves techniques used in glassmaking and casting (with melts of lower density and higher viscosity than those of metals), producing basaltic glass with high durability and low abrasive wear. Most Lunar simulants melt at temperatures above 1100°C, although melt processing of terrestrial regolith at 1500°C is not uncommon. These temperatures are achievable by laser heating or by using solar concentrators. Similar to volcanic magma, the cooling rate determines the crystallite size – slower cooling develops larger crystals, and rapid quenching can result in fully amorphous glass

9:45 - 10:30

Presentation 8: Additive Manufacturing Panel Discussion

Industry leaders in manufacturing will discuss the ways 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies are transforming production and supply chain.

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

Presentation 9: Wei Sun, Drexel / Tsinghua

Bio – 3D Printing: Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract: Bio – 3D Printing, using cells, biologics and/or biomaterials as building block to fabricate personalized 3D structures or functional in vitro biological models through Additive Manufacturing techniques, emerges as a new frontier in advanced manufacturing. Bio – 3D Printing has provided a viable tool for making tissue engineered substitutes, novel medical devices, orthopedic implants and advanced cell/tissue-on-a-chip micro-fluidic systems. This presentation will report our recent research in this field, covering from 3D cell printing to application as in vitro models for disease and drug testing study. Personal thought on challenges and opportunities of Bio-3D Printing will also be shared.

11:30 - 12:15

Presentation 10: Carlo Quinonez, Fathom

Imagining the unmakeable

Abstract: Most of the excitement around 3D-printing has been driven by technological advances in printers, materials and even software. However, unleashing the full potential of advanced manufacturing will require changes in how we approach design and even new business models. This talk will discuss some of the non-technological challenges as well as speculate on potential applications suited to a distributed, user-centric model for product development.

12:15 - 12:30



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.

Discounted rates ($114/night) have been arranged with the DoubleTree by Hilton for you to take advantage of using the following information:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tallahassee, 101 South Adams Street
  • Group discount reservation page:
  • or Phone: 850-521-6006
  • Group Name: Florida State University Research Foundation
  • Group Code:  3DC

A complimentary Hilton shuttle will be available to take DoubleTree guests to the Conference Center Thursday and Friday mornings at 8, and back to the DoubleTree Thursday at 4:15PM.

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

Sponsors and Exhibitors

There are several options for companies, organizations and individuals interested in supporting the stacking layers symposium. Visit the Sponsor Form for more information.


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Special Contributing Sponsors

Florida Association of District School Superintendents

Danfoss Turbocor Compressors Inc.

University Sponsors


Community Sponsors

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


Association for IT Professionals

Society Of Hispanic Professional Engineers At FSU



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