Pacquiao vs Mayweather: Hugs and Missed Punches

It finally happened. For a number of boxing fans a dream came through. After years of waiting Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather finally stepped into the same ring. Was the waiting worth while? Yes and no… Many questions were answered, while lot of speculations continue.

The fight – coined as the “fight of the century” turned out to be somewhat of a disappointment to many, who expected to see a world class bout.

Pacquiao Mayweather

Manny started of slightly stiff while Floyd maintained his distance and style. Nothing ground-breaking in the first two rounds. In the third round Manny started to add pace and both gained hits. Fourth was probably the most action packed round of the whole fight and Floyd looked to be in trouble a couple of times, while Manny delivered in couple of good crosses and body shots, followed by flurries. After the fourth round the pace slowed down. Manny chasing, Floyd running away. Twitter filled up with amusing tweets after the fight ‘accusing’ Floyd for running away and hugging instead of boxing. This one in particular: “I wish my girlfriend was more like Floyd, when we fight he would just hug me”.

Now, who won the fight? According to the judges Mayweather by unanimous decision. Should it have been Pacquiao? Perhaps. At least I thought so, but not an easy one to call. Manny delivered better and stronger blows which impacted the opponent more than the other way around, which to me is the nature of professional boxing. Had we been watching an amateur boxing fight, where jabs and running away more often are keys to victory, I would have agreed more with judges of this fight.

Was Manny robbed? I don’t think so. When you are fighting in the opponents home ground, the best way to victory is to be clearly better and leave nothing to speculation. Manny & his team knows this. Knock-out leaves nothing to judge, but isn’t always necessary. When things go as tight as they did in the Pacquiao – Mayweather, the judges are more likely to see their own fighter in a better light. It’s not the first time in the boxing history and likely not the last time either.

Would I have wanted to see Manny win? Absolutely, as most of us, I think Manny would have deserved to win this one. But as Mike Tyson said, Floyd waited Manny’s best years to go by and only then agreed to fight. His boxing style supports older age, while Manny’s best years as an aggressive fighter are perhaps gone.

What about the shoulder injury? Well, injuries are something that anyone in the game of sports face. There are very few exceptions. As a boxer you have to overcome them or postpone, which I think could have been an excuse to Floyd to call off the fight. I think it was a display of bravery from Manny to step in the ring, even though the Nevada Athletic Commission denied him to take pain relieving injection to cope with the injury.

Did Floyd out-box Manny? In terms of avoiding to get hurt, (excluding round 4) yes. In terms of counter attacking to deserve to win, no. So, what is really the take-out? A boring fight? Many seem to think so. Definitely not a fight of the century.

Rematch? Would you really want to see one. These guys are not in their 20’s anymore. Every year or even a month that passes by these two will not get any better. Floyd with his passive – counter punch style could probably go on a couple of years, but really what’s the point? In his eyes he has shown the world he is the one and only, and now there’s no one left. He has made all the money and is very unlikely to fight outside of Las Vegas, where his boxing is appreciated by the judges. In order for the rematch to end in a different outcome, we would have needed Manny five, six, seven years ago, and that’s not going to happen.

To me personally Manny Pacquiao remains the best of our time (21st century so far that is). An incredible style and speed made his fights the most entertaining boxing since Roberto Duran and Sugar Ray Leonard. A personality that made boxing outside the ring about boxing and not about clean record or money. Someone who never said “no” to a fight. Manny Pacquiao is a true boxing legend that will not be forgotten, while Mayweather (and his team including Nevada judges) will not hold such place in the history books.

Manny Pacquiao

Perhaps Las Vegas should not be the home of big pro boxing fights in the future. Or perhaps it will remain the only location where money is valued over everything – including big fight payoffs to the boxers. Time will tell.

How to Get a Driver’s License in Thailand

Bangkok Traffic

For many people driving a car in Thailand isn’t the first option that comes to mind, when traveling around the country. There are a lot risks related to it, and so many affordable other options to choose from. Living in Bangkok, you really don’t need a car, at least as a single person or as a couple without kids, because of the convenience of BTS and MRT. But every now and then, it would be nice to jump on a car and drive away for the weekend. As most rental car services require a local license, it makes renting a car a whole lot easier to have one. Here’s how it’s done.

Preparations

If you have a license issued from your country, you don’t have to do the license from scratch. If you have an international license, or license from any English speaking country, you just need to contact your Embassy in Thailand, and ask for a magical thing called “embassy stamp” that clears almost everything in Thailand. But, if your license was issued in a non-English speaking country, you need to get a transcript from your country explaining what the driver’s license is for and what vehicles you can drive. After that the embassy stamp is still needed, so once you receive the documents, you still need to get them stamped at your embassy.

In addition you need to get a health certificate from any small clinic for a 100 THB (3 USD). No need to go to a proper hospital for this purpose, as the document from any certified clinic is enough.

Then finally you need to bring with you the yellow book (house registration), work permit or notarized copy of rental agreement. The last can be done at your embassy or Thai Immigration office. You should also bring along your Passport and TM.6 form that is given when you enter Thailand. (I also brought two photos with me, just in case, but they were not needed.)

Where it’s done

Thailand Ministry of Transport is local authority that issues driver’s licenses. They have various locations, but for those living in Bangkok, one near Punnawithi BTS station, is easy to access. Most locals of course drive there to get their first license… The office is located about 10 min walk from Bangchak BTS stations, just past Sukhumvit Soi 99. See the map below.

MOT Location

How it’s done

When you enter the building there is an information counter on the left hand side. They speak English, and are somewhat friendly to assist. They will give you an application form at the counter for the type of license that you are applying for. You need to take copies of some of the documents mentioned above. Better to take one copy of each just in case. The copy counter is located on the right when you enter the building.

After you have the copies done go to queue number 9, wait your turn and present the documents at the counter. You will get a number in a colored piece of paper. The color is a group, and the number is your queue.

You then wait your color to be called to take four tests as a group in a test room.

Four tests

The first one checks whether you can tell the difference between green, red and yellow. You see traffic lights and the instructor is flashing the three lights in a different order and position and your job is to tell what the color is.

The second is to test your vision. You place your face in a machine that shows lights on the far right and far left of your vision. Your job is to again tell the color of the light.

The last two are done together on the same spot. In the first one you are sitting about 3 meters away from a small box. You see two pens inside a box through a small hole. One of the pens can be moved through a remote control and the other stands still. Your job is to line up the moving pen with the other one. This one can be a bit tricky, but you get 3 attempts.

In the last one, you have two pedals: steer and brake. You start by steering up. Once you do that you see green light soon turning red. Once it turns red you must quickly press the brake pedal.

The tests aren’t actually that difficult to pass, and the instructors are somewhat flexible. They usually let you try as many times as it takes to get the tricky ones right.

Picking up the license

Once you have passed the tests, you can pick up the license right away, as it’s done on the spot. You go to counter 8 and get a queue number and wait. The queues can be quite long, so bringing along a book or other entertainment is not a bad idea. Once it’s your turn, you sit down at the officer’s desk and wait your license to be printed. The license is first granted for one year, as a temporary license and can be extended after that. The cost for the license is around 250 THB.

If you have any questions about getting a drivers license in Thailand, please leave a comment below. Drive safe!

Mail Server Pro – Corporate Communications Platform

Mail Server ProEmail and data security is something that has been raising a lot of eyebrows recently. To be honest, it’s not something most of us actively even think when we post something on Facebook, send an email or SMS, or even make a phone call. Fair enough, most of us got nothing to hide, but still, some things perhaps we think are more private than they actually are. I had an eye opener to many of these things recently.

When you send an email out through the traditional manner, it leaves your server and travels to the recipients mail server. Actually this was the first application of the internet. Sadly not much has changed since in the way emails are sent, as this isn’t very secure way to transfer data. Sure, there is a thing called encryption, which provides certain level of protection, but due to a different kind of security aspect, the encryption cannot be too difficult for government agencies to decrypt. In other words they want to be able to intercept and read certain emails. In principle this is fine, but if they can do it, so can other people, who might not have good intentions of what they will do with the information. And the worst part is that this happens without the sender or recipient knowing anything.

I have been working with an interesting project in the past months, called Mail Server Pro. No, it’s not just another mail server, like Microsoft Exchange or Postfix, but operates in a completely different manner. The emails do not actually leave the mail server, but give view rights to the content for the recipient. This is quite an interesting change to the existing model. No data actually travels from the server, which makes intercepting the data almost impossible.

Another interesting aspect about Mail Server Pro is that no IT department is needed to install it or operating it. It’s a plug and play system, where everything is done through one click, like adding a new account, deleting account etc. Anyone in the organization can do it, whether it’s the CEO him/herself, or any trusted person.

In the existing email system a company needs a system admin who operates the email server and adds new accounts etc. having the access to all the sensitive company data and communications. What if that person one day decides to do something damaging with it? Or think of another aspect: when you use the services of a large corporation such as Microsoft, who collects all that data in their servers. Even, if you can control your own employees, what about that large company employees. It’s all about control, when it comes to who has access to your customer records or otherwise sensitive data, such as new inventions.

Mail Server Pro is a physical server that is installed in the company’s premises. No data can leave or be accessed from it without permission. It is also available as a hosted service, which is ideal for companies who want to protect their data, but don’t need their own server e.g. due to small number of employees.

The team behind the development of Mail Server Pro are not newcomers in the field. They have quite a history of building groundbreaking IT solutions that are used by some of the largest companies in the industry throughout the world.

From user point of view using Mail Server Pro is exactly like using any other mail client, and it comes with unlimited data storage. Some of the other really cool features include:

  • video conferencing capabilities
  • follow up notifications
  • tasks and alerts that can be set by one click on the email
  • calendar
  • usable in multiple platforms including mobile and tablet
  • social media functions, such as chat and forum

Personally I think this is a big deal, and it is something that will go far.  I would be really interested to hear some thoughts from you in the comments below.

Shanghai trip and Inside 3D Printing Shanghai Event 2014

After successfully getting the Chinese Visa done at the Chinese Embassy in Bangkok, we were all set to travel to Shanghai. The first edition of Inside 3D Printing Shanghai took place over 2 days at the Shanghai Exhibition Center. The show was coined to be a large one, and I think the local partner did a good job attracting visitors to the exhibits and conference. The total number was estimated between 2500-3000 over two days.

Inside 3D Printing Shanghai 2014

3DPI team this time consisted Ari and myself, and our goals for this show were to get video interviews with a number of industry experts including Wim Michiels from Materialise, Harry Kleijnen from Philips, Lionel Dean from FutureFactories, Maltesh Somasekharappa from Wipro and Ian Gibson from Deakin University. The video interviews is somewhat new concept to 3DPI.TV and we are still learning to climb the ropes. Filming in a noisy tradeshow environment can be tricky and changing the location constantly adds a little extra challenge to it.

The whole trip was amazing. Cathay Pacific treated us well from Bangkok through Hong Kong to Shanghai and back. The hotel we stayed in was probably the nicest I have ever been in: Langham Xintiandi. Just simply amazing service. The room was fully automated, including dim lights that light up the floor automatically, in case you wake up in the middle of the night and get out of bed. Services included literally everything from shoe shining to great fitness & spa facilities. Hat tip to Christoph Rowen for this!

Langham Xintiandi Hotel Rooms

The first show day didn’t quite start for us the way we had planned. A tiny little part was missing from the camera tripod and we had to head out to look for a camera shop. It was quite an adventure. We happened to be close to a shopping mall area, so decided to try there first. Turned out that the malls was only for fashion items and clothing and literally didn’t have anything. Luckily we got directions from Leiko brand shop to a camera shopping mall. Again, 4-5 stories nothing but camera stores. As a westerner clustering all the same shops together doesn’t make much sense. I remember having this conversation with Wisa, when we first went out: why in so many places in Asia they put all the same item stores together, and not spread them around, say, area wise. I kind of get it, from the point that when people want to buy shoes they go to the shoe shop area… But I’m still in doubt that they would make better business by dividing territories. I could be wrong. Anyway it was a good way for us to walk around and see some Shanghai.

The show was well put together, but perhaps falsely seemed smaller in size, as it was divided into 2 floors. The first floor covered a large of the exhibitors, while the second floor had little less exhibitors, but focused on hosting the conference. The list of speakers was quite impressive, including one full track for the first day and two simultaneous tracks for the second day. Terry Wohlers opened with a keynote, delivering his standard quality. It was good to briefly catch up with Terry. The presentation were well-organized language wise. They had real time translators and real time headsets doing both ways English-Chinese, Chinese-English depending on the speaker. Also Q&As were translated successfully, that was quite interesting to see. Unfortunately I didn’t have chance to sit in the conference as our filming schedule was quite hectic. Seok Hwan You from ROKIT, who stated in Korea show that they will be the biggest 3D printer manufacturer globally by 2017 (I think he hopes that people would have forgotten that; I haven’t :) had interesting predictions for the future again this time. Although he slightly changed his focus away from ROKIT, saying that 3D Systems and Stratasys won’t be the two biggest in couple of years to come. He compared the 3D printer market to mobile phone markets and it’s early players vs. who run the show now. Remains to be seen. I’m not swiping that off, but there were players in mobile phone industry that remained in the leading position for quite a long time from the beginning. I guess it’s all about how the companies are managed now and in the future. Interesting discussion in any case. We caught up with Cyrus from 3D Tupo, who was presenting as well on 3D printing and e-commerce.

Bowen Song 3D Printed Art

The exhibition covered mainly local companies and local distributors or local offices of the international brands. Materialise, EOS and Arcam had their local teams manning the booths. Stratasys and MakerBot official distributors were exhibiting. It was interesting to see, that so many local manufacturers and filament producers had made the way to exhibit. And that the same filament sales people who tirelessly approach through LinkedIn, were equally tireless face-to-face.

The state of 3D printing in China is in an interesting point at the moment. As it probably wouldn’t be unfair to say that China isn’t the most innovative country, but when something starts to get wind under the wings, things usually happen very fast, and in very large scale. This isn’t the case in only China, but other collective culture Asian countries as well. Many of the people I talked to in the event, seemed to believe that we are in the verge of something large happening very soon. It will be very interesting to see how it develops and who will be the big winners amongst the local players and the international larger 3D printing industry brands?

Chinese Exhibitors Inside 3D Printing Shanghai

Overall we had a very successful show. Interviews coming live soon at 3DPI.TV. Was good to visit China, I hadn’t been there since I moved back to Thailand from Beijing 2007. It was really nice to see friends and familiar faces – new and old. Always good to see the Mediabistro team: Marilyn, Christoph, Stewart and Tyler! It was the last show of 2014 and ended the year in very positive feelings. I look froward to all the events in 2015, the first one in Singapore! Let me know, if you are interested in attending.

Final note: On the way back from the hotel to the Shanghai Airport we took to the Maglev train: top speed 430km/h. If you are going to Shanghai, that’s definitely worth a try.

How to Apply for Chinese Visa in Bangkok

*Edited March 14 2016 with hat tip to Mike Mason

The Chinese Visa Application Service Center has moved, as of Sept 2015. The new address is now 5th loor,1550 Thanapoom Tower, New Petchburi Road, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand, 10400. Visa / Passport photos are available on the 2nd floor, as are computers for printing out forms or documents. It is located at the Petchburi station on the Metro.

Applying for a Chinese Visa in Asia and especially in Bangkok as a foreigner can be troublesome. After a quick search through related forums can even increase the level of headache as everyone seems to give different advice. It doesn’t help much that some of the information is dated back couple of years.

Chinese Visa Bangkok

There seems to be a discrepancy regarding what documents are required for Chinese Visa application. Looking at the information on Chinese Embassy Bangkok website it seems like an easy process, but reading comments online makes the whole thing quite a lot messier. Calling the Chinese embassy service isn’t much use either. I tried 3 times: morning, after lunch and before office closing without any luck. The last frontier seemed to be just to go on-site and see how it all goes.

We arrived after 9am Monday morning at the Chinese embassy gates in Ratchada Soi 3, nearby where I used to live years ago. The Visa section is located in the building on the left hand side opposite to the embassy gates. They had a handheld metal detector device and a metal detector gate, which both beeped literally for everybody, when walked through, but along everyone else we were told to just go ahead. The meaning of the whole thing remained a mystery along with a number of similar encounters in the past. I guess they just support employing locals. Go figure.

Inside the Visa section we were given application forms. The four pages long document was quite standard to any visa application, but went into details perhaps more than other countries visa application forms. They have a photo service inside, which seemed to be fairly priced. Printing service was 20 Baht per page and copy service 3 Baht per page.

On the website it states that to apply Chinese Visa the following documents are needed:

  • Passport & copy of Passport data page
  • 1 x colored passport photo
  • Application form
  • Copies of previously issued Chinese Visas

Then for different Visa classes additional documents are needed (listed here: http://www.chinaembassy.or.th/eng/zgqz/sqzn).

For business visa the only mentioned document is an invitation letter from the inviting company in China.

At the visa section they however have slightly different information. They have a big sign on the entrance stating in English that the basic requirements are:

  • Airplane ticket
  • Hotel reservation

And below that it says: please arrange the following documents:

  • Form A and B (there is only one form, so don’t worry)
  • Photocopy of passport data page, Thai visa, last Chinese Visa (if you have it, if not don’t worry)
  • Letter of Employment (seems strange for foreigners, but apparently it’s needed)
  • Invitation letter (for business visa – on the website it says it is needed for other visas as well)
  • Bank statement

So, we prepared all the documents above and printed it out. Our queue number was 165 and we had a hefty 100 people in front of us. Luckily I asked from the security guy where the toilet was and he was kind enough to hand us the queue number 141 when I came back.

At the counter it finally was revealed what documents were needed for Chinese Business Visa (at least this is what they took from the whole pile of documents we had printed out):

  • Passport copy of the data page and re-entry stamp page (might be a good idea to prepare the visa page and entry stamp & T.M6 departure card, although they didn’t require it this time)
  • Copy of work permit in Thailand (only if you are on a business visa in Thailand)
  • Application form & 1 x colored passport photo glued to it
  • Original invitation letter (we just color printed it)
  • Letter of Employment (and company certificate, which we had printed out just in case)

The rest including hotel reservation and flight confirmation was not needed. Also they didn’t ask any bank statements. Also the express service was not available, so the process took four days. The price for single entry visa for non-US citizens is 1200 Baht and US citizens 4560 Baht (apparently the US charges more for Chinese than others to enter as well, so fair play, I guess).

When you pick up the visa there are two queues: one to pay the fee and another to collect. Pay the fee first and then collect. Pickup time is 9:00am, but the queue was cleared out around 10-10:30am, in case you feel that waiting in the queue isn’t your time well spent.

For tourist visa document requirement, I would follow what they stated in the photo below (taken October 2014).

Chinese Visa Requirements Bangkok

Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara 2014 Recap

We finally landed in San Francisco after two long flights. First one from Bangkok to Dubai took only 7 hours, and then another 15 hours from Dubai to San Francisco, where we continued by taxi to Santa Clara. Flights went well, luckily I got some sleep, and felt alright despite the 14 hours time difference. We stayed in Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, the hotel attached to the conference center. It was very pleasant stay in many ways (although it was slightly freakish of them to reply with commercial messages to my instagram posts about the show). The breakfast surprisingly served more than toast, bacon and eggs, and after five days I still fitted into the same pants.

Hyatt Santa Clara view

The first conference day was mainly workshops, which I didn’t attend as we were quite busy putting our booth together and organizing interview schedule for 3DPI.TV. From what I heard from some of my friends who attended, the workshops were good. We managed to get two interviews done on the first day. The first one was with the couple behind Table Top Inventing: Steve and Debby Kurti. Both very nice and professional. Steve seemed to be more of the tinkerer and Debby taking care more of the admin side of things. The second one was with Turlif Vilbrandt, the Norwegian talent behind a company called Uformia, who I finally had a chance to meet. He is truly a genius when it comes to 3D modeling and represent some of the leading software out there. We also met the first time with Scott J Grunewald, our LA based writer and Tony Hofmann, also based in LA, who has been producing some of the 3DPI.TV videos.

3DPI Interview stage for action

The second day took off nicely as we focused on getting more interviews done. We had quite an ambitious list including some of the big names in the industry. First on the list was Espen Sivertsen from Type A Machines. Espen is a highly professional young CEO and we are keen to follow his moves in the industry. We had the pleasure of getting Autodesk CTO Jeff Kowalski in front of the camera. Jeff gave a killer keynote on how 3D printing sucks today that got a lot of attention – positively so. In the interview we focused on Autodesk newly released 3D printing platform named Spark. The other big name on the list was Keith Murphy the CEO of Organovo. I was really impressed with Keith not only on his knowledge about bioprinting, also how down to earth and nice guy he is. Organovo has been on my stock watch list since they went public and really nice to finally meet Keith in person.

Jeff Kowalski CTO Autodesk on stage

The final day started with an interview with Terry Wohlers on something still rather secretive topic, which hopefully I will be able to reveal soon. We got Daniel Faber the CEO of Deep Space Industries to answer a couple of questions. It was really nice to meet Daniel in person. I first ran into his name when I was writing an article about space mining some time ago. Another down to earth CEO that was really easy to work with. Carl Deckard was a real character to meet in person. It’s really quite amazing to talk to some of the real pioneers in 3D printing. For many Carl Deckard is an unknown name in the industry, but for those who know who Carl is and what he has done, seeing him on stage talking about how SLS or Selective Laser Sintering was invented, it was truly an amazing experience. Carl requested us to record his full speech on video and we’ll release that soon through 3dprintingindustry.com. We also got to ask couple of questions from him in an interview done by Tyler Benster. Carl is a true genius and real character, who deserves his name in 3D printing highlights along Chuck Hull and Scott Crump.

First SLS Machine in polaroids

Over the three days we interviewed over 20 people from various companies including Lynn Rothschild from NASA, Andy Lauta from Adobe, Daniel Stolyarov from Graphene 3D Lab and Hod Lipson from Cornell University. Stay tuned for 3DPI.TV coverage in the coming days.

One major disappointment was that Skylar Tibbits cancelled his presentation on the same morning that he was supposed to be on stage. We would have really wanted to talk to him as well. Hopefully we’ll see him in the shows to come.

Roctopus by Lulzbot team

Overall the Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara was a huge success. All the exhibitors who we spoke to were extremely happy with the quality of the visitors. Many said that this was by far the best show so far in that sense. The conference ran two full days on four simultaneous tracks, to which thanks go to Hod Lipson the conference chair and the team who put the program together including Stewart Quealy and Tyler Benster. Well done, once again, MecklerMedia!

The return to Bangkok was hard as expected with turning the clock forward 14 hours again and sitting nearly 30 hours in airplane and airports. Next stop is Shanghai 4-5 November. 3DPI readers get 10% off from ticket prices by entering the promo code 3DPI.

Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara 2014 Preview

Inside 3D Printing travels back to the US next week to see the second show in Santa Clara Convention Center. Unfortunately I missed the show last year, but what I heard from our team that was present it was a great show. So, a lot to be expected this year as well. 3D Printing Industry is co-producing the show with the organizer MecklerMedia, and we have a team of four at present including the US based writer Scott J Grunewald, video producer Tony Hofmann, Ari and myself. We’ll have a booth at the show and will be filming video material as well as covering the show on 3dprintingindustry.com as usual.

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The latest shows in Tokyo and Hong Kong were successful as always. Tokyo show attracted over 35,000 visitors in total for the cluster of tech shows bundled together. Despite being based in Asia, I do prefer the trade shows in the western countries. People in western countries are perhaps more extrovert and therefore easier to engage with. In Tokyo we did a small survey through a translator. Getting answers from the visitors seemed to be tricky even for the local translator.

The show in Santa Clara this year is coined to be quite big. It will happen over three days from 21-23 October including 56 conference sessions, 6 keynote speeches and over 40 sponsors and exhibitors. Let’s have a look in more detail what to be expected.

Keynotes

As the first day is filled workshop, the first keynote speaker will be Jeff Kowalsky, Autodesk CTO in the morning of the second day. He hasn’t revealed yet more of his topic, but most likely he will cover Autodesk’s latest development from tech point of view. This is definitely one on my watch list.

In the afternoon keynote, the chairman and chief executive from Organovo, Keith Murphy shares today’s applications of 3D bioprinting and where it’s heading in the near future. For anyone who is considering investing in 3D printing companies, this is definitely one not to miss.

The closing keynote for the second day is the one and only, Terry Wohlers, who is considered to be the leading consultant in 3D printing industry. His company Wohlers Associates is behind the leading industry titled Wohlers Report that has been published for 19 consecutive years. Terry will deliver his realistic overview of the whole industry and where it is today. If you are new to 3D printing and would only watch one presentation, I would suggest that this would be it.

Keynote speakers

The last day’s first keynote will be coming from Siemens Chief Solutions Architect, Mohsen Rezayat, who is going to cover a very interesting topic; the role of file formats and how they limit 3D printing. There has been some conversation around this topic for as long as I can remember and will be definitely interesting to hear what Siemens has in their sleeve on this one.

The afternoon keynote is another one on my list for not to be missed. Chris Anderson, the former WIRED Magazine chief editor, and currently the CEO of 3DRobotics, will go up on stage. No speech description available yet.

The closing keynote will be delivered by Carl Deckard from Structured Polymers. He will be focusing on the history and the future of 3D printing, bringing perspective from a laser sintering company’s point view.

Conference

The MecklerMedia team has definitely put their best foot forward with the Santa Clara show program. Four tracks running simultaneously for two days! The tracks include areas such as medical, investment, food, design and aerospace. There are just too many interesting presentations to list, but here some of my personal highlights.

  • Medical Track: Lynn Rothchild from NASA on 3D printing advanced biocomposites on earth and beyond
  • Food Track: Hod Lipson from Cornell University on 3D printing food overview, challenges and opportunities
  • Business & Investment Track: A startup competition of six 3D printing startups
  • Entertainment & Fashion Track: Jason Lopes from Legacy Effects on how to enable imagined things come through with 3D printing
  • Maker Track: Mike Vasquez on how to make 3D printing work for your organization
  • Manufacturing Track: Skylar Tibbits: 4D printing and programmable materials
  • Aerospace Track: Daniel Faber, CEO of Deep Space Industries on how to bring sustainable free enterprise to the space frontier
  • Technical Track: Daniel Stolyarov, CEO Graphene 3D Lab on Graphene-enhanced materials for 3D printing functional devices
  • Software Track: Andy Lauta from Adobe on bringing 3D printing to creative

Workshops

As mentioned earlier the first day kicks of with a total of eight different 3D printing workshops. The topics cover desktop printers from start to finish organized by Type A Machines team, how to run your business on 3D printing, reshaping manufacturing and understanding the 3D printing process, overview of 3D scanning etc. Please see the full workshop and conference program here.

Overall it’s going to be a very colorful three-day show. I am really looking forward to it. If you haven’t registered yet, you still can (include the code PD14 to get 10% off of your Gold and Silver Passes). See you there!