Innovation Meets Commercialization as 3D Printing Start-ups Take the Stage - Capital Investors and Corporate America are Ready!
In 2014 the smoke is starting to clear. The outlines of the “impact zone” of 3D printing/additive manufacturing are starting to emerge. The structure of the “3DP/additive” value chain is clarifying, as are implications for adjacent industries. Aerospace OEMs are snapping up high end laser metal printers and churning out parts for direct use, not just prototypes, and Fortune1000 brands in the consumer/retail segment are scrambling to integrate 3D printing into their strategies and retail offerings. Business models uniquely enabled by 3D printing are hatching. And investors are making bets.
However, this new field is still littered with plenty of unknowns. Like any disruptive technology, additive will unleash lucrative new business models and markets, and is likely to unsettle existing businesses and processes. What will be the disruptive impacts in the near, medium and long-term? What kinds of innovative and unforeseeable business models will be enabled by additive? How will the additive value chain evolve, which parts will consolidate, which will be absorbed? When will the big names in electronics step in? And how to think about valuation, investment and M&A?
Now that serious money is starting to flow into the space, Infocast’s 2nd Additive Disruption Summit scheduled for March 31 – April 2, 2015 in Santa Clara, CA will be the definitive hub for entrepreneurs to network with venture and angel investors, and corporate strategists, for funding or partnerships. CEOs, CFOs and CTOs will explore M&A or joint venture opportunities to maximize first mover advantage in this exploding segment. Covering all markets, from high-end industrial to biomedical, to consumer/retail, this forum will provide the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leverage a technology with a dizzying growth rate plus global scope.
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