Panelists Bill Derry, Doug Lyon, Ph.D., Scott Rownin, Bruce Popek
What: Panel: 3D Printing for Inventors and Entrepreneurs
Where: Fairfield University Dolan School of
Business DINING ROOM (104A)
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013; 7:00 PM. Admission is free.
here to attend!
3D Printing for Inventors and
Prototypes, Product Development, and More
Bill Derry, Doug Lyon, Scott Rownin, Bruce Popek
Moderator and Meeting Organizer: Manny Ratafia
Bill Derry is Assistant Director for Innovation and
User Experience at the Westport Public Library. Bill will talk about
the role of the 3D printers at the library, show a short video of a 3D
printer in use, and describe 3D printing projects of some of the
inventors and budding inventors who have created prototypes of their
products at the library.
Bill has introduced library patrons and staff to 3D printers
and has presented throughout Connecticut on the addition of a
MakerSpace to the Library. He led a recent event at the Westport Public
Library in which four 3D printers were featured, including two that are
owned by the library and permanently housed there, and two commercial
quality printers on loan from Statasys. Patrons of all ages and levels
of experience are scheduling training and use of the 3D printers at the
Westport Public Library.
Bill has worked in several school districts in the state and
has expertise in information technology literacy and integration.. A
graduate of Southern CT State University, Bill was honored in 2011 by
the CT Association of School Librarians for significant contributions
to the library media field on the local, state and national levels.
Bill was previously Coordinator of Information and Technology Literacy
for the Westport School System.
Douglas A. Lyon, PhD - will discuss rapid prototyping
using higher end 3D printers. He will provide an overview of rapid
prototyping services using 3D printers costing over $50,000, including
materials such as stainless steel, sterling silver, and ceramics. Doug
will show samples made with the Objet Eden printer owned by the
Fairfield University School of Engineering. Dr. Lyon will also discuss
his use of custom software for creating 3D objects.
Doug Lyon is Chairman of the Computer Engineering Department
at Fairfield University, a senior member of the IEEE, President of
DocJava, Inc., CTO of Lyon-Ratafia, and President of the Inventors
Association of Connecticut (IACT). He received Ph.D., M.S. and
B.S.degrees in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Lyon has been on the staff of AT&T Bell
Laboratories and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has authored or
co-authored three books Java for Programmers (Prentice Hall,
2004), Image Processing in Java ( Prentice Hall, 1999), Java
Digital Signal Processing (M&T Press, imprint of Henry Holt,
1997) and has authored numerous journal articles and conference papers.
Doug is also active in computer art and music, having his work
presented at computer art exhibits and having published papers on
Scott D. Rownin - founded his company, SafeRide, to
develop a new, more effective, approach to preventing the use of a cell
phone behind the wheel of a moving car. In developing the SafeRide
product, Scott used 3D printing at various stages, from the initial
design through testing the fit and assembly of the various component
parts. The recent accessibility of 3D printing technology at the
Westport Public Library has enabled Scott to make physical prototypes
earlier and more cost-effectively than a typical inventor or
entrepreneur would have been able to just a short time ago. Scott has
learned various formats and processes for 3D printing, and how they can
most effectively be applied at the iterative stages of product
development to reduce cost and save time. Scott has a background in
Bioengineering and Economics, having graduated from the Management
& Technology Program at the University of Pennsylvania. After
graduation, Scott took a detour from his entrepreneurial goals and
worked in management consulting, and then finance for nearly 15 years.
Just over a year ago, Scott began his career as an entrepreneur,
fulfilling his life-long dream of bringing innovative new products to
Bruce Popek - President of Design Innovation, Inc,
entered the CAD age in 1993 with one seat of Pro Engineering. In 1997,
Design Innovation became an early user of SolidWorks and now has
multiple seats and their second generation 3D printing system. The
office uses an Objet 30 3D printing system, CNC machining, and SLA
models. Prior to obtaining the Objet, Design Innovation had a 3D
Systems Thermo-Jet 3D printer that used a wax based material.
Design Innovation is a product design firm that works with
Fortune 100 companies as well as inventors and entrepreneurs. Clients
include Coca Cola, Conair, United Technologies and Hasbro. Their
services include pencil sketches, mock-ups, 3D CAD, and 3D printing,
with in-house capabilities to create RTV molds, urethane castings and
Previously, Bruce was Director of Design at Coleco Industries.
He started as a Designer for Prince Corporation, now Johnson Controls,
designing interior accessories for General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler.
Working with National Semi Conductor and Cadillac, he was on the team
that developed the first automotive computer for driver use, and
created an aftermarket on-board computer.
Bruce graduated from the College of Creative Studies in
Detroit with a BFA in Automotive Design and is a member of the
Association of Professional Model Makers (APMM).
Moderator and Meeting Organizer:
Manny Ratafia - is an entrepreneur, management
consultant, and angel investor. He has founded and run ventures in a
variety of technology areas, organized conferences and meetings, and
has consulted to owners and senior executives of companies on a range
of management, market, and technology issues. Manny is CEO of
Lyon-Ratafia. His educational background includes a bachelor's degree
in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union and master's degrees in
Mechanical Engineering from MIT and in Engineering and Applied Physics
from Harvard, and an MBA from Dartmouth. He has served on the boards of
directors and advisory boards of several start-up companies and
non-profit organizations. Manny Ratafia's research and opinions have
been published and quoted in more than 100 general, business and
scientific publications in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Manny is a
member of the Fairfield University School of Engineering Advisory Board.
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