Live studio session The Biggest Revolution in 3D Printing is Yet to Come

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  • Alysia Garmulewicz

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The Disruptive Innovation Festival is an online festival of ideas that asks the question: what if we could redesign everything? During the DIF, we’ll be asking our speakers to tell us what they think is in store for the future of the economy. While watching you can chip in with your thoughts and questions: sign up for a free My DIF account and ask your question through the discussion forum below the live stream!

Have you ever noticed how a palm tree can be tall, slim and stable all at once? For all of our engineering expertise, our ability to replicate such design excellence has been hampered by the limited lack of tools at our disposal. But not any more.

Dr Alysia Garmulewicz thinks that 3D Printing unlocks a new paradigm in design that allows us not only to replicate how nature designs structures, but also to mimic what nature uses to build objects. Lying at our feet is an abundance of natural materials that are ‘systems smart’: they are already designed to fit back into a productive materials cycle - the same can’t be said for most of the  plastics, metals and alloys that we use.

3D Printing comes with a risk; a risk that we might end up creating more stuff that’s just destined to become junk. Alysia believes that now is the time to seize the opportunity of educating people about the value of a circular economy by creating a worldwide database of local, natural materials.

She will tell us more about the value 3D Printing brings to a circular economy, and vice versa, in this studio event.


Alysia Garmulewicz

Alysia Garmulewicz

Associate Professor of High Tech Entrepreneurship

Alysia Garmulewicz is an Associate Professor of High Tech Entrepreneurship at the Facultad de Administración y Economía, Universidad de Santiago de Chile.  She is also an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Science, Innovation and Society (InSIS) and the CABDyN Complexity Centre, Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford.  Alysia researches digital fabrication and the circular economy, with a particular focus on open data and local material markets for 3D printing.

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