ganter on January 30, 2018

3D Heals 2018  Conference

 Register by visiting conference page via above link.


While 3D printing is a 30-year-old technology, its consumer applications are believed to be still in infancy stage.

Expiring patents, lowering cost in 3D printers and materials, improved healthcare specific software now allows for more players to get involved with new opportunities in the healthcare vertical.

The tremendous potential of healthcare 3D printing is undeniable. (For example,  in the field of orthodontics such as Invisalign and the hearing aid industry…


  • Educate the community about the innovations and applications of healthcare 3D printing.

  • Facilitate global multidisciplinary collaborative innovations in healthcare 3D printing.

  • Help with quality control, standardization, and scaling of health care 3D printing


We welcome everyone who is actively engaged or simply interested in the application of 3D printing technology in the healthcare sector to join this vibrant new global community. This includes but not limited to healthcare professionals, entrepreneurs, developers, investors, designers, and regulatory experts.

In the past 5 months, 3DHEALS community now exists in 10 cities all over the world, and they will be well represented during our annual global conference. 

What To Expect

  • Healthcare 3DP Applications

  • Legal and regulatory concerns

  • Bioprinting and regenerative medicine

  • Wearable and prosthetics

  • Material sciences

  • Business and monetization strategies

  • Investing in Healthcare 3DP

  • Keynotes and Panels

  • 1:1 meetings

  • Hands-on workshops

  • Startups showcase 

  • Pitch competition

  • Evening Reception

  • Lunch

  • Fundraiser Gala


Medical Track

Paul D’Urso, MD
Justin Ryan, PhD
Shannon Walters
Sang Joon Park, PhD
Sanjay Prabhu, MD
Hannah Riedle, MS

Dental Track

Nabeel Cajee, DDS
Rik Jacobs
Michael Scherer, DMD MS APC
Valerie Cooper, DDS, MS
Nima Massoomi, DMD, MD

Regulatory/Legal Track

Farah Tabibkhoei, JD
Erik Birkeneder, JD, MS
Colleen Davies, JD
Faisal Mirza, MD

Bioprinting Track

Tamer Mohamed, PhD
Mayasari Lim, PhD
Melanie Matheu, PhD

VR/AR/Emerging Tech Track

Jesse Courtier, MD
Valerie Cooper, DDS, MS
Shashi Jain, MBA, MS
Sanjay Prabhu, MD
Shannon Walters

Orthotics & Prosthesis Track

Jeff Huber
Andreas Bastian
Faisal Mirza, MD

Materials Track

AJ Boydston, PhD
Tuan Tranpham, MEng
Rik Jacobs
Karsten Schlichter
Ankit Saharan, PhD

Non-profit Track

Andreas Bastian
Nick Dechev, PhD
Jerry Evans

Investing Track

Thomas Holzmann, MD-PhD
Uri Lopatin, MD

Startup lightning pitches session

Daniel Crawford, Founder, axial3D

Entrepreneurship in HC 3DP

Les Karpas, Metamason

3D Heals 2018  Conference

 Register by visiting conference page via above link.

ganter on November 21, 2017

A Simplified Process to 3D Print Topographical

Project Team: Steven Weidner, Wesley Gaskill, Arman Naderi, Pathirat Kosakanchit, Benjamin Eastin, Connor Vidmar, Erik Skeel, and Mercer Peterson


How to 3D Print Topographical Data

Want to make a 3D printed model of your hometown, an island, a mountain, or another recognizable place? You’re in luck! This guide will show you how to start with online topographic data and create a 3D printed model of the region of your choice. The best part is that the process is entirely free as long as you have a computer and access to a 3D printer!

We chose Mount Rainier as our example because Mount Rainier is in our backyard and is visible from our University of Washington campus.

All the details in the PDF: Simplified_Process_to_3D_Print_Topo_Maps 

Conference Web Site:

Additive Manufacturing and Functional Materials Symposium
Thursday and Friday, June 22-23, 2017
Kane Hall, University of Washington, Seattle

The University of Washington is proud to announce its second interdisciplinary 3-D Printing Symposium:

For information about last year’s inaugural additive manufacturing symposium, you may find a summary at Open3DP

Hosted by the UW Strategic Research Initiative for Additive Manufacturing, this two day-long event offers an unprecedented chance to witness the latest advances in 3-D printing and scholastic research for one of the most critical societal opportunities in modern history.

This 2-day symposium will bring together an international audience from industry and academia to discuss the cutting edge of additive manufacturing technologies. A particular emphasis is placed on the interface with functional polymeric materials.The event is open to the public and we warmly welcome students and industry professionals from diverse fields. 

Symposium Details

Symposium Format and Schedule:

The symposium is a two-day event from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm each day, including boxed lunches in Kane Hall. There will be a post-symposium reception on Thursday.  On Friday, a post-symposium reception will be held on an Argosy Cruise, located at Pier 55. This three-hour event will also include an opportunity to see 3D printing in action.  A full print-friendly version of the schedule is available to download soon

Confirmed Speakers Include:

Henrique de Amorim Almeida (Polytechnic Institute of Leiria)

Paulo Bartolo (The University of Manchester)

Annalisa Chiappone (Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia)

Paul Deffenbaugh (Sciperio, Inc.)

Michael Dickey (NC State University)

Igor Drstvenšek (University of Maribor)

Albert Folch (University of Washington)

Garret Miyake (CU-Boulder)

Howon Lee (Rutgers University)

Michael McAlpine (University of Minnesota)

Alshakim Nelson (University of Washington)

Scott T. Phillips (Penn State)

Ronald Rael (UC Berkeley)

Johanna Schwartz  (University of Washington)

 Kristina Shea (ETH Zurich)

Poster Session:

Attendees will have the opportunity participate in an afternoon poster session to present their own work in 3-D printing. Demo tables and opportunities for sponsorship are also available. Please contact Prof. AJ Boydston directly with any questions ( The Royal Society of Chemistry will be sponsoring a poster prize. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony during the symposium.

Registration and Cost:

$50 per individual, $25 for UW students and students from other public or private institutions. The ticket price will grant you access to the two day-long event with complimentary lunch, the Thursday reception, and the celebratory Argosy cruise on Friday.

Thanks to support from our educational partners, all registration fees are considered tax-deductible gifts to the University of Washington. All guests will receive a gift receipt from the UW Foundation in addition to ticket confirmation. Registration is nonrefundable. 

Support and Sponsors

We would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors for all of their support. Our sponsors include:

Materials Horizons



Contact: AJ Boydston (
Registration: $50 General ($25 for students)
Registration Link:

Conference Web Site:

Printable Flyer:  UW AMFM 2017 flyer

ganter on March 3, 2017

For those of you who have an interest in printed electronics, I want to let you know that the University of Washington will be hosting a Printed Electronics Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday March 7-8. The event is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering SRI teams focused on “Printed Electronics” and “Additive Manufacturing with Advanced Materials” along with several companies (including Ricoh, TEL, and DNP) that are interested in potential research collaborations.

Devin MacKenzie is the lead technical organizer.

The event will be held in Alder Commons and the Washington Clean Energy Testbed in the Bowman building. The flyer with more information about the event is attached. It is free of charge, but capacity is limited. (Planned capacity is 80, and there are 40 committed international attendees.)

2017 PE Summit Eflyer

If you would like to attend, please register using the RSVP URL below:




ganter on February 7, 2017

by Tasia Williams

This fall 2016, Tasia Williams, graduate student in Museology at the University of Washington presented a poster at the Western Museum Association Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.  She presented research about her work experimenting with producing 3D printing replicas of archaeological artifacts from the Burke Museum, including a walrus bone cup found in Seattle.  This project arose out of an interdisciplinary class offered through the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Burke Museum and was taught by Steven Weidner.  This class focused on digitizing and printing paleontological fossils from the museum’s collection.

According to Tasia “I applied what I learned in that class to solve the unique problems involved with modeling and printing artifacts. 

The Solheim Additive Manufacturing Lab was invaluable in helping me experiment with this project.  I wanted to try out non-extruding printers (powder printing or ASTM binder jet printing), but I found that I needed help.  Kim Sokol, a senior Mechanical Engineering student, assisted me by using her knowledge to print out several artifact replicas on the powder bed printer.

I am incorporating this research into my thesis which will examine the ways museum visitors learn from 3D printed replicas of museum artifacts.  I want to thank Professor Ganter, Kim, and everyone else at the lab for helping me with this project.  I couldn’t have done this project without them!”

Opportunities in Additive Manufacturing with Advanced Materials (summary)

May 14th, 2016 @ Alder Commons @ UW-Seattle Campus


Hosted by the UW Strategic Research Initiative for
Additive Manufacturing with Advanced Materials

Symposium Committee:

Nicholas Boechler (Mechanical Engineering)
Andrew J. Boydston (Chemistry)
Cole DeForest (Chemical Engineering)
Albert Folch (Bioengineering)
Mark A. Ganter (Mechanical Engineering)
Dawn E. Lehman (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Laura N. Lowes (Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Alshakim Nelson (Chemistry)
Duane Storti (Mechanical Engineering)



Studio Fathom has a nice presentation about this event on their blog


Lunch with poster session


Live printer demos


Invited speakers from UW and beyond

Positive outcomes from hosting the symposium:

  • Nearly 100 attendees at the event (28% industry, 35% UW students, 5% non-UW students, 9% UW Alumni or community member, 23% UW faculty and staff
  • Established new connections with leaders in the field
  • Created broader visibility of our SRI group beyond UW
  • Established contacts with University of Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Lawrence Livermore National Lab which could be important for the recently submitted BioSRI
  • Invitation for our SRI group to visit Lawrence Livermore National Lab
  • Invitation to visit Autodesk to discuss potential collaborations
  • Two invitations to submit manuscripts for the journal Polymer
  • Request for participation in special program at Bellevue Arts Museum to include 3D printing
  • Request for UW student to interview for a job by an industrial attendee

A special issue of the Rapid Prototyping Journal is out with an article by our very own Ben Weiss.   His paper entitled “Low-cost closed-loop control of a 3D printer gantry”  (Weiss, B., Storti, D. W., & Ganter, M. A. (2015). Low-cost closed-loop control of a 3D printer gantry. Rapid Prototyping Journal, 21(5), 482-490).   DOI


{ X Axis Sensor Mount Design. }


Purpose:   The purpose of this paper is to explore the improvements in speed and precision achievable using straightforward closed-loop control for the gantry motion in additive manufacturing machines. The authors designed and built an economically viable demonstration system to quantify the performance improvement.

Design/methodology/approach: The authors develop and evaluate a low-cost closed-loop controller for the X and Y axes of an entry-level three-dimensional (3D) printer. The system developed captures and compensates for the dynamics of the motor and the belt-driven stage and detects mechanical errors, such as skipped motor steps.

Findings: The system produces path-following precision improvements of 40 and 75 percent for two different sample trajectories. Correcting for skipped steps increases reliability and allows for more aggressive tuning of motion parameters; time savings of up to 25 percent are seen by doubling acceleration rate.
Research limitations/implications: The system presented provides an appropriate platform for further investigation into more complex, application-specific controllers and inclusion of more details of the printer dynamics that could produce still greater improvements in speed and accuracy.


Practical implications: The performance, low cost (40 USD/axis) and applicability to the majority of sub-2000USD 3D printer designs make this work of practical significance.

Originality/value: The CNC machining industry has for many years used similar approaches, but application to 3D printers has not been explored in the literature. This paper demonstrates the value of even a simple controller applicable to almost any 3D printer, while maintaining cost-effectiveness of the solution in a competitive market.


Acknowledgments: This material is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program under Grant No. DGE-1256082, which supported the lead author throughout the research process. The authors also gratefully acknowledge the insight of Matthew D. Sorensen, as well as the helpful comments of the reviewers.


{ Y Axis Sensor Mount Design. View from under the carriage, inside printer. }

The release of this material is exciting especially because the performance implications are substantial!   Great work Ben!


ganter on September 1, 2015

Congrats goes out to the team of researchers:  John Klein, Michael Stern, Giorgia Franchin, Markus Kayser1, Chikara Inamura, Shreya Dave, James C. Weaver, Peter Houk, Paolo Colombo, Maria Yang and Neri Oxman.

This team has presented a working 3D transparent glass printing system!   While we know of three other teams working in this exact idea, this teams successful results are amazing!

And upcoming article in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing:

Klein, John, Michael Stern, Giorgia Franchin, Markus Kayser, Chikara Inamura, Shreya Dave, James C. Weaver et al. “Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass.” 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing (2015).

“Additive Manufacturing of Optically Transparent Glass

We present a fully functional material extrusion printer for optically transparent glass. The printer is
comprised of scalable modular elements, able to operate at the high temperatures required to process glass from a molten state to an annealed product. We demonstrate a process enabling the construction of 3D parts as described by Computer Aided Design (CAD) models. Processing parameters such as temperature, which control glass viscosity, and flow rate, layer height and feed rate, can thus be adjusted to tailor printing to the desired component, its shape and its properties. We explored, defined and hard‐coded geometric constraints and coiling patterns as well as the integration of various colors into the current controllable process, contributing to a new design and manufacturing space. We report on performed characterization of the printed material executed to determine their morphological, mechanical and optical properties. Printed parts demonstrated strong adhesion between layers and satisfying optical clarity.

Demonstration of this molten glass 3D printer and fabricated objects demonstrates the production of parts, which are highly repeatable, enable light transmission, and resemble the visual and mechanical performance of glass constructs that are conventionally obtained. Utilizing the optical nature of glass, complex caustic patterns were created by projecting light through the printed objects.    The 3D printed glass objects described here can thus be extended to implementations across scales and functional domains including product and architectural design. This research lies at the intersection of design, engineering, science and art, representing a highly interdisciplinary approach.”

Please check out other online pictures which are awesome.    Again congratulations!

ganter on July 9, 2015


{Pilchuck Glass School}

In Session 3 of the 2015 summer program at Pilchuck Glass School, a new class on Digital Fabrication was offered.  The instruction team consisted of Fred Metz,  Mark Ganter,  Josh Kopel,  Matt Sorensen,  Tim Belliveau, and  Julia Chamberlain.   The class consisted of hands-on exposure to the latest 3D CAD and 3D printing software as well as both plastic material extrusion (filament) and binder jetting (powder) 3D printing systems.    Our students were brave and fierce in their desire to absorb new techniques and technology.

{Class getting ready for a metal casting pour into Lost-PLA investment molds}

The class designed and 3D printed their hearts out for the fabrication of press molds for sand casting glass, and lost-PLA investment molds for metal and glass.


{Peeking into the lost-pla investment glass kiln to check on the kiln cast glass}

The instruction team also brought a 3D binder jetting printer (powder printer) to Pilchuck to directly 3D print molds and glass.


{3D printed hydroperm molds for kiln casting glass}

One of the very last events of the class, direct 3D printing of boro-silicate glass (compliments of David Winship).   David brought along some samples of recycled boro-glass and his ball mills for the production of glass powder.  He screened the powder for printing and we 3D printed it.


{3D printed boro-silicate glass via VitraGlyphic process}

This is a first in the 3D printing community (as far as I know).   This was the very first 3D printing of boro-silicate glass using 3D binder jetting.   It was a great success.

Overall, the class was a smashing success.   We came.   We designed in 3D CAD.   We 3D printed.   We made glass and metal artifacts.  We celebrated our success.  We had a blast.



ganter on June 19, 2015

Four sophomore students who were all members of the student 3D printing club:WOOF, set out to design and fabricate a large format printer (during one academic quarter of 2014).  They are the third team to undertake this task. The team was composed of  Jeff Bergeson,  Nicole Bentzen,  Daniel Palomaki, and Kim Sokol.



{Rendering of the overall design concept}

“Over the past ten weeks our team has designed and built a large scale, multi-format
3D printer. Our project began where another project left off, with a preexisting printer that was very limited in many aspects. Our goal was to create an entirely new printer with the ability to extrude a variety of paste materials while still maintaining a high quality resolution and large scale. In addition, we aim to make the printer easy to use, and easy to transport. We went through the entire process of redesigning, building, and testing a new KiloPrint.”



{KiloPrint with the design/fabrication team}

“KiloPrint has a maximum build volume of 21”x33”x32… The cost of building KiloPrint, taken directly from our Bill of Materials, is around $1300. Though KiloPrint has a smaller build volume than the Brand-X, it is literally 1/10th the cost. Furthermore, the price of KiloPrint would continue to go down if it was manufactured in bulk. In addition, KiloPrint is also mobile and can print in multiple materials… we have plans to retrofit it with the ability to print in plastic as well. KiloPrint is still in the first stage of development; therefore it is not yet refined enough for retail sale. With these things in mind, it is safe to say that KiloPrint is rapidly becoming more and more competitive in the large scale 3D printer market.” – 6/15/2014

{Printing acrylic latex caulking}

Over the course of the current school year, the KiloPrint team has been busy with their studies. However, they HAVE tested several versions of plastic filament heads on its gantry.   They printed several full size rocket bodies and other rocket assembly parts {a future post}.   Recently they added a volcano style extruder to KiloPrint with some very good results.



The word around the WOOF room is new Z-axis drive system for smoother layer to layer transitions.