Flexibility in product design and manufacturing has steadily risen since Henry Ford’s Model T, when consumers could pick any color—as long as it was black. In the last decade, there has been a mainstreaming in advanced digital fabrication processes such as 3D printing, CNC milling and rapid prototyping. Designers now have the freedom to explore complex shapes, regardless of difficulty in construction or schedule constraints.
Stephen Hopkins, IDSA, will cover case studies in digital fabrication and prototyping in solutions for clients. He’ll focus on The University of California-San Diego Jacobs Medical Center, where mass customization techniques were utilized in patient rooms. Hopkins also will provide resources to improve the knowledge and abilities of attendees, enabling them to deliver customized solutions.