Tuesday, September 5, 2017 | Capital Factory | 6:15pm

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Scott Fish
University of Texas at Austin

David Leigh

Matt M. Robinson
ROS-Industrial Consortium – Americas

Capital Factory
701 Brazos St.
Downtown Austin

5:45pm Doors and Bar
6:15pm Presentation, Q&A
7:30pm Reception

How are robots and 3D printing changing the game for manufacturing – and for those working in the field?

Since the Industrial Revolution, manufacturing has played a fundamental role in the development and enablement of modern society: from buildings and transportation to devices, medicines, clothing, and more. Literally, everything we use and touch is the result of manufacturing processes that are designed to produce reliable, safe products, at optimal costs. Machines have always played a role in manufacturing, but recent/new technologies such as robotics and 3D printing are poised to truly transform manufacturing. These technologies have the potential to greatly reduce cost and risk to workers, increase consistency and reliability (and thus safety) of products, and enable production to be not just quicker, but closer to customers and consumers. However, such transformative changes also have implications for workforce development, and thus society overall. Please join us as experts in manufacturing discuss the present and future of manufacturing, the challenges and the opportunities for Austin, and what it means for all of us.

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SCOTT FISH, PHD has more than thirty years of research and engineering experience, covering a broad range of technical areas including manufacturing process improvement, control systems, robotics, hydrodynamics, ballistics and armor protection. He currently splits time between technical consulting (primarily to DARPA) and his position as a Sr. Research Scientist at the University of Texas at Austin. His university research focuses on high temperature 3D Printing with polymers and metals and model-based system controls.
Scott started his career as a naval architect for the US Navy, focusing on ship signature reduction, propeller quieting, and torpedo launch. He later pioneered the use of dynamic simulation for hybrid electric vehicles with complex weapon/ protection power requirements both with the Navy and at the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Fish served at DARPA from 2000-2003, creating off-road robotics programs pushing both perception and vehicle system design. Scott also served as the Army’s Chief Scientist within ASAALT from 2010-2012.

Dr. Fish is a private pilot and is building a Cozy MKIV aircraft in his spare time.

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DAVID LEIGH currently serves as senior VP of Emerging Technologies at Stratasys, Inc, a global leader in the 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing industry. David was the CEO and founder of Harvest Technologies, an additive manufacturing production company located in central Texas that was acquired by Stratasys in 2014. Harvest was one of the first AS9100 certified companies to focus on the demands of direct digital manufacturing in the aerospace industry.

David has been a champion for the LS process throughout his career, serving on SME’s Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Steering Committee and ASTM’s F42 Standards Committee for Additive Manufacturing. He achieved his B.S. and Masters of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked at DTM Corporation in Austin as part of the original team that commercialized laser sintering in the early 90s. He left DTM and started Harvest Technologies in 1995 and was also a co-founder of three other additive manufacturing related companies.

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MATT M. ROBINSON is the Program Manager for the ROS-Industrial Consortium – Americas, an industry-driven open source program bringing advanced manufacturing solutions for the industrial robotics community. He is also setting the strategy and vision to align the open source development community with industry needs to deliver innovative and sustainable advanced robotics solutions ready for factory deployment in his role at Southwest Research Institute. Prior to his current role, Mr. Robinson was team leader for Caterpillar’s Manufacturing Technology Automation Research, where he led development and deployment of automation tools to improve the performance and productivity of Caterpillar manufacturing facilities around the globe. Mr. Robinson, during this time, also led manufacturing value stream design initiatives that led to the deployment of over 50 robotic/automated manufacturing systems around the world. He has led developments for automated materials joining processes for titanium and other challenging dissimilar material combinations for high temperature applications. Mr. Robinson has a Master’s Degree in Welding Engineering from Ohio State University.

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