Additive Manufacturing and the Future of How We Make Things


Additive manufacturing, such as 3D printing, has revolutionized the way we think about production, with examples in prototyping, consumer products, hardware, tools, guns, jet engines, drones, fashion, and even houses. Almost any type of material can now be “printed”, leading to innovations on an almost daily basis. Will the future be “printed” as some people predict? These are the technologies and questions Dr. Andrew Dent will explore in this captivating lecture.

This event is free for Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) members. Non-GRAM members will need to pay an admission fee to the museum.



Wednesday, November 9th


Grand Rapids Art Museum

101 Monroe Center NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49503




About Dr. Andrew Dent

Dr. Dent Vice President, Library & Materials Research, plays a key role in the expansion of Material ConneXion’s technical knowledge base. His research directs the implementation of consulting projects and the selection of innovative, sustainable, and advanced materials to Material ConneXion’s Library, which currently holds over 7,500 materials. Material ConneXion has been tracking and advising in this area of industry for a decade, and will bring insights on where this revolution is heading.


This event is part of the Iris Van Herpen Lecture Series at the GRAM.

Design West Michigan is an organization of Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University.

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