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2015 Advanced Manufacturing Conference

October 23, 2015
3D Innovations

This week we were in attendance at the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference here in Honolulu. The focus of this event was on advanced manufacturing technologies and companies that represent this growing industry. Below is a short summary of our experience at the conference with some of our thoughts on the subject sprinkled in.

Advanced manufacturing is reshaping the current manufacturing landscape. Industry leaders in Hawaii understand that major manufacturing shifts are taking place, and want to assist the local manufacturing community in harnessing and implementing these emerging technologies.

Focusing on Infrastructure

Currently the manufacturing community in Hawaii is still relatively small, but with a heightened focus on economic development, workforce development, energy infrastructure and policies there is significant growth potential. However, with growth comes challenges; high energy costs make it cost prohibitive to run power hungry equipment and without high-speed broadband manufacturing productivity is significantly hindered. These are certainly a couple issues that need to be addressed before Hawaii experiences a manufacturing “boom” per se.

Our local aerospace, aquaculture, astronomy, biomedical, robotics and scientific industries have a clear and defined path towards utilizing advanced manufacturing technologies. The internet of things (IoT), big data and additive manufacturing are just a few of the technologies that would not only increase efficiency for these businesses, but would enhance competitive advantages on a local, national and global scale as well.

Developing a Skilled Workforce

While we know that the manufacturing community here can grow, another major factor in that growth is workforce development. Access to skilled professionals is vital.

Supporting future workforce demands means that an increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, at all grade levels, is necessary. Fostering children’s innate curiosity and encouraging them to search and discover on their own, develops the necessary STEM centered mindset. Access to STEM resources and technology in the classroom will also provide invaluable hands-on experience that over time translates into a high-tech workforce.

Skilled STEM professionals will be require to support advanced manufacturing technologies such as Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Product Lifecycle Management solutions (PLM), automation/programming, design, robotics, software, and maintenance support.

High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) has a plan to support and increase the human infrastructure by introducing a strategic plan called 80/80. This plan seeks to have 80,000 high technology jobs that pay $80,000+ per year by 2030.

Harnessing Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Technology

There is no doubt that additive manufacturing is synonymous with advanced manufacturing. Stratasys was in attendance and brought various samples of parts made with their wide array of additive manufacturing machines. With the continuous development of new materials and finishes, the application of 3D printing can continue its transition to additive manufacturing, and have a profound impact on product development, prototyping, and manufacturing sectors.

Businesses and leaders in Hawaii have the drive and desire to grow our local manufacturing and technology sectors. With continued support and focus on initiatives at all levels, these industries will not only grow but thrive, making Hawaii a technology and manufacturing hub.

We are eager to see what the future holds!


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3D Printing Conference and Expo in Hong Kong to Shed Light on the Impacts of 3D Printing Across Industries

July 30, 2014

Mediabistro Announces Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo in Hong Kong to Shed Light on the Impacts of 3D Printing Across Industries; Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates to Keynote

3D Printing ExpoMediabistro Inc.  and are hosting Hong Kong’s first significant tradeshow about 3D printing, the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, on August 26 – 27, 2014. With 3D printing rapidly picking up pace in the industry, both in terms of its development and adoption, Mediabistro has invited the brightest and most prominent industry leaders from around the world to converge in Hong Kong to share their views on the future of the technology, as well as strategies to succeed in the upcoming third industrial revolution.

“3D printing was invented quite some time ago, but due to the printers’ limited capabilities and the high costs associated with 3D printing during the technology’s infancy, it wasn’t really adopted or used extensively – until recently,” said Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of Mediabistro Inc. “Looking at how fast the 3D printing technology is currently developing, I think it’s only a matter of time until 3D printing completely revolutionizes all aspects of manufacturing. Hong Kong, being the gateway city to the world’s capital of manufacturing – China, is one of the most suitable locations for us to host Inside 3D Printing. If anyone wants to ride this upcoming economic boom, this conference and exposition is something not to be missed.”

T3D printing expohe two-day event, organized by Mediabistro, consists of 18 seminars covering topics from aerospace, art, and bioprinting to the makers revolution, start-ups of all kinds, and more. Stratasys, the Platinum Sponsor for the event, will be hosting the morning keynote session on August 27. The keynote speakers participating in the conference include Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.; Nave Rachman, Technical Director, Stratasys Asia Pacific & Japan; and Michele Marchesan, Chief Opportunity Officer, 3D Systems.

Wohlers will host the opening keynote titled “The Next Frontier in 3D Printing.” Working as a consultant for many corporations in different industries, Wohlers will share his views on where the 3D printing technology is headed based on his extensive experience and professional background.

3D printing expoRachman’s day 2 morning keynote is titled “Manufactory Application in 3D Printing: Direct
Digital Manufacturing (DDM).” He will explain how traditional manufacturing tools have successfully been replaced by FDM technology. Later in the day, Marchesan will highlight key trends and share advanced manufacturing initiatives during the afternoon keynote titled “Manufacturing the Future.”

In addition to an impressive lineup of speakers, the event will also feature Hong Kong’s largest exhibition related to 3D printing. If your company is interested in sponsoring or exhibiting, contact us at

For more information including the full list of speakers and the agenda for Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, please visit

Interested in attending? Get 10% OFF Gold Passports with discount code 3DINNOV. Register now!

About Mediabistro Inc.

Mediabistro Inc. (OTCQX: MBIS) is a leading Internet media company that provides services for social media, traditional media, and creative professionals. Mediabistro is a leading producer of 3D printing and bitcoin trade shows. Service offerings include an online job boardnews and analysistrade shows and events, online and in-person courses, and research products. Mediabistro is changing its name to MecklerMedia Corporation on August 11, 2014.

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Get 10% OFF Mediabistro’s Inside 3D Printing Conference on July 9-10, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia

June 26, 2014

Mediabistro Inc. announced the program for the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, taking place in Melbourne on July 9-10, 2014. The agenda is set to cover a range of 3D printing related topics, including multimaterial printing, aerospace technologies, the changing face of architecture, software, printing organs, and more.

 Terry Wohlers, President of Wohlers Associates, will be delivering the opening keynote on July 9 titled The Next Frontier in 3D Printing. Milan Brandt, Professor of Advanced Manufacturing at RMIT University, will deliver the opening keynote on July 10 titled 3D Printing and the Future of Australian Manufacturing.

Also on the event schedule is a session titled 3D Printing in Metals: Where it’s At, Where it’s Going and What Australia’s Doing About It! presented by John Barnes, Leader of the Titanium Technologies Theme for CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world. Other event sessions include Designing for 3D Printing, 3D Printing and the Future (or Demise) of Intellectual Property, and more.

All 3D Innovations members will receive 10% OFF Gold Passports with code 3DINNOV. Register now!

For complete information on Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo, please visit:

Inside 3D Printing Conference Begins Next Week in Seoul – Get 10% OFF

June 4, 2014

Inside 3D Printing Seoul, which kicks off next week, is set to be the first 3D printing trade show in South Korea, as well as one of the largest events Inside 3D Printing has hosted to date.

Taking place June 12-13 at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX), the event will host a select group of knowledgeable speakers from a range of industries, including engineering, design, business, academia, investing, intellectual property, and more.

The event’s keynotes will be presented by Daniel Thomsen, General Manager of Stratasys Korea Ltd., and Seok-Hwan You, Founder and CEO of ROKIT. Other conference speakers include Wim Michiels, CEO of Materialise Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Vice President Asia Pacific at Materialise NV; Yang Yihu, President and CEO of ESUN; Sungkwon Choi, Professor, Dept. of Industrial Design at Seoul University; Kang Min Hyuck, Founder and CEO of OpenCreators; Emma Kwon, Business Development Management at Materialise N.V; and more. Click here to see the full speaker list.

3D Innovations has partnered with Inside 3D Printing South Korea to offer members 10% OFF full conference passes with code 3DINNOV. Register now!

Can’t make the conference? Visit for all upcoming Inside 3D Printing show dates.

2014 Hawaii STEM Conference Event Summary

May 7, 2014

Our President and Chief 3D Printing Officer, Collin Kobayashi, was a participant at the Hawaii STEM Conference over the past weekend and below is his summary from the event…

Hawaii STEM Conference“The 2014 STEMWorks Conference included over 300 students from 15+ schools across the state.  With breakout sessions from 3D Design to Game Design, students were exposed to many industry technologies and got opportunities to learn about them from experts.  The conference also included onsite design competitions which included Digital Media, Game Design, 3D Design (Product Design) and Video Design.  Students were given tasks for each competition and were required to produce content according to the specifications given.

Guest speakers included a mapping expert from National Geographic, Economic Development leader, and former technology student turned entrepreneur.  They shared their knowledge and expertise, providing insight on the importance of technology and the various applications available.

All in all, it was another great event that showcased the STEM projects and activities going on in the state and collaborative effort in providing opportunities to our future workforce.”

View pictures from the event on our 3D Innovations Facebook page!


3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

The Hawaii STEM Conference is Quickly Approaching

April 30, 2014

Hawaii STEM Conference

The annual Hawaii STEM Conference is almost here! We are thrilled to be a partner again this year for such a wonderful event!

At this year’s conference 3D Innovations will be hosting several breakout sessions covering areas of 3D Design and 3D Printing. (To view the entire list of breakout sessions please click here.)

In addition to these breakout sessions, 3D Innovations will be hosting a Design Competition, where students will be given a design task to create a design based on specific requirements. They will have most of Friday and Saturday to complete their designs. Each team will then  present their final design solutions to a panel of judges for review.

Each year this conference becomes larger and reaches even more students in Hawaii. The turnout for this 5th annual Hawaii STEM Conference is sure to be extraordinary and we look forward to sharing our passion for STEM education with all of these young minds. Hope to see you there!

Further conference information can be found on the official website.


3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

We will be at the Technology Fun Fair this Saturday

April 24, 2014

We are thrilled to be participating in the Technology Fun Fair on Saturday, April 26th at Kahala Mall (Honolulu, Hawaii) from 11am – 3pm! This is going to be a great event for the entire family! Visitors will be able to view fantastic K-12 STEM projects and see how these STEM activities can lead to future careers in technology.

The event will be showcasing school STEM programs, like robotics, as well as University programs, business accelerators, and established technology, engineering and science companies with fun, hands-on activities.

We hope to see you there!

To learn more about the event on the Hawaii Business event calendar or High Technology Development Corporation’s website.

*We will be sure to update you with pictures on our blog after the event!


3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

We will be at the Honolulu Mini Maker Faire this Saturday

March 13, 2014

We are excited to share that 3D Innovations will be at the Honolulu Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, March 15th (Noon-5PM) at ‘Iolani School!

Our President and Chief 3D Officer, Collin Kobayashi, will be talking specifically about the process of developing ideas from a concept to an actual product. If you find yourself with product development questions this is a good time to get them answered!

We are looking forward to this event and hope to see you there!

Learn more about the Honolulu Mini Maker Faire and Register today!


UPDATE: We had a great time at the Maker Faire and wanted to share some pictures we took with you…Enjoy!

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HI Growth Entrepreneurs’ Day 2014

March 6, 2014

HI Growth Entrepreneurs’ Day

This past Wednesday, March 5th, marked the second annual HI Growth Entrepreneurs’ Day at the Hawaii State Capital. The purpose of this day is to voice the importance of innovation and entrepreneurship for the future of Hawaii’s economy. It is a day where State lawmakers and entrepreneurs come together to discuss not only legislature but what the future can look like for the Aloha state with continued support and a focus on innovation.

The HI Growth Initiative – a $6 million comprehensive investment program that represents a bold new approach to reinvigorate state efforts to fuel an innovation economy – was subsequently passed by the legislature, in part to the collective voice of Hawaii’s entrepreneurial community.

Collin Kobayashi, our President & Chief 3D Officer, was at the event this year and had some great positive feedback to share…

With a large turnout of small businesses and entrepreneurs, the State Capitol was filled with enthusiasm and innovation to showcase to our state legislators.  The event provided a great opportunity to network with others, as well as learn about new developments in the entrepreneurial world.

People were excited to share information about their products and services. A common topic that was a center for discussion was how past and potential laws are affecting small business activity in Hawaii.  This event provided a great opportunity to get direct feedback from law makers and to provide them with an entrepreneurs point of view.

All in all, I thought that it was a good event for entrepreneurs to come out and showcase their talents and to let the legislature know that innovation is a continuing and growing part of Hawaii’s economy.

We look forward to not only this event next year but hopefully more events like this in which local entrepreneurs can come together and support one another.


3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

Product Design & Development Seminar (Honolulu, June 10th)

June 6, 2013

This week we hosted a Product Design & Development Seminar on Maui (it went really well!) and next Monday (June 10, 2013) we will be doing the same in Honolulu at the Manoa Innovation Center. If you are going to be in the Honolulu area next Monday and are interested in product design and development we would love to see you at this event!

We will be focusing the discussion around accelerating your design project. Our CEO, Collin Kobayashi, will also share information about the following topics:

  • Learn about the Product Development process and steps to commercialize your products.
  • See what methods are most effective in streamlining the design process including design methods, visualization tools, prototyping techniques, and which manufacturing process would best fit your needs.
  • Hear about how 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing could benefit your projects and how to accelerate your schedule to meet production manufacturing requirements.

Here are the event details:

Date: Monday, June 10, 2013
Time: 10am – 11:30am
Location: Manoa Innovation Center, Innovation Lab, 2800 Woodlawn Dr. Suite 285,
Honolulu, HI 96822

Cost: $25/person, payable at the door (Cash and checks accepted). Free for MEDB, HTDC, and INNOVATE Hawaii clients
RSVP: (Seating is limited)
*One-on-one meetings with 3D Innovations to follow each seminar – Contact us to reserve a spot!

A little bit about us3D Innovations provides full scale product design/development solutions including 3D modeling, 3D CAD, Design/Engineering, 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping, and Manufacturing services that transform concepts into products. Utilizing a dynamic approach to 3D Design, we are able to quickly develop digital designs into functional prototypes using 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing processes. Projects are designed to fit the specific manufacturing method required to move your project into low or high volume Production Manufacturing. Visit for more information.

*If you have any questions about the event or would like more information about accelerating your design project, please e-mail us at