<Inspiring Ideas Webinar Series> The Future of Additive Manufacturing – Grand Challenges

<Inspiring Ideas Webinar Series> The Future of Manufacturing – Grand Challenges
08 Apr 2022 04.00 PM - 05.30 PM Alumni, Current Students, Industry/Academic Partners, Prospective Students, Public

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Inspiring Ideas Webinar Series

The monthly thematic seminars aim to cover the different aspects of Additive Manufacturing (AM), drawing insights from global academic and industry thought-leaders to generate discussion and action on the advancement of AM technology and its integration into the emerging suite of Industry 4.0 digital technologies.


The Future of Manufacturing – Grand Challenges

What does it take for AM to move beyond? This webinar will continue to explore the grand challenges of AM as a sunrise industry and its potential for growth. There will be two talks followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion will be moderated by Prof Paulo Bartolo, SC3DP Executive Director.



Professor Norman Hack

Norman Hack is an architect and researcher in the domain of computational architectural design and digital fabrication. He holds a degree in architecture with distinction from Vienna University of Technology and a master's degree with distinction from the Architectural Association in London. After completing his studies, he worked as a coding architect in the Digital Technologies Group at Herzog & de Meuron on projects at various scales and planning stages, from conceptual design to construction planning and from furniture scale to urban design. His interest in integrative digital design and fabrication processes led him to pursue a PhD with Gramazio Kohler Research, which he began at the Singapore-ETH Centre (Future Cities Laboratory) and completed at the National Centre of Competence in Research in Digital Fabrication at ETH Zurich. Among other recognitions, his research has been awarded with the Swiss Technology Award and the ETH Medal for outstanding doctoral theses. From 2018 until 2021 Norman held a tenure track professorship for Digital Building Fabrication at the Institute of Structural Design (ITE) at Technische Universität Braunschweig. At the beginning of 2022 he was appointed full professor in Digital Construction at the same institute. Norman is a member of the executive board of the newly founded Collaborative Research Centre "Additive Manufacturing in Construction" and spokesman of the research area "Design and Construction".


Professor Enrico Dini

Enrico Dini was born in Pisa, Italy, in 1962 and graduated in Civil Engineering at Pisa University. He has spent his entire professional career in the sector of mechanics, automation and robotics. Enrico cooperates with the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa-Italy, the technological branch of the famous Scuola Normale of Pisa, with many high-tech companies and with the Department of Engineering of the Production "Ulisse Dini" of Pisa. In the ’90s Enrico was, and still is today, a manufacturer of automatic machines running the business through his family company, Dini Engineering. Enrico is the inventor and designer of D-Shape Particle-bed 3D Printer; developer of solution of novel processes and materials for D Printing Concrete. In 2006, he founded Monolite UK Ltd in London, the first company in the world created to produce products and services for 3D printing in architecture. In the following years, Enrico demonstrated the immense potential of 3D printing through some iconic creations such as 3D-printed coral reefs for fish restocking, portions of lunar bases, pedestrian bridges, facades, elements of street furniture and interiors. For this effort, in 2014 at the 3rd annual 3D Printshow in London he received the ‘Industry Icon’ award, and in 2018 he was awarded in Zurich by the RILEM of the ‘Pioneering Achievement Award’.