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Important Update:

As a result of the coronavirus situation and the latest guidance from the CDC, we have decided to conduct this as a virtual event. We believe we have identified a good option for providing a great experience for attendees, while protecting everyone’s safety.

• We will be having 4, 1 hour-long blocks with breaks in between.

• During each hour block – we will have 5 presenters with each having a 10-minute slot to give a presentation and a 10-minute block for a break and open Q&A from the audience for those who presented during that hour.

• Many of our presenters will be giving an overview presentation during their time slot to share a brief summary and invite you to join the full presentation at a later date and time.

• This webinar series will be free to those who register but with a recommended donation of $25 to help the e-NABLE volunteer community print PPE for medical facilities in need during our fight against Covid-19.

• The funds donated for this event will be used for 3D Universe to supply free filaments for those willing to print and donate critically needed medical supplies such as face shields.

• In this webinar series, only those who register will be emailed the link and password to attend, and no one can share screens or speak except the presenters. Questions will be asked via text chat and read to the presenters by moderators.

• Those who register will have access to this event, along with all of the longer sessions being offered by our presenters.

Please bear with us, as we’re still in the process of updating the event schedule and Eventbrite details to reflect these changes.


We are excited to announce that 3D Universe is partnering with Ultimaker, and Bit Space for our 3D Printing in the Workplace and *STEM Education Symposium! This will be a fun and educational event, taking place on Saturday, April 25!

Join us for a 4 hour webinar full of guest speakers, design challenges, deep dives into 3D printing design software, and much more!

Keynote speakers from 3D printing industry leaders, e-NABLE’s 3D printed prosthetics community and educators who are using 3D printing in their classrooms will be presenting over the course of the event.

This will be an event you won’t want to miss!

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An Overview of Ultimaker’s Newest Products

Ultimaker S5, S5 Pro Bundle and S3 3d printers displayed on a table
Photo courtesy of Ultimaker

Come join us for a presentation of Ultimaker’s newest machines to hit the market! We will have demos with the Ultimaker S5 Pro Bundle and the Ultimaker S3 as well as a Q&A session.

Keynote Speakers  

Yoni Saltzman – Project Engineer at Honeybee Robotics and Co-Founder and CTO of EvTek

3D Printing For Rapid Prototyping

Yoni Saltzman is the Co-Founder and CTO of EvTek, a Sustainable Systems company focusing on high-tech recycling infrastructure located in Brooklyn, NY.  

He has worked as a Project Engineer at Honeybee Robotics for over 5 years and has focused on the design of electromechanical systems for robotics, medical, and aerospace applications. Prior to working at Honeybee Robotics, Yoni worked at the NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center on the SOFIA Program, and at Planetary Resources, developing spacecraft mechanisms.

He was also a member of the NASA OSIRIS-REx Photometric Modelling Group. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Astronomy with a minor in Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.

Jen Owen – Co-Founder of the e-NABLE Volunteer Community

Jen Owen, co-founder of the e-NABLE Community and founder of enablingthefuture.org with a 3D printed hand

“The History of e-NABLE.”
“3D Printing and e-NABLE in STEM Education.”

Jen Owen is the co-founder of e-NABLE and owner and creator of enablingthefuture.org, a website dedicated to sharing the open-source designs and stories from a global community of volunteers who are creating free 3D printed hands and arms for those who were born missing fingers or who have lost them due to war, accident, natural disaster or disease.

Come hear her inspirational story of how this global movement started in her garage as a project to help one person and that has now gone on to help thousands all over the world.

Find out how you can use this project in your STEM-based classrooms and show your students how they can use their ideas and imaginations to change the world!

Mary Hadley – Executive Director of MakerGirl

“Creating Today’s Makers and Tomorrow’s Life Changers Through 3D Printing Education”

Mary Hadley is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. In 2017, she led MakerGirl’s second summer #MakerGirlGoesMobile road trip to six different states educating over 520 girls throughout 37 sessions.

Over the next two years, she managed the team at UIUC through different positions including Sponsorship Director, Curriculum Director and Managing Director. She was recognized on Chicago Inno’s 2019 25 under 25 and was shortlisted for two Women in IT Awards (Diversity Initiative of the Year and Rising Star of the Year) for her work with MakerGirl. Last July, she started full-time as MakerGirl’s Executive Director.

MakerGirl was created to inspire young girls to pursue STEM fields through 3D printing sessions.

Come learn about the not for profit MakerGirl and how they are creating an impact for the next generation of girls. They have educated 4,000 girls in 22 states through their programs and they are on a mission to educate 10,000 girls by 2023. 

Ben Kovalick – Product Design Engineer, Caterpillar, Inc.

“The Use of 3D Printing in the Earthmoving Industry”

Ben Kovalick started working for Caterpillar, Inc in 2016. He has worked on the design team, in manufacturing, and test engineering.  He is currently employed as a product design engineer, developing designs for the Motor Graders Performance Structures and Worktools group.

I transform an idea from a sketch on a napkin to a real-world piece of machinery.” He adds, “My primary goal is to improve the products that our customers depend on every day in order to help them succeed.

Please join us for Ben’s presentation! He will be sharing how he and his team uses 3D printing in the earthmoving industry and how this technology has been used to improve quality, velocity, serviceability and manufacturability for their customers.

Neesha Rahim – CEO of Bit Space

“Intro: Panel on Women in STEM + Panel of Teachers Using e-NABLE in the Classroom”

Neesha Rahim is a serial entrepreneur at heart and cares deeply about the way we educate ourselves and our children.

As the CEO of Bit Space she works with her team in a movement to catalyze the disruption and evolution of our antiquated education system by supporting innovative, amazing educators at the front lines of this work.

She is also the founder of TutorChat.org, a nonprofit org that makes online math tutoring as affordable as a Netflix membership and gives high schoolers the opportunity to be trained and matched with students who need math help online.

Neesha’s industry experience includes more than 20 years of leadership in education & youth development orgs including Education Technology, K-12 & higher education.

In 2012, she co-founded and led Level Up Village, a for-profit, social enterprise. Neesha grew the company from a back of the napkin idea to operations in 26 states in the US and 20 countries around the world. The company sold to Samsung.

Earlier in her career, she worked in the NGO space with youth development and conflict resolution organizations. 

Chris Jackson – President: Terrafilum 3D Printed Engineered Filaments

Chris Jackson with his customized 3D printed golf club

“Eco-friendly 3D Printing Materials Engineering”

Chris Jackson grew up in Iowa with a limb difference that on the outward appearance may define him as having limitations. However, he is anything but limited.

With lots of support from his close-knit family and friends, Chris overcame life’s struggles and developed a strategy for life along the way. Today he is the President and founder of Terrafilum, a 3D printing materials manufacturer focused on producing eco-friendly material options. With 30+ years of experience as a Chemical Engineer and a prestigious MBA, Chris rose in the ranks of corporate America. He became a skilled coach, mentor, and business leader with a very diverse background having experiences in Chemicals, Plastics, Healthcare, and Custom Manufacturing industries. His eclectic passions never left him satisfied until he and Additive Manufacturing crossed paths.

Come hear his inspirational story and find out how he launched his eco-friendly 3D printer filament company, Terrafilum.

Haleyanne Freedman – Market Manager and Engineering Consultant at M. Holland Company

“3D Printing Adoption in the Injection Molding Industry”

Haleyanne Freedman is the Additive Manufacturing Market Manager and Global Engineering Consultant at M. Holland. She got her start in industrial manufacturing working for a machine tool importer managing its 3D printing department. Haleyanne has since developed in-depth knowledge and expertise in 3D printing through her professional work as well as her time working and experimenting with her home printing lab.

She is well-versed in multiple CAD programs and received a certification in Additive Manufacturing Polymers and Metals from MIT. Haleyanne leads M. Holland’s Additive Manufacturing group and advises clients on equipment and product selection, process optimization and adoption, and material and application validation.

She is also active in the Northeast Ohio Manufacturing Cluster and serves as Vice-Chair for Women in Manufacturing and Co-Chair for the Great Lakes Chapter of Women in 3D Printing. Haleyanne has a strong presence in the 3D printing community, delivering presentations and training sessions at dozens of annual industry events. Haleyanne was also featured as the “Woman of the Week” by Xena Workwear. 

Samantha Gleisten – Director of Learner Experience at BitSpace

“3D Printing and e-NABLE in STEM Education.”
“e-NABLE Design Challenge Workshop”

Samantha Gleisten is the Director of Learner Experience at Bit Space, where she works to share professional development opportunities in making and constructivist teaching with educators across the country.

Prior to her work with Bit Space, Sam was a classroom teacher for 15 years and was awarded an Unsung Heroes Award by Voya for her work implementing a problem-solving curriculum in the classroom. Before working in the classroom, Sam conducted research on how children learn with the Annenberg School for Communication Children’s Media Lab and hosted a design show, From Junky to Funky, on the DIY Network.

Join Sam, along with Jen Owen from e-NABLE for their presentation about how to get 3D printing into your STEM curriculums!

Tom Mueller – President: Mueller Additive Manufacturing Solutions

“Is Ultimaker Viable for Investment Casting Applications”

Tom Mueller is the founder and president of Mueller Additive Manufacturing Solutions, a consulting company focusing on metal casting applications of additive manufacturing. He has been involved in 3D printing applications for more than 30 years.

He led the first beta site for stereolithography at Baxter Healthcare in the late 80s. He then went on to found two 3D printing service companies. One of those companies, Express Pattern, was sold to 3D Systems. He worked for 3D Systems as Director of Business Development focusing on metal casting applications and later for Voxeljet as Director of Metal Casting applications.

Tom has published more than 50 technical papers and journal articles related to 3D printing applications. He holds BSME and MSME degrees from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

Come learn more about using 3D printers for metal and investment casting during his session on Friday!

Matt Griffin – Director of Community for Ultimaker

Matt Griffin - Director of Community for Ultimaker North America

“Materials Overview”
“Introduction to Ultimaker”


Matt Griffin is the Director of Community for Ultimaker North America. He has recently completed a lecture series on 3D Printing Hardware for Coursera, and writes, teaches, and consults on a range of topics including 3D printing, 3D design and modeling, diy electronics, and more.

He has taught digital fabrication at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA). Matt is a frequent contributor to MAKE Magazine, including the annual Make: Ultimate Guide to 3DP series. Previously, he was community manager at MakerBot, and director of community & support at Adafruit.

Jeremy Simon – CEO and Founder of 3D Universe and e-NABLE Volunteer

“Overview of Ultimaker Products”
“Introduction to e-NABLE Web Central and the e-NABLE Hub

“Cura Deep Dive”
“3D Printing to Help with the Coronavirus Pandemic”

Jeremy Simon has been a part of e‑NABLE since early 2014 and helps to support the enablingthefuture.org website. His company, 3D Universe, is a strong supporter of e‑NABLE and is responsible for developing the e‑NABLE Web Central application.

He is a mentor to fellow volunteers as well as classrooms around the world who are interested in participating in the e‑NABLE project. Jeremy also serves as chairperson of e-NABLE’s Strategic Planning Committee and is a member of e-NABLE’s Badging Team.

Come hear him talk about how e-NABLE Web Central works and an introduction to the new e-NABLE Hub, a centralized location for volunteers to gather to collaborate and mentor one another, learn about CURA and Ultimaker Products as well as how you can use 3D printers to help create PPE for medical heroes during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Mike Hurley – President of Bit Space

Mike Hurley - President of Bit Space

Overview of Bit Space Offerings for Education

Mike Hurley presents an overview of the exciting product and service offerings Bit Space has available to help your school implement hands-on maker-education programs for your students.

Bit Space is the leader in maker education for kids. Whether it’s a kid or teen just starting their maker education, an experienced teacher trying to integrate new skills into their classroom, or an administrator trying to expand access to makerspace facilities across their district, they have the knowledge and experience necessary to bring the benefits of a well-rounded maker education to almost anyone.

Come hear how Bit Space offers camps and classes at their own makerspaces and in schools, published a comprehensive maker curriculum, supports educators with professional development courses, and designs and builds makerspaces for schools and school districts.

Greg Elfering – President of Americas – Ultimaker

“Introduction to Ultimaker”

Greg Elfering is President of Ultimaker Americas.  He oversees the sales, marketing, production, distribution and support of Ultimaker products sold in the Americas.

Greg has been in the 3D Printing space for the past 16 years and has run sales and applications for 3D Systems in the Americas and Europe.  He has focused in the areas of production systems and materials that are based on plastics and metal printing. He has worked extensively with traditional industries to utilize 3D printed parts.

He was involved in both the formation of 3D System Healthcare Implant and Simulation Business and the formation of 3D Systems paid parts service, which today is called Quickparts – On Demand Manufacturing.

Greg started his career in the molding and machining of plastics used in food pharmaceutical and chemical processing industries. He is a native of Illinois and has an undergrad degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Masters in Business from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

Dave Lysen – Cosplay Enthusiast

Dave Lysen shows off his 1st place award for his K-2SO outfit with 3D printed mechanical hands

“3D Printing for Cosplay and Fashion”

Dave Lysen, a local cosplay enthusiast, presents an overview of what goes into creating a cosplay outfit using a variety of traditional and digital fabrication techniques. Cosplay is a wonderful maker activity because it leverages so many varied skills, like sewing, foam cutting, painting, 3D printing, and more.

Learn more about the fun and rewarding process of creating a cosplay outfit and how it can be a part of a positive and engaging learning experience or your students!

Workshops and Classes

Materials Workshop with Matt Griffin, Ultimaker

This workshop will go over which materials are available for use in 3D printing, how they perform, and what they are commonly used for. Still printing with PLA? Expand your horizons and learn about all of the other exciting material options available for 3D printing!

Materials have come a long way in recent years, and even the more advanced materials are a lot easier to print than they used to be. Learn about the many advanced engineering-grade materials and composite materials available to use with the latest Ultimaker 3D printers, all of which feature an open materials platform.

Fusion 360 Tutorial workshop with Kevin Smith, Vice President of Operations – Bit Space

Kevin Smith, Vice President of Operations - Bit Space

Kevin Smith will be teaching a workshop dedicated to offering the basics to getting started in Autodesk Fusion 360 and opportunities to ask questions and get feedback.

Learn the basics of creating your own 3D models from scratch using the powerful features available in Autodesk Fusion 360. Fusion 360 unifies design, engineering, and manufacturing into a single platform. It provides a complete CAD, CAM, and CAE software package, including all collaboration and data management capabilities. Yet despite all of its powerful capabilities, you’ll find it surprisingly accessible. See for yourself how easy it is to get started bringing your own ideas to life with this powerful tool.

Deep Dive into Ultimaker Cura with Jeremy Simon, CEO and Founder of 3D Universe

Cura software displayed on a screen next to an Ultimaker 3D printer
Photo courtesy of Ultimaker

Jeremy will give us an overview of the latest features available in Ultimaker Cura, the world’s most popular slicing software for desktop 3D printing.

Learn about how to prepare your print jobs using both the simple and advanced options available in Cura. Learn about the new Cura Marketplace, giving you access to free plugins and 3rd party materials. And see some of the lesser-known features such as support blockers, variable layer heights, and customizing settings within specific regions of a print.

Unleash the full potential of your 3D printer by understanding and utilizing all of the great features available in Ultimaker Cura!

Designing for FDM 3D Printing with Matt Griffin, Ultimaker

Example of a 3D printable design
Photo courtesy of Ultimaker

This presentation will provide attendees with an overview of 3D printing, design considerations when planning a 3D print, and an introduction to Ultimaker Cura, Ultimaker’s industry-leading slicing software used by 3D printers around the world.

Learn about different types of 3D printing technologies, the steps involved in a typical 3D printing workflow, product design considerations for items to be 3D printed, and more. Understand the basic concepts involved in 3D printing and how these related to your design considerations to ensure an optimal outcome.

Design Challenges and Hack-a-thons

Bit Space “Design Jam”

Bit Space design Jam banner

We will be playing a fun design challenge game where you will be given a scenario (sometimes quite ridiculous) to create a solution, which we will show you how to design using Autodesk Fusion 360. Then we’ll prepare the model(s) to be 3D printed using Ultimaker Cura.

Customer Case Studies

Sample 3D prints of a tool and a piece of an engine prototype

We will have presentations from customers who are actively using 3D printing in their businesses, for artwork creation and in the manufacturing and automotive industries.

If you are interested in presenting at this event, please email us at info@3duniverse.org!

Educator Spotlights

Students surrounding an Ultimaker 3D printer in a STEM based learning environment
Photo courtesy of Ultimaker

We are asking educators to join a panel to be shared at a later date, about how they’ve used 3D printing in STEM education. How has 3D printing impacted the learning environments at their schools? Educators will be available to share their 3D printing STEM-based learning curriculums!

Registration and Event Information

This event does require registration in advance. In order to reserve your spot, please be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as possible.

If you are an educator who may need financial assistance to attend, please email us at info@3duniverse.org.

For a full description and schedule of events taking place during this event, please visit the registration page!

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Complete Event Schedule Details

3D Printing in the Workplace and STEM Education: Schedule

For questions, please email us at info@3duniverse.org