Invited Speakers

  • Alain Bernard

    École Centrale de Nantes, France

    Prof. Alain Bernard, 60, graduated in 82, PhD in 89, was associate-Professor, from 90 to 96 in Centrale Paris. In 96, he got a Full Professor position in University Nancy I, in the “Integrated Design and Manufacturing” team, and moved to Centrale Nantes in 01 where he was Dean for Research (07-12). He is researcher in Digital Sciences Laboratory (LS2N-UMR CNRS 6004) in the “Systems Engineering” (IS3P) team. Recent research topics are KBE applied to computer-aided decision making systems for additive manufacturing. He is Vice-President of the French Additive Manufacturing Association (AFPR), CIRP Fellow and Member of the French National Academy of Technologies.

  • Eujin Pei

    Brunel University, UK

    Dr. Eujin Pei is the Director for Postgraduate Research and Programme Director for the BSc Product Design and BSc Product Design Engineering programmes at Brunel University London. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Technological Product Designer (CTPD) with the Institution of Engineering Designers. He is the Convenor of the International Organization for Standardization ISO/TC261/WG4 committee that is responsible for Data Transfer and Design Standards for Additive Manufacturing; and Chair for the British Standards Institute BSI/AMT/008 for Additive Manufacturing. His research interest centres on Functionally Graded Additive Manufacturing and 4D Printing.

  • David Hsu

    CoreTech System, Taiwan

    Dr. David Hsu is the Deputy CEO of CoreTech System. He received his PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from National Tsing-Hua University (TAIWAN) in 1995. He is one of the founders of CoreTech System and lead the R&D team to develop Moldex3D for 25 years. Dr Hsu has over 20 publications and over 15 patents and pending patents in the fields of molding processes simulation, material modeling, and smart manufacturing digital twins. In 2019 he and his team received the “Aoki Katashi Innovation Award” from the Japan Society of Polymer Processing (JSPP) for their contribution in the development of microcellular foam injection molding simulation technology.

  • Deon de Beer

    Central University of Technology South Africa

    Deon started his career at UCOR (Now NECSA) in 1979 and joined the Technikon Free State (TFS) in 1997, where he held several positions. During his tenure at the TFS/CUT, he spent a sabbatical at MATTEK, CSIR in 1995, to start a research project on Rapid Prototyping, to assess industry perceptions and needs through focussing on the role of Rapid Prototyping to support Concurrent Engineering in South Africa, under the leadership of the late Dr Neville Comins and Prof Willie du Preez. Involvement in Rapid Prototyping/Additive Manufacturing R&D changed his future, and led to various other opportunities at the CUT, VUT, and NWU, before returning to CUT in 2018, in addition to be involved in new national initiatives and networks locally and internationally. Deon believes in empowering others while maintaining personal excellence and leading by example. One of his personal objectives is continuous promotion and education of AM and its innovation and commercialisation in SA and beyond.

  • Giorgia Franchin

    University of Padova, Italy

    Dr Giorgia Franchin is a Research Fellow at the University of Padova in Italy where she is focusing on additive manufacturing of ceramic materials. Her PhD research was on innovative additive manufacturing technologies for ceramic materials to enable new properties and complex shapes. She was working on direct ink writing of preceramic polymers to produce bioceramic scaffolds and ceramic matrix composites; and of geopolymers to develop advanced components for air and water filtration purposes.

  • Jenny Chen


    Jenny Chen, MD, is the Founder and CEO of 3DHEALS, a company focusing on education, communication, and investments in the space of bioprinting, regenerative medicine, healthcare applications using 3D printing since 2015. She is trained as a neuroradiologist, Dr. Chen holds degrees in both medicine and radiology from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and completed a neuroradiology fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She served as Adjunct Clinical Faculty in neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center for more than seven years until recently to focus more on works with 3DHEALS. She serves as a mentor and an advisor to startups in the space. Her interests lie in the applications of 3D printing and bioprinting in healthcare, automated biology, and has a vision of a decentralized and personalized healthcare delivery system for our near future.

  • Marco Göbel

    TRUMPF, Germany

    Marco Goebel is a diploma physicist with more than 13 years of experience in industrial laser applications. His specialties are laser metal deposition and additive manufacturing. After graduation, he worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT in the Laser Metal Deposition group, where he conducted and managed industrial research and development projects as a research associate. In industry, he worked for a large laser manufacturer and machine builder. In this position he was responsible for integration solutions and provided application consultancy for various laser material processing technologies. For more than 2 years, Marco Göbel has been working for TRUMPF in the Industry Management department.

  • Omar Fergani

    Atotech, Germany

    Dr. Fergani is a heading the digital manufacturing division at Atotech. A leading technology provider for the electronic and semiconductor manufacturing. His team is researching, developing and deploying industry 4.0 solutions based on AI and IoT. Additionally, he is leading the additive manufacturing unit focusing on implementing a decentralized manufacturing approach enabling spare parts on demand as well as a digital inventory. Before joining Atotech he was an R&D director at Siemens in charge of digital manufacturing technologies. He is a lecturer in multiple universities and board member of multiple technology start-ups. Dr. Fergani is a holder of a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech and NTNU. He was also awarded the outstanding young manufacturing engineer by SME.

  • Paulo Bártolo

    University of Manchester, UK

    Paulo Bártolo is Professor of Advanced Manufacturing and Head of the Manufacturing Group at the School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, University of Manchester. He is the University’s Industry 4.0 Academic Lead, team leader of the Industry 4.0 societal challenge at Digital Futures and sits on the Management Board of the EPSRC & MRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Regenerative Medicine. He is Professor at the Advanced Manufacturing Group at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, at Nanyang University, and member of CIAUD (at University of Lisbon). He is a Fellow of CIRP, advisor of the Brazilian Institute of Biofabrication and several UK and International Funding Agencies and received a commendation and pubic recognition from the Portuguese Government. He is the Founding Editor of Virtual and Physical Prototyping Journal and Editor-in-Chief of Biomanufacturing Reviews.

  • Steffen Sickinger

    TRUMPF, Germany

    Working for TRUMPF over 11 years in several positions. Starting as apprentice for industrial mechanic at TRUMPF and now for the last 4 years in the sales department of additive manufacturing, responsible for western Europe and American markets. Academic background is in business administration and engineering – international management for the bachelor’s degree and business consulting and digital management for master’s degree. Spend 7 months in the US for TRUMPF.

  • Tatjana Spahiu Kosova

    Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania

    Dr. Tatjana Spahiu is a Lecturer at the Department of Textile & Fashion, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Polytechnic University of Tirana. Her research is focused on different applications of 3D technologies for fashion products. During her PhD she implemented for the first time 3D scanning technology for digital anthropometry in Albania as a pilot project. She continues to develop and create fashion products including garments, footwear, accessories through 3D technologies. Through additive manufacturing technology as a sustainable way of production she continues to use it for its products. She has more than 30 papers presented and published in various international Scientific Conferences and Journals.

  • Terry Wohlers

    Wohlers Associates, Inc., USA

    Terry Wohlers is president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., an independent consulting firm he founded 32 years ago. He has authored more than 421 books, articles, and technical papers on product development and manufacturing and has given 155 keynote presentations on five continents. In 2004, Wohlers received an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Mechanical Engineering from Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein, South Africa. In 2005, he became a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME).

    In 2016, he became an adjunct professor at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. For 24 years, Wohlers has been a principal author of the Wohlers Report, an annual worldwide publication focused on additive manufacturing and 3D printing.