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Ping Fu on 3D Printing

Earlier this week Object: Australian Design Centre caught up with visiting entrepreneur and 3D printing guru Ping Fu, in Sydney to take part in Wired For Wonder, a ‘two-day experience designed to open doors of understanding in the areas of business, technology, life, awe, science and the arts.’

Our interview took place at COTA in Surry Hills, as we are collaborating with them on a 3D printing creative program later in the year, that we are almost ready to tell you all about so stay tuned.

To watch our video interview with Ping Fu, click the play button under the image gallery to the right, or head to our Video & Audio Gallery.

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Ping Fu is a Chinese-born American who describes herself as ‘an artist and scientist who practices her expression in business.’ After being an integral part of popularising the World Wide Web through development of early web browser Mosaic, Fu co-founded Geomagic in 1996 before becoming its CEO in 1997. Geomagic pioneered the combination of technology and manufacturing, including 3D modelling software and 3D printing. In February 2013, Geomagic was sold to 3D Systems, where she is now the Chief Strategy Office and VP of 3D Systems.

We filmed surrounded by a table full of 3D printed goodies, from jewellery to shoes, some from COTA and some from Fu’s seemingly endless Mary Poppins–esque bag. Highlights include the incredible printed shawl she is wearing in the video, printed as one piece, and the beautiful yet practical carpal tunnel brace printed to fit her perfectly.

Fu has recently published her memoir, Bend Not Break, and you can connect with her on Twitter.

3D printing and rapid prototyping are exciting areas of design, and Object: Australian Design Centre will continue to explore them over coming years. For more on 3D printing and rapid prototyping, read the fab8nz article featured in Object magazine issue 63.

With thanks to 3D Systems for organising the interview and COTA for graciously hosting.

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