National Innovation Summit and Showcase

2D and 3D Printing. Technology Overview, Industrial Applications and Challenges

2D and 3D Printing

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Technology Focus

As modern manufacturing technology is evolving, the trend is to be digital, on demand, sustainable and green.  Of course, cost and performance will always be factors so do risk and benefit when choosing a manufacturing technology.  This short course comprises two main sections.  The first section starts with an overview of modern 2D printing technologies and their applications. This is followed with a survey of the use of printing as an additive manufacturing technology for printed electronics.  Some of the challenges, such as ink materials, ink-surface interactions, coffee ring stain effect, print process effect on performance, etc. are summarized and future directions will be discussed. 

The second section of this short course is on 3D printing.  Major 3D printing technologies, including stereolithography, selective sintering, selective melting, direct ink printing, hot melting printing, inkjet and aerosol jet printing will be overviewed.  The application areas and shortfalls of various approaches will be discussed.  Key challenges to bring the technology to market from both technical and business viewpoints will be discussed. The use of printing to build smart, value-added objects additively and three dimensionally will be surveyed.

Who Should Attend and How Will They Benefit?

This course is targeted for a very broad audience, from scientists and engineers to researchers in both academic and industry who are interested in manufacturing technology for the future, to managers and executives where familiarity of manufacturing technologies are critical not only from the knowledge viewpoint, but also to decision making in strategic direction and R&D investment.  Researchers and engineers in printing will get the benefits of seeing the entire landscape of printing and how printing may apply to manufacturing.  Researchers in printed electronics and 3D printing will get an overview of the fundamental challenges involved in this area.  This may lead to the creation of cross discipline research in the future.

Course Content

Topics will include:

  • Modern 2D printing technologies, including offset lithography, gravure, flexography, electrophotography, inkjet, dye transfer, etc.
  • Printing as an additive manufacturing tool for printed electronics
  • Challenges and outlook for printing in printed electronics
  • ITO replacement and other critical materials for printed electronics
  • History and background of 3D printing
  • Major 3D printing technology: stereolithography, selective laser sintering/melting, E beam melting, filament printing, inkjet printing and direct ink printing
  • Industrial applications of 3D printing
  • Challenges and outlook of 3D printing

Workshop Instructor

Kock-Yee Law

Founder and CEO

Research and Innovative Solutions


Dr. Kock-Yee Law is the Founder of Research and Innovative Solutions (, a global provider of technical advices and education services to the high-tech industry.   Dr. Law is an extremely prolific scientist.  He has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals and filed over 125 US patent applications of which >115 were granted.  He has been invited to speak in numerous professional society meetings and international conferences.  He is currently associate editor for Surface Innovations and serves on the editorial board for Advances in Colloid and Interface Science.  Dr. Law has been active in the NSTI Nanotech Conferences since 2008.  He is currently organizer and chair for the Surfaces, Coatings and Membranes Symposium at Nanotech 2017.

Prior to Research and Innovative Solutions, Dr. Law worked in the printing industry for 34 years mostly at the Xerox Webster Research Center. In addition to his specialty in surfaces/coatings, spectroscopy, mechanistic studies and advanced electronic materials, Dr. Law spent ~8 years in product development leading teams to inject new technologies into Xerox printer products, which resulted in the launch of the 1st gen chemical toner products at Xerox and performance enhancement for the once flagship product iGen3. Between 2007 to 2012, Dr. Law championed Nanotechnology using it as an innovation engine for Xerox future products.  His team investigated various radical technology possibilities for inkjet, offset and printed electronics.  Some of Dr. Law knowledges and experiences have already been shared in short courses in NSTI Nanotech 2013-2016 conferences, Non-impact Printing Conferences (2014/15) and IMI Inkjet Conferences (2012-14).

Guest Speaker

Steve Ready

Member of the Research Staff

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC)

Since joining Palo Alto Research Center over three decades ago, Steve has designed and developed several highly accurate and versatile printers for printed electronics and 3D smart objects; studied the role of hydrogen in amorphous, polycrystalline and crystalline silicon and associated applications; contributed to the development of large-area amorphous and polycrystalline silicon arrays for optical and x-ray imaging as well as display technology.  Steve has had the opportunity to give several invited talks at international conferences on printed electronics and 3D silicon technology.


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