The Ethics and Sustainability of 3D Printing

Biomaterials could hold the solution for sustainable 3D printing.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


May 03, 2013 from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

Join a diverse panel of experts to tackle questions of sustainability and ethics in the 3D printing revolution. For example, how could materials be improved, locally sourced, and embrace a cradle-to-grave approach yet still fulfill manufacturing needs?

This event kicks off our forum on biomaterials and 3D printing. Hear from two Swiss scholars—an artist and Fablab pioneer, and a green-industry innovator—to discuss the latest in sustainable materials and technology. Then discover innovations in 3D printing, biomimicry, and sustainable materials with West Coast entrepreneurs and experts, and interact with the technologies in hands-on demos.


6:00 pm   doors open
7:00 pm   speaker presentations
7:40 pm   makers panel discussion and audience Q&A with: Roman Jurt, Jesse Harrington, Allison Pieja, Florian Barbato, Andrew Rutter
8:25 pm    break
8:40 pm   thinkers panel discussion and audience Q&A with: Christian Haeuselmann, Lina Constantinovici, Prof. Maurice Th. Jutz, Mark Dorfman, Prof. Bikramjit Basu
9:30 pm   networking reception and 3D printing demos
10:30 pm  doors close




Christian Haeuselmann

Christian Haeuselmann is an innovation-driven Swiss economist and serial entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in the Cleantech sector, both with startups and global organizations.  Today he lives in San Diego, California, developing strategic partnerships between Swiss and US Cleantech entrepreneurs as the co-founder of swisscleantech, the leading business association driving innovation and sustainable policy development in Switzerland.


Lina Constantinovici

Lina Constantinovici is the Founder of StartupNectar, a Biomimicry Incubator based on nature’s strategies and focused on increasing the number of viable biomimetic products, services, and organizations in the world. For over 20 years, Lina has been engaged in innovation in the public, private, and NGO sectors as an entrepreneur, strategist, sustainability consultant and educator. Lina has worked with the San Francisco Department of Environment as co-author of the Waste Offset Fee Proposal for the City of San Francisco, a financial incentive GHG emissions reduction program towards the city’s zero waste goals, as well as the EPA, Walmart, W Hotels,, and dozens of sustainable startups. She is the recipient of the international RE:STORE award for a sustainable retail center design and was a contributing researcher for the State of Green Business 2008. Lina is invested in building capacity for increasing both the tangible and intangible assets of the communities she is part of. Lina holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School.




Tom Simonite

Tom Simonite is a senior editor at MIT Technology Review, leading their coverage of new ideas in the world of software, hardware, artificial intelligence and more. He is based in San Francisco, and looks for new ideas about what computers can do for humans, whether they come from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs. Tom’s journey to the Bay Area began in a small English town and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.




Prof. Maurice Th. Jutz

Prof. Maurice Th. Jutz is a biologist and holds a master’s in environmental management and technology. He is a co-founder of the Swiss Centre for Efficiency and has been a lecturer at the University of applied science NW-Switzerland for the past fifteen years.
Jutz has been the head of research and development in different Swiss and German private companies for water treatment and material recycling technologies and received the Swiss Technology Award. His work involved international mandates, such as the program of “Cleaner Production Centres” in Brazil, Vietnam, Central America, Jordan and technology transfer projects supported by the Swiss government in Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan).


Roman Jurt

Roman Jurt is a designer, maker, and researcher. He is co-founder of the FabLab— a worldwide network of more than 100 small-scale workshops with tools for personal digital fabrication—in Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland. Jurt actively works in the open hardware movement, specifically in Do-It-Yourself (DIY) 3D printing. He is currently working at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) as head of the new TEC LAB, where he is developing and implementing new 3D printing technologies, processes, and materials for applications in product design.


Florian Barbato

Florian Barbato is the Business Development Manager of the Swiss company BioApply. The company is offering innovative eco-friendly bio-based solutions. BioApply is the leader on compostable retail bags on the Swiss market. Passionate about innovation, Florian is closely following emerging technologies and next trends. At BioApply, he is now in charge of developing new products combining 3D Technology with the most sustainable approach.




Jesse Harrington

Jesse Harrington Au is a fourteen-year veteran of using CAD for engineering, character development and animation. Jesse speaks, blogs, writes curriculum, gives workshops and makes creations of all kinds through his work with Autodesk.
Jesse has created amazing interactive designs for clients of all sizes including the Exploratorium, Resident Evil Studios, Mathalete and Catapult design. He has also given groundbreaking workshops such as en-light-enment, which focused on introducing the idea of pedal power technology as a teaching platform at the Future of Energy Leadership Conference in Pristina, Kosovo.


Allison Pieja

Allison Pieja is co-founder and Director of Technology at Mango Materials, a start-up company in the Bay Area that produces biodegradable plastics from waste methane gas. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University, where she developed the process of producing biodegradable plastic from methane. Allison has expertise in applied microbiology and chemistry and oversees the plastic production and processing technology at Mango Materials. Mango Materials is the recipient of an NSF Phase II Small Business Grant and the 2012 winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge.


Mark Dorfman

Mark Dorfman is a green chemist and project manager with Biomimicry 3.8, an organization founded on the premise that living organisms, by necessity, develop and use life-friendly chemistries. In the course of his work, he seeks out and applies the design principles of nature’s time tested chemical strategies to the development of innovative solutions to the toxic chemical challenges facing modern society.

Dr. Bikramjit Basu

Dr. Bikramjit Basu is currently an Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He earned his PhD in Ceramics at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium in March, 2001. He returned to India to join IIT Kanpur in November 2001 as Assistant Professor after a brief post-doctoral research experience at University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. He joined IISc, Bangalore on 12th May, 2011. Dr. Basu has authored/co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed research papers with twenty papers in Journal of American Ceramic Society. He edited a book on Biomaterials (2008) published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. and authored two textbooks as first author in each case.

Andrew Rutter

Andrew Rutter is the CTO and co-founder of Type A Machines. A compulsive engineer and designer who spent 10 years in the entertainment industry, Andrew built a kit 3D printer back in 2009 and decided he could do better. Honing his skills as a machinist and inventor, working from Noisebridge and Techshop, he founded Type A Machines and designed the Series 1 3D printer.

Rated “Best in Class, Midrange” by Make Magazine, the Series 1 is designed and produced at Techshop San Francisco, where the company continues to work on new designs and innovations, allowing people to harness the incredible creative potential of 3D printing.

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