Materials and Design

About The Symposium

Florida State University presents an exploration of 3D printing technologies and research for students, teachers, innovators and entrepreneurs. From creating product prototypes, to manufacturing custom parts and products, from generating architectural models, to creating ceramics and sculpture, from producing fashion apparel and jewelry, to printing artificial limbs and generating replacement organs from stem cells, 3D printing is impacting every industry and research interest. Stacking Layers II digs deep into 3D printing applications with an exploration of the impact of additive manufacturing on industry and the marketplace, a look at the technology that brought the world first 3D-printed car, NASA's research on 3D printing buildings on the moon from moon dust using autonomous robots, Bio-3D Printing, using cells, biologics and/or biomaterials as building blocks to fabricate personalized 3D structures or functional in vitro biological models, 3D printing open source, custom, microfuidic lab equipment, and much more. Join us for an enlightening two days.

Stacking Layers: In person, streamed and on-demand

Stacking Layers presentations will be streamed live online and accessible on-demand after the symposium at

The Speakers

We are assembling a group of presenters that represent state-of-the-art 3D-printing applications and research from multiple disciplines and interests.


Sally McRorie Gary Ostrander


Opening Remarks

Dr. Sally McRorie, Interim Provost, Florida State University

Dr. Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research, Florida State University







Host and Facilitator: Larry Lynch

Florida State University

Following a 30 plus year career with IBM, Mr. Lynch began working with the Florida State University Office of Intellectual Properties and Commercialization in 2004 where he was charged with working directly with researchers on campus to discover, develop and commercialize new business opportunities based on FSU research projects. Mr. Lynch helped create numerous new companies and multiple licensing contracts based on university research. In October 2010, he joined the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County as the Director of the organization’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program. The program was created to provide resources to small high-tech companies trying to make their start in the commercial marketplace. Today, Mr. Lynch serves FSU as a Business Development Consultant and as our host for Stacking Layers.




Bedrich Benes

Bedrich Benes

Purdue University - Associate Professor of Computer Graphics Technology

Dr. Benes is a Purdue University Faculty Scholar, a director of High Performance Computer Graphics Lab (, a director of Purdue CUDA Research Center, and Indiana Manufacturing Center of Excellence (In-Mac) fellow. His is a co-author of more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and his research focuses on 3D modeling, (inverse) procedural modeling, high performance computing using GPUs, simulation of natural phenomena, and 3D additive manufacturing. His focus in digital fabrication is in development of novel algorithms for geometry processing. He co-authored a novel algorithm that allows to improve structural strength of 3D printable objects prior to their fabrication. Recently he developed a novel algorithm that allows printing objects larger that the printing trail, (see also the video here) and a novel method to generate optimal support structures for FDM printers.


Suman Das

Suman Das

Georgia Tech - Morris M. Bryan, Jr. Chair Professor for Advanced Manufacturing Systems

Dr. Das is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and of Materials Science and Engineering, and is the Director of Georgia Tech's Direct Digital Manufacturing Laboratory. He serves as Senior Advisor for Additive Manufacturing to the Director of the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute. He is also a program faculty in the Parker H. Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience, and the Interdisciplinary Bioengineering Graduate Program at Georgia Tech. Das is internationally known for his leadership in the fields of additive manufacturing, direct digital manufacturing, rapid prototyping, and large-area micro/nanostructure fabrication, having conducted over 23 years of research in these fields. His research covers interdisciplinary topics under the overall framework of advanced manufacturing and materials processing, computational design, and materials science. In all his research endeavors and collaborations, he strives to integrate these three elements together to achieve new fundamental scientific insights, to produce groundbreaking, high-impact results, and to create and commercialize innovative and disruptive manufacturing technologies. Overall, these efforts are directed towards applications in the Aerospace, Energy, Healthcare, and Nanotechnology sectors.


Amy Elliott

Amy Elliott

Oak Ridge National Lab - Research Scientist in Additive Manufacturing

Dr. Amy Elliott is a research scientist in Additive Manufacturing (AM) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF), where the Local Motors 3D printed Strati and the BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) were developed. In support of the MDF’s mission, Dr. Elliott serves as an AM technology consultant for industry and businesses interested in utilizing AM technology and conducts AM research based on the needs of industry partners. Her research focuses on inkjet-based AM including binder jetting of metals and jetting of photopolymers, and she has worked heavily with desktop AM machines. Dr. Elliott received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Tech DREAMS Lab (Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems) under the advisement of Dr. Chris Williams.


Andres Gonzalez

Andres Gonzalez Posada

Robert McNeel & Associates (Rhino 3D Software) - Worldwide Director, RhinoFabStudio

Andrés is a software developer and trainer since the 1980s. He has developed applications for diverse design markets as well as training materials for different CAD and Design software including the community of training materials Andrés is the author of the Rhino Visual Tips training videos that are currently sold worldwide He has been working with the Rhino Team since the very early stages. He is now the head of the McNeel Southeast US & Latin American Division.  He is also the worldwide director of the global digital fabrication community called RhinoFabStudio  as well as the creator of the Generative Jewelry & Fashion Design community GJD3D, and the Generative Furniture Design community GFD3D


Rob Mueller

Rob Mueller

NASA - NASA, Senior Technologist

Mr. Mueller is a Space Systems Engineer working on Space Mission Architectures and technology development for space missions to other planetary bodies (Moon, Mars, Asteroids etc). Specializing in Robotics and In-Situ Resource Utilization. Principal Investigator for "Game Changing" technologies. He is the Co-Founder and Principal Investigator for NASA's Swamp Works where they are developing 3D additive construction methods using lunar regolith (moon dust) for planetary surface applications such as building shelters to protect crew and mission.


David Orozco

David Orozco

Florida State University - Assistant Professor of Legal Studies in Business and Faculty MBA Program Director

David Orozco, J.D. is the MBA Program Director and an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at The College of Business, Florida State University. His specialized area of expertise is related to intellectual property laws and regulations. His published articles have appeared in: The Journal of Business Ethics, The American Business Law Journal, Indiana Law Journal, Penn State Law Review, The Journal of Marketing and The University of Illinois Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. Other works include a forthcoming book chapter on intellectual property and human rights, funded research projects by The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Marketing Science Institute (MSI). His views on trademarks have appeared in the national press including The Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio. Orozco received his B.S. in Economics from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 1999, and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 2004. After law school he spent three years as a post-graduate research fellow at the Kellogg School of Management’s Center for Research in Technology and Innovation (CRTI) in Evanston, IL.


Carlo Quinonez

Carlo Quinonez

FATHOM Research Engineer

Carlo Quinonez is driven by his passion for science and engineering, and brings with him an expertise in additive manufacturing, prototyping, product design, and electrical and mechanical engineering. Carlo started designing and building tools for scientists twenty years ago while an undergrad at San Diego State University. After receiving his doctorate in biology from the prestigious California Institute of Technology, Carlo focused on hardware development and joined a product design studio building bespoke lighting systems. Eventually his path led him back to science as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego where he developed 3D-printable scientific instrumentation for microfluidic experiments. Prior to joining FATHOM, Carlo worked at Autodesk Research in the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter Group, developing tools for bioprinting and contributing to Project Cyborg, a cloud-based platform of design tools for life sciences.


Cesar Rodriguez

Cesar Rodriguez

Autodesk - Senior Research Scientist in the Bio/Nano/Programmable Matter group

Dr. Rodriguez's research focus is on computer-aided design of engineered cells and multicellular systems. Prior to joining Autodesk, Dr. Rodriguez was the Synthetic Biology Research Lead at Genome Compiler and Software Lead at BIOFAB: International Open Facility Advancing Biotechnology (BIOFAB). He is a co-founder, former co-editor, and former working group lead of the Synthetic Biology Open Language (SBOL), an emerging data exchange standard. Before joining the Synthetic Biology community in 2009, Dr. Rodriquez pursued research in Medical Informatics and Systems Biology. He completed Research Fellowships at Stanford and Yale University, received his M.D. from Howard University College of Medicine and a B.S. in Biological Science from Florida State University.


Wei Sun

Wei Sun

Drexel University - Albert Soffa Chair Professor; Department of Mechanical Engineering, and 1000plan Chair Professor, Tsinghua University, China

Dr. Wei Sun, Albert Soffa Chair Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Mechanics at Drexel University, and Albert Soffa Chair Professor and Director of Biomanufacturing Research Center, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Dr. Sun’s research has been on Biofabrication, Computer-Aided Tissue Engineering, CAD/CAM and Additive Manufacturing. Dr. Sun’s research has been sponsored by US National Science Foundation (NSF), Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST), Johnson & Johnson (J&J), Chinese Natural Science Foundation (CNSF) and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology. He has over 350 journal and conference papers/abstracts and conducted over 190 invited presentations in the field of his research. Dr. Sun is currently an elected President for International Society of Biofabrication and Editor-in-Chief for journal Biofabrication (Published by IOP).

Bio – 3D Printing, using cells, biologics and/or biomaterials as building block to fabricate personalized 3D structures or functional in vitro biological models through Additive Manufacturing techniques, emerges as a new frontier in advanced manufacturing. Bio – 3D Printing has provided a viable tool for making tissue engineered substitutes, novel medical devices, orthopedic implants and advanced cell/tissue-on-a-chip micro-fluidic systems. This presentation will report our recent research in this field, covering from 3D cell printing to application as in vitro models for disease and drug testing study. Personal thought on challenges and opportunities of Bio-3D Printing will also be shared.


The (Tentative) Agenda

A mix of presentations on cutting edge research and applications in 3D printing, tutorials on how to get started with 3D printing, and hands on experiences with 3D printing technologies.

Stacking Layers presentations will be streamed live online and accessible on-demand after the symposium at

Thursday Feb 19

8:00 - 9:00 Registration, Check-in and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:20

Larry Lynch, Host and Facilitator

Dr. Sally McRorie, FSU Interim Provost

Dr. Gary Ostrander, FSU Vice President for Research

9:20 - 10:00

Presentation 1: Pete Basiliere, Gartner

10:00 - 10: 15 Break & Exhibits
10:15 - 11:00

Presentation 2: Amy Elliott, Oak Ridge National Lab

11:15 - 12:15 Panel Discussion: Additive Manufacturing
12:15 - 1:15 Lunch (provided)
1:15 - 2:00

Panel Discussion: Legal Implications

2:00 - 2:45

Presentation 3: Suman Das, Georgie Tech

2:45 - 3:15 Break & Exhibits
3:15 - 4:00

Presentation 4: Andres Gonzalez Posada, McNeel


Day 1 Concludes


Friday Feb 20

8:00 - 9:00 Continental Breakfast & Exhibits
9:00 - 9:45

Robert Mueller, NASA

9:45 - 10:30

Bedrich Benes, Purdue

10:30 - 10:45 Break & Exhibits
10:45 - 11:30

Wei Sun, Drexel / Tsinghua

11:30 - 12:15

Carlo Quinonez, Fathom

12:15 - 12:30



The Location

The Augustus B. Turnbull III
Florida State Conference Center

555 W. Pensacola Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32306-1640

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The Augustus B. Turnbull III Florida State Conference Center is centrally located in close proximity to the Florida State Capitol, one block south of FSU campus, and minutes from Tallahassee Regional Airport (TLH) and I10.

Discounted rates ($114/night) have been arranged with the DoubleTree by Hilton for you to take advantage of using the following information:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tallahassee, 101 South Adams Street
  • Group discount reservation page:
  • or Phone: 850-521-6006
  • Group Name: Florida State University Research Foundation
  • Group Code:  3DC

Parking is free at the conference center for registered conference attendees.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

There are several options for companies, organizations and individuals interested in supporting the stacking layers symposium. Visit the Sponsor Form for more information.


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Special Contributing Sponsors

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Community Sponsors

Symposium Host

Dr. Gary K. Ostrander, Vice President for Research for Florida State University

Symposium Advisory Committee

Dr. Sally McRorie, Vice President for Faculty Development and Advancement for Florida State University

Dean Caryn Beck-Dudley, FSU College of Business

Associate Dean Myra M. Hurt, FSU College of Medicine

Dean Larry Dennis, FSU College of Communication and Information

Dean Frank Patterson, FSU College of Motion Picture Arts

Dean Sam Huckaba, FSU College of Arts and Sciences

Symposium Working Committee

Mr. William “Bill” Sweeney, FSU Office of Research

Mr. Ken Baldauf, FSU Program in Interdisciplinary Computing

Mr. Jerry Horne, FSU High-Performance Materials Institute

Mr. Larry Lynch, FSU Business Development Consultant

Mr. Phil Gleason, FSU Master Craftsman Studio



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