SolidWorks World keynote speakers announced – follow us live from the event

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Former MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis, theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, and TED Global Talent Search winner Jinsop Lee will each headline one of the three days of the event

SolidWorks has announced its line-up of keynote speakers for its huge user event happening from 8 – 10 February, offering talks that will “challenge you to embrace the future of engineering, reimagine your approach to 3D design and encourage you to design beyond the status quo”.

Theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku, former MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis, and multi-discipline designer and TED Global Talent Search winner Jinsop Lee will be each headline one of the three days of the event.

Taking place in Phoenix Arizona, DEVELOP3D will be reporting live each day from the event and bringing you the latest news, interviews and opinion the latest SolidWorks announcements – so stay tuned for that!
The 2015 SolidWorks World keynotes:

Bre Pettis led MakerBot as CEO from its beginning in 2009. Now, as creator of Bold Machines — The Innovation Workshop at Stratasys — he’s pushing 3D printing into striking new directions.

Pettis has a long history of making things and inspiring others to make things. Prior to co-founding MakerBot, Pettis co-founded the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor, where MakerBot technology was first concocted, tested and proven. He was also an art teacher in the Seattle Public School system.


You can find out more from our interview with Bre here.


Dr. Michio Kaku, one of the most widely recognized figures in science today, is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author and popularizer of science.

As the co-founder of string field theory, he continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory that will summarise all the physical laws of the universe.

Additionally, he predicts trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science.

Jinsop Lee’s is a multi-disciplinary designer, making use of the design process in a variety of jobs that have included design consulting, a professor of design and a stint in the army.

In 2012 he was one of the winners of the TED Global Talent Search, which led to a TED talk in 2013 about the connection between design and the five senses, a theory that he was able to devise thanks to the diverse life he has lived.

Lee is currently the chief globalisation officer at a lighting company called Linno.

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