DEVELOP3D Live 2013

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DEVELOP3D LIVE is our free one day conference and exhibition where the editorial team asks the most knowledgeable industry personalities to take part in our celebration of design technology.

This year we have managed to get a fantastic line up of industry speakers, designers, engineers, and software developer CEOs and CTOs to look at what is cutting edge now and what is coming in the not too distant future.

Last year’s event was a huge success. To push the boundaries further, DEVELOP3D LIVE 2013 expands by doubling both the number of talks and the number of exhibitors on the day.

We have free training on Siemens NX, tours of the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s facilities as well as plenty of time for essential networking opportunities.

Based on feedback from last year we have made some changes to the day by grouping talks into sessions covering specific themes.

Due to the simultaneous nature of the conference we strongly recommend you bring a number of delegates from your firm to ensure that you get the maximum benefit.


We can’t stress enough just how impressive the collection of speakers is this year. There hasn’t been such a top level design technology event in our industry for over a decade.

Exhibition and more

On the day there will be an extensive exhibition, free training on Siemens NX and regular organised trips to the Warwick Manufacturing Group’s facilities.

The night before the event, on April 15 we are hosting a networking evening for speakers, delegates, exhibitors and the DEVELOP3D team. We recognize that many of you had a very early start last year to get to the conference and so are offering low-cost accommodation the night before at £60+VAT.

We welcome you to have drinks with us and meet some of the key industry players. The fee also includes dinner and breakfast.

To reserve your place check the accommodation box on the registration form.

Key reasons to attend DEVELOP3D LIVE

• Best line up of industry speakers anywhere, ever: including Carl Bass, Autodesk CEO; Gian Paolo Bassi, SolidWorks head of R&D; Ping Fu, CEO Geomagic and Jon Hirschtick, Belmont Technology (founder of SolidWorks).

• Leading designers talk about innovative approaches to product design and engineering: including Joe Graney Engineering Quality Director, Santa Cruz Bicycles; Gustavo Fontana Design studio Lead; Tom Lawton, Bubblescope.

• Dedicated sessions for: Product design and Engineering, 3D printing and Prototyping; Simulation (in association with NAFEMS); Workstation Technology; Design Visualisation and Rendering; and Sustainable Design.

Carl Bass, CEO Autodesk

• Expanded exhibition with over 50 exhibitors (see for more info)

• FREE entrance (including lunch and coffee).

• Interactive Q&A sessions throughout the day.

• Tours of the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG).

• FREE training on Siemens PLM Software NX.

• Competitions to win Dell Precision mobile workstations and AMD FirePro graphics cards.

• Massive discounts on Dell workstation hardware for all attendees.

• Meet the DEVELOP3D team Register now for FREE at

Conference sessions

Room 1

Keynote sessions

We have an amazing line up of keynote speakers: CEOs, CTOs, innovative engineers and designers.

Gian Paolo Bassi, Vice President Research & Development SolidWorks

The keynote track is where you will hear talks on the future of product development technology, from those that engineer the software. There may even be a demonstration or two of things that have not yet been released.

We also include a number of talks from firms that are changing the way they develop and manufacture to give them the cutting edge over the competition.

The session ends in the afternoon with a Q&A, competition and prize giving.

Speakers include: Gian Paolo Bassi Vice President, Research and Development SolidWorks; Carl Bass, CEO Autodesk; Ping Fu, CEO Geomagic; Jon Hirschtick, founder Belmont Technology (original founder of SolidWorks); Joe Graney Engineering Quality Director, Santa Cruz Bicycles.

Room 2

Product design & engineering session

Digging deeper into product design and engineering we have a series of leading designers and technologists discuss their experiences with getting their products to market. How technology helped or hindered their dreams to reality.

Gustavo Fontana, industrial designer

The session ends with an interactive Q&A.

Speakers include: Gustavo Fontana, industrial designer; Tom Lawton, Bubblescope; Glen Smith, CEO Driveworks.

Design visualisation and rendering session

A picture paints a thousand words and there are some stunning rendering tools out there.

We have the best customers and developers on stage to show what the current state of the art is and how it can be used to bring designs to life.

The session ends with an interactive Q&A.

Speakers include: Brad Peebler, Luxology; Joe Thomas + James Elderton, Wondervision; Luxion and Autodesk, others to be announced.

Room 3

Simulation session (in association with NAFEMS)

We are running a focused simulation session in partnership with NAFEMS (International Association of the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community).

We have a talented crew to take us through the practical application of numerical engineering simulation techniques such the Finite Element Method for Structural Analysis, computational Fluid Dynamics, and Multibody Simulation.

The session ends with an interactive Q&A.

Speakers include: Derek Cooper, Autodesk, others to be announced

Workstation session

Nobody ever complains that their workstation is too fast.

Our hardware track will offer practical advice and insights on how to improve performance of workstations for design applications.

The session ends with an interactive Q&A.

Speakers include: Rob Jamieson AMD FirePro Graphics, Dell and others

Room 4

3D printing & prototyping session

Probably the hottest topic in the universe comes down to earth at DEVELOP3D LIVE.

Dr. Phil Reeves, MD of Econolyst

Experts explain the latest advances in 3D printing and how the technology, new materials and machines can be put to best use.

The session ends with an interactive Q&A session.

Speakers include: Dr Phil Reeves, Econolyst, Lisa Harouni CEO of Digital Forming, John Tumelty Managing Director of Proto Labs, Al Dean, editor in chief, DEVELOP3D Magazine.

Sustainable design

We have a collection of leading practitioners of sustainable design to discuss the key issues and advise attendees.

How do we make designs easier to recycle? What materials are the best or worst to use?

The session ends with an interactive Q&A session.

Speakers include: Dr Vicky Lofthouse, Loughborough University and Sustainable Design Network, Sophie Thomas Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Co-Director of Design, others to be announced.

A preview of this year’s exciting free design technology event on April 16