Dr Juan Schutte

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Opportunities and adding value with industrial 3D printing

3D printing has undoubtedly revolutionised the way many people have deal with problems. Eager designers, engineers and researchers have already leveraged the technology to overcome issues of complexity in fabrication and limitations in supply chain distribution. There is however much more that the technology can provide and if used appropriately provide significantly more benefits over and above the status quo.

This session will discuss the current industry growth and the uses of the technology, debunking some of the myths and marketing mistakes while highlighting some of the awesome opportunities emerging technologies are providing.

Aiding in the appropriate uptake and implementation of 3D printing is the recent advances in emerging software solutions such as nTopology. The potential for re-useable workflows, complex surface texturing and advanced lattices (highly desirable for products such as orthopaedic implants) will be demonstrated.

The Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab’s capabilities and research will provide examples of using the ‘right tool for the right job’ demonstrating the possibilities of moving ‘beyond desktop consumer 3D printers’.


Dr. Juan Schutte is a passionate problem solver driven by engineering projects that allow him to apply his design, mechatronics, and manufacturing expertise to make a difference. As a designer he is a strong advocate for leveraging simplicity and modularity, an ethos inspired by his practical “not afraid to get his hands dirty” approach which has led to the research and development of multiple efficient systems and products. As a researcher he completed a PhD which developed of a novel form of biomaterial-based additive manufacturing and is interested in research relating to tissue engineering, exoskeleton devices and prosthetics.

He is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland’s Creative Design and Additive Manufacturing Lab where he applies his creativity to pushing the boundaries of cutting-edge technology and consults with both industry and academia on the opportunities of 3D printing.

He values developing and growing the capabilities of his peers/team and understands that change requires more than just fancy ideas. He believes Walt Disney summed it up well in the quote “You can dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place in the world, but it requires people to make the dream a reality”.