Distinguished scientist Joseph DeSimone to discuss 3D printing advances Sept. 14 at RTI International

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC — New 3D printing technology, 25 to 100 times faster than the current standard, could soon revolutionize the market, according to a leading expert scheduled to speak in September at RTI International.

Joseph DeSimone, a materials scientist and entrepreneur who recently received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Barack Obama, will deliver a lecture titled “Instead of 2D Printing Over and Over Again: Continuous Liquid Interface Production of 3D Objects.”

The event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Dreyfus auditorium in the Haynes building at RTI International headquarters, 3040 E. Cornwallis Road, Research Triangle Park. A reception will follow the lecture from 4 to 5 p.m. 

The event is free and open to the public. You may register to attend in person or view the streaming video.

The technology, also known as CLIP, attracted the spotlight when it debuted in 2015. The journal Science featured CLIP in its cover story, and DeSimone demonstrated it at the TED conference, comparing it to the scene in “Terminator 2” where an android forms from a pool of liquid.

What most people think of as 3D printing, DeSimone said in his TED talk, is actually just a repeated series of 2D-printed layers fused together. CLIP, by contrast, uses light and oxygen to “grow” 3D objects. It expands the range of materials and applications that 3D printing can work with.

DeSimone, who holds faculty appointments at both the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University, is the CEO of Carbon3D, a printing company he founded in 2013. He is one of fewer than 20 individuals who have been elected to all three branches of the National Academies.

Anthony Hickey, Ph.D., RTI Distinguished Fellow and co-organizer of the event, noted that DeSimone’s recent work represents a fundamental scientific and technological advance that promises to launch industrial capabilities from basic prototyping to rapid 3D manufacturing.

“The new CLIP technology raises the state of the art in 3D fabrication,” Hickey said. “We’re excited to hear more about the technology and its implications from one of the world’s top researchers and innovators in this area.”

A state-of-the-art 3D printer creates an object from blue plastic


  • Joseph DeSimone, a materials scientist and pioneer in the field of 3D printing, will speak as part of the RTI Fellow Program's Distinguished Lecture Series
  • The technology DeSimone will discuss opens up new applications for 3D printing in manufacturing, medicine, and other fields
  • The lecture is free and open to the public