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Custom Mass Manufacturing with 3D Printing

Location: Fire House

We are at the beginning of a pivotal shift in which the traditional pillars of manufacturing are being shaken by on-demand technologies like 3D printing.

The rigidity of manufacturing and logistics is no longer compatible with the speed at which our world operates. Much like transitions driven by Model T, and later by Toyota, the potential of mass-manufacturing with 3D printing will force us to re-define our processes, re-design our supply chains, and re-think margin structures.

3D printing presents the opportunity to bring custom, to the mass market, at an affordable price. To create products that are a direct reflection of individual wants and desires. Mass-manufacturing may continue to provide a cost benefit in the traditional sense, but the rising costs in transportation & labor paint a different picture.

As SOLS we are developing the first mass-market, consumer facing 3D printed product. We are leveraging the technology to run faster, develop quicker, and respond to market demands in real time. I believe SOLS will be the first of many products to do this, and hope to carve the path forwards towards the next generation in manufacturing.

No demonstration, but will include a powerpoint presentation.

Kegan Schouwenburg


SOLS Systems co-founder and CEO Kegan Schouwenburg is a leading voice in 3D printing and mass customization, and obsessed with bringing nascent technology into the consumer sector. Schouwenburg’s background in industrial design and mass-manufacturing gives her a unique perspective on scalable systems and products, and fuels her desire to bring beauty and simplicity to new markets.

Previously Kegan spent four years running a consumer design and manufacturing firm, learning the in’s and out’s of physical product, before become tired of the high barrier to entry in manufacturing, and leaving to join Shapeways. There, she built, and ran, the Factory of the Future. Schouwenburg holds a bachelor’s in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute (2007)