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Please join APT DC for an exciting event: Digital Fabrication Techniques and Historic Preservation! 

The event will be held at Open Works, a former distribution warehouse converted into a fabrication space for professionals, located in downtown Baltimore. Four speakers will provide short talks on different digital fabrication techniques and will participate in a panel-style question and answer session. Following the panel, we will take a tour of Open Works and see some of the tools used for each technique.


Patrick Fava, Graphics Specialist at GWWO, Inc/Architects leads the firm’s graphics and visualization efforts including digital fabrication for material mock-ups and studies as well as construction of physical models using 21st century technologies. Patrick will discuss some of GWWO’s explorations in fabrication – from use of traditional woodworking tools to digital fabrication by means of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) and additive manufacturing (3D printing).

Jordan Greco, Director of Additive Operations at Xometry, began his career in additive manufacturing in the QA department at Z-Corp in Burlington, Mass. He continued working closely on the Color Jet Printer platforms produced by the Z-Corp team after it was acquired by 3D Systems. Jordan was hired at Xometry two years ago by another former Z-Corp alum to help run and expand their nascent additive operation. He will discuss 3D printing and its applications including several of the most common industrial metal and plastic 3D printing technologies. He will show examples of how these technologies are used in manufacturing.

Sean Wise, Founder of Repliform, specializes in metal plating 3D printed materials – which is very different from traditional metal plating. Sean has used his unique process for museums to make reproductions of original pieces that the general public can handle. Sean will present the steps of going from original piece, to scanned geometry, to remaking a 3D printed piece that is coated with a metal layer that can add strength and stiffness, handling durability, stability is use and has an appropriate finish for the replica part.

Joe Nicoli is an archaeologist and the Heritage Scanning Specialist with Direct Dimensions. He has seventeen years of experience with laser scanning. He has managed scanning projects for a long list of organizations including: the National Park Service, the Smithsonian, Johns Hopkins University, George Washington’s Mt. Vernon, the National Cathedral, and the Maryland State Historic Trust.

Light refreshments will be provided. AIA credits for this event have been requested, but they have not yet been confirmed.

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