Rick Smith: How Industrial 3D Printing Will Change the World Forever

Rick Smith: How Industrial 3D Printing Will Change the World Forever


At TED2015 in Vancouver, Rick Smith spoke about the various profound impacts that 3D printing has and will have in the future. 3D printing manufacturing is still in its infancy, but it’s already changing the economies of every industry. This disruption has real implications on every aspect of our lives. Rick Smith, author of The Great Disruption, reveals the truth behind 3D printing as the catalyst for driving on-demand manufacturing, and how organizations and leaders can successfully navigate this historic shift in manufacturing and global supply chains. Rick Smith is one of the world’s foremost authorities on industrial 3D printing (additive manufacturing), leadership and corporate transformation by disruptive technologies. As an entrepreneur, best-selling author, TED speaker and frequent keynote speaker, Rick has been and inspiring force for both individuals and companies around the world for the last two decades.

Serial Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author, & TED Speaker

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Rick Smith is a serial entrepreneur, leadership strategist, best-selling author, inspirational TED speaker, and one of world’s foremost authorities on innovation, leadership, and corporate transformation through disruptive technologies such as industrial 3D printing (additive manufacturing). His latest venture, Fast Radius, is an on-demand production platform which leverages 3D printing for global distributed manufacturing. In person, print, and practice, Rick inspires individuals and organizations around the world with leading edge insights on a number of topics surrounding disruptive technology, such as the predictable patterns of technology disruption, and the behaviors that enable leaders to successfully navigate complexity and change.