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3D Printing Leadership Forum: The Future of the Automotive Industry: Challenges and Opportunities

June 25, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


With disrupted supply chains, declining sales and reduced R&D spending among the casualties of the pandemic, it’s a pivotal moment for the automotive industry. Look past the clouds and the future remains bright for the industry. On the horizon are more electric vehicles on the road and the introduction of self-driving cars which will change everything about how we work, live and play. How do we bridge the gap from the current economic crisis to the future’s promise of faster and more efficient transportation?

Join us for a 45-minute virtual forum for an engaging discussion, including strategies and actionable takeaways, where we will discuss:

  • What is the near-term future of auto manufacturing with the economy in recession and more people turning to the second-hand market?
  • What are the trends leaders in this industry should be aware of as they develop business strategy?
  • What are the challenges manufacturers face with the development, availability and delivery of parts? What role can additive manufacturing play?
  • How has Covid-19 impacted the development and introduction of autonomous vehicles and electric cars?

The discussion will be followed by a live Q&A where the panelists will answer questions.

About the Moderator

Avi Reichental is one of the world’s leading authorities on business digitalization and exponential-tech convergence. He is an executive who led during 9/11 and through the 2008 financial crisis while serving as CEO of 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD). Reichental is currently the CEO of Nexa3D and the founder of XponentialWorks, a venture investment, advisory and product development company, unique in its collider-business model of bringing together traditional mid-market manufacturing companies with transformative startups to accelerate value creation. Avi serves as a member of the XPRIZE Innovation Board. He remains a hands-on inventor with over 35 patents credited to his name.

About the Speakers

Mark Frohnmayer is President and Founder of Arcimoto. As CEO of the company, he has led the team from concept and startup in 2007, through eight generations of prototype vehicles and a Nasdaq-listed Regulation A IPO, to a public electric vehicle manufacturing company delivering retail production Fun Utility Vehicles (FUVs). Concurrent with production and delivery of the consumer-focused FUV, Arcimoto is developing their fleet offerings focused on the small form emergency services and rapidly growing last mile delivery vehicle markets. Prior to this, Mark led advanced technology projects in the game development industry, and sold his first startup, GarageGames before turning his energy toward solving the worldwide problem of sustainable transportation.

Michael Granoff is the founder and Managing Director of Maniv Mobility, a venture capital fund based in Tel Aviv which invests exclusively in the new mobility future. Founded in 2015, Maniv has raised two funds and has roughly $145 million under management. Aside from several startup boards, Mr. Granoff serves on the board of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), a Washington, DC-based policy and advocacy organization he helped establish in 2004. Past board roles include serving on electric car network developer Better Place. He has been involved in three US presidential campaigns and in 2010 received Brandeis University’s Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship.

Tarik Bolat is the co-founder and CEO of WaveSense, the company behind the world’s most precise and reliable vehicle positioning system. Tarik has a passion for building high-performing startups rooted in powerful scientific discovery. Prior to co-founding WaveSense, Tarik was the Executive Vice President at Renewable Energy Trust where he helped build one of the leading independent solar and wind power producers in North America. He’s also spent time as a venture investor and management consultant.

Richard Steiner is a public policy professional with 10 years’ experience in the autonomous vehicle, emerging technology and health sectors. As Head of Policy and Communications at Gatik, Richard is helping to lead the company’s efforts to establish itself as an industry leader in the autonomous delivery space. Previously, Richard spent seven years with Cancer Care Ontario, working closely with indigenous communities to develop health policies to address unique community priorities. Richard has also led community engagement and advocacy efforts for advanced energy-from-waste technology firms in London.

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June 25, 2020
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


United States