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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              CONTACT: Ranjna Das         
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DATE: Monday, Nov. 9, 2015                                                                                                 Patricia Parente
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Learn About Opportunities for Small Businesses, Inventors and Innovators

Two experts will share their thoughts about the rising popularity of 3D printing technology and new opportunities available to small businesses, inventors and innovators during a special program that will be offered at the Burlington County Library on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Presented by the Burlington County Library System’s VentureHUB and Rowan College at Burlington County’s Workforce Development Institute, “3D Printing – Creating Opportunities for You,” will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Westampton facility, and admission is free. 

The featured speakers will be Greg Perugini, a physics lecturer at Rowan College at Burlington County (RCBC) and Ken Tomlinson, CFO of NextFab, a makerspace and start-up incubator based in South Philadelphia. Attendees also will see a demonstration of the BCLS 3D printer, and learn about the library system’s plans to bring 3D printer technology and lean entrepreneurship to the public.  

With the recent advent of affordable 3D printers, 3D printing technology has become wildly popular. It also has the potential to become one of the most “disruptive technologies” to appear for decades, meaning this ground-breaking technology brings new opportunities to small businesses, inventors and innovators and will create employment for people with relevant skillsets.

During the program, attendees will learn how to tap into these opportunities from the two experts:

• Greg Perugini is a physics lecturer at RCBC. The College received a 3D printer donated by local defense contractor Parts Life, Inc. in 2014. RCBC offers instruction in the highly-technical skill of the scanning that goes into designing items before they are printed. The technology is also being deployed to benefit students in the engineering, physics and astronomy programs.

• Ken Tomlinson is CFO of NextFab, a makerspace and start-up incubator based in South Philadelphia. He works primarily with early stage companies utilizing NextFab to develop their product and build a business. In his time with NextFab, they have aided in the research and development of a dozen medical devices utilizing a variety of manufacturing techniques housed within NextFab.

The “3D Printing – Creating Opportunities for You” program will be held in the library’s storytelling room and registration is requested.

The Burlington County Library is located on Pioneer Boulevard off Woodlane Road in Westampton. For more information, go to our online calendar or call (609) 267-9660.

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