Dr. Matthew Wettergreen is a lecturer at the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen at Rice University. He has a formal education in bioengineering with a specialization in biomechanics and organ printing. At the OEDK Dr. Wettergreen mentors teams and teaches courses in engineering design, prototyping and advanced manufacturing.

Come see Matthew Wettergreen speak on September 11, 2014 at the Ignite Houston Revolution on manufacturing’s escape from the smokestack.

Manufacturing? That’s done in a factory, right?

Not anymore. Whereas manufacturing previously required specialized education, knowledge, and expert level proficiency on complicated machines, new cost-effective manufacturing tools capable of bringing manufacturing capabilities to the common person are becoming more available on a daily basis. This has brought on a Renaissance in design, as tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and microcontroller platforms like Arduino are now inexpensive enough to contract out, use, or even buy. Take a five minute Ignite journey from the pre-common manufacturing era to today’s democratic manufacturing revolution!