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Is TDIA Honoree and Fellow, Thomas Suarez About to Change the World?

By Craig Hatkoff

The ORB 3D printer is intended to print 10x faster, has full modularity, a new coding language and, oh by the way, uses an open source architecture. Those who saw Thomas at our 2012 Awards when he was 12 might not be completely surprised that he has come up with all of this just two years after we gave him a Makerbot just to see what he could came up with. Yesterday the leading 3D printing industry trade publication, 3Dprint.com, published the below article on Thomas who is now 15. I have been working “secretly” with Thomas over the past year doing weekly Skype calls from his basement and garage and watching all this unfold. It’s been amazing! 

When we honored Thomas at our 2012 Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, he was only 12 years old, an app creator and founder of the app platform Carrot Corp.

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

For Thomas, the main problem with 3D printing is that it is just “too damn slow.” So Thomas conceived of a revolving printer bed, used modular design and created his own elegant and fully intuitive “ORB Print Code” that is simpler and requires roughly 10 times fewer lines of code than the industry fav G Code. The analogy for the ORB Print Code can be thought of as similar to programming in BASIC rather than FORTRAN.

This seems to work because of the printer’s modular structure with its parallel commands/communication structure which sends commands directly to each component simultaneously — avoiding command conflicts. The mnemonic code makes debugging much simpler, and its elegance will make it much more accessible to the mass audience.

 To learn even more about Thomas, start by watching his acceptance at TDIA 2012 and the TED Talk he gave at age 12, below:


DISCLAIMER: The text below was originally published on 3dprint.com on January 12, 2015, written by Brian Krassenstein

When it comes to 3D printing, speed is one of the areas in which we would all love to see the most improvement. After all, who wants to wait hours for a fist-sized object to be fabricated? In a world where things are taking place at an ever quicker pace, the lack of speed within the 3D printing process is certainly holding the technology back.

Over the last year we have heard several claims by the leaders within the industry that their forthcoming 3D printers will in fact be much faster. HP claims that they will have a new “ten times faster” Multi Jet Fusion technology available in 2016, while 3D Systems is working hard on a machine they claim will be 50 times faster than current printers on the market today. With that said, little is being done within the consumer market, particularly for FFF/FDM machines. These printers seem to have hit a major speed barrier unless the entire printing process is re-imagined.


That’s just what one 15-year-old teenager named Thomas Suarez is trying to do. We did a story on Suarez back in July when he announced that he would soon be unveiling a desktop 3D printer capable of printing at speeds which are 10 times greater than current technologies available today. As we mentioned in July, Suarez is not your typical 15 year old. He has been an app developer for years, and even gave a TED talk at the tender age of 12.

Today Suarez’s company, CarrotCorp, has officially unveiled their high-speed machine, and although general specifications have yet to be revealed, the ORB 3D Printer seems to be quite revolutionary.

The ORB uses several technologies new to the industry. These include a modular setup, allowing for customization and the rapid switching of particular components. It utilizes a spinning disc architexture, similar to that of a record player. The platform rotates rapidly, thus translating into print speeds which are 10 times that of your typical FFF/FDM 3D printer. Additionally, the ORB printer will be able to use special magnetically enhanced filaments containing specks of metal, which enable it to heat up, melt, and extrude much faster than filaments you may be used to. This, combined with a new heating process which stacks several heating elements on top of one another with a small air gap in between, should equate to the ability to extrude large quantities of molten plastic within a short time frame.

The modular system is part of an open development kit that CarrotCorp will soon be making available. This means that custom modules will be able to be created and used for the machine. Each module will handle a different print function. One module is used for extrusion, another for disc rotation, and so on. Each print instruction is then transmitted to the particular module which requires it.


As for print instructions, Suarez has developed his own type of code. The ORB printer will not use G-code, instead relying on ORB Print Code, a human-readable code which can be understood by practically anyone. Below is a short example of what this code will look like:

rpm 60;
home all;
heat extruder 230;
slide 0;
spin 100;
slide 20;
spin 100;
slide 40;
spin 100;
slide 60;
spin 100;
slide 100;
spin 100;

The printer itself is shaped almost like a round fish bowl, and provides a full 360-degree viewing angle of the object being printed, even though the build platform is fully enclosed. Suarez and his company plan to launch a crowdfunding campaign in order to raise the necessary funding to mass produce this incredible new 3D printer in the coming weeks. Those interested can sign up on the company’s webpagein order to be notified of the forthcoming campaign. We will have to wait until then, it seems, before a price for the ORB is announced.

Thomas Suarez at TDIA:

Thomas Suarez accepts his hammer from host Perri Peltz at TDIA 2012

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

Photo: Margarita Corporan, 2012

From 3D Glasses to 3D Printing... Thomas and his dad Ralph Suarez in the audience at TDIA 2013.

From 3D Glasses to 3D Printing… Thomas and his dad Ralph Suarez in the audience at TDIA 2013.

– Craig Hatkoff

Deirdre Bolton — Anchor and Fox Business Host, “Risk And Reward”

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Deirdre Bolton covers innovation & strategy on her show at Fox Business and focuses on how technology is changing every field.

Bolton provides a daily look at global money flows into hedge fund strategies, private equity, venture capital, angel investing, real estate and natural resources. PayPal Co-Founders, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, are examples of recent featured guests who are both building on their successes to change the future of data-collection and analysis, healthcare and finance.

Bolton is a known and trusted financial journalist. She led Bloomberg Television’s morning programming for 8 years, where she analyzed trading across U.S., European and Asian markets during such time changing events such as the Credit Crisis. From 2008-2010, she was a daily contributor to CBS’ Early Show. She is known for her thoughtful and thorough questions in interviews with high-profile investors including Blackstone’s Head of Real Estate, Jon Gray, hedge fund manager Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Capital Management, Sullivan & Cromwell Senior Chairman H. Rodgin Cohen, Lazard Vice Chairman Gary Parr, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, Carlyle Group co-founder and managing director David Rubenstein and Fred Wilson, managing partner at Union Square Ventures.

She completed most of her undergraduate and graduate coursework in France, and holds a degree in English and French literature from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree from New York University. Bolton has lived around the world, including in Paris, London, and Singapore, in addition to her current home in New York City. She is a known coffee connoisseur which explains her energy level and ability to keep up with her two young sons.

Social Media:

Twitter – @DeirdreBolton 

Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne — Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase

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Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, Vice President in JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy, is responsible for leveraging the firm’s global reach, expertise, relationships and access to capital to help communities address economic and social challenges. By investing in best-in-class workforce readiness, small business development, community development and financial capability programs, she helps create pathways to opportunity.

In 2013, JPMorgan Chase launched New Skills at Work, a $250 million initiative that is the largest private sector effort seeking to address the skills gap. Mrs. Jennings-O’Byrne manages the New Skills portfolio – more than $20 million annually – in New York City, New Jersey, Connecticut, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley.

Previously, Mrs. Jennings-O’Byrne was Vice President, International Government Relations, managing global issues related to corporate finance and investment banking with respect to the firm’s legislative and regulatory affairs.

Mrs. Jennings-O’Byrne began her career at JPMorgan Chase as an associate in the Mergers and Acquisitions group. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., Ms. Jennings-O’Byrne was a senior press relations manager for Sun Microsystems Computer Co. where her responsibilities included developing and implementing global publicity and marketing programs.

Through innovation and collaboration, she is committed to addressing social issues and delivering impact. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from The Wharton School of Business and masters in business administration (MBA) from The University of Michigan Business School. As part of her degree programs she studied at the National University of Singapore, the City of London Polytechnic and traveled throughout Israel on a research project for the Israeli Tourism Dept. She has served on an advisory board for the Ghetto Film School, the Cinema High School, the Eagle Academy Foundation and the Scholastic Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Advisory Council. She is proudly married to David O’Byrne and resides in New York City.

Select Publications:

Crain’s New York


Georgia Dienst — Head of Solve for X, Google
















A truly global citizen, Georgia has lived, worked and traveled to over 76 countries and is hoping to have seen the entire world by the time she is 107. Passionate about entrepreneurship, social change and technology, she has built a career creating movements by using different media entities and new communication methods. This has allowed her reach over 1 billion people online. Having worked with some of the globally most recognized brands during her time at ASMALLWORLD, Georgia has gained a vast experience in community building, content, marketing and partnerships.

She joined Google and YouTube in 2012 to advance innovative brand strategies on a global level and joined Google[x], a department of the company considered to be one of the most innovative places in the world, in 2014. As the Head of Solve for X, she supports and helps scientists, innovators and disruptive technologies reach global impact and visibility. Georgia is a fellow of the Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards, an alumni of the Singularity University Graduate Study Program and a strong believer that science and technology can cause radically positive things to happen in the world.

Twitter – @georgiadienst

Jitendra Kavathekar — Managing Director, Accenture Open Innovation

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Jitendra Kavathekar leads Accenture Open Innovation at Accenture Technology Labs, transforming technology innovation into business results for Global 2000 companies. As Managing Director for Open Innovation, Jitendra leads an entrepreneurial team that engages in ecosystems of innovation globally. The goal is to help Accenture bring broad yet highly innovative and cutting-edge solutions to its clients. The Open Innovation team engages with three ecosystems: start-ups (via key venture capitalists and accelerators), universities and corporate R&D centers to identify and develop opportunities for joint innovation and commercial partnership across all of Accenture’s businesses and technology focus areas.

Prior to his current role, Jitendra formed and led Accenture’s Digital Health organization within Accenture Technology Labs. He was responsible for exploring emerging, disruptive and transformative technologies that will shape the frontier of global health and prosperity.

Prior to joining Accenture Technology Labs, Jitendra had a 20-year track record of senior leadership roles ranging from startup CEO to Global 2000 VP in the high tech industry. He established a reputation for embedding innovative into household name products at companies such a HP, Palm, Motorola and Yahoo. In his role as President and CEO of Twiki Incorporated, Jitendra led all aspects of strategy and execution through a new SasS enabling over 60,000 corporate installations through innovative enterprise collaboration.

Jitendra holds an honorary Ph.D. from the International Technology University and M.S. in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Jitendra lives in the Cupertino Foothills with his wife and daughter.

Twitter – @JeetKavathekar

Facebook – Jitendra Kavathekar

Alyse Nelson – President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership


Alyse Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 17 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Alyse has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international forums in over 140 countries and has interviewed more than 200 international leaders, including Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former presidents Mary Robinson and Bill Clinton, as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Wangari Maathai, and Muhammad Yunus. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has tripled in size and expanded its global reach to serve a network of over 14,000 women leaders in 144 countries.

Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. Her position aided former First Lady Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s commitment to promote the advancement of women as a U.S. foreign policy objective. Alyse helped design and implement Vital Voices initiatives throughout the world. From July 1996 to July 2000, Alyse worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House and U.S. Department of State. She attended the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. Alyse is a Member in the Council on Foreign Relations. She serves on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a Board member of Running Start and RAD-AID International. Alyse is a part of the Expert Group for the B Team and is on the Advisory Board of Chime for Change.

Alyse is the author of the best-selling book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World, with foreword written by Vital Voices Founder, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The book shares the stories of remarkable, world-changing women, as well as the story of how Vital Voices was founded, and features first person accounts from Board Members including designer Diane von Furstenberg and actor Sally Field, alongside perspectives from global leaders including former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet and Nigerian Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Alyse has been featured in international and national media, including the Washington Post, Financial Times, the Miami Herald, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Reuters, and has appeared on BBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, FOX News, and CNBC. She completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2006 Alyse was named one of ”Ten Women to Watch” by Washingtonian Magazine and was honored by her alma mater, Emerson College, with the distinguished speaker award.  In 2011 she was featured in Newsweek as one of ”150 Women Shaking the World,” and in 2012 she was The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award recipient. In 2013, Alyse was invited to speak at the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and at the Department for International Development’s Distinguished Speaker Series. In 2014, Alyse was invited to speak at the Oxford Union at Oxford University and Fortune Magazine named Alyse one of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter.

Social Media:

Twitter – @AlyseNelson & @vitalvoices

Facebook – Vital Voices

YouTube – Vital Voices

Select Publications:

The Huffington Post (author)


The Daily Beast



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