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Ping Fu

Ping Fu

VP & Chief Strategy Officer, 3D Systems

Honored in 2005 by Inc. Magazine as Entrepreneur of the Year, Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and scientist whose chosen expression is business. In 1997, Ping co-founded Geomagic, a 3D imaging software company, which was acquired by 3D Systems in February 2013. Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping was involved in the NCSA Mosaic software that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. Ping serves on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Commerce and on the board of directors at the Long Now Foundation. Ping’s book "Bend, Not Break" was published by Portfolio Penguin in January 2013.

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There is a subset of artists who use 3D technology not as the sole means of production, but as a catalyst in a larger workflow. Sometimes, these are artists who want to continue with a traditional production method, but ramp it up with 3D printing. Others want to combine digital... Read more »


My job at 3D Systems gives me the 3D tools to tinker at a high level. The highest level, really, considering we’ve got scanning, design, and 3D printing right here. I’m a lucky guy. So when my quadcopter started to show some of its design flaws, I took to a... Read more »


How? It’s the question that dogs the unceasing creative mind when it dares to speak louder than the stony voice of reality. It happens to us all: An alloy of factors, inspiration, influences and ideas come together in a perfect rendering in your mind, but how do you bring that... Read more »


With easy-to-use 3D printers and 3D software, we’ve come a long way in giving everyone the tools to create with confidence. Yet for most people one piece was still missing: the ability to bring physical objects into the digital world and to complete the transaction, inextricably linking the two worlds... Read more »


One of the essential qualities of 3D technology that I most love is its versatility. We’ve already found a multitude of uses for it. And with all the creative people on the planet, we will continue to find more unique, whimsical, pioneering ways to exercise it. 3D technology really is... Read more »

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Innovation happens anywhere, anytime, with anything. Sometimes, you don’t need a bunch of expensive tools or multi-syllable equipment to engineer the ultimate mixture of art and science. Sometimes, you only need imagination and a few Legos … Well, those and one highly accomplished Lego builder. After a year, he produced... Read more »