Dr Lionel T Dean has been at the forefront of digital manufacturing research and practice for over a decade exhibiting and speaking worldwide. His work sits at the intersection of art, craft and design challenging traditional boundaries and definitions of practice. FutureFactories Studio founded by Dean in 2003 is a creative practice focused exclusively on Additive Manufacture or 3D Printing. FutureFactories has yielded a string of iconic designs ranging from gallery art pieces to some of the first 3D printed retail products created for well-known manufacturers. The significance of the work is perhaps illustrated by acquisitions by MoMA, The Museum for Modern Art in New York and DHUB, Design Museum Barcelona for their respective permanent collections. In 2008 the MoMA piece was included in a ‘Highlights Collection’ of the Museum’s 250 most significant acquisitions since 1980.