BITS to ATOMS was founded by Duann Scott in 2009 to explore design for digital fabrication and the business models it enables.

BITS to ATOMS was initially started to explore commercial applications of research undertaken for a PhD at the University of South Australia School of Communication and simultaneously at the School of Architecture and Design.

In 2011 the PhD was abandoned ‘put on hold’ to pursue the thesis from NYC at companies including Shapeways, Autodesk and nTopology.

After over a decade of working directly for software, hardware and services companies in the additive manufacturing space, BITS to ATOMS was relaunched in 2021 as a consultancy to help advance and accelerate the adoption of computational design tools and advanced manufacturing.

BITS to ATOMS offers consulting services for those wishing to advance and/or accelerate their design and engineering with computational software tools and AM, including everything from initial design through the manufacturing process and business analysis. Along with market research, business development and marketing services to companies developing software, hardware and applications in the space.

Focusing on education and awareness, BITS to ATOMS aims to enable designers, engineers and managers to make informed design decisions based on unbiased information.

BITS to ATOMS publishes articles on computational design and additive manufacturing via CDFAM Substack at designforam.com.

As organizer of the CDFAM Computational Design (+DfAM) Symposium held in NYC, BITS to ATOMS is bringing together leading academics, designers and software providers to discuss and advance computational design and advanced manufacturing.

Current education and advocacy projects include the Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies (APT) and assisting the Additive Manufacturing for Innovative Design and Production course at MIT, as well as leading awareness and adoption of the 3MF Consortium focusing on data storage and communication for additive manufacturing.

Clients, Partners + Press
  • ASTM
  • HP
  • 3MF Consortium
  • MIT
  • Penn State
  • NYU
  • RISD
  • Formlabs
  • HoloAM
  • Inkbit
  • Fortify3D
  • Ponoko
  • Shapeways
  • Autodesk
  • nTopology
Selected Press:

Current Projects

Wohlers Associates


Helping accelerate the adoption and application of additive manufacturing.

3MF Consortium:

Open source data format for storage and communication for additive manufacturing.


Computational Design Symposium Series

DFAM Substack:

Articles and interviews exploring computational design and/or design for advanced manufacturing.

MIT Center for Additive and Digital Advanced Production Technologies: Accelerating research and industry adoption of advanced manufacturing for production.

Get in touch

BITS to ATOMS is always available for consultation, collaborations and presentations worldwide.

Reach out to chat about any aspect of design for advanced manufacturing.

Bits to Atoms is located at New Lab

19 Morris Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11205, USA