3D printing is the next hot thing at the International CES. It will occupy show floor space for the first time at CES 2014, showing the latest advancements in 3D printing technology from top companies. Since launching, the 3D Printing TechZone sold out, then added more space, making a total of 6,900 square feet available to exhibitors.

One of the top names in the 3D printing industry will speak at the Leaders in Technology (LIT) Dinner which honors top technologists, entrepreneurs and policymakers who facilitate technology innovation. The CEO and co-founder of MakerBot, Bre Pettis, will deliver a keynote address at the invitation only dinner.

MakerBot technology was first created, tested and proven at the Brooklyn hacker collective NYC Resistor which Pettis co-founded. His new company?s goal encompasses responding to a comment from President Obama in his State of the Union Address: ?3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. We must ensure that the Next Industrial Revolution in manufacturing will happen in America.?

Pettis has played a crucial role in the success of 3D printing according to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association which sponsors the International CES event. He said: ?The consumer category didn?t even exist a few years ago and is now one of the biggest stories to come out of the International CES.?

Caption Bre Pettis is not a stranger to public speaking, seen here on an ABC NewsRadio broadcast

MakerBot agrees with the US President that the next generation of innovative makers, engineers, product designers, architects, and artists could benefit from having 3D printing technology in the classroom. In partnership with Autodesk, DonorsChoose.org, where teachers say they want 3D printing for their students and America Makes which works to increase 3DP technologies and the nation?s global manufacturing competitiveness, MakerBot is aiming to put one of their Desktop 3D Printers in every school in America. Well, Apple got a leg up that way, why not MakerBot?

As of last week, individuals and can visit the crowd funding site just for teachers, DonorsChoose.org, and pledge to financially support the program.

In addition to Pettis, the LIT Dinner event has featured Skype CEO Josh Silverman; Pandora Chief Strategy Officer and Founder Tim Westergren, and other innovative notables. The dinner will be held January 8, in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas.