AeroDef 2014 Will Feature Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center

AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 will feature an Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, where attendees can explore the growing number of applications made possible by the technology. AeroDef Manufacturing, an event solely dedicated to aerospace and defense manufacturing, takes place February 25–27, 2014, at the Long Beach California Convention Center.

Named one of the "Top Ten Breakthrough Technologies" by MIT Technology Review, additive manufacturing – frequently referred to as 3D printing – is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturing methodologies. Aerospace and defense manufacturers are introducing the technology to lower production costs, reduce waste, speed product development and produce new designs.

The Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center (Booth 339) will display parts produced by major technologies, including stereolithography, laser sintering and fused deposition modeling. Todd Grimm, an influential author, speaker and consultant on additive manufacturing/3D printing, will host the center and present two sessions on each day of the three-day exposition:

  • Morning Session: Tactical information—A look at the technology landscape, what’s available, and what manufacturers need to know to get started.

  • Afternoon Sessions: Strategic information—How to map out a plan to incorporate the technology, when to get in, and choosing technologies and services.

The resource center is part of the AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition, which is free-of-charge for those who register before February 21, and also includes access to exhibitors offering additive manufacturing/3D printing related products. Attendees can also register for technical sessions on digital and additive manufacturing/3D printing as part of the AeroDef Manufacturing Summit that includes exclusive keynote and featured speakers, Executive Insights Series panel discussions and networking opportunities – the Take Off! and AeroDef Afterburner.

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