The National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS) and the Commercial & Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE) Advisory Committees have announced the details of their 2017 co-located events which will take place June 26-29, 2017 at the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, CA.

These co-located conferences continue their outstanding legacy in bringing together technologists, users, and decision makers from across the nation. These events share significant support from DoD, DoE, FAA, and NASA with an effort to promote the commercial and government space and missile and space launch communities. Each year, the event’s partners help ensure that they focus on the latest advancements and challenges affecting the industry. A focal point for the events include key technology issues related to space, missile, hypersonic systems, and a variety of ground-breaking commercial space topics necessary for our Country’s defense and research and development pursuits. The NSMMS specifically focuses on the materials industry’s needs and most recent advances to enable new capabilities for challenges associated with new and future space and missile systems. A special focus is given to advanced materials technology development which is crucial to improve performance and reliability of both defense and commercial systems. CRASTE specifically focuses on matching system integrators with subsystem technology providers to facilitate new responsive space access capabilities. Special focus is given to the integration of emerging technologies and emerging space access architectures to satisfy new and existing markets. For the first time, NSMMS & CRASTE attendees will have unlimited access to all the technical sessions at both events.

Features of the event include over 150 technical presentations, a senior level Plenary Session, an exhibit show, a poster session, a student grant program, and a variety of networking events.  One additional noteworthy element of NSMMS & CRASTE is the Small Business Forum (SBF). The SBF aims to broaden industry’s contacts with regard to technology needs and transfer in order to foster future communication, innovation, and partnerships. The forum facilitates the interaction of small businesses and universities with larger “prime” contractors based on similar interests that relate to specific materials/performance metrics relevant to NASA and the DoD. Additionally, the event provides small businesses with connections and resources within the government SBIR agencies to start their interaction with or assist them along the path of meaningful interactions with a variety of the SBIR offices. The participating primes and SBIR agencies will be announced on the website in the coming months. Small businesses and universities may sign up for one-on-one appointments starting in early February.

The events have opened up their submission process for abstracts and will be accepting them until January 6th. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will have an opportunity to present in the technical sessions and in the poster session. This is a great way for organizations to present the leading edge technology or research their organization is working on. Organizations can also engage in the event through exhibiting, sponsoring, or participating in the other outreach programs the two events offer. Sponsors, poster presentations, and exhibits will be accepted until full or May 2017, whichever comes first. Typical attendance for the NSMMS & CRASTE event is 350 - 450 people.

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Graham Engineering Corporation director of business development for extrusion, Steve Maxson, announces the first Spotlight™ Medical Extrusion & Secondary Operations Conference to be held November 10th in Irvine, California.

“The focus of our Spotlight conferences is on medical extrusion and secondary operations such as surface treatment, drilling, laser processing, over-molding, and braiding for catheters and delivery systems,” said Mr. Maxson, who is the confererence organizer.

“I am very excited that we were able to secure Dr. James Oberhauser, a medical device industry leader, as the keynote presenter,” Mr. Maxson said. “From 2007 to 2015 Dr. Oberhauser led the product development of Abbott Vascular’s Absorb™ Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold (BVS), which was recently approved by the FDA. This is the biggest development in medical devices related to the treatment of coronary artery disease in many years.”

Graham Engineering Corporation intends to organize two Spotlight™ Conferences annually in varying locations to address important developments and new technologies in medical extrusion and secondary operations.

Steve Maxson’s background combines disciplines from the fields of medical extrusion technology and medical device manufacturing.  His career includes roles with Raumedic Inc., Vante, and American Kuhne, now a brand of Graham Engineering Corporation.

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Registration is now open for Laser Institute of America (LIA)’s 2016 International Congress on Applications of Lasers & Electro-Optics (ICALEO®), to be held this year from October, 16-20 at the Sheraton® San Diego.

ICALEO, which bears a 34 year history as the most comprehensive spotlight on laser research and state-of-the-art laser materials processing, will provide both veteran and newcomer industry attendees with unbeaten opportunities to explore and connect at several networking events. Attendees will also have a chance to review the latest technology and research leading to advanced manufacturing applications in medicine, transportation, energy, communications and defense.

From the popular Welcome Reception, to the President’s Reception, Laser Industry Vendor Reception, and the esteemed LIA Annual Meeting & Awards Luncheon, ICALEO 2016 continues its tradition of connecting the laser industry and showcasing speakers who are afforded the opportunity to have their paper peers reviewed, thus lending even more authority to their work. Three students will have the opportunity to be acknowledged with the 18th annual Student Paper Award. The award winners will be announced during the Closing Plenary Session on Thursday. ICALEO’s Poster Presentation Gallery will be featured throughout the conference, with poster presenters available on Wednesday morning to answer questions and present their research. Awards will also be presented to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners.

This year’s conference is again chaired by Silke Pflueger of DirectPhotonics, ICALEO’s first female congress general chair, who heads back this year to the town where she attended her first ICALEO.

“From my beginnings as session chair and chair of short courses at that first ICALEO in San Diego, to my arrival back in 2016 as congress general chair of the event, it’s clear that my time at ICALEO has been worthwhile!” she recounted. “Just as I was pushed further, and was helped to better understand what I am doing from the veteran attendees, I witness every year how ICALEO grows laser leaders like me. I hope my story encourage lots of new people – and young people – to come and join us.”

ICALEO program chair members include:

  • Laser Materials Processing Conference: Christoph Leyens, Fraunhofer IWS
  • Laser Microprocessing Conference: Michelle Stock, mlstock consulting
  • Nanomanufacturing Conference: Yongfeng Lu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Business Forum and Panel Discussion: Klaus Löffler, TRUMPF Laser and Systems GmbH

Exhibiting sponsors include:

  • Platinum sponsor: IPG Photonics Corporation
  • Gold sponsors: Edgewave GmbH Innovative Laser Solutions, SPI Lasers, TRUMPF Inc.
  • Silver sponsors: Laserline Inc, Light Conversion Ltd, Lumentum
  • Bronze sponsor: Spectra-Physics, A Newport Company

“From men and women who are interested in the fundamentals of the interaction between a laser beam and a material, to those interested in how a process can be integrated and optimized for an application, ICALEO brings the academics and industrials together to improve and inspire laser technology,” Pflueger added. “It’s a pretty special event, unlike any other I’ve attended.”

Combining the latest thought leadership in laser materials processing, laser microprocessing and nanomanufacturing with informed predictions on where the future of lasers will lead, LIA’s ICALEO 2016 is the premier source of technical information in the field.

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AREVO, the first company addressing 3D printing of composite materials for production applications, announced a $7M Series A funding round led by Khosla Ventures. Coincident with the investment, Vijit Sabnis from Khosla Ventures will join the AREVO Board of Directors.

AREVO recently won the Autodesk REAL Deal Start Up competition and has introduced 3D printing industry innovations such as a first-of-its-kind multi-axis robotic additive manufacturing platform, composite material with five times the strength of titanium, and cloud-based software optimizing fiber placement in true 3D orientations to derive the highest strength-to-weight ratio.

“We are pleased to continue our momentum with this important investment round led by Khosla Ventures,” said Hemant Bheda, CEO and Founder of AREVO. “Our 3D printing technology and software suites will lead to higher quality parts in the aerospace, medical, and automotive industries. This funding will enable us to meet our near-term product development objectives, which will be announced later this year.”

“We at Khosla Ventures have been impressed by Hemant’s team and the vision put forth by AREVO, which we feel offers disruptive technology to 3D print production parts with unique characteristics, achieving a performance that cannot be matched using any conventional method or other additive manufacturing technique,” said Vinod Khosla, the Founder of Khosla Ventures.

AREVO, based in Silicon Valley, California, develops technology to enable direct digital additive manufacturing of ultra strong composite parts for end-use applications. AREVO’s technology consists of advanced composite materials, deposition technology and software algorithms to optimize mechanical properties of printed parts. AREVO offers additive manufacturing services to OEMs worldwide.

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FATHOM, an industry-leading hybridized manufacturer with an expertise in 3D printing, has broken ground on its largest expansion to date. While many futurists have over-speculated the factory of the future, FATHOM has been busy building one.

“Our customers’ needs for design freedom and faster speeds are the base of everything we do—FATHOM’s newly expanded Oakland production space is a direct result of the growing need for hybridized manufacturing-based services,” said Michelle Mihevc, FATHOM Co-Founder and Principal. “It’s gratifying to help people create products that were previously unmakeable, and we’re lucky to do that every day with innovative companies, large and small.”

Rich Stump and Mihevc started FATHOM in 2008, during a time when the manufacturing industry at large was ready for change. Despite the economic challenges of the time, Stump and Mihevc set out to change the way products are designed and manufactured by blending foundational manufacturing technologies with 3D printing and additive-based fabrication.

“FATHOM’s hybridized manufacturing approach combines the best aspects of additive and traditional manufacturing technologies,” said Stump, FATHOM Co-Founder and Principal. “Advanced prototyping, low-volume manufacturing—modern production that harnesses the latest techniques while leveraging proven methods of fabrication to create innovative products at top speed.”

FATHOM is braving the unknowns and challenging industry hype. The company’s team of experts are condensing the product development timeline, reducing total cost of project ownership, and helping companies bring paradigm-shifting products to market faster.

“2016 has been a banner year for FATHOM, and we’re thankful to Oakland and the greater Bay Area community that has continued to support us,” said Stump. “This expansion represents our commitment to hybridized manufacturing as essential to product creation. We’re not waiting for ‘the factory of the future.’ We’re making it happen, right here in Oakland.”

FATHOM’s newly expanded Oakland production center will be occupied and fully operational by the end of 2016.

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Toolots, Inc., a company that provides a factory-direct e-commerce platform for international manufacturers to easily and affordably purchase and sell industrial tools, machinery and technology, announces its Inaugural Manufacturing Exchange Summit. The event will be held at its headquarters in Cerritos, California on August 29-31, 2016. Designed to promote international trade between the United States and China, the Summit will delve into key topics for navigating the complex logistical and administrative requirements of international commerce.

Jason Fu, founder and CEO, Toolots, said, “U.S. manufacturers that want to sell their equipment overseas are often discouraged by the complexities of international trade. Plus, many do not have the resources to spend on marketing their products overseas or the ability to provide after-sale service to customers. The goal of this Summit is to help these manufacturers better understand how they can effectively sell their equipment to the Chinese manufacturing market.”

At the Manufacturing Exchange Summit, Toolots is gathering the key players necessary to help facilitate international relations among U.S. and Chinese manufacturers. From a Chinese delegation responsible for global commerce to American manufacturers that have achieved success by streamlining distribution channels, discussions will cover a number of international trade topics, including:

  • Protecting intellectual property
  • Managing import and export logistics
  • Handling currency exchange
  • Navigating customs
  • Marketing products overseas

Attendees will have an opportunity to meet and network with leading experts in international trade, U.S.-based manufacturers and manufacturing association representatives.

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Optomec, a supplier of production grade additive manufacturing systems for 3D printed metals and printed electronics, announced that Dr. Kurt Christenson, Senior Scientist for Optomec, will give a presentation titled “Aerosol Jet Printing of Antennas and Sensors for Smart Internet of Things (IoT) Devices” at the FLEX 2016 Conference in Monterey, California on Thursday, March 3rd.

Dr. Christenson’s presentation will provide information on the utilization of Aerosol Jet printing technology for mass production of a variety of 3D antennas, sensors and circuitry used for mobile and industrial Internet of Things applications. Material considerations and case studies will be presented, comparing Aerosol Jet printing to traditional fabrication methods. Examples of 3D printed short range and long range antennas, electrical and optical sensors, via filling, wrap-around printing, and five axis motion will be shown.

Optomec Aerosol Jet technology is used by a wide variety of industries to directly print functional electronic circuitry and components onto low-temperature, non-planar substrates, without the need for masks, screens, or plating. Optomec 3D printed electronics solutions are based on its industry proven Aerosol Jet technology for printing conformal electronic circuitry and components onto 3D structures. The Aerosol Jet process utilizes an innovative aerodynamic focusing technique to collimate a dense mist of material-laden micro droplets into a tightly controlled beam to print features as small as 10 microns or as large as several millimeters in a single pass. A wide assortment of materials can be printed with the Aerosol Jet system including conductive nano-particle inks, polymers and epoxies, along with dielectrics, ceramics, and bio-active materials. Aerosol Jet systems are currently in use for high volume, 24X7, production of consumer electronic devices.

Now in its 15th year, the 2016 FLEX conference is the premier technical event in the industry, focused on advancing technical and business interests in flexible, printed, hybrid electronics and their applications.  Over 600 attendees are expected to attend the event at the Monterey Marriott, February 29 – March 3, 2016.  The event, organized by FlexTech Alliance, a SEMI Strategic Association Partner, features market and technical presentations, short courses, poster sessions, exhibits and more–all focused on the creation of flexible, printed, hybrid devices, including new materials, processes, equipment, devices and products.

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A new year brings new change, focus and even greater expectations, as Space Tech Expo – co-located with Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo – continues to expand in scope, as well as exhibitor and attendee numbers. With many new exhibitors welcomed, including: BAE Systems, AeroVironment, NASA AFRC and JPL, January saw the most activity in the show’s five-year history – signaling continued excitement and business opportunity for the industry in 2016.

With revenues in space and satellite manufacturing continuing to grow year on year, the event looks set to beat last year’s 45% increase in attendance figures and 25% increase in exhibitors, as visitor registrations are already tracked higher than this time last year. Fifty-two companies signed up to exhibit in just one month, meaning Space Tech Expo 2016 will host its largest event ever, with 230+ exhibiting companies and 1,700+ participating companies joining the show in Pasadena, CA, May 24-26, 2016.

The venue move from Long Beach to Pasadena has been widely supported by the local space and aerospace businesses, with JPL not only exhibiting but also featuring in the Space Tech Conference proceedings, with Deputy Director, Gen. Larry James presenting a keynote address.

The refined and restructured two-day conference brings together leading representatives of the military, government and commercial space sectors. There will be a focus on examining how military and government organizations can deliver space missions by working closely with the commercial sector, leveraging the latest innovative technologies and business models. The conference also takes a deep dive into the rapidly evolving space-to-space market, and offers specific sessions examining the plethora of emerging on-orbit services and technologies.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Claire Leon, SES, DAF, Director - Launch Enterprise, Space and Missile Systems Center
  • Michael Gazarik, Vice President - Engineering, Ball Aerospace
  • Steve Stich, Deputy Manager, Commercial Crew Program, NASA
  • Mark Rawlins, Chairman, Space Data Association, and Director of Communication System Operations, Eutelsat
  • Jim Keravala, COO, Shackleton Energy Company.

Key topics for 2016:

  • Commercial, defense and new space – the inflection point
  • Launch market trends – reusability and affordability
  • Simplifying and improving ground systems architecture
  • Commercializing new technologies
  • Driving innovation with new space players
  • Cross-sector collaboration in space situational awareness
  • Enabling space-to-space commerce and on-orbit services

The new format sees Day 3 switch over to a Free Sessions day, allowing attendees to hear the small-business needs of government and military organizations, as well as prime contractors. Visitors will simply be able to access the sessions with their free expo hall pass.

With capabilities ranging from cryogenics, laser systems, materials, nanotechnology, imaging, environmental test, motion simulation, magnetics, capacitors, spacewire, NDT and connectors through to electroforming, engineering services, precision machining, 3D printers, ground systems, mission management and reconnaissance satellites, Space Tech Expo 2016 will bring a multitude of networking opportunities through focused receptions and events for attendees and exhibitors throughout the commercial, civil and military space supply chain.

The Space Tech Conference agenda will examine how military and government organizations can deliver space missions by working closely with the commercial sector to leverage the latest innovative technologies and business models. The conference also takes a deep dive into the rapidly evolving space-to-space market and offers specific sessions examining the plethora of on-orbit services and technologies emerging.

On May 26, Space Tech Expo is delighted to host the free-to-attend Gov/Mil/Prime Requirements day. The session will be held in the exhibition hall, allowing all attendees to participate and hear the upcoming space supply chain requirements of government and military organizations, as well as major prime contractors.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by more than 300 people, including local dignitaries, suppliers, customers, company leaders and employees. The event celebrated the company's completion of a $140 million infrastructure improvement project that has increased operating efficiency, reduced costs and positioned the company to bring new programs to the Los Angeles facility.

"Over the past 11 years, our Los Angeles site has undergone a complex construction project focused on creating a world-class facility capable of manufacturing large liquid rocket engines," said Aerojet Rocketdyne CEO and President Eileen Drake. "With the completion of this project, Aerojet Rocketdyne has a premiere propulsion and innovation center to design and build rocket engines. With this newly completed facility, coupled with our technical expertise, we will now be able to build the engines that will take astronauts to Mars and continue our leadership in launching the nation's most critical and valuable national security assets."

The Los Angeles site is Aerojet Rocketdyne's center of excellence for large liquid rocket engines, where it currently manufactures the RS-68 engine components for United Launch Alliance's Delta IV launch vehicle; adapts the RS-25 engine for the Space Launch System, America's next generation heavy lift launch vehicle; builds missile defense propulsion; and most recently, it has become the design center for the AR1 engine, which the company is developing to replace the Russian-made RD-180 engine on the Atlas V launch vehicle.

"This investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment toward innovation and the next generation of world-leading propulsion systems, such as the RS-25 and AR1 advanced liquid rocket engines," added Drake. "Aerojet Rocketdyne has been the go-to provider of U.S. propulsion systems for the last 70 years and RS-25 and AR1 will continue that legacy."

The RS-25 and AR1 engines are examples of capitalizing on proven, heritage systems to enable space exploration for generations to come and answer the urgent needs of national security. Aerojet Rocketdyne has been working on the RS-25 engines since they originally flew on the space shuttle. Four of these engines will fly at the base of the core stage for the Space Launch System, which is the rocket that will eventually take humans to Mars. The company is also currently building the AR1 engine to address the nation's need to end the country's reliance on Russia to launch national security space assets. The AR1 is the logical choice to minimize risk, cost and address the schedule needs of the country to have an American engine ready for 2019.

The project included the construction of a new 24,000-square-foot Component Test Center that provides unique structural, vibration, pressure, water flow and spin test capabilities; a new 20,000-square-foot nozzle assembly and fabrication center that includes a one-of-a-kind furnace that is capable of brazing the nozzle for the RS-25 engine; and a new 11,000-square-foot metallic and non-metallic materials testing lab.

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The following is an article by Raghu Das, CEO of IDTechEx, the global research and business intelligence firm that created the IDTechEx Show! USA 2015, which will be held November 18-19, 2015 in Santa, Clara, California.

Today’s emerging technologies are varied, vast – and moving at the blink of an eye. Here are the top 10 key trends we’ll see at the show that are changing the way the world lives, works and plays.

Wearable Technology Moves Beyond Fashionable
Wearable technology is a strong driver for the development of stretchable electronics, enabling devices that can conform and move with the human body ― rather than the rigid blocks of electronics that constrict human motion we saw in early stages. Not only are there new innovations in materials, adhesives and component connections, key components like sensors, batteries and transistors are themselves now flexible. Through the use of case studies and key analyses, presenting companies will discuss implementation of these emerging technologies in new products, such as the Baby MIMO electronic monitoring vest enabled by stretchable ink from EMS.

Printed Electronics: From Component Supply to Innovative Product Design
Over the last 18 months, many players in the printed electronics industry have been moving from offering a component to making complete products, resulting in the creation of new market spaces with new products not previously feasible. Many of these products – as well as new ones to be announced – will be demonstrated at the show, including the TempTraq smart band aid from BlueSpark; the golf club sensor labels from Enfucell; smart packaging from Thin Film Electronics; and pens that write with conductive ink to produce circuits from Electroninks. Attendees will also see the host of the integration tools that enable these new products.

Illuminating Flexible Displays and Lighting
OLED and ― even now LCD ― displays are increasingly becoming flexible with the use of plastic substrates. In fact, last July LG Display announced that it will invest approximately $900 million in a flexible OLED display manufacturing line in Korea. These flexible displays call for new materials and films, from flexible barrier materials to flexible backplanes; and players in this arena are also prioritizing consumer electronics and automotive applications. The IDTechEx Show! features sessions on displays, lighting and related components, such as barrier films and flexible transparent conductive films.

Structural Electronics Take Flight
Structural electronics are replacing the old components-in-a-box approach with smart materials, such as load―bearing parts, smart skin and e-textiles. For example, a recent IDTechEx interview with one of the largest car Japanese companies revealed that their experimental 3D printing of ultra-lightweight car seats, based on bird bone structure, will now become 3D-PE with electrics and electronics built into the seat as it is grown. Meanwhile, teams in Australia, the UK and the U.S. will be demonstrating supercapacitor car bodies using in-mold electronics. A key session at the show will discuss how these structural electronics are taking flight ― from printed functional systems on aircraft to in-mold electronics.

3D Printed Electronics Expand
3D printing is now being combined with printed electronics, which has led to the development of exciting new products. For instance, 3D printers have developed metals which can be 3D printed to create metal objects from jewelry to engine parts. This emerging technology will be the focus of a session about metal materials for 3D printing; and printing metallic materials with corresponding functional inks, such as printing dielectrics onto 3D surfaces to create 3D electronics, is also covered in a session on 3D printed electronics.

Thin is In With Sensors
Large investments have been made to enable flexible, thin sensors rather than expand the market of rigid sensors ― a trend that can be seen in the actions of companies like ISORG, which has raised $22 million to build a facility to make optical sensors on plastic; and by the U.S. Dept. of Defense’s investment of $75 million in a new manufacturing innovation institute for flexible and hybrid electronics. (Both organizations are presenting at the show.) We’ll also see improvements and new form factors with conventional sensors driven by the ongoing needs of wearable technology, the automotive industry, the Internet of Things and built structures. These sensor advances are covered in presentations by some of today’s most dynamic organizations, including Intel, InvenSense, Honeywell and TE Connectivity, which will highlight key opportunities as we progress to the trillion sensor network.

Energy Harvesting Reaches a Higher Power
Energy harvesters started out as smaller devices used to power IoT sensor nodes, switches and other small devices, but this capability has rapidly grown to now include thermoelectrics providing energy input for cars; and companies such as Google embracing airborne wind energy (AWE); and others in use now for regenerative breaking.  At the show, we’ll see how today’s harvesters can turn motion in a 3D direction into a single directional motion for harvesting energy, in addition to form factors ranging from thin piezoelectric films to large, high-power output devices.

Thin, Flexible Batteries:  Not Your Father’s Bunny
The world's largest consumer electronics companies, such as Apple, LG and Samsung, have moved into the development of flexible battery technology ― due in a large part to the wearable technology market, which will help drive the flexible battery market from U.S. $ 6.9 million in 2015 to more than U.S $400 million in 2025, according to IDTechEx Research. Key presentations at the show will illustrate how this incredible market will unfold.

The Motion of the Ocean: Energy Independent Vehicles
Energy Independent Electric Vehicles (EIVs) exist on and under water, as airships and planes and as on―road and off―road vehicles ― typically relying on sunshine sometimes with other forms of energy harvesting as well, including waves and wind―making electricity to power their motors. But mostly they rely on flexible photovoltaics. At the show, key presentations will focus on increasingly multiple, on―board energy harvesting that will further boost the already impressive speed, payloads and duty cycles.

You Can See Clearly Now:  Smart Eyewear Enabling VR and AR
More organizations are developing smart glasses and contact lenses than ever before. Fueled by new component form factors and lower power functionality, they seek to address the huge virtual reality and augmented reality opportunities ripe for the taking. At the IDTechEx show!, you’ll be able to try out the latest innovations for yourself.

The eight co-located conferences of the IDTechEx Show! USA 2015 will be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, November 18-19, 2015.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the grand opening of the 3DS Culinary Lab, a groundbreaking new culinary innovation center in the epicenter of the Los Angeles culinary community, laying the groundwork for education and engagement around the potential for 3D printed food.

The 3DS Culinary Lab will serve as a learning, collaboration and exploration space, where chefs, mixologists and culinary innovators can experience the intersection of their traditional craft and 3D printing. It is also designed to be a testing ground where the industry can experience 3DS' ChefJet Pro culinary printer firsthand ahead of its release, provide input for future development, and explore market opportunities and innovations.

"We are thrilled to open this amazing collaboration space to bring a new era of digital craftsmanship and technology to the culinary community," said Liz von Hasseln, Creative Director, Culinary, for 3DS. "We're bringing together partners and collaborators from across the food service and hospitality industries, as well as chefs, mixologists and artisans to explore the wide-open landscape for 3D printed food."

3DS Culinary will also host events at the space for leaders in the hospitality, event and culinary communities, as well as symposiums and master-classes that explore and shape the future of 3D printed food. 3DS plans to host programming that is industry-focused to address professionals in smaller, hands-on settings. Initial programming includes events centered on 3D printed food fundamentals in sweet, savory and mixology, as well as a quarterly Chef Night for culinarians to come together and experience the potential for 3D printing, and a symposium style event for discussions on the potential for artistry that 3D printing brings to culinary professionals. Click here for more information, or to inquire about availability.

The 3DS Culinary Lab features a demonstration kitchen furnished by KitchenAid, and a 3D printing kitchen highlighting the ChefJet Pro culinary printers. At its opening, guests enjoyed dishes and signature cocktails that incorporated 3D printed elements and were created in collaboration with influential local culinarians:

  • Josiah Citrin, of two-Michelin Starred Mélisse Restaurant, Santa Monica

  • French Onion soup: 3D printed onion powder cube, burrata cheese, oxtail broth
  • Pumpkin Waffle: 3D printed pumpkin and maple waffle, quail egg, bacon


  • Mei Lin, Winner of Bravo's Top Chef Season 12

  • Passionfruit dessert: passionfruit curd, raspberries textures, toasted yogurt, bee pollen crumble with 3D printed passionfruit flower
  • Wagyu Steak Tartare: sansho pepper, mitsuba, japanese pickles, 3D Printed wasabi egg


  • Matthew Biancaniello, Cocktail Chef, Author of "Eat Your Drink"

  • Handcrafted cocktail containing bergamot infused tequila, curry leaf, chamomile flowers, and currants, with a candy-cap mushroom 3D printed garnish
  • Savory cocktail with tomato base and 3D printed crystal of smoked salt

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Since the signing of the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (Public Law 108-153) in 2003, NanoTechnology for Defense (NT4D) has provided an opportunity for Government leadership to interact directly with industry executives, academia, and technical representatives, to discuss current and future opportunities for nano and advanced technology development supporting the DoD warfighter objectives and dual-use opportunities.  Initiated over a decade ago by the Air Force Research Laboratory, Army Research Laboratory, the Office of Naval Research, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the NT4D remains the premier event addressing emerging, advanced, and nano technology for defense needs and solutions.

NT4D’s special focus is on accelerating the rate of transition from discovery to technology.  With that focus in mind, the conference identifies defense technology needs, presents exciting nano advances primed for technology development, forges connections to facilitate and accelerate the development process, and provides solutions for obstacles to accelerating the transition of nanotechnology and emerging technology innovations.  In essence, it addresses the most critical issues in real and emerging needs for defense. Collaboration and opportunities for innovation are key elements at this event.

The 13th Annual Nano for Defense Conference (NT4D) will be held at the Pacific Palms Resort in City of Industry, California on November 16-19, 2015.  This year’s NT4D features a wide array of learning and networking opportunities through its technical program. The Conference will feature an Innovators & Small Business Forum (ISBF) that primes businesses and academia for doing business with government and provides opportunities for one-on-one discussions between these parties.  The ISBF includes a variety of talks on how to do business with the government.  Hear from Mr. David Sikora, Acquisition Program Manager, Air Force Small Business Office; Dr. Seth Coe-Sullivan, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, QD Vision, Inc.; Mr. Steve Taulbee, ARL Outreach Office; and Dr. James Garrett, Vice President, Technology Development Division, Luna Innovations Incorporated.

There will be workshops following the ISBF on topics including Human and Environmental Health and Safety for Nanotechnology: Basics of Nano EHS; Cloaking for Sound and Light Using Metamaterials; and Nanoinformatics.  Tuesday kicks off with a Plenary Session featuring executive level perspectives including Dr. Steve Wax, Chief Scientist, J9, Defense Threat Reduction Agency; Dr. Douglas Deason, Director Advanced Research, Missile Defense Agency; and Mr. Charles Chase, Sr. Program Manager, Revolutionary Technology Programs, Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.  Technical talks Tuesday through Thursday include Advanced Manufacturing/Nanomanufacturing; Nano/Biotechnology: Advanced Materials and Detection Capabilities; Advanced Coatings & Films; Next Generation Electronics; Safety & Health; Power & Energy Generation; Nanostructured Materials: 1-D, 2-D, and Metamaterials; and Tech Insertion Success Stories.

The event also includes an expanded poster session Monday through Wednesday, an exhibit show, and a host of networking opportunities via receptions, tours, and side meetings.

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In response to increased demand across the country for its advanced abrasive waterjet systems, OMAX® Corporation has expanded its sales force. The Kent, Washington-based company has added Brad Tumbleson as regional sales manager to serve customers throughout Southern California.

In his position, Tumbleson will support existing customers that rely on OMAX Corporation’s abrasive waterjet technology, which includes OMAX and MAXIEM® JetMachining® Centers. He will also introduce manufacturers, job shops and metal service centers serving the aerospace, medical, and transportation industries as well as educational institutions to the benefits of abrasive waterjet technology for the fast, precise cutting of various materials including exotic alloys, glass, rubber, stone, composites and traditional metals.

With nearly 10 years of outside sales experience, Tumbleson has a proven record as a dedicated and highly motivated sales manager. Prior to OMAX Corporation, he was a branch manager and outside sales manager for House of Threads where he was responsible for the overall growth and production of a distribution branch within the fastener business. His career also includes serving as an outside sales engineer and service manager for Aqua Blast Corporation and directing sales and service of pneumatic and ultrasound equipment through an independent office of Foodtools Inc.

Tumbleson earned an associate’s degree in industrial management technology from Florida State College in Jacksonville. He also holds an OSHA Construction Safety and Health certification.

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MecklerMedia Corporation (OTCQX: MECK) revealed details for the upcoming Inside 3D Printing Startup Competition, taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California on October 22 during Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara.

Returning for its third year in California, Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara is California’s largest annual 3D printing show with 50 exhibitors and sponsors.

Over $8 million of funding has been raised following Inside 3D Printing startup competitions in New York and California since its addition to the Inside 3D Printing agenda in 2014. Previous competition winners include: 3D Hubs (NY 2014), Wivv Wearables (CA 2014), and Osiris Biomedical (NY 2015).

The competition features presentations from companies that are pushing the frontiers of 3D printing and expanding the industry. The selected companies cover an array of offerings from services to equipment to medical applications. This year’s winner will be awarded a $15,000 uncapped convertible note, courtesy of leading early-stage technology venture capital firm and Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara Startup Competition Sponsor, Asimov Ventures.

Access to the Startup Competition is free for attendees who register in advance. The competition is open to all Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara registrants and will take place on October 22 from 11:45AM – 12:30PM.

MecklerMedia has also partnered with digital art pioneer, Laurence Gartel, to host the Creative Force Design Competition at Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara. Participants have the opportunity to download and print a 3D file created by Gartel, and alter and adjust the file to create a unique work of art. The process explores the nuances of people’s sensibilities, use of color, and operation of technology for the magnitude of comparison.

Prices increase on September 30, so register before to save with early bird pricing. Get 10% OFF when you register with the discount code PROTO

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The National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) will be featured at the SME Technology Interchange at WESTEC 2015, September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The SME Technology Interchange is part of an ongoing collaboration between NASA and SME to advance technology use in the manufacturing industry for regional economic development.

Business leaders and technology experts from NASA will be at WESTEC 2015 with select technologies to share their expertise, identify new resources and forge partnerships with companies of all sizes. The SME Technology Interchange aims to drive economic growth by showcasing technology and process innovation, and connecting manufacturers with new solutions and expertise available from NASA.

“The SME Technology Interchange is a great way for NASA to engage with the manufacturing community to foster and grow new business and technology opportunities,” said Robert J. Shaw, PhD, director, Ventures and Partnerships, NASA. “The WESTEC event provides us with an opportunity to be involved with a broad and diverse set of manufacturers and allows us to uncover collaboration opportunities in the region and industry.”

WESTEC attendees will have an opportunity to see mature technologies developed by NASA including additive manufacturing, communication and guidance systems, advanced materials and nanotechnology. NASA experts and business leaders will be available to discuss industry applications and best practices in production, as well as development and co-development opportunities.

“NASA has a long history as a technology innovator and the SME Technology Interchange is a great opportunity to bring their leadership in research and innovation to the manufacturing community,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, industry manager, SME. “Attendees will be provided with a unique opportunity to explore these technologies and build an avenue for growth.”

The SME Technology Interchange will be hosted on the WESTEC 2015 exhibition floor, Sept. 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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SME has released details about the Medical Manufacturing Innovations (MMI) Series, which will spotlight companies and information at WESTEC 2015. Southern California is recognized as having the highest level of medical device and biomedical manufacturing development in the world, and this year’s event will reflect that through education sessions and an exclusive keynote.

In his keynote, sponsored by Autodesk, Gerardo de la Concha, vice president of Mexico operations at Medtronic, will share insight from his company’s experience spearheading a skunkworks project to reverse engineer and develop a medical device using Nitinol, a metal alloy of nickel and titanium with the unique properties of shape memory and super elasticity. These properties allowed the Medtronic team to take a new approach to development and create unique devices.

Originally created in the aerospace and defense sector, skunkworks projects are becoming more prominent for companies that are looking for ways to accelerate innovation.

“Medtronic’s skunkworks project was a truly creative and collaborative opportunity for our team, and a significant learning experience,” said de la Concha. “By sharing some of the lessons we learned, we hope to help other companies understand the issues and challenges they may face as more of them look to this process for future innovation.”

Medical manufacturing is expanding into new areas every day, due to the support and involvement of groups like the National Institute of Health and SME, world-class research centers, and biotech hubs dedicated to research, development and innovation. Leading indicators point toward continued accelerated growth in medical production, correlating with population changes and an increase in personalized medicine.

In addition to the keynote, WESTEC will provide opportunities for attendees to network with and learn from leading companies in the areas of implantable devices, prosthetics, orthopedic implants, dental devices, additive manufacturing/3D printing, and more.

“We have seen tremendous growth in medical manufacturing in recent years, and there is a great deal of progress and innovation coming from the companies involved in this sector,” said Lauralyn McDaniel, industry manager, medical at SME. “As the industry has evolved, especially in the western region, we recognize how important it is to provide attendees with a range of opportunities and tools that they can use to innovate and grow.”

Through WESTEC’s MMI Series, attendees will have access to a wide range of critical technologies and resources to support the next generation of quality-of-life and life-saving products.

WESTEC attracts between 12,000 and 15,000 industry professionals and provides attendees networking opportunities, complimentary education sessions, keynotes, and interactive manufacturing technology exhibits. The event features representatives from growing industries, like aerospace, medical, energy, and transportation, as well as large Fortune 500 OEMs and smaller companies that provide the engineering, design, and manufactured components supporting the industry.

The event will take place September 15-17 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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GF Machining Solutions and OSG will co-host a two-day symposium in Irvine, California, on September 29-30, 2015. The event will offer a variety of training courses as well as hands-on access to the latest EDM and high-speed and high-performance milling solutions for the medical, moldmaking and aerospace sectors.

On September 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., OSG will host Train the Nation, a comprehensive overview of key machining techniques. The in-depth workshop will discuss how bringing together machining, programming and cutting tools on the shop floor results in maximum productivity.

GF Machining Solutions will host courses and demonstrate its latest technologies on September 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The company’s aerospace market segment manager will present several new dedicated machines for the aerospace and power generation segments. Additionally, the company’s applications team will be on hand to consult with attendees on any challenges they are currently facing.

The two-day symposium will be held at the GF Machining Solutions Center of Competence, located at 9271 Jeronimo Road in Irvine, California. Lunch will be provided for attendees at noon on both days.

Manufacturers interested in attending the event should RSVP to LuAnn Twite at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by September 23.

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Infocast is proud to announce the inaugural Space 2.0 conference, set to take place September 8-10, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza San Jose in Milpitas, CA. The three day event is a unique opportunity for attendees to forge relationships with the pioneering investors and entrepreneurs in the emerging space commerce industry. Space 2.0 will be the first event dedicated to exploring the implications of “new money” in the space game, and will provide a rich networking environment to those seeking funding for ambitious projects in this exciting, futuristic landscape.

With new NASA policies in place, non-government organizations are now able participate in space-based entrepreneurship. As a result, companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Northrup are cutting costs and moving in a more commercial direction as competition increases within the satellite business. Newcomer Space X is in the process of becoming certified to make military satellites, ending the monopoly by United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Lockheed and Boeing, the Pentagon's two top suppliers.

Meanwhile, AirBus Defence and Space has just announced an industrial partnership with OneWeb Ltd., for the design and manufacture of a 900 microsatellite fleet, aimed at delivering affordable internet access on a global scale by 2018.

Attend Space 2.0 to network with the funders and innovators re-defining near-space commerce, identify revolutionary business models and gain insights into partnering strategies between new players and incumbent aero defense and satellite suppliers. Attendees will also discuss the latest thinking on leveraging space for commercial use, as well as the potential risk vs. reward involved in this large-scale undertaking, currently laying the groundwork for the future economy.

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Highway1, the PCH accelerator program for hardware startups, began accepting applications to its fall 2015 hardware accelerator program. Set to start in August of this year, Highway1 is searching for up to 15 of the best hardware startups from around the world to join the fall program. Forty-five hardware startups have participated in the program to date.

“The rush of applications pouring into the program from around the world recharges us for every class,” said Highway1 VP Brady Forrest. “Experienced, passionate teams, who already have a working prototype and are ready to refine their technology for production thrive at Highway1. We work hands-on with the teams and we invest in their success.”

Highway1 benefits from PCH’s experience designing custom product solutions for the world’s best brands. Startups gain access to an extensive network of mentors, a unique classroom curriculum and new lab and office space. The curriculum is an intense, four-month immersion into how to scale a hardware business, which includes product design and engineering support, supply chain management, manufacturing and logistics, marketing and retail. Selected startups also embark on a 10-day trip to Shenzhen, China, to learn first-hand about building a global manufacturing and supply chain network.

“We are looking for dedicated entrepreneurs who want to build a company, not just one product,” said PCH Founder and CEO Liam Casey. “We help put our hardware startups in the best possible position for investment. As we can see from recent successful crowd funding campaigns, there is a tremendous amount of consumer excitement about hardware tech right now. Our goal is to make hardware investing as appealing to Venture Capital and Angel Investors as investing in software.”

Program participants work out of Highway1’s new 10,000-square-foot home. Located at the PCH Innovation Hub in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood, the new facility features state-of-the-art prototyping and electrical engineering labs available 24/7, including a CNC mill, 3D printers and a spectrum analyzer, among other specialized equipment.

Highway1 invests $50,000 of seed money into each company in exchange for a 4–7 percent equity stake. At the end of the four-month program, graduates pitch their concepts and show their working prototype to investors, industry leaders, and media at an invitation only Demo Day event. Highway1 alumni are granted long-term access to the accelerator’s prototyping facilities after finishing the program.

Highway1 is the ideal accelerator program for hardware startups looking to scale. Most join Highway1 with a strong, technically savvy team, working prototype and seed funding. The Spring 2015 class of 11 companies joined Highway1 already having raised a cumulative $4 million. More than 275 companies applied to the Spring 2015 class, the largest number of applicants for a single semester in the history of the program.

Since its inception in 2013, Highway1 has accepted 45 hardware companies spanning the Internet of Things (IoT) product spectrum, ranging from connected home, to health care, to wearable fashion to robotics. In total, graduating companies have raised more than $50 million, including companies such as Drop, Ringly, Podo and Navdy.

Highway1 recruits top hardware startups from around the world, with companies relocating from countries such as Australia, India, the Netherlands and Ireland to participate in the immersive, four month program.

Highway1 will be the subject of an upcoming docu-series TV show, The Bazillion Dollar Club. Set to air on the Syfy Channel in the fall of 2015, the show follows three Highway1 startup companies from the Spring 2015 Highway1 class, as well as three companies currently enrolled in the 500 Startups accelerator program.

Interested companies can visit to apply to the fall 2015 Highway1 program. The application period ends May 29, 2015.

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SME’s 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition, the largest in the event’s history, will be held next month in Long Beach, California. RAPID, which is celebrating its 25-year anniversary, is known worldwide as the preeminent event for 3D printing, scanning and additive manufacturing. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with more than 195 exhibitors and explore the future of the industry through interactive experiences and keynotes from industry leaders.

“RAPID 2015 gives established businesses and startups alike the opportunity to collaborate and further the growth of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology,” said Debbie Holton, director of events and industry strategy at SME. “Manufacturers attend RAPID because they know they’ll find the latest innovative solutions they need to compete successfully. Those that don’t attend will miss out on witnessing the newest 3D technologies and finding their next competitive advantage.”

The RAPID show floor is designed to optimize interaction among exhibitors and attendees. RAPID 2015 will feature several new interactive experiences showcasing the latest advancements in the industry. Highlights include:

  • Hovercraft Races – Attendees will have a chance to race 3D-printed hovercrafts and win a remote-controlled hovercraft of their own.
  • Innovation Auditions – Qualified innovators will have five minutes to capture the attention of a panel of investors and industry experts and share why their idea could make a difference. The panel will provide feedback after the auditions and select one outstanding innovation that will be announced at the Wednesday keynote presentation.

In addition, popular show floor features from RAPID 2014 will return in 2015, including:

  • 3D Playground – An opportunity to witness 3D technologies in a hands-on lab designed by SME and industry partners. Attendees will see state-of-the-art bioprinting capabilities, learn about software solutions to simplify design challenges, engage with 3D printing-enabled STEM educational tools and much more.
  • Contemporary Art Gallery – See creative approaches to art creation and production via a showcase of artwork made possible with additive manufacturing, 3D printing, 3D imaging and digital sculpture technologies.

“In its 25th year, RAPID has been at the forefront of the manufacturing industry from the start. As the industry continues to grow and change, the RAPID event continues to showcase the business advantages of additive manufacturing,” said Holton.

RAPID 2015’s show floor provides attendees with the one place in the world where all of the industry’s experts and enthusiasts connect under one roof. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with 3D manufacturing leaders like Materialise, Stratasys and 3D Systems, as well as innovative newcomers to the industry.

The 2015 RAPID Conference & Exposition is being held at the Long Beach Convention Center. The exhibition floor opens on Tuesday, May 19, and closes on Thursday, May 21. Conference and exposition registration, exhibitor registration, and media registration are now open.

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Creaform announced the opening of its US-based corporation and offices in Costa Mesa, California. The opening of this new office is the result of the growing demand for Creaform’s portable measurement solutions as well as its dedication to better support its ever-expanding US customer base.

The offices, strategically located on the West Coast, will provide complete sales and metrology services, with the addition of local application engineers and project leaders on site.

“California is a hotbed for cutting-edge technology,” explained Martin D. Chader, US Country Manager at Creaform. “With such a flourishing economy, substantial military presence, and significant commercial potential, California was a natural fit for our US-based office.”

Creaform US Sales can be reached at 1.855.939.4446 while Creaform Technical support services can be reached from Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. East Coast to West Coast at 1.855.933.4446.

Creaform develops, manufactures, and sells 3D portable measurement technologies and specializes in 3D engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions, such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development, and numerical simulation (FEA/CFD). Its products and services cater to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation, and research and education. With headquarters and manufacturing operations in Lévis, Québec, Creaform operates innovation centers in Lévis and Grenoble, France, and has direct sales operations in the United States, France, Germany, China, Japan, and India.

Creaform is a unit of AMETEK Ultra Precision Technologies, a division of AMETEK Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices, with annual sales of $4.0 billion.

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Once again Space Tech Conference will open its doors in Long Beach, California, to bring together the leading representatives of the military, government and commercial space sectors.  An unparalleled line-up of expert speakers at the three-day conference will showcase the breadth of innovation in the industry, and discuss issues and opportunities in solving the space sector’s most challenging problems.

With senior personnel from leading organizations – including, NASA, Orbital, SpaceX, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, Space and Missile Systems Center, US Navy, DARPA, Air Force Research Lab and The US Army SMDC – coming together, the 2015 event offers unprecedented access to over 60 speakers delivering presentations and panel discussions on key topics relevant to established and new industry players alike.

New to the agenda this year is the Small Sats Focus Day. Led by Dave Barnhart from the University of Southern California, it will look at key considerations for the continued growth of small sats, and ask: where is the real value in delivering affordable access to space and how can we realize it fully?

The 2015 event will open with a keynote address from NASA's Dr Tom Cwik, Head of Space Technology at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), who will highlight current JPL projects, including results and their application to space missions, to examine advances in space technology for planetary exploration.

‘Our expert speakers will deliver experience-rich insights into the trends, challenges, and innovations across the space sector,’ says Mindy Emsley, Conference Director. ‘The conference covers a lot in just three days, but resiliency, affordability and mission assurance are key themes underpinning the entire program and will be invaluable to all attendees.’

High ranking officers including Major General Robert McMurry, Vice Commander, Space and Missile Systems Center, Terrence Feehan, Maj Gen, USAF Director of Strategic Plans and Requirements, Air Force Space Command and Rear Admiral Brian B. Brown, Deputy Commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Space, US Navy feature among a stellar line up of senior military leaders discussing how to evolve space architecture to meet future mission requirements.

The conference runs alongside Space Tech Expo, which hosts 180 companies from across the entire supply chain, from component suppliers to manufacturers of complete subsystems, engineering service providers to prime contractors. It is the largest supply chain exhibition of its kind.

Now in its fourth year, Space Tech Expo & Conference is firmly established as the West Coast’s premier B2B space event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. The show provides an invaluable opportunity to meet, debate and explore the possibilities with other key industry players.

Speakers Include:

  • Akshay Patel - Vice President – Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley
  • Al Tadros - Vice President, Civil and DoD Business, Space Systems/ Loral
  • Arnie Streland - Director, Strategy and Business Development, ATK
  • Barry A Matsumori - Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development, SpaceX
  • Børre Pedersen - Sales Director, Kongsberg Satellite Services AS
  • Bretton Alexander - Director, Business Development and Strategy, Blue Origin
  • Claire Leon PhD - SES, DAF, Director - Launch Enterprise, Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)
  • Clay Mowry - President, Arianespace
  • Dave Barnhart - Director, USC Space Engineering Research Center, University of Southern California (formerly Program Manager at DARPA)
  • David 'DJ' Johnson - Vice President, Space, Engineering, and Operations, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc
  • Eric Moltzau - Senior Principal Director , Intelsat General Corporation
  • Eric W Stallmer - President, Commercial Spaceflight Federation
  • Frank Slazer - Vice President – Space, Aerospace Industries Association (AIA)
  • Jeffery Manber - CEO , NanoRacks
  • Jess Sponable - Program Manager XS-1, Tactical Technology Office, DARPA
  • Jim Simpson - Vice President Business Development Strategy & Network Space Systems, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
  • Joan Johnson-Freese PhD - Professor, National Security Affairs , Naval War College
  • Kenneth L Cureton - Adjunct Associate Professor, Systems Architecting and Engineering Program, University of Southern California
  • Marcy Steinke - Senior Vice President, Government Relations, DigitalGlobe
  • Peter Beck - Founder, CEO and Technical Director, Rocket Lab LTD
  • Rob Feierbach - Head, Americas, S3 (Swiss Space Systems)
  • Rob Meyerson - President & Program Manager, Blue Origin
  • Sean Mahoney - CEO , Masten Space Systems
  • Todd May - SLS Program Manager, NASA Marshall
  • Tom Cwik PhD - Head of Space Technology, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
  • Vinny Sica - Vice President – Space Ground Solutions, Lockheed Martin
  • Will Pomerantz - Vice President, Special Projects, Virgin Galactic

The 2015 conference focuses on the challenges and opportunities facing the military, commercial, and government space sectors; exploring the business models and technologies that will help stakeholders deliver successful missions at lower cost.  Key questions and topics for debate include: how can the different stakeholders work together to better leverage available expertise and infrastructure? How are missions changing in a budget-restricted environment? Which technologies will meet future space access and exploration requirements?

Space Tech Expo & Conference 2015 is also co-located with the Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo, an exhibition and summit covering onboard electrical power in commercial and business aviation, and military aircraft, rotary and spacecraft.

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3D Printer World returns to the Marriott Burbank Convention Center on January 29th. The Expo, which was launched in Burbank in January of 2014, has been expanded in both length and scope to meet strong business and consumer demand.

“Southern California is a hotbed of 3D printing activity,” says Bob Titsch, show director for 3D Printer World. “As the first event to bring the entire 3D printing ecosystem under one roof, our show in January 2014 was standing room only. This year’s expo has an expanded show floor to accommodate more exhibits from leading industry vendors and features new attractions and experiences for attendees. We’ve taken the industry’s main event and made it even bigger and better.”

This year’s expo includes the return of crowd favorites such as 3D printer drawings and giveaways, a 3D print art gallery, live design demos and contests on center stage, as well as some exciting additions, including:

  • A new 3D Printing Boot Camp seminar track

  • A new Markets and Business Applications seminar track

  • The 3DPlusMe Experience: This attraction will let attendees get a 3D face scan, cast themselves as a Marvel superhero, see themselves as that hero and, if they wish, order their personalized 3D printed character. Every attendee who gets a scan will have it emailed to them as a picture, and a few printed versions will be given away in drawings too.

  • Movie Magic: 3D printed costumes and other machinations from special effects wizards who bring the visions and imaginations of Hollywood's filmmakers to life will be on display. Several pieces and props from special effects companies such as 3D Systems’ Gentle Giant Studios, New Deal Studios and others will be featured.

  • Visionaries of the Additive Future Exhibit: Visionary artists, designers, engineers and architects are using new conceptual workflows and creative processes to push design to the limits and explore the boundaries of 3D printing. This special display will showcase some of the more exciting explorations of new ideas, forms and structures.

  • DIY Sand Casting from PLA Demonstration: This live casting demo will cover the process of using inexpensive FDM personal 3D printers to produce objects that can be converted to metal by employing PLA as a castable material.

  • SeeMeCNC’s 16-foot-tall ‘PartDaddy’ 3D printer in action! With a print volume of 4’ by over 9’, this massive Deltabot just might be the largest FDM printer in the world.

  • VIP Exhibit Hall Preview and Cocktail Reception on opening night (requires seminar ticket to attend)

Early bird discounts are available through December 15th on all levels of access (exhibit hall only, one day seminar and full seminar packages).

3D Printer World Burbank 2015 brings together the largest range of 3D printers, technology and professionals ever assembled under one roof. The three-day 3D printing event, which includes exhibits, demonstrations, education tracks, contests and networking opportunities, takes place January 29-31 at the Marriott Burbank Hotel and Convention Center.

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The 11th IDTechEx Printed Electronics show is set to attract more than 2,500 attendees and 200 exhibitors. This global conference and tradeshow uniquely brings together a number of closely-related, synergic and growing market sectors. The Printed Electronics show attracts the conductive paste industry, including end users, material suppliers, printers and printing equipment manufacturers.

This is a successful and growing industry and IDTechEx projects that the $2 billion conductive ink/paste sector will grow $3.2 billion in 2025 at the material level. The growth will stem from the returning optimism in the photovoltaic sector, but will also be fueled by a variety of other emerging and high-CAGR sectors such as automotive interiors, sensors, antennas and touch screens. The old powder and flake technologies will remain resilient but the nanotechnology solutions will also fast approach competitiveness. Screen printing remains robust and widespread, but gravure and inkjet increasing find their ways into the market.

The IDTechEx event is designed to cover all the diverse strands of emerging market opportunities for the conductive ink and paste value chain. Within the broad printed electronics sector, we cover markets such as photovoltaics including the niche organic photovoltaics and dye-sensitised solar cells, solid state lighting, OLED displays, smart packaging and labels, sensors and actuators, etc.

We also co-host various other adjacent yet highly synergic industries, which represent growing but early-stage market opportunities. Our show will host the 3D Printing industry where many all looking for multi-functional 3D printable materials, the supercapacitors industry where players are looking for higher performance electronics, and the wearable technology industry where many are looking for more robust and flexible electronics.

The IDTechEx Printed Electronics show brings together all the key players in the industry. Our conference tracks and tradeshow feature many of the main conductive ink and paste suppliers such as DuPont Microcircuit, Heraeus Precious Metals, Agfa, Henkel Electronic Materials, DOWA, Conductive Compounds, Method Electronics, Ercon Ink, Engineered Material Systems, Inc, Xymox, Protavic Ink.

The suppliers of nano-enabled and other emerging solutions will also be in Santa Clara. For example, we will have Novacentrix, Xerox Research Centre of Canada, Intrinsiq Materials, PV Nano Cell, Nanogap, Liquid X Printed Metals, etc.

We will also host developers and manufacturers of non-metallic conductive inks and materials such as SouthWest NanoTechnologies, Inc, NanoIntegris, Brewer Science, XG Science, Graphene Technologies, Applied Graphene Materials.

Our event is also designed to host players that participate in the supporting ecosystem. Major curing, inkjet, screen, gravure and flexo printing equipment manufactures will exhibit with us.  There is ample opportunity for business development and partnership opportunities.

Novacentrix and Xenon Corporation will showcase their photo-sintering equipment. While many inkjet and aerosol developers will discuss and showcase their latest equipment and technology. Examples include Optomec, Roth & Rau B.V., CERADROP, Digitex International Inc, FUJIFILM Diamatix, ImTech, Notion Systems, SIJ Technology Inc.

And of course screen, gravure and flexo printers will also be in Santa Clara. Examples include Asada Mesh Co., Ltd., Chromaline Screen Print Products, Dynamesh Inc, KIWO, MURAKAMI SCREEN, Riv Inc, Saati Americas Corp, Sefar, ULNANO, GT+W, Harper Corporation of America, and Sung An Machinery

IDTechEx also runs a 3-hour masterclass on conductive ink technologies and markets. The masterclass is led by IDTechEx analysts but also features industry input from Novacentrix, Cambrios and DuPont. This is an excellent opportunity to get up to speed with this field prior to attending the conference.

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For almost a quarter of a century, the RAPID Conference & Exposition, produced by SME, has defined the crucial role of additive manufacturing and empowered the establishment of an industry that continues to conceive, test, improve and manufacture new products at a faster, more cost-efficient pace. RAPID 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary for the conference and exposition, and it will be held May 18-21, 2015, in Long Beach, California, at the Long Beach Convention Center.

“Within our industry, RAPID has been viewed as the leading conference on all things 3D printing and additive manufacturing for more than two decades,” said Maria Conrado, RAPID event manager. “As our industry continues to gain momentum and exposure from the mainstream media and general public alike, we anticipate RAPID 2015 will continue to grow and bring industry thought leaders and newcomers together to better this manufacturing technology.”

Last year, RAPID 2014 was the largest event in RAPID’s history, with more than 150 exhibiting companies, over 100 conference presentations and 3,400 attendees present. Additionally, 53 percent of RAPID 2014 attendees had little or no experience with additive manufacturing technologies prior to their attendance, a clear sign of the industry’s growth and potential.

Nowhere else in North America is there an opportunity to see all major manufacturers, all leading technologies and have the opportunity to evaluate and compare them side by side. Major brands and startup companies utilize RAPID as a launching ground for the newest innovations and industry-changing technologies in additive manufacturing, as well as an opportunity to secure face-to-face time with a multitude of experts within the community. Seventeen industries will be represented at RAPID 2015, promoting cross-industry collaboration between aerospace, medical, consumer goods, automotive and more.

With public interest in 3D printing technologies at an all-time high, there’s no better time to share innovative research, case studies or applications with an audience focused on additive manufacturing. RAPID 2015 is currently accepting conference abstracts and research posters for consideration, with a submission deadline of Nov. 15, 2014. Submissions for current and still-to-be-created art for RAPID 2015’s gallery and puzzle designs will also be accepted through Dec. 1, 2014.

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The Space Tech Expo exhibition and conference brings together global decision-makers involved in the design, build and testing of spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies.  Leading the West Coast space and satellite industry, Space Tech Expo is where end-users connect with solution providers; a platform for specifiers and buyers to meet manufacturers and the supply chain for civil and commercial space.

Marking a positive move from Los Angeles to Long Beach 2 years ago, Space Tech Expo has achieved significant growth, successfully establishing itself as the leading B2B exhibition and conference for the industry.  2014 welcomed more exhibitors, visitors and delegates than ever before, offering a prime opportunity for leading professionals to engage their target market.  The event hosted 153 exhibitors and despite the current challenges the industry is facing, attendee numbers also increased by 16% from 2013.  This year, numbers are set to rise even further with a predicted 170 exhibitors and 2,500 attendees.

In addition to the exhibition, Space Tech Expo 2015 features a three-day conference offering considerably expanded programming, providing comprehensive insights across business and technical issues. New for 2015, a dedicated Testing Zone will showcase companies providing testing capabilities, covering the latest testing technologies, strategies and specialist services.

Space Tech Expo also offers free learning opportunities for all exhibition attendees through our Free Sessions program, covering a variety of industry topics. This unique approach ensures that your time away from the office pays dividends and is both money and time well spent.

If your company would like to promote its product technologies within the spacecraft, satellite and launch operations communities, please visit the event website to learn more about related exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.

Taking place May 19 - 21, Long Beach, California, Space Tech Expo is the West Coast's premier B2B space event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. The exhibition hall is completely free to attend and offers a platform to launch new products, make new contacts and maintain existing relationships. With more qualified buyers and decision makers than any other West Coast event, Space Tech Expo is the key to unlocking your future business opportunities.

Space Tech Expo will once again be co-locating with Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo, the only show dedicated to on-board electrical power.

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MecklerMedia (OTCQX: MECK) and Wohlers Associates have jointly announced a special consulting dinner with additive manufacturing and 3D printing consultant and analyst Terry Wohlers. It will coincide with the Inside 3D Printing event, taking place in Santa Clara, California, October 21-23, 2014.

Wohlers is the founder, principal consultant, and president of Wohlers Associates, Inc., a consulting firm that has provided technical and strategic assistance to more than 240 organizations in 24 countries. The company has also provided detailed insight to nearly 150 companies in the investment community. Wohlers associates was established in 1986 and provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and rapid product development.

Although consultations with the firm can be difficult to obtain, Inside 3D Printing will provide the opportunity to spend two hours with Wohlers discussing business opportunities and speaking in depth about his company’s predictions for 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

The Wohlers Associates Consulting Dinner is limited to 40 guests, all of whom will receive dinner, wine, and a detailed highlights package. The dinner will take place on the first day of the event.

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Forecast 3D has provided 3D printing, rapid prototyping, and short-run manufacturing services for twenty years and this month’s addition of GROWit’s machines and expertise further expands Forecast’s PolyJET offerings. Now, with three new PolyJET 3D printing machines, Forecast 3D doubles their output of PolyJET capacity and can supply parts faster, as well as in full color with the all new Connex 3 platform – the newest 3D printer from Stratasys. The PolyJET 3D printing technology is advantageous for its ability to print in multiple colors with fine detail, smooth surfaces, speed, and precision.

“We are very happy to have found a company whom we are confident can continue to support our customer base at the high level that we have come to be known for as well as be able to offer clients some new Additive Manufacturing processes and technologies,” stated the founder of GROWit, David Gurrola. GROWit has been in business for 7 years, and has worked nearly exclusively with Stratasys 3D printing equipment. Forecast 3D also shares a strong relationship with Stratasys and now owns 8 Stratasys machines: 3 PolyJET machines and 5 FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) Fortus machines.

“The addition of the PolyJET technology, together with the expertise of GROWit, furthers our vision of being able to provide our customers with the best Additive Manufacturing option for their particular project,” stated Donovan Weber, COO of Forecast 3D. “We believe this solidifies Forecast 3D as the premier independent choice for enterprise 3D Printing solutions.”

GROWit customers can contact former GROWit lead project manager Ken Burns, who will be making the transition to Forecast 3D. Effective immediately, Ken can be reached by phone at 800-549-5414 x 122.

Forecast 3D has been in the 3D Printing and short-run manufacturing space for 20 years and was recently voted by their employees as one of the 10 Best Places to Work in the US & Canada in Plastics News. Known for their quality of service and craftsmanship, Forecast 3D offers a diverse range of 3D printing solutions with SLA (Stereolithography), FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling), DMLS (Direct Metal Laser Sintering), PolyJET high-precision 3D printing, and CNC Machining, as well as being a leader in RTV Tooling operations.

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The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] Space Systems Advanced Technology Center (ATC) has opened a new state-of-the-art laboratories building that will enable the company to provide innovative technical solutions to customers with more agility and efficiency.

The Advanced Materials & Thermal Sciences Center, with 82,000 square feet of floor space, will house 130 engineers, scientists and staff. The new laboratories will host advanced research and development in emerging technology areas like 3-D printing, energetics, thermal sciences, nanotechnology, synthesis, high temperature materials and advanced devices.

“This magnificent new facility will be home to many of the innovative technologies that will help shape the future of space payloads, satellites and missile systems,” said Dr. Kenneth Washington, vice president of the ATC. “Scientists and engineers here are creating advanced materials like our CuantumFuse™ nano-copper, which promises to make more reliable electrical connections in space and other applications. We’re also perfecting technologies to manage the heat generated by on-board satellite sensors. Our new microcryocooler is the smallest satellite cooler ever developed, another example of the ground-breaking technologies we’re advancing in this lab.”

The new building was designed and constructed to achieve a Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices including sustainability; water efficiency; energy efficiency and atmospheric quality; use of materials and resources; indoor environmental quality; and innovations in upgrades, operations and maintenance. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Building Rating System is a voluntary national standard for high-performance sustainable buildings.

“Our new Materials and Thermal Sciences Center is not just a home for innovation, it’s a shining example of the benefits of sustainable, environmentally-friendly practices,” said Marshall Case, vice president of Infrastructure Services at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “By replacing two other buildings that are each 50 years old with this new facility, we’ll save $1 million in annual maintenance costs, cut energy costs by more than 60 percent, and reduce our carbon footprint. This new facility is better for the environment, more affordable for our business and more versatile for our technologists.”

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 115,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.

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An astronaut holding the world’s record for the most spacewalks during a single mission, a private company planning to reach mars, aerospace industry titans alongside startup ventures, key military and NASA space officials, and thousands of engineers and executives are all planning to visit the Long Beach Convention Center April 1-3, 2014 for what is shaping up to be the biggest commercial space confab ever to hit the Los Angeles region, Space Tech Expo 2014.

“The Space business is making headlines; from Supermodel Kate Upton’s recent zero gravity shoot, to the Red Bull Stratos record jump to earth, to Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic venture offering wealthy thrill-seekers like Brad Pitt a ticket to ride in space, commercial interest in Space is at an all time high” says Gordy McHattie, Event Director for Space Tech Expo, the B2B trade show.  “Private and public space ventures and the industry are abuzz with new energy, and even consumer brands are getting in the game.”

Many of the players behind these ventures, and the technologies making them possible will be at Space Tech Expo, one of the largest events of its kind in the world, and the main business tradeshow and conference for the space industry held in the West Coast.

Expo attendees will see the latest space suits, rocket materials, space vehicle systems, and many other types of space-related technologies and products, with the chance to meet and interact with colleagues, suppliers, and partners during the unique free-to-attend three-day event.

Space Tech Expo 2014, the West Coast’s premiere B2B event for spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies, brings together global decision-makers involved in the design, build and testing of spacecraft, satellite, launch vehicle and space-related technologies.  In its third year, Space Tech Expo will take place April 1-3 at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Also free to attend, Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo debuts this year alongside Space Tech Expo, and is the only tradeshow and summit dedicated to on-board electrical power for aviation and spacecraft.

In addition to the free expos, Space Tech Conference, a concurrent three-day C-level paid registration conference, will bring together key military personnel, government officials and private sector executives to discuss pressing commercial, military and technology issues facing the space industry.

Space Tech Expo, Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo and Space Tech Conference are expected to feature over 150 organizations, and 2,000-plus attendees.

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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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3D printers are changing the world by transforming industry, unleashing creativity and turning science fiction into real life. On January 31 the 3D Printer World Expo is invading Southern California, with early bird registration discounts running through December 15th.

3D Printer World Expo brings together all dimensions of the 3D printing ecosystem – artists and designers, entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, educators, software, desktop and commercial printers and all participants in the 3D printing revolution.

Special exhibits on the show floor allow thousands of attendees to cruise through 3D-printed art galleries, engage in interactive displays, participate in demos and sample the latest in cutting-edge technology. More than 40 immersive educational seminars are offered to meet the immediate needs of artists, entrepreneurs and educators.

Four concurrent 3D printing education tracks are offered, including:

  • A commercial 3D printing track for engineers, entrepreneurs and business people pursuing the revolutionary benefits of 3D printing in areas such as prototyping and short-run manufacturing

  • A desktop 3D printing track, sponsored by Deezmaker, that introduces attendees to 3D printing hardware, software, design basics, filaments, processing tips and tricks, and emerging innovations in prosumer and personal 3D printing technology

  • A learning with 3D printing track, sponsored by Afinia, for educators and administrators at schools, libraries and museums that are developing or evaluating 3D printing programs for their institutions, including curriculum development, funding options (including grant writing) and best practices

  • Modeling and monetizing 3D printable designs:  A special, one-day track developed specifically to help artists capitalize on the 3D printing boom

Live demonstrations, contests and giveaways, interactive exhibits, a gallery of 3D printed art from renowned artists and much more complement the core education tracks.  From fans and enthusiasts that want to cruise the exhibit floor loaded with amazing feats of art and technology to the most serious of industry players, 3D Printer World expo delivers the full 3D printing experience under one roof.

3D Printer World Expo, hosted by 3d Printer World, brings together a broad range of 3D printers and 3D printing professionals under one roof.  The 2-day event, which includes exhibits, demonstrations, education tracks, contests and networking opportunities, takes place January 31 and February 1, 2014, at the Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center.

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3D Printing Live!, hosted by IDTechEx and taking place in Santa Clara, CA on November 21-22, 2013 will bring an entirely new audience to the 3D printing arena.

Originally viewed as a rapid prototyping tool, the raft of technologies known as 3D Printing, or alternatively additive manufacturing, have reached a level of sophistication where they are now on the cusp of moving into production manufacturing. 3D printing is a means to additively generate 3-dimensional objects on a layer-by-layer basis with material options including photopolymers, thermoplastics, metal powders and more.

Now viewed as virtually standard tools in the automotive, aerospace, and other engineering industries, new markets are opening up in the medical and dental fields especially where the ease of producing customised implants without the need to amortise tooling costs is highly attractive.

3D Printing Live! provides a full overview of the field including end-user perspectives, technology and materials developments, functional 3D printing, and the software led supply chain.

At this event you will  hear what Boeing, IBM, Princeton, Optomec, Harvard, Microsoft, Sandvik and many others have to say about the latest developments in 3D printing. This conference will give a realistic evaluation of the future of 3D printing presented by some of the biggest names in the industry.

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab Engineer Adam Steltzner will respectively open and keynote WESTEC, the premier West Coast manufacturing event. Mayor Garcetti was recently elected to office and has championed manufacturing since hitting the campaign trail. Steltzner, a media darling, has been a public figure in NASA’s Mars rover project. Produced by SME, WESTEC 2013 will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center October 15-17, 2013.

“The Mayor can direct policy and bring stakeholders together to drive manufacturing growth in the region,” said Christine Longroy WESTEC event manager. “And highlighting NASA’s technological feat with the Mars rover connects manufacturing to scientific advancements.”

As the leader of America’s second largest city, Mayor Garcetti has made business innovation and manufacturing a major priority of his administration. Prior to assuming office, the Mayor was instrumental in shifting Los Angeles forward by enhancing the City’s technological implementation and know-how. As part of his economic agenda, Mayor Garcetti has actively encouraged increased manufacturing in the Los Angeles area. In his opening address, the Mayor will talk about the need for technology innovation and opportunities for manufacturing in the region.

As the face of the Mars Science Laboratory mission for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Steltzner serves as the chief landing engineer and landing system development manager and was responsible for the entry, descent and landing phase to ensure that the intricately designed Mars rover vehicle landed safely. Steltzner’s keynote speech at WESTEC is entitled “A Different Way to Get to Mars – The Engineering Challenge.” In his speech, Steltzner will detail the unique engineering and manufacturing issues facing NASA’s team which has been described as an unprecedented feat of technology.

For nearly 50 years, WESTEC has built a reputation as the West Coast’s premier technological showcase and innovation for the manufacturing industry. Generations of manufacturers have used the event as a forum to find cutting-edge equipment, explore advanced technologies and learn innovative new production methods to help grow their businesses. Many of the industry’s top equipment manufacturers have unveiled technological breakthroughs at WESTEC from software, cutting tools, 3D printers to multitasking machines.

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3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced that it has acquired The Sugar Lab, a start-up micro-design firm based in Los Angeles, California, dedicated to 3D printing customized, multi-dimensional, edible confections in real sugar. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The Sugar Lab adopted 3D Systems' Color Jet Printing (CJP) technology to print on a sugar bed using different flavored edible binders that meet all food safety requirements. 3D Systems plans to immediately integrate The Sugar Lab 3D printing technique into its professional and consumer content-to-print platforms with a variety of production-quality applications as well as the ability to 3D print indulgences at home.

"The overlap of technology, food and art is so rich, and the potential for customization and innovation is limitless," said Liz von Hasseln, cofounder of the Sugar Lab.  Existing commercial applications for printable sugar include complex sculptural cakes for weddings and special events that are made possible only with 3D printing, and customizable confections for bake shops and restaurants. Continued von Hasseln, "We see our technology quickly evolving into a variety of flavors and foods, powered by real food printers for professionals and consumers alike and we could not think of a more qualified partner than 3D Systems to help make that a reality."

"I believe there is a social covenant for indulgence that begins with desserts and The Sugar Lab will accelerate our ability to bring edible 3D printables to the masses while empowering chefs, restaurateurs and confectioners with never before explored digital creation tools for food," said Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems. "We are absolutely thrilled to partner with two kindred spirits; Liz and Kyle von Hasseln to quickly re-purpose our core 3D Systems print technology and jointly create delicious, custom confections."

The Sugar Lab was founded by Kyle and Liz von Hasseln, a husband and wife architectural design team in Los Angeles. They wanted to make a friend a birthday cake but didn't have an oven so they decided to try to 3D print a cake instead. After a period of trial and error that lasted well beyond her actual birthday they successfully printed a tiny cupcake topper that spelled her name in cursive sugar. She loved it and they thought others would as well so they officially started The Sugar Lab in their studio in Silver Lake.

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IDTechEx is pleased to announce its inaugural event 3D Printing LIVE! event will take place in Santa Clara, CA on November 20-21 2013.

This event introduces the 3D Printing community to the Printed Electronics world in a conference with a truly international flavour. Approximately 1800 delegates from across the globe will mingle on a show floor with in excess of 150 exhibitors, gaining access to potential clients and collaborations outside of the “usual suspects” already actively working in each of these rapidly converging areas.

Technology developers will be able to reach new audiences, including some of the largest companies from around the world, and end-users will have a platform to discuss their requirements both current and looking ahead to the future.

Issues of materials properties and needs will be discussed in a forum attended by many of the most experienced and major materials development organisations, many of whom have already demonstrated a significant interest in 3D printing.

Delegates will be able to gain an overview of both the push-and-pull aspects of the markets for these technologies, and presentations from some of the most advanced academic groups working in this field will yield an understanding of the novel techniques and applications that are in the pipeline.

In-depth analysis and forecasts for 3D printing markets will also be presented clearly illustrating the trends and opportunities existing within this exciting and fast paced field.

IDTechEx invites you to come and explore the synergies at an event that will attract new audiences and ideas for 3D printing and offer a fresh take on the possibilities for growth and cooperation.

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The Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo will continue its world tour in San Jose, California on September 17-18, 2013. With a new city, speakers, and exhibitors, this event is one that shouldn’t be missed by those interested in the business and applications of 3D printing.

Carl Bass, President & CEO of Autodesk, Avi Reichental, President & CEO of 3D Systems, and S. Scott Crump, Founder of Stratasys, will deliver the conference’s three keynote addresses.

Crump will also participate in the session, 3D Printing Pioneers, which will bring together Carl Deckard, Polymer Scientist, Structured Polymers, and Chuck Hull, Co-Founder, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, 3D Systems. The three creators of FDM, SLS, and SLA will discuss their early technical and commercial challenges, and what it took to become successful.

Additional sessions include The 10 Principles of 3D Printing, Leveraging 3D Printing Through Innovative Design for Space Exploration, The Promise of Distributed Manufacturing, The Financial Landscape, and Local Connectivity & 3D Printing: How It Got Here and Where It Will Take Us.

New exhibitors including Artec Group, Made in Space, Fathom, GoEngineer, will join the conference’s expo hall with the likes of Stratasys and 3D Systems. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the latest 3D printers and services and watch them in action.

Early registration prices will end after August 20th. Enter code PROTO for 15% off your full conference pass.

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The UPS Store® today announced it is the first nationwide retailer to test 3D printing services in-store. Select UPS Store locations will be offering the services to start-ups, small businesses and retail customers, beginning in the San Diego area with locations in additional cities across the United States in the near future.

A recent poll of small business owners conducted by The UPS Store showed high interest in trying the services, particularly for those needing to create prototypes, artistic renderings or promotional materials.

“Start-ups, entrepreneurs and small business owners may not have the capital to purchase a 3D printer on their own, but they may have a need to show prototypes to their current and potential customers,” said Michelle Van Slyke, vice president of marketing and small business solutions at The UPS Store. “By offering 3D printing capabilities in-center, we’re able to help further our small business customers’ opportunities for success.”

The UPS Store is testing the Stratasys uPrint SE Plus printer, which according to Stratasys is most well-known for its ability to print detailed objects more accurately than home 3D printers. Stratasys notes that this is particularly important when parts need to fit into each other or fit some other object. With this printer, The UPS Store locations will be equipped to produce items like engineering parts, functional prototypes, acting props, architectural models, fixtures for cameras, lights and cables.

In addition, The UPS Store locations offer a range of services tailored to meet the needs of small businesses in all stages of the business lifecycle. Not only can small business owners receive well-recognized services like packing and shipping, printing, faxing, direct mail and mailbox services, but The UPS Store locations also will work with business owners to develop custom solutions to meet their unique business needs.

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Space Tech Conference, the West Coast’s premier space event will be held on May 21-23, 2013 in Long Beach, California. The event will bring together high-profile market players and industry specialists to discuss pressing business issues facing the space industry.  Under “The Business Case for Space” theme, the 2013 conference will address core challenges and opportunities in space commercialization, commercial crew and cargo, space tourism, space launch systems, space funding, technology transfer, International Space Station utilization, military requirements, and supply chain and acquisition considerations.

With budgets tight and spending under close scrutiny, the Space Tech Conference 2013 offers vital insights into purchasing priorities, acquisition requirements and supply chain opportunities. Prime contractors including ATK, SpaceX, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney, Rocketdyne and Raytheon will join representatives from NASA, the military, and The Aerospace Corporation to discuss strategies that continue to deliver excellence and innovation, while also driving down cost.

The Space Tech Conference will take place as part of Space Tech Expo, a B2B exhibition for the design, test and build of satellite, spacecraft, launch vehicle and space-related technologies. The exhibit hall will feature over 150 companies and organizations displaying their latest products, technologies and innovations including NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office, ATK, Raytheon, L-3 ETI, Space Systems/Loral, XCOR Aerospace – and many more.

Space Tech Expo and Space Tech Conference 2013 will take place May 21, 22, and 23 in Hall A at the Long Beach Convention Center.

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will host a March symposium on the nonmilitary uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. The “AIAA Policy Symposium: Civilian Applications of UAVs – A California Perspective” will take place March 26–28, 2013, at the Hyatt Westlake Plaza, Thousand Oaks, Calif. The event is co-hosted by California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell (R-44th District), California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, California State Senator Steve Knight (R-21st District), and California State Assemblyman Steven Bradford (D-51st District).

The symposium will engage policymakers, designers, manufacturers, and consumers in discussion about the benefits of commercial and civil governmental UAV applications. These include the role of UAVs in wildfire detection and management, pollution management, event security, traffic monitoring, disaster relief, fisheries management, pipeline monitoring and oil and gas security, meteorology and storm tracking, remote aerial mapping, and transmission line inspection.

“AIAA is pleased to partner with California State Assemblyman Jeff Gorell and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and other members of the California State Legislature, to offer this vital symposium on the civilian applications of unmanned aerial vehicles,” stated AIAA Executive Director Sandra H. Magnus. “While the military applications of UAVs are discussed nightly in our news media, many of the civilian uses of the vehicles go largely unconsidered. By offering this event, with a focus on the California airspace, we will bring together community and business leaders, public safety officers, engineers, scientists, and military personnel, to discuss how UAVs can be harnessed for the good of our communities, the safety of our populace, and the prosperity of all.” Assemblyman Gorell added, “I am very excited to co-host this important conference with AIAA and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom as a direct result of our California Gold Team efforts. This partnership with AIAA is a major opportunity to bring new manufacturing and much needed jobs to Southern California.”

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The Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) announces a new network developed exclusively for metal fabricators.  The group will hold its first Fabricating Executive Roundtable on February 6-7, 2013, in Irvine, CA.

CEOs, presidents, COOs, CFOs, plant managers and other senior executives from metal fabricating companies are encouraged to participate at the roundtable to gain exposure to the latest metal-fabricating technology and software to make their companies more competitive and profitable.  The February program includes technical presentations, plant tours, facilitated roundtable discussion to address individual topics of interest, and a networking reception and dinner.  For additional information and to register, please contact Allison Grealis at 216-901-8800 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Fabricating Executive Roundtable is just one of the ways PMA is serving the metal fabricating community.  In the Spring of 2012, PMA launched Fabricating Product News, a quarterly publication dedicated to keeping readers apprised of new products and technology hitting the market, to help metal fabricators grow their competitive edge.  The magazine is focused on providing all of the information needed about new products to clearly understand their unique features and capabilities and how they might apply in fabricating shops.

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The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) today announced their call for papers is now open for the 29th annual Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) to be held July 22 - 26, 2013 in San Diego, CA. The organization cordially invites its community members and metrology professionals in manufacturing, science research, and academia to submit abstracts for technical papers and presentations.  The CMS accepts submissions covering the successful deployment of 3D coordinate measurement systems, industry best practices, and scientific research and developments. The Coordinate Metrology Society convenes each year at the CMSC, a unique event designed for users of portable, high-precision measurement technology utilized to inspect manufactured and assembled components on the factory floor.

The CMS Executive Committee peer-reviews and considers each abstract for presentation at CMSC 2013. The deadline for abstracts is March 15, 2013. Notification of acceptance will occur on April 1, 2013. Guidelines for presentations and technical papers can be downloaded at 2013 CMSC Guidelines. The CMS Executive Committee appraises all technical papers presented at the CMSC, and selects the conference’s best papers for publication in The Journal of the CMSC.

At CMSC 2012, 26 expert presentations were delivered by industry leaders from The Boeing Company, GKN Aerospace, NIST, Lockheed Martin, Hitachi Engineering & Services, ISRO Satellite Centre, Clemson University, Argonne National Laboratory, Schneider-Electric, Dassault Systemes, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, U.S. Navy Reverse Engineering Laboratory, National Research Council of Canada, Leibniz University Hannover, and other companies and educational institutions covering technology, theory, and practice to advance the field of 3D metrology.

The Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC) is the world's premier event for Measurement Technology Professionals sponsored by the Coordinate Metrology Society. Established in 1984, the five-day annual conference is held each year at a different location, and attracts visitors from around the globe. CMSC is acclaimed for its comprehensive program of top-shelf white papers and applications presentations given by industry experts from science/research laboratories and manufacturing industries, such as aerospace, space hardware, antenna, automotive, shipbuilding, power generation, and general engineering.

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On Wednesday, November 7, Dr. Masahiko Mori, President of Mori Seiki Co., Ltd. and a member of the Supervisory Board of Gildemeister AG, addressed key members of the local government, manufacturing community and press at the ribbon cutting of the newly-built Mori Seiki Manufacturing facility. His message for the audience was one of projected continuing prosperity and support for the US manufacturing sector.

Dr. Mori referenced the new factory, a first for the company in America, as a resource not only for manufacturers seeking horizontal machining centers, but, as a collaborative partner for general manufacturing concerns, such as factory automation.

Digital Technology Laboratory

The ribbon cutting ceremony’s audience also included the staff of both Mori Seiki Manufacturing and the adjacent Digital Technology Laboratory (DTL).  Over 80 staff members are employed at DTL – an R&D center that collaborates with Mori Seiki Japan on a 24-hour work cycle to support global manufacturing solutions.  The factory and R&D center comprise a combined 291,000 sq. ft.; spread over 19.2 acres in Davis, CA, with eight additional acres reserved for future expansion.

Behind the Scenes

In addition to the ceremonial ribbon cutting, behind-the-scenes tours of the factory gave a glimpse inside the $50 million state-of-the-art facility.

Mori Seiki NHX4000, NHX5000 and NHX5500 machines are being built at the Davis, CA plant, with column and medium part machining on three NHX10000 machines installed with a linear pallet pool (LPP) system with 60 pallets.  The highly automated factory also boasts two NH6300 machines with 40 pallets that machines pallets and small castings.

The large machining area is equipped with two Toshiba MPC-B Series 5-face, high-performance machines.  With capacity for up to 180 tools and up to 44,092 lbs, this Toshiba cell controlled by DTL’s own LPS III software is able to efficiently produce large NHX Series castings, which are then cleaned by air blow robots.

The castings used in NHX production at the Davis campus come from the same foundry as the NHX machines produced at factories in Japan.  Over forty percent of the machine components are produced domestically, with spindles and ball screws being imported from Mori Seiki Japan. Domestic content will continue to be increased in the future, as additional suppliers are secured.

To maintain economic and environmental standards, the factory performs dry and minimum quantity lubricant (MQL) machining only, with chip evacuation by vacuum, in a temperature controlled facility.  Production started in July of 2012 and current capacity is 80 units per month.

NHX4000 Series Production

The NHX4000 horizontal machining center is ideal for the machining of workpieces of up to 24.8 inches by 35.4 inches, with a loading capacity of up to 880 lbs. Through an in-depth analysis of current market needs, Mori Seiki has improved the already high level of performance of the NH Series. The NHX4000 offers cutting capacity equivalent to the previous NH model, with improved features for greater productivity and efficiency.

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What are today’s latest trends in thermoplastics and liquid silicone medical molding technologies? What innovative injection molding solutions will help you to maintain your competitive advantage in the future?  These questions and more will be answered at ENGEL’s upcoming medical symposium being held October 2nd through 4th at ENGEL’s Technical Center in Corona, California.

ENGEL North America, member of the ENGEL group, a world leader in the design and manufacture of injection molding machines and parts-handling automation, is hosting a three day symposium focused specifically on new developments in both thermoplastic and liquid silicone molding for the medical industry.  The event will be held at ENGEL’s Technical Center in Corona, California.

ENGEL’s symposium has been designed as three separate programs:  day one focuses on thermoplastic medical molding processes, day two centers on liquid silicone rubber medical molding processes, and day three is an in-depth, hands-on training in liquid silicone rubber.  Attendees are welcome to attend one day, or all three, based on their interests.

The programs for days one and two will include a diverse mix of interesting and informative presentations by professionals, for professionals, relating to all aspects of the medical molding industry. Some of the technical sessions include:

  • Preplan and Verify - Injection Molding Machine Concepts for the Medical Industry
  • Injection Mold Strategies for Profitability
  • Two Component Injection Molding – Soft to Hard
  • New Processing Potential Unleashed
  • Maximize Your Molding Efficiency and Improve Part Quality at the Same Time
  • Healthcare Materials Designed With Your Needs In Mind
  • LSR Applications in the Medical Industry & LSR Specific Machine Requirements
  • LSR Dosing System Requirements and Solutions
  • Understanding Silicone Viscosity Variation
  • Silicone Molding in the Medical Industry

The third day of the event provides in-depth, hands-on training in liquid silicone rubber.  This training includes:

  • Dosing system maintenance and assembly:  Cleaning, assembly and installation of various dosing system elements, as well as dosing system operation and trouble shooting.
  • Injection unit maintenance and assembly:  Cleaning, assembly and installation of LSR plasticizing unit, including the screw, barrel, non- return valve and pneumatic shut off nozzle.
  • Process start up:  Systematic approach to developing a stable LSR process, including start-up procedures, trouble shooting and setting up process monitoring systems.

Throughout the symposium, demonstrating ENGEL’s competency in both thermoplastic and liquid silicone rubber areas of the medical technology field, three injection molding systems will be running, providing visitors with a first-hand look at some of today’s latest molding processes and technologies.

An ENGEL hybrid tie-bar-less injection molding machine – the ENGEL e-victory 200/55 US -- running a 4-cavity LSR mold, producing a nasal prong.  Automatic part removal will be handled by the ENGEL viper 6 linear servo robot.  The system also features the new ENGEL flomo -- an extremely compact temperature controlling water distribution system with electronic monitoring.  For added efficiencies, ENGEL’s ecodrive has been installed – reducing energy consumption by up to 70 percent compared with standard hydraulics, providing savings similar to comparable fully electric machines.

An all-electric ENGEL e-motion 310/110 T US machine will run a 16 cavity thermoplastic syringe mold.  The syringes, with extremely long and thin mold cores, require exceptional process control of high speed injection to meet the demanding levels of product quality.  The ENGEL e-motion press not only delivers the level of process control required, but does so with a cycle time of 5.5 seconds.  The mold, provided by Tech Mold, provides a side-gated / close-pitch solution for customers that need to optimize their production footprint.

Another fully electric injection molding machine – an ENGEL e-motion 200/60 US equipped with an ENGEL viper 6 robot – will utilize the ENGEL x-melt process to mold a thin-walled device cover.  The extremely thin-walled design of this part (0.3 mm) makes this a perfect application for demonstrating the ENGEL x-melt process.  The ENGEL x-melt process provides a cost-effective method of producing thin-walled and micro parts – accumulator free – without the need to invest in special purpose capital equipment.  As well as the ability to produce extremely thin-wall parts, the x-melt process also provides unsurpassed repeatability. Several studies have shown that x-melt can improve part weight consistency by up to a factor of 10 when compared to conventional molding.

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its inaugural Complex Aerospace Systems Exchange (CASE) September 11–13 at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California. Co-located with the AIAA SPACE 2012 Conference & Exposition, CASE focuses across aerospace, addressing complex programs and projects in both the aviation and space domains.

“CASE is an event where chief engineers, systems engineers, and program managers will come together to discuss real problems they face every day running engineering projects,” said Mike Griffin, president of AIAA, and the conference’s executive chair. “We are trying a new format that emphasizes audience participation, with panels instead of papers. Our intent is that people who come to CASE will acquire knowledge and shared experiences that will have immediate value back at the office.”

To stimulate discussion and the exchange of best practices among attendees, CASE will offer three tracks of discussion focused on the aerospace systems enterprise: Complex Systems Development; Integration, Test, and Verification of Complex Systems; and Program Management of Robust and Resilient Systems. The track structure will allow attendees to hear multiple perspectives on complex systems issues, helping them to tackle complex problems such as minimizing cost overruns and delays, and mitigating late test failures.

The general chair of CASE is Laura McGill, deputy vice president of engineering, Raytheon Missile Systems, and AIAA vice president for standards. Program chairs include Allen Arrington, engineering manager, Sierra Lobo Inc., and AIAA director-technical, Engineering and Technology Management Group; Paul Collopy, deputy director, University of Alabama – Huntsville Center for System Studies; and Abdi Khodadoust, senior manager, Phantom Works, The Boeing Company.

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ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in Virtual Prototyping for manufacturing industries, announces the list of keynotes and confirmed speakers to date for the second ESI Global Forum 2012, that will take place at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina in San Diego, CA, on 18 &19 October, 2012.

ESI Global Forum Keynotes

ESI will have the honor to welcome the Honorable John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable (BRT), former Governor of Michigan and former CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. As BRT president, Engler will bring CEO expertise and insights to bear on major challenges facing the United States, including global competitiveness and innovation.

American engineer and former astronaut Fred Haise, who flew as the lunar module pilot on the aborted Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1970, will then deliver a keynote underlining the importance of innovation & technology deployment in industry.

A third keynote will be delivered by French physicist Dr Franck Delplace, Head of the Energy Savings Department at the French Electricity Board EDF Group. He will touch on the current challenges in the energy sector.

ESI Global Forum confirmed speakers to date

The forum covers a wide range of topics, addressing all aspects of engineering simulation with a special focus on applications in Aerospace & Defense, Ground Transportation and Energy & Electronics.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Dave Furrer, Pratt & Whitney Aircraft (USA)
  • Eric Landel, Renault (France)
  • Hashik Shin, Renault Samsung Motors (Korea)
  • Annegret Mallach, Volkswagen AG (Germany)
  • Yasushi Hamada, MAZDA Motors (Japan)
  • Eric DeHoff & Sanjaya Fonseka, HONDA (USA)
  • Fuchun Zhu & Chirag S. Shah, Humanetics Innovative Solutions (USA)
  • Matt Sidlinger & James Ho-Jin Hwang, Genesis Systems Group (USA)
  • Michael Yang & Paul Blelloch, ATA Engineering (USA)
  • A. Stankus, T-Services on behalf of V. Stepannov, CIAM, Central Institute of Aviation Motors (Russia)
  • Per Josefsson, AP&T (Sweden)
  • Remy Besnard, CEA Valduc, Commission for Atomic Energy (France)
  • Andrew George, Brigham Young University (USA)
  • William Chen, Vanguard Space Technologies (USA)
  • Sebastian Bohn, Illumina (USA)
  • Franz Obermair, Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences (Austria)

An exhibition will run in parallel throughout the whole event, providing an opportunity for software and hardware partners to showcase their latest solutions and to demonstrate how they provide gains in productivity and performance. Event sponsors Cray Inc. and Silicon Graphics International Corp. will be present at the exhibition.

A gala dinner will be held on October 18, bringing together all attendees in an informal setting for private discussion and networking.

Who should attend? ESI Global Forum 2012 will cater to all willing to discover and share ideas and experiences related to Virtual Product Engineering. Participants registered so far include designers, engineers, analysts and decision-makers from customer and partner companies.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will showcase its 3D content-to-print portfolio at the Siggraph 2012 Conference and Exhibition, August 7 – 9, at the Los Angeles, Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA.

Siggraph professionals are invited to check out the new ProJet™ 3500, capable of printing high definition, durable, precision parts and the company's full color ZPrinters® that made Laika Studio's "ParaNorman" movie possible using ZPrinted puppets. Hypr3D mobile capture, shape and print tools will be on hand to play with. For a quick start on your project, animators and digital sculptors are encouraged to visit, and all conference attendees are welcomed to experience and touch the company's stunning FreshFiber™ functional, 3D printed electronics accessories.

"We are grateful to be part of the creative Siggraph community," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing, 3D Systems. "We are particularly excited to bring our growing suite of Cubify® create-and-make tools and apps to Siggraph as part of our commitment to democratize creativity."

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides CAD software and plugins, and affordable consumer create-and-make printers, apps and services. Its expertly integrated solutions replace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to create and make with confidence.

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In its second year, the SIGGRAPH Business Symposium provides an intimate, interactive forum for open, frank conversations among leaders and executives in the visual effects, gaming, and media arenas as they explore the present and future of the industry. SIGGRAPH 2012 welcomes visionary leaders and experts from a broad spectrum of the computer graphics industry, including animation, education, motion pictures, gaming, and visual effects, to this year’s Business Symposium in Los Angeles, 5 August 2012.

This full-day event is an exclusive opportunity for attendees to gain high-level, experiential vantage point insight from the producers and executives who have all forged unique paths to their current roles and now design the industry’s direction. The day begins with breakfast and round-table discussions of the day's agenda. Possible topics include visual-effects production, marketing, international law, education, business development, and other areas related to the industry's current issues. The morning session provides a foundation for the day – an opportunity to hear from leaders on the global stage what they experience from their particular perspective, followed by featured speakers Carl Rosendahl and John Textor, both visionary leaders who influence the direction of our industry in vastly different manners.

Throughout the day attendees will join in-depth discussion and have ample time to interact with their peers before the afternoon session closes. The Symposium provides a look into newer business models from some of the people and companies defining the future.

SIGGRAPH 2012 will bring thousands of computer graphics and interactive technology professionals from six continents to Los Angeles, California for the industry's most respected technical and creative programs focusing on research, science, art, animation, music, gaming, interactivity, education, and the web from Sunday, 5 August through Thursday, 9 August 2012 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. SIGGRAPH 2012 includes a three-day exhibition of products and services from the computer graphics and interactive marketplace from 7-9 August 2012. More details are available at SIGGRAPH 2012 or on  Facebook and Twitter.

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ESI Group, pioneer and world-leading solution provider in virtual prototyping for manufacturing industries, announces ESI Global Forum 2012 - an event dedicated to Virtual Product Engineering, featuring case studies and presentations delivered by some of ESI’s global clients and partners. The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel & Marina in San Diego, California, on October 18 & 19.

ESI will have the honor to welcome as keynote speaker John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable (BRT), former Governor of Michigan and former CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers. As BRT president, Engler will bring CEO expertise and insights to bear on major challenges facing the United States, including global competitiveness and innovation.

The first ESI Global Forum 2010 took place in Munich, Germany; gathering over 300 visitors and featuring over 80 presentations. This year, ESI Global Forum will take place in North America and will address specific industry challenges, targeting the aerospace & defense sector, electronics & energy, and ground transportation. Case studies that will be presented during these two days will enable attendees to learn from the experience of global industry leaders. At the first ESI Global Forum, representatives included experts from Volkswagen, Audi, Nissan, Opel, PSA, EADS, Qualis Corporation, Bombardier, Eurocopter, Corus, Intel and Hewlett-Packard. All delivered technical presentations that illustrated how Virtual Product Engineering is contributing to meeting technical and business challenges. ESI is gathering an equally global and high quality group of speakers for ESI Global Forum 2012, assuring a successful and high value event.

The forum will also allow experts and end-users to learn the latest information on specific ESI product lines. Dedicated sessions will address Virtual Manufacturing (including casting, composites, sheet metal forming and welding), Virtual Performance (including crash, safety, NVH, comfort and durability, Virtual Environment (including vibro-acoustics, multiphysics and fluid dynamics) and Virtual Reality (3D immersive solutions).

An exhibition will run in parallel throughout the whole event, providing an opportunity for software and hardware partners to showcase how their latest solutions provide gains in productivity and performance.

A complimentary gala dinner will be held on October 18, bringing together all attendees in an informal setting for private discussion and networking.

Who should attend? ESI Global Forum 2012 will cater to all willing to discover and share ideas and experiences related to Virtual Product Engineering. Participants include designers, engineers, analysts and decision-makers from customer and partner companies.

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3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will showcase its maker and consumer solutions at the Bay Area Maker Faire, May 19–20, 2012, at the San Mateo County Fair Grounds, Expo Hall in booth #16.

Anchoring the exhibit is our exciting Cube Odyssey car, packed with our new Cube™ home printers, that has logged over 7,500 miles traveling across the country visiting schools, museums and maker spaces. We invite parents and their children to participate in our Kideville workshops, where children collaboratively design and print a village. We encourage everyone to enter our on-site My Robot Nation contest to create and win a full color 3D printed robot. Come experience first-hand our new, at home Cube™ printer and our maker special, triple print jet 3DTouch™, the largest print area personal printer on the market today.

"We are thrilled to share with makers and their families our game-changing create and make tools," said Cathy Lewis, Vice President of Global Marketing for 3D Systems. "Our fun 3D printers, cloud printing services and game-like creativity Apps are all available through"

3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers alike. The company also provides creative content development, design productivity tools and curation services and downloads. Its expertly integrated solutions replace, displace and complement traditional methods and reduce the time and cost of designing new products by printing real parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used to rapidly design, communicate, prototype and produce functional parts, empowering its customers to create with confidence.

Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these "makers" come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

The inaugural Maker Faire was held in San Mateo, CA in 2006. Maker Faire Bay Area celebrated its sixth annual Bay Area event in 2011 with some 100,000 people in attendance.

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Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, held May 19 - 20, 2012 at the San Mateo County Event Center, promises a memorable weekend of creativity, learning, inspiration, and making. From learning about Arduino and 3D printing, to interacting with robots, a life-size electric giraffe and mobile muffins, Maker Faire has it all. In addition to well over 700 Makers exhibiting their amazing creations at the festival, speakers, special events, and other highlights of the weekend include:

  • BrollyFlock: A 32-foot tall installation of a renegade flock of umbrellas, BrollyFlock is fun and inviting for all. BrollyFlock's effects are controlled by an interactive Arduino control system that takes input from the crowd to produce light, shade, mist and fire.

  • Death Defying Figure 8 Pedal Car Races: Showcasing their handmade, unusual pedal powered cars, Bunnyfluffer Cyclecars and the Fun Bike Unicorn Club will compete on a figure eight race track for all to see.

  • Hotshot the Robot: The world's only living robot, HotShot has hands that feel, eyes that see, and a heart that beats. Come meet HotShot for yourself and learn about makes him tick.

  • A Maker Faire favorite, attendees will enjoy hearing from Adam Savage of MythBusters. Adam will be speaking at 11am on Sunday, May 20, in Fiesta Hall.

  • Massimo Banzi, the co-founder of the Arduino Product, will be speaking about the "State of Arduino" on Saturday, May 19 at 3pm on the Center Stage.

  • Eben Upton, Founder of Raspberry Pi, speaks on Saturday, May 19 at 1pm, on Raspberry Pi: How a $35 Computer Will Give Students an Appetite for STEM. Parents and educators alike are sure to find this presentation interesting and informative.

  • On Sunday, May 20, at 2pm, Ben Davis, Amy Critchett and Timothy Childs from Illuminate the Arts and Saeed Shahmirzai from Zoon Engineering, will showcase Leo Villareal's "The Bay Lights: 1.5 Miles of Public Art on the Bay Bridge." Learn how 25,000 individually addressable LEDs are programmed to create a unique fine arts experience that so many of us will view on a daily basis!

  • Homegrown Village: Located in the Show Barn, Homegrown Village is a lively celebration of agrarian skills, earth-friendly living, and the sources of good food! Make cheese with urban farmers, learn how to preserve all kinds of foods, and take home your own hand-made butter.

Maker Faire Goldsmith Sponsor, GE will be featuring GE Garages. GE Garages is a skill-building center powered by TechShop and developed in partnership with Skillshare, Quirky, Make and Inventables to serve as an advanced manufacturing lab for technologists, entrepreneurs and every day Americans. The innovation and manufacturing center aims to spark interest and engagement for modern making from prototyping inventions to modern manufacturing-based technologies through hands-on experiences with 3D printers, a CNC Mill, laser cutter, injection molder and through special classes in the space. Come learn about the future of making and get to make something yourself!

TechShop, another Goldsmith Sponsor, is a membership-based open access workshop and prototyping studio. Often referred to as "a gym for makers," TechShop provides members with access to a world class workspace, tools, machines, instruction, mentoring, and a community of fellow makers. "For the first time in human history we're truly democratizing access to the tools of innovation. And we're doing it for about the cost of a bad coffee addiction," said Mark Hatch, TechShop's CEO. Hear Mark speak about this topic on Saturday, May 19, at 3:30 pm on Center Stage.

Exhibiting at every Bay Area Maker Faire since the inaugural event in 2006, TechShop has become a perennial favorite with makers and attendees. Located in Expo Hall, TechShop will showcase TechShop makers working on their latest innovations (including Andy Filo and his jetpack), and a hands-on make-and-take activity area. TechShop will also be offering Maker Faire exclusive membership deals, so visit the TechShop booth and join thousands of makers who call TechShop home.

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced recipients of awards for excellence, service and technical skill. The awards were presented at the 24th annual users group conference in Costa Mesa, California.

In its opening ceremonies, Charlie Norton, president of NCP Leasing, and Guy Bourdeau, sales manager at 3D Systems and AMUG treasurer, were honored with awards for years of support of the users group. Norton was recognized for his unsurpassed moral and financial backing of the users group over many years. He was also recognized for his role in spawning numerous new careers in the additive manufacturing industry. Bourdeau, who is stepping down from the treasurer’s position after 12 years of service, was recognized for his dedication, passion and financial stewardship.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, said, “Without Charlie Norton and Guy Bourdeau, our organization would not be what it is today. We are lucky to have many exceptional people that make AMUG extraordinary, but Charlie and Guy have shown dedication that is unmatched.”

At the annual Awards Banquet, the association named the winners of the 2012 Technical Competition. This competition recognizes excellence in additive manufacturing applications and skill in finishing additive manufacturing parts. A panel of industry veterans selected Mike Pierce of Hamilton Beach Brands for his food processor with sheet metal part as the top entry in the Advanced Concepts category. For advanced finishing, the same panel selected Todd Reese of Realize Inc. for his fantasy character figure.

“We had 13 fantastic entries in the Technical Competition, making it difficult to select just two winners,” said Rabinovitz.

Another event highlight was the presentations of 18 Dinosaur Awards, which recognize industry veterans with exceptional skill that in turn contribute back to the additive manufacturing industry. The newly named dinosaurs are:

Fused Deposition Modeling

  • Duane Byerly, Xerox
  • Mike Littrell, C.ideas
  • Frank Medina, University of Texas at El Paso

Laser Sintering

  • Paul Bates, Reebok
  • David Bourell, University of Texas
  • Roger Cunningham, Integra
  • Scott Schermer, SC Johnson
  • Thomas Starr, University of Louisville


  • Robert Coleman, Mattel
  • Dan Mishek, Vista Technologies
  • Jason Lopes, Legacy Effects
  • Bradley Ruprecht, U.S. Army
  • Michael Zerbe, Newell Rubbermaid


  • Bill Braune, Met-L-Flo
  • Larry Monahan, Becton Dickinson
  • Brad Palumbo, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technology
  • Ken Patton, Rapid Tech/Saddleback College
  • Sean Wise, RePliForm

AMUG is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. AMUG members include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries and Stratasys. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) annual conference will be held in Costa Mesa, California, from April 22 through 26, 2012. The keynote speakers include Todd Grimm, president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, Jeff DeGrange, Stratasys' vice president of direct digital manufacturing, and Dr. Ofer Shochet, Objet's executive vice president of research and development. The users group conference, now in its 24th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing technologies.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, stated, "This will be our first conference open to all users of any additive manufacturing system, so it will be the biggest we’ve ever held. With the phenomenal response to sponsorships, it will also be the best."

The AMUG Conference 2012 will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from their systems. Through technical competitions and the annual Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the technology will be recognized. The five-day event also includes a two-night Exhibitor Expo, networking reception and catered meals.

Grimm will open the event with his presentation "Fountain of Truth: Connecting with Those that Know." Grimm is a 22-year veteran of the additive manufacturing industry. He is a consultant, speaker and author, as well as editor for

DeGrange will represent Diamond Sponsor Stratasys with an engaging presentation titled "Technology Transition to Production." He will discuss how rapid prototyping technologies have evolved over time to meet the requirements of production parts. DeGrange joined Stratasys in 2008 after spending twenty years at The Boeing Company where he led innovative material and process techniques in the areas of additive manufacturing, reverse engineering and advanced manufacturing.

The TCT Magazine listed both DeGrange and Grimm in its 2007 "Top 25 most influential people in rapid product development and manufacturing."

Dr. Shochet will represent Diamond Sponsor Objet with his presentation titled "Multi-Material 3D Printing and the Digital Material Revolution," which will cover the past, present and future of this unique additive manufacturing capability. Dr. Shochet has lead Objet's product development efforts for three years. With a PhD in physics, he has 20 years of experience in high-tech, both as a senior executive for large corporations and as a founder of startup ventures.

According to Fred Hilbrandt, AMUG member and longtime AM user, "I can’t emphasize enough the value I and my organization have found from continued attendance of this conference. The networking opportunities alone provide enough justification for coming, not to mention the technical information available to attendees. But most importantly, I’ve been able to follow trends in the industry and, in some small way, influence what the various vendors make available to us, the users."

AMUG, formerly 3DS Users Group (3DSUG), is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. The transition to AMUG supports the expansion of the user group to include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries, Stratasys and Z Corporation. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

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Sandvik Coromant officially unveiled its new California productivity center at a VIP event and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 2 followed by an Open House event on Tuesday, April 3, located at 6400 Gateway Drive, Cypress, California.
Over 100 guests attended the VIP event, which included facility tours, guest speakers, and a special ribbon cutting ceremony. Sandvik Coromant Global President, Klas Forsström; Sandvik Coromant President of Market Area Americas, John Israelsson; Sandvik Coromant U.S. President, Jamie Price; and Sandvik, Inc. U.S. President, Rick Askin; joined Productivity Center Manager, Robert Page, in cutting the ceremonial ribbon that marked the official opening of the facility.
“With several large machine builders and industry partners located close by, the new productivity center will make it easier for our southwest customers to develop their workforce, see cutting tool solutions in action and determine which machines to invest in,” said Robert Page. “We will be able to show customers how to equip their machines to achieve the best productivity and quickest payback.”
The event also included a presentation on the importance of innovation, technology and partnership by Jon Finn, Director of Operations at Hartwell Corporation. Greg Jones, Director of Education and Training at the Association of Manufacturing Technology/American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMT/AMTDA) was the guest speaker for the evening and presented on the value of education and training in the metalworking industry. Also in attendance was the City of Cypress Mayor, Douglas A. Bailey, and several local dignitaries including: John B. Bahorski, City Manager; Steve Clarke, Redevelopment Project Manager; Ted J. Commerdinger, Director of Community Development; and Todd Seymore, Cypress City Council Member.
“Sandvik is going to make a great partner for our corporate community here,” said Mayor Bailey. “We’re trying to do the best we can to attract more high quality, technologically oriented businesses like Sandvik, so we’re proud to have them.”
The full-day Open House event on Tuesday, April 3 was attended by 150 local manufacturing representatives that were shown live demonstrations on productivity, quality and tool wear techniques. Several breakout sessions took place throughout the day with topics ranging from education to aerospace and CAM solutions. Attendees were also given the opportunity to take a photo with the Sandvik Coromant technical sponsored Joe Gibbs Racing #18 NASCAR racing car that was on display in the Solutions Lab.
The facility will serve as an added resource to local customers and distributors, focusing on maximizing productivity and profitability for customers. The 17,051 square foot productivity center houses a well-equipped demo lab featuring the latest in machine tool technology, comfortable classrooms and a number of training and meeting spaces. A full schedule of technical training classes as well as industry association meetings and seminars geared toward manufacturing educators and students will be offered.
Sandvik Coromant is a world-leading supplier of cutting tools and tooling systems for the metalworking industry and is represented in 130 countries. 25 state-of-the art Productivity Centers located around the world provide customers and staff with continuous training in tooling solutions and methods to increase productivity. Sandvik Coromant is part of the Tooling business area of the Sandvik Group.

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MAKE, the media brand and magazine devoted to the growing community of makers who create, build, design, tinker, hack, and invent, will host a workshop May 15-16, 2012 to explore the defining characteristics of the maker movement sweeping the country, and why it has the potential to fundamentally change business processes, from prototyping and manufacturing to sourcing.

"There are three contributing factors that distinguish the innovations of the maker movement from past technological shifts impacting business: open source hardware, collaboration in design, and new fabrication tools," says Dale Dougherty, founder and publisher of the MAKE division of O'Reilly Media.

"As open source software did for the rapid proliferation and growth of the web economy, open source hardware has been the key driver inspiring innovation in design, products, and devices from makers at the forefront of the movement," Dougherty adds. "Already we are seeing its impact in critical areas dependent on new technology, like medical devices and scientific instrumentation."

The premiere event will be held at PARC, a Xerox company in Palo Alto, that has its own legacy as a source of technology innovation. Held the week leading up to Maker Faire in the Bay Area, the business conference will also feature makers who will be displaying their projects the following weekend, May 19-20, 2012, at Maker Faire. Registration for the MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop includes two passes to Maker Faire.

MAKE magazine, called "a central organ of the maker movement" by The Economist, was launched seven years ago. Maker Faire was launched a year later on Earth Day, 2006 in the Bay Area. Since then, the magazine and annual event held in both the Bay Area and New York has helped to foster growth in what's become known as the maker movement.

Today, gaining momentum on the backs of some core technology and tools, such as the Arduino microcontroller and 3D printers, the maker movement has been chronicled by the mainstream business press and the subject of research by august academic institutions like MIT Media Lab and Stanford.

Hosted by Dougherty and Tim O'Reilly, CEO and founder of O'Reilly Media, the workshop will introduce a number of hardware-related startups and showcase the platforms and new tools and technologies for prototyping and fabrication.

Other featured speakers and presenters include:

  • Kai Backman, co-founder and CEO of TinkerCad
  • Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino
  • Carl Bass, president and CEO of Autodesk
  • Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits
  • Greg Borenstein, author of Making Things See: 3D Vision with Kinect
  • Liam Casey, founder and CEO of PCH International
  • Allan Chochinov, partner and editor-in-chief of Core77
  • Jeremy Conrad and Helen Zelman, co-founders of Lemnos Labs
  • Robert Cook, co-founder of Metaweb
  • John Dimatos, director of applications development, MakerBot Industries
  • Ben Einstein, founder of Bolt Accelerator Program
  • Brad Feld, co-founder of the Foundry Group
  • Andrew Filo, president of Optum Group
  • Ted Hall, founder and president of ShopBot
  • Mark Hatch, founder and CEO of TechShop
  • Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, founder of Chumby
  • Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables
  • Tod Kurt, co-founder of ThingM
  • Catarina Mota, co-founder of openMaterials
  • Nick Pinkston, founder of CloudFab
  • Bryce Roberts, managing director, OATV
  • Jay Rogers, CEO and founder of Local Motors
  • Marcus Schappi, president of Ninja Blocks
  • Nathan Seidle, founder and CEO of SparkFun Electronics

MAKE is the first magazine and media brand devoted entirely to makers and the maker movement and the powerful combination of open source hardware + personal fabrication tools + connected makers, to generate sweeping changes from the classroom to the boardroom. MAKE media properties enable the use of technology to create fun, inspired, and innovative projects, from the wildly popular MAKE website (; to Maker Shed, the online store featuring MAKE branded kits (; to Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth ( MAKE is a division of O'Reilly Media and based in Sebastopol, CA. "The maker movement has brought the pre-1970s world of basement workshops and amateur tinkering into the digital age." --The New York Times

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IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® invites researchers, academics, technical experts and industry leaders to submit abstracts for the 2013 IPC APEX EXPO® at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. The technical conference will be held February 19–21, 2013, and the professional development courses will be February 17–18 and February 21, 2013.

The world’s premier conference and exhibition for the electronic interconnect industry, IPC APEX EXPO provides presenters and their companies with a notable and cost-effective opportunity to promote their expertise and gain visibility with key engineers, managers and executives from all segments of the industry worldwide. To recognize exceptional achievement, awards will be presented for “Best U.S. Paper” for U.S. authors and the “Best International Paper” for authors from outside the United States.

Expert presentations are being sought on all relevant design, PCB fabrication and electronics manufacturing topics. Submissions dealing with lead-free processing, repair and reliability, high-speed PCB laminates and new research in growing areas such as green technology and printed electronics are especially encouraged. A 300-word abstract summarizing original and previously unpublished work covering case histories, research and discoveries must be submitted by May 4, 2012. The submission should describe significant results from experiments, emphasize new techniques, discuss trends of interest and contain a summary of technical and/or appropriate test results.

In addition, course proposals are solicited from individuals interested in presenting half-day professional development courses on printed board design and manufacturing as well as electronics assembly processes and materials. Reimbursement for travel expenses and an honorarium are offered to course instructors.

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The electronic interconnect industry came together at IPC APEX EXPO® last week in San Diego, with the show reporting a 26 percent increase in attendance over 2011 with 4,915 conference and exhibit hall attendees. IPC – Association Connecting Electronics Industries® reported that 407 exhibitors participated in the event, resulting in 8,963 total visitors.

The show was the best attended IPC APEX EXPO in more than four years. IPC APEX EXPO is the largest event in North America focused on the printed board and electronics manufacturing industries.

“We are very pleased that the industry responded to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego whether it was on the show floor, in classrooms or technical committee meetings,” said Tony Hilvers, IPC vice president of industry programs. “All the exhibitors we talked to were very positive about both the quality and quantity of the leads. We’ve even received the first contract — with an expansion request — from an exhibitor for 2013.”

Scott Wischoffer, representing Fuji America Corporation and chairman of the IPC APEX Trade Show committee added, “I'd like to thank everyone for making the show a spectacular event! The booth traffic was excellent, the leads were strong and the excitement of a great upcoming year was something that could be felt. San Diego is a clean, beautiful, dynamic city with a great waterfront and an unrivaled selection of restaurants and bars within walking distance of the convention center. We're looking forward to coming back again next year for IPC APEX EXPO 2013!”

In addition to a lively show and conference, IPC APEX EXPO kicked off its first hand soldering contest, culminating in a Grand Championship competition. Adam Conaway, S and Y Industries, was named the Grand Champion, scoring ahead of the winner from IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition Nicole DeVries, Raven Industries, and IPC Europe’s Linnea Gyllner, TRIAB Elektronik AB.

IPC APEX EXPO will return to the San Diego Convention Center, February 19–21, 2013. Industry researchers, engineers and academics are invited to submit an abstract for consideration in next year’s technical conference or professional development courses.

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Renowned for the industry’s premier technical conference and courses, IPC APEX EXPO® also includes ample opportunities to learn about industry issues and find solutions free of charge. Exhibits-only registration to IPC APEX EXPO is free to individuals who register in advance and includes access to: inspiring and informative keynote sessions; BUZZ sessions covering key industry topics; the NPL Process Defect Clinic; free special events; and the largest exhibition in North America for printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. IPC APEX EXPO will take place February 28–March 1, 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Hollywood icon William Shatner will open the show on Tuesday with an entertaining and inspiring keynote address on his true life mission to explore “strange new worlds” and “seek out new life.” Wednesday’s keynote will host a distinguished panel of experts who will provide unique insights into future game changers in the industry.

BUZZ sessions, February 28–March 1, will cover critical industry topics such as process defects; embedded technologies; conflict minerals; supply line issues of obsolescence, quality and compliance of parts and counterfeit parts; breaking research from academia; the industry’s first solar standard for electronics assemblies; and the just-released IPC International Technology Roadmap.

On February 28, the IPC Government Relations committee will hold an open forum to provide an update on IPC’s advocacy efforts to protect printed circuit board designs for military products under ITAR and offer the latest information on the impending conflict minerals regulation.

On the show floor, attendees will be able to get free, unbiased help with their process-related issues at the NPL Defect Database Clinic. In addition, participants can visit the New Product Zone for a sneak preview of the equipment, materials and services that are breaking new ground in the industry, and then go to cheer on the competitors in the IPC APEX EXPO Hand Soldering Competition and IPC Grand Championship.

The show offers myriad opportunities to network with industry peers and make new contacts from around the world including the International Reception, the First-Timers’ Breakfast, the Women in Electronics Networking Meeting and the expanded Show Floor Reception on Wednesday afternoon.

Featuring more than 400 exhibitors and offering a new focus on printed electronics, the exhibit hall provides an unparalleled venue to shop and compare the newest technologies and services.

To register or for more information on all the activities at IPC APEX EXPO, including the technical conference, standards development meetings and professional development courses, visit:

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As the March event approaches, WESTEC, the West Coast's definitive manufacturing event, is gearing up to be a showcase for innovation and industry growth. The show – which is being redefined in 2012 – is adding several new features and opportunities for exhibitors and attendees to better share their collective vision and ideas for the evolving industry. WESTEC takes place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, March 27-29.

The event – organized by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers – will feature nearly 400 manufacturing solution providers, including more than 50 new exhibitors, showcasing the latest in machine tools, technologies and manufacturing advancements that are driving the industry. Manufacturing executives from the aerospace, automotive and energy industries will participate in panel discussions and share strategies and initiatives that are fostering growth and greater results within their organizations.

"We have designed WESTEC 2012 for industry leaders and innovators to identify new ways to support the growth of manufacturing," said Christine Longroy, event manager. "There are a lot of great things happening in manufacturing right now, and we want to work together to prepare for its continued growth and progress."

Unique to this year's event are a series of personal tour packages of leading West Coast manufacturers, including SpaceX, Edelbrock, National Oilwell Varco and Robinson Helicopter Company. Tours will include a technical session led by industry experts, company tour, complimentary lunch and an exclusive show floor experience.

Leading manufacturing executives from the aerospace, automotive and energy industries will participate in a panel discussion and share strategies and initiatives that are driving growth and greater results within their organizations.

The event will also feature a Learning Lounge hosted by industry experts who will help attendees gain new perspectives and manufacturing solutions in a casual, collaborative environment.

New products and technologies covering a myriad of topics, from automation and metalworking to 3D printing and production, will be showcased in the WESTEC Theater. The Theater will allow exhibitors to demonstrate their product and technology, highlighting how it will improve the manufacturing process. The Emerging Technology Showcase will also explore industry breakthroughs, focusing on nanotechnology, additive manufacturing and micromanufacturing.

WESTEC will kick off with a dynamic keynote from Tom Kelley on how companies can Grow Manufacturing Through Innovation. Kelley is a best-selling author and the co-founder of IDEO – named by Fast Company as one of the 50 most innovative companies.

"We are creating a truly interactive experience for this year's event," said Longroy. "Company leaders will help drive the evolution of manufacturing, and WESTEC is an opportunity for them to share their thoughts and plans for the future of the industry."

WESTEC, the region's definitive manufacturing event, returns in 2012 to the Los Angeles Convention Center. A true manufacturer's think tank, WESTEC is a platform where creativity, vision and strategy join forces to spotlight the promise of ground-breaking products for vital global markets.

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WESTEC, the premiere manufacturing biennial event for the Western United States, returns to Los Angeles on March 27-29 with a new look, new content and a renewed commitment to area industry.

The event is a think tank for leaders from diverse industries where they can share new ideas, technologies, products and processes that will impact manufacturing now and in the future. With more than 45 years of bringing the latest technology to the manufacturing community, WESTEC 2012 is evolving to include many new ways to learn and discover solutions, be inspired and to forge new alliances that will drive West Coast manufacturing.

WESTEC will premiere several new features in 2012, including a New Product Presentation Center and Learning Lounges where experts from specialized industries can provide education and insight in small group settings. The show will also host unique networking events for attendees to connect with industry leaders and thinkers.  

In addition, there will be expert-led conference sessions; an Emerging Technology Showcase, highlighting applications for micro, nano and additive manufacturing; exclusive plant tours; and a celebration of key technology developments. WESTEC will also give the audience the opportunity to see and experience California Manufactured Innovations throughout the event.

"WESTEC 2012 is going to give industry leaders an opportunity to share ideas about where manufacturing is today and where it is going in the future," said Christine Longroy, WESTEC event manager. "Working with our advisory committee and manufacturing leaders, we've developed a truly comprehensive conference program that will provide deep-dive knowledge and significant opportunities to attendees."

WESTEC, produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, is focused on addressing the evolving manufacturing industry, helping attendees network, build partnerships, highlight new products and processes, and put new solutions front-and-center. Some of the most impactful and growing industries – including aircraft/aerospace, automotive motorsports and medical/surgical – will be featured at the event.  

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Los Angeles County remains the leading U.S. manufacturing center, employing more than 380,000 people. The United States also remains the world's largest manufacturing economy, producing more than 20 percent of global manufactured products and generating $1.6 trillion worth of output, which represented 11 percent of total U.S. GDP, in 2009.

A recent study by Deloitte Development LLC and The Manufacturing Institute shows that 86 percent of those surveyed felt that manufacturing is very important to our economic prosperity and 85 percent believe it is important to our standard of living. In addition, 83 percent feel that the U.S. needs a more strategic approach to the development of the manufacturing base. The complete survey findings can be read via this link.

"We know that U.S. manufacturing must continue to grow and change if we are going to remain an industry leader," said Longroy. "WESTEC is an important platform where companies and individuals can come together to address where we go in the future and recognize the companies that are leading the evolution."

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) today announced that online registration is now available for its 2012 conference, which will be held in Costa Mesa, California, from April 22 – 26, 2012. The users group conference, now in its 24th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing technologies.

Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG president, stated, "This will be our first conference open to all users of any additive manufacturing system, so it will be the biggest we’ve ever held. With the phenomenal response to sponsorships, it will also be the best." Rabinovitz noted that 2012 sponsors currently include Objet Ltd., Stratasys Inc., Z Corporation, NCP Leasing Inc., SLM Solutions GmbH, Renishaw Plc., RPDG Inc., Evonik Industries, Laser Reproductions and Materialise.

The AMUG Conference 2012 will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from their systems. Through technical competitions and the annual Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the technology will be recognized. The five-day event also includes a two-night Exhibitor Expo, networking reception and catered meals.

According to Fred Hilbrandt, AMUG member and longtime AM user, "I can’t emphasize enough the value I and my organization have found from continued attendance of this conference. The networking opportunities alone provide enough justification for coming, not to mention the technical information available to attendees. But most importantly, I’ve been able to follow trends in the industry and, in some small way, influence what the various vendors make available to us, the users."

The advanced, all-inclusive conference registration fee is $495.00. For details and registration, visit:

Rabinovitz stated that space is still available for the Exhibitor Expo. Vendors interested in participating can save $150.00 if space is reserved prior to April 1, 2012. He also noted that several sponsorship opportunities remain.

AMUG, formerly 3DS Users Group (3DSUG), is an organization that educates and advances the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies. The transition to AMUG supports the expansion of the user group to include all commercial additive manufacturing technologies for companies such as 3D Systems, EOS, Objet Geometries, Stratasys and Z Corporation. AMUG meets annually to provide a forum for technical presentation on processes and new technologies. This information addresses operation of additive manufacturing equipment and the applications that use the parts they make.

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Optomec announced today that Ken Vartanian, Optomec Marketing Director, will give a presentation titled “Aerosol Jet Printer as an Alternative to Wire Bond and TSV Technology for 3D Interconnect Applications” at the iMAPS 44th International Symposium on Microelectronics.  The symposium will be held from October 9-13 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.

The Symposium is organized by the International Microelectronics And Packaging Society (IMAPS). IMAPS 2011 will feature technical tracks on 3D Packaging; Modeling, Design & Reliability; Next Generation Materials; Assembly & Packaging; Advanced Technologies; and a Focus Track on Advanced Packaging & System-Integration. Sessions include: 3D-TSV Processes & Materials; 3D TSV Interposers; 3D Packaging/Applications; Signal & Power Integrity; Package Reliability; Microwave/RF; Advanced Materials; Ceramic & LTCC; Thermal Management; Wire Bonding; Printed Electronics; Substrate Materials for Semicon/Solar; MEMS Packaging; and many more.

Mr. Vartanian’s presentation will discuss how Optomec’s Aerosol Jet 3D printing technology coupled with Vertical Circuits, Vertical Interconnect Pillar (ViPtm) process can bridge the gap between wire bonders and Through Silicon Via technology for SiP interconnect applications. The Aerosol Jet/ViP process has been designed to integrate easily into current Back-End Manufacturing processes and into commercial high volume automation platforms. Aerosol Jet Systems’ fine line printing capabilities enable significant pitch reductions, thereby increasing interconnect densities and affording greater semiconductor packaging functionality at a competitive cost with wire bonding and at a fraction of the cost of TSV technology. Mr. Vartanian will explain how the non-contact Aerosol Jet process produces conformal interconnects on thinned stacked dies with reduced noise for high performance SiP applications. With its ability to use off-the-shelf materials and print in normal atmospheric conditions, equipment and maintenance costs are greatly reduced. The Aerosol Jet solution is a multi-function platform that is poised to enable high density interconnects for a range of advanced three-dimensional semiconductor packaging applications.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Solar, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec’s patented Aerosol Jet Printed Electronics technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of more than 100 users that includes many industry-leading manufacturers.

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Tekpro Group, a Level 1 Distributor of Stratasys Fortus Rapid Prototyping & Dimension 3D Printer equipment, today announced the grand opening of its new Technical Training Center in Lake Forest, CA., supporting the companies growing customer base.

“We are thrilled with our new space in Lake Forest, CA, that includes both technical/training facilities and a new product showroom,” said Jack Lisinski, President, Tekpro Group. “The tech center positions our team to deliver better service and support to our customers in Orange and San Diego Counties.”

Advanced training classes for Fortus 3D Production Systems are scheduled monthly at the Tekpro Lake Forest facility, with application seminars, and focused events offered on a regular basis. A Grand Opening event is planned for October 26th, 2011 and will run from 10:00am – 2:00pm. Prospects and customers alike are invited to meet local Tekpro Group and Stratasys staff, test drive a Fortus 3D Production System, and grab a bite to eat. Product presentations will be available, along with the opportunity to mix with current customers to learn about local successes with Stratasys products and Tekpro Group. Additional details and registration can be found at Tekpro Group’s website.

Tekpro Group, Inc., established in 2002, provides RP and Manufacturing Systems to discrete manufacturing companies and product development companies in Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii. The company’s focus is on slashing product development and manufacturing time by providing additive manufacturing systems manufactured by Stratasys, Inc. The company offers the full line of Stratasys products from the uPrint Personal 3D Printer, to the workhorse Fortus 900mc 3D Production System, that offers a wide variety of thermoplastics, and is able to build parts up to 36 x 24 x 36 inches.

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TechShop, the first membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, will host a Grand Opening event on Saturday, September 24, from 10 AM – 6 PM at its new location in downtown San Jose at 300 S. 2nd Street. Councilmember Sam Liccardo (District 3) will make remarks and welcome this innovative business to the 10th largest city in the country.

"I am delighted to welcome TechShop to Downtown San José," said Mayor Chuck Reed. “TechShop will serve as a great resource for our many local innovators looking to incubate new technologies, create art or just have fun."

"Today the opportunity to engage, enable and empower people in San Jose, the innovation capital of the world, is a reality," said TechShop Founder Jim Newton. "TechShop San Jose is providing a broad array of machines and tools, instruction, and a supportive environment to hobbyists, entrepreneurs, artists and others who want to make things but lack the tools, space or skills. By supplying over $1M worth of advanced equipment for our member’s use, we have eliminated the barriers to making just about anything.”

TechShop will be providing in depth tours that showcase its collection of advanced machines, tools, and technologies that enable members to make almost anything they can imagine. Festivities will include displays of a variety of creations ranging from a JetPack to handmade craft items, all made at TechShop. Key partners including Autodesk, Bazaar Bizarre, MakerSHED, EepyBird and more will be represented in activities and demonstrations. Local food trucks from the San Jose based Moveable Meals will be outside with gourmet foods and delicacies.

Grand Opening Schedule
10 AM-6 PM TechShop Tours and Demos
11 AM Food Trucks Open for Lunch
12 PM Ribbon Cutting and Keynote Talk
3 PM Performance by EepyBird: The Extreme Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments!

TechShop Membership and Grand Opening Offers
The TechShop membership model is similar to a fitness club: Monthly dues provide access to tools and high-end machinery instead of exercise equipment. TechShop is designed for everyone, regardless of skill level.

TechShop provides members with access to a wide variety of advanced machinery, tools and design software including: Epilog laser cutters, lathes, Tormach CNC milling machine, Lincoln welding stations, a 3D Systems ProJet-3000 3D printer, sheet metal working equipment, tubing and metal bending machines, drill presses and band saws, industrial sewing machines, hand tools, woodworking equipment including a 4' x 8' ShopBot CNC router, plastics equipment, electronics design and fabrication facilities, 2D and 3D design software including applications from Autodesk and Adobe, and more. You do not have to be a TechShop member to take any of the more than 75 classes that are offered at TechShop.

Membership and Class Specials
In celebration of the San Jose location, there will be several opportunities to purchase memberships and classes at greatly discounted rates. There will be offers online as well as new promotions that will only be available in-person at the San Jose location the day of the Grand Opening.

Founded in October 2006, TechShop, Inc. is the first membership based, do-it-yourself (DIY) workshop and fabrication studio, providing access to a vibrant community of highly creative people and more than $1million worth of high-quality machines, tools, and software. With plans to expand nationally, TechShop is based in Menlo Park, CA, with current locations in San Francisco, San Jose and Raleigh, NC, and soon to open in Detroit. TechShop offers workshop space and hands on training for people of all skill levels to get them started using TechShop's tools and equipment.

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Delcam will reinforce its position as the world’s leading CAM specialist at the Pacific Coast Machine Tool Expo when it will be the only CAM developer to exhibit.  At the Expo, which takes place in Santa Clara, California, on 21st and 22nd September, Delcam will demonstrate enhancements across its range of CAM programs.

US analysts CIMdata first ranked Delcam as the leading specialist supplier of CAM software and services in 2000.  The analyst’s latest NC Software Market Analysis Report from leading showed that, in 2010, Delcam again had the highest vendor revenues and received the highest end-user payments of all the CAM-centric suppliers, meaning that the company has completed eleven years as the world leader.

The CIMdata report also confirmed that Delcam continues to employ the largest development team in the industry, with 175 people working on the company’s manufacturing software.

The results of this investment will be seen at the Expo, with the 2012 versions on show of PowerMILL, for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based programming and PartMaker for the programming of turn-mill equipment, bar-fed mills and Swiss-type lathes.

The new release of PowerMILL includes a number of new strategies, together with more general enhancements to make programming faster and machining more efficient with the best-possible surface finish.  The most important of these new options is flowline machining.  With flowline machining, the toolpath is divided between a pair of drive curves in a constant number of passes, rather than having a varying number of passes with a constant stepover.  This approach gives a better surface finish on the part and minimises wear on the cutter and the machine tool.

FeatureCAM 2012 includes a range of enhancements that will enable faster and easier programming, and produce more efficient toolpaths to give greater machine productivity, in particular from further developments in the use of stock models.  Two new strategies are available – back boring and spiral roughing.  Back boring allows more parts to be completed in a single set-up, with larger bores able to be produced on the reverse side of the part.  Spiral roughing can be used instead of Z-level roughing.  It uses a single continuous toolpath instead of a series of levels and so gives a smoother finish with no dwell marks.

Major highlights of PartMaker 2012 include a new module for the simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centres, improved simulation for the latest breed of multi-axis, turn-mill and Swiss-lathe machine architectures, more powerful surface machining strategies, and improved visualisation throughout programming, as well as a host of additional productivity enhancements.

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As the global titanium industry anticipates higher near-term metal consumption by major customers, especially those in the aerospace sector, the situation raises fundamental questions: can manufacturing technology keep pace with the projected higher demand?  Will original equipment manufacturers and their contract vendors be able to boost productivity rates to mill, cut, drill, shape and weld titanium in order to satisfy their market requirements? Or will the inherent challenges of machining titanium prevent the metal from achieving wider acceptance in higher-volume applications?

Answers to these important questions will be offered by machining panel speakers at TITANIUM 2011, the 27th annual international conference and exhibition, which will be held Oct. 2-5 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego.

"Metal removal rates have not increased significantly for titanium machining over the years as it has for aluminum machining," Thomas J. Long, engineering manager/indexable milling for Kennametal Inc., Latrobe, PA, stated. "The primary reason for this is the low thermal conductivity of titanium, which causes higher temperatures at the cutting edge/work piece interface."

Long, who will present a paper on "High-Performance Machining of Titanium—the Systems Approach," explained that as cutting temperatures increase, the strength of carbide tools decreases, which in turn limits the cutting speeds for machining titanium. "Titanium is a high-strength material with a very low modulus of elasticity, which is susceptible to vibrations that increase wear on cutting edges, spindle connections and bearings," he said. By combining proper thermal management and improved dynamic stiffness, he said it's possible to significantly reduce metal-cutting temperatures and mechanical vibrations, thereby improving tool life, metal-removal rates and part quality when machining titanium.

Anil Srivastava, Ph.D., manager, manufacturing technology at TechSolve Inc., Cincinnati, another panel speaker, noted that turning and drilling are the major machining operations in manufacturing gas turbine engines, while end-milling and drilling are the most important techniques in airframe manufacturing. His paper is titled: "High-Speed Turning of Titanium (Ti-6Al-4V) Alloy."

"Innovation turns into increased productivity," Srivastava said. "Research in this field shows that enhanced production rates can be achieved with conventional machining methods if the unique characteristics of titanium and its alloys are taken into consideration."

Srivastava said companies such as Lockheed Martin Aero, Pratt and Whitney, Rolls Royce, and GE Aviation are investing in new production capabilities to minimize machining cost. Machine-tool manufacturers are developing units with ultra-rigid platforms that possess exceptional power and torque characteristics, which can withstand the heaviest cutting forces while minimizing chatter. Srivastava also noted that initial test results show selective nano-layered coated inserts and super-finished cutting-edge prep inserts may significantly enhance the life of cutting tools.

"Machine Tool Design for Titanium Machining," a presentation by Dr. Bernhard Bringmann of the StarragHeckert Group, Switzerland, will explore optimal machine specifications to suit the needs of titanium, citing developments in superior cutting processes. His colleague at StarragHeckert, Thomas Neuhold, will review "Best Practices in Titanium Machining," which will focus on designing a comprehensive process strategy for producing titanium parts. Neuhold will discuss how to combine modern analytical tools and hands-on experience to balance cutting performance and tool cost.

Dr. Roland Holscher of the Institute of Production Management, Technology and Machine Tools (PTW), will discuss ways to manage the heat generated in the high-speed cutting (HSC) of titanium alloys. Holscher's paper will describe a way to "artificially create the HSC-effect by means of dual machining." A paper by Frank Gorsler of TechSolve ("A Screening Test For Cutting Fluids When Milling Titanium") will examine improved cutting fluids that minimize the effect of tooth entry (impact) and provide an extended time in the cut in order to extend tool life.

Members and Non Members of the Association are invited to register for the upcoming event.  A limited number of Free Expo Passes are available to walk the exhibition floor Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during restricted hours.

The International Titanium Association (ITA) is the host and sponsor of TITANIUM 2011, which is designed to suit the needs of titanium producers, suppliers, customers and stakeholders. Pre-Registration Deadline for the upcoming event is August 31st.

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IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® invites researchers, technical experts and industry leaders to submit abstracts for poster presentations at IPC APEX EXPO™, the industry’s premier conference and exhibition for printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly and test, February 28–March 1, 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, Calif. Poster presentations offer exposure to key engineers, managers and executives attending the show.

Technical poster presentations are being sought on all relevant electronics topics including design, materials, assembly, processes and equipment. Submissions in the areas of printed electronics, packaging & components, surface finishes, reliability and lead-free assembly are especially encouraged.  An abstract of up to 300 words summarizing technical and previously unpublished, noncommercial work covering case histories, research and discoveries should be submitted by November 25, 2011.

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MSC Software Corporation, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced its upcoming 2011 Users Conference. Attracting engineers from all industries, the conference is the premier event within the simulation and analysis community, bringing academics, engineers, technologists, designers, executives and managers from all over the world to exchange information and ideas, network with peers, and gain access to the software developers that are redefining Computer Aided Engineering (CAE).

The Users Conference is taking place at the Hilton of Orange County in Costa Mesa, California on October 4-6, 2011. Registration details for the event can be located at:

This year's conference agenda is filled with 54 innovative technical presentations and 5 one-day training classes. Industry experts will gather to share their knowledge, best practices and strategies for developing products that meet the ever-increasing pressures of time, cost, quality, and performance. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to meet with our technical specialists from around the world. To view a listing of the technical presentations featured at this year's conference, visit:

Among the hundreds of industry experts attending, MSC Software is pleased to feature the following 3 Keynote Computational Analytical Engineering thought leaders:

* Mr. Frank Doerner of The Boeing Company presenting "Enabling Next Generation Aerospace Products through Advanced Modeling & Simulation"
* Dr. Steve Jia of Litens Automotive Group presenting "Virtual Product Development at Litens"
* Mr. Christopher Oster of Lockheed Martin presenting "Evolving Lockheed Martin's Engineering Practices through the Creation of a Model-centric Digital Tapestry"

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TITANIUM 2011, the international conference and exhibition, will be held Oct. 2-5 at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in California USA.  The event is expected to attract more than 800 attendees from 30 countries, including China, Russia and Japan, TITANIUM 2011—marking its 27th year—is an annual business forum designed to support the needs of titanium industry professionals, suppliers and customers.

As the global titanium industry continues to gather momentum for a recovery—spurred by strong demand from the commercial aerospace sector—the conference provides a platform for influential business leaders to share their insights on key developments and trends likely to shape market conditions.

David Houle, a futurist and business advisor, will be keynote speaker for the event. Houle will offer thoughts on "The Shift Age" and "Transformation Decade." He has worked at major TV networks for more than 20 years and was part of the senior executive team that created and launched MTV, Nickelodeon, VH1 and CNN Headline News. He won the prestigious George Foster Peabody and Heartland awards for "Hank Aaron: Chasing the Dream" and was nominated for an Academy Award. He publishes the futurist blog,, with the tag line "A Future Look At Today."

John Byrne, vice president of aircraft, materials and structures for Boeing Commercial Airplane will be the "distinguished guest speaker" for the conference. Byrne is responsible for strategic development, contracting and supplier management of the metallic and composite raw materials, fabricated parts and assemblies, forgings and castings and structural standards.

The World Industry Demand Trends speaker panel, as usual, will be a highlight session for the gathering.  Distinguished panel members, representing global business viewpoints from North America, Europe and Asia, include Michael G. Metz, president, VSMPO Tirus US; Richard Harshman, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Allegheny Technologies Inc.; Dawne Hickton, vice chairman, chief executive officer and president of RTI International Metals Inc.; James Buch, executive vice president, commercial, Titanium Metals Corp. (TIMET); Dr. Markus Holz, managing director, Hempel Special Metals GmbH; Wuzhuang Zou, president, Baoti Group Ltd.; and Shozo Nishizawa, president, Osaka Titanium Technologies Co. Frank Perryman, president and chief executive officer of Perryman Co., and past ITA president, will moderate the panel and provide the world trends summary presentation.

Henry Seiner, TIMET vice president—planning and materials, will serve as the moderator for the presentations on Titanium World Industry Supply Trends. Speakers for this panel include Joseph Gambogi, mineral commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey; Dimitrij Orlov, chief executive officer for ELG Utica Inc. and ELG Utica International GmbH; Vincent Rocco, sales manager—master alloys, Stratcor Inc. (a unit of the Evraz Group S.A.); David McCoy, senior partner, TZ Minerals International Pty Ltd.; Hirotomo Maekawa, general manager, titanium sales, Toho Titanium Co. Ltd.

In addition to her role as a member of the World Industry Demand Trends panel, Hickton will moderate a presentation on "The Evolution of Supply-Chain Security for Critical Materials to Support the Defense Industrial Base." This panel will examine the evolution of supply-chain security for strategic and critical materials, including titanium, as they support the defense industrial base.  Speakers will address the need for the U.S. government and industry to consider proactive supply-chain security measures that will foster competitiveness in the 21st century.

Exhibitors at TITANIUM 2011, a diverse group of companies reflecting the global reach of the industry, including producers of conventional and experimental-composition titanium ingots; suppliers of titanium sheets, wire, bars, slabs; suppliers of plasma and electron beam cold-hearth furnaces for melting titanium and titanium alloys; major Chinese producers of titanium products; a designer and producer of titanium jewelry and consumer products; manufacturers of titanium and zirconium process equipment; producers and distributors of titanium and nickel-based alloy mill and specialty products; manufacturers of titanium bars and forgings; suppliers of fasteners and precision components; and other distributors and processors of titanium for aerospace, medical and industrial markets.

Members and Non Members of the Association are invited to register for the upcoming event.  A limited number of Free Expo Passes are available to walk the exhibition floor Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during restricted hours.

The International Titanium Association (ITA) is the host and sponsor of TITANIUM 2011, which is designed to suit the needs of titanium producers, suppliers, customers and stakeholders.  Pre-Registration Deadline for the upcoming event is August 31st.

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LaserStar Technologies, one of the leading suppliers of laser welding and laser marking systems and sources, has announced the move of their Los Angeles, CA office to their new state-of-the-art Applications Lab and Training Facility in Pasadena, CA.

The New California LaserStar Center is centrally located in Pasadena, CA famous for the Rose Bowl and the Tournament of Roses parade and football game. The City also boasts numerous cultural amenities, fine restaurants and top retailers that guarantee client visits will not only be profitable, but memorable.

The new offices are strategically located just minutes from three major airports: Bob Hope Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Ontario International Airport. The area also offers clients the opportunity to spend their personal time at a variety of accommodations located nearby.

“Considering our rapid growth and the increasing demand for trainings in the CA area, we are increasing our office space to better serve the expectations of our customers,” said James Gervais, President and COO.

Please be sure to contact LaserStar Technologies at their new facility:

CA LaserStar Center (Sales, Service, Training)
145 North Sierra Madre Blvd., Suite One
Pasadena, CA 91107 USA
Tel:  213-612-0622
Fax:  866-347-0934
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About LaserStar Technologies Corporation

LaserStar Technologies has the well deserved reputation of being the premier supplier of laser welding and laser marking and laser engraving machines to the jewelry, dental and industrial marketplaces. Their team of highly-trained sales and engineering staff are always available to review new applications, share technical expertise and provide superior service and technical support from any one of their national LaserStar Centers in RI, FL and CA. LaserStar Technologies Corporation has been in business since 1957. Made in USA.

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Optomec announced today that the Company will showcase its Aerosol Jet Deposition system for Printed Electronics at SEMICON West at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California from July 12-14.  Optomec will be located in the Extreme Electronics TechZone, South Hall, booth # 2444.   The Extreme Electronics TechZone highlights technology that focuses around design and manufacturing solutions for emerging and adjacent microelectronics markets including high-brightness LEDs and solid state lighting, MEMS, flexible and printed electronics, and other nano-scale technologies.

Aerosol Jet systems have the unique ability to produce a wide range of electronic, structural and biological patterns onto almost any substrate. The proprietary process, which is completely different from ink jet, utilizes aerodynamic focusing to precisely deliver fluid and nano-material formulations that as required can be optionally post-treated with a highly focused laser or other sintering methods. The resulting patterns can have features that are less than 10 microns wide, with layer thicknesses from 10's of nanometers to several microns. A recently announced Aerosol Jet Wide Nozzle print head is also available which enables efficient patterning of millimeter scale conductive features (bus bars, backplanes), large area thin film coatings, and selective coatings (insulators, cross-over circuits, encapsulation). Example applications for Aerosol Jet Wide Nozzle deposition capabilities are fuel cells, conformal antennae and Molded Interconnect Devices.

Earlier this month, Optomec also announced the availability of the Aerosol Jet Marathon Series for high volume printed electronics manufacturing. The Marathon Series represents the next generation of Aerosol Jet Printhead technology and sets a new performance standard for fine feature printed electronics and wide area coating applications. The 3 nozzle Marathon Series print module is available now with additional configurations, including a 10 nozzle and 3MM wide nozzle available soon.  Marathon Series print modules can be configured on standalone Aerosol Jet systems or on Aerosol Jet Print Engines used for integration with 3rd party automation systems.  More information on the new Aerosol Jet print modules will be available in the exhibit booth.

Optomec is the world-leading provider of additive manufacturing solutions for high-performance applications in the Electronics, Solar, Medical, and Aerospace & Defense markets. These systems utilize Optomec's patented Aerosol Jet printed electronics technology and LENS powder-metal fabrication technology. The company has a global customer base of more than 100 users that includes many industry-leading manufacturers.

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TechShop, the first membership-based DIY workshop and fabrication studio for makers, is excited to welcome Mike Rowe to Maker Faire, the world's preeminent DIY festival. Rowe, whose own website,, was created as a "PR Campaign for Hard Work," will drop by the Fiesta Hall at the San Mateo County Event Center on Sunday, May 22nd, at 11 a.m. for an impromptu chat with makers and fabricators from around the country. "The only thing I make these days is a mess," joked the creator and Host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs. "But the TechShop idea is phenomenal, and Maker Faire sounds like TechShop on steroids. It'll be fun to hang out with some people who can still make things out of thin air. I'm a big fan."

Maker Faire celebrates things people create themselves -- from rockets and robots, to DIY biology and hacked everything. The family-friendly event for creative people of all ages and skill levels offers two days of exhibits, activities, instruction and information from over 600 makers. The event is projected to draw 95,000 people from the Bay Area and beyond who want to marvel and be inspired by the world of "making."

"Maker Faire brings together those who want to get their hands dirty," said Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire, and Editor in Chief of MAKE magazine. "TechShop provides the tools for people who want to get their hands dirty. What could be better than having both TechShop and Mike Rowe at Maker Faire."

TechShop will set up a glimpse into TechShop at Maker Faire by hosting celebrity makers, key partners and members as part of on-going demonstrations for anyone who wants to make or learn to make things. Machines ranging from manual mills and lathes, to laser and plasma cutters, industrial sewing machines, electronics and more are available to TechShop members for a monthly access fee, similar to the fitness club model. TechShop is a key sponsor of Maker Faire Bay Area 2011.

"Maker Faire is the 'maker' event of the year," said Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop. "The size of the crowd and the level of commitment from companies like Autodesk, tells us that the Maker Movement is taking hold. We want to harness that excitement to engage, encourage and empower everyone to build their dreams. TechShop provides a broad array of machines and tools, instruction, and a supportive environment so hobbyists, entrepreneurs, artists, and others who want to make things but lack the tools, space or skills can do just that. "

More than a Booth
TechShop's exhibition area at Maker Faire, a.k.a. "The Show Barn," will spotlight select TechShop member projects and numerous machine demonstrations, including 3D printing by 3D Systems. TechShop partner Autodesk will showcase their newest software release 1, 2, 3D. Autodesk is currently offering free software and training to all TechShop members. TechShop founder Jim Newton and TechShop staff and member volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.

Attendees will be inspired by member projects ranging from handmade goods found on Etsy to solar panels, and a variety of consumer-good prototypes. TechShop memberships and classes will be available at special Maker Faire prices so future makers can get started right away.

Calendar Editors
A celebration of DIY culture, Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 runs Saturday-Sunday, May 21-22, at the San Mateo County Event Center, 1346 Saratoga Drive, San Mateo. Saturday, 10am to 8pm; Sunday, 10am to 6pm. $5-$25; 3 and under are free. To purchase tickets, including weekend passes stop by Bay Area TechShop locations or go to:

About Maker Faire
Maker Faire is being held on May 21 & 22, 2011 at the San Mateo County Event Center. Started in San Mateo, California in 2006, and also being held in Detroit and New York, Maker Faire is the premier event for grassroots American innovation. Held annually in each of these locations, the event may expand elsewhere in the future. Maker Faire is supported by MAKE Magazine and O'Reilly Media, the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators. For more information about Maker Faire, please visit

About TechShop, Inc.
Founded in October 2006, TechShop, Inc. is a membership-based, do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio, providing access to a vibrant community of highly creative people and more than $750,000 worth of high-quality machines, tools and software. Based in Menlo Park, CA, with locations in San Francisco and Raleigh, NC, and soon to open locations in San Jose, New York and Detroit, TechShop offers training and instruction for people of all skill levels.

For information and course listings, visit, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (800) 640-1975. You can follow TechShop on Twitter at "TechShopInc." TechShop is also on Facebook as "TechShop Incorporated".

About mikeroweWORKS
mikeroweWORKS is a website created by Mike Rowe as a "PR campaign for hard work and skilled labor." Its purpose is to call attention to the growing skills gap in the trades, provide comprehensive resources for anyone looking to explore those vocations, as well as focus the country on the very real issues facing our trade workers, miners and farmers. In addition to the trade resource center, Mike has established The mikeroweWORKS Foundation to help fund scholarship programs and other initiatives that reinvigorate trade school interest, enrollments and industrial arts programs around the country. The website also includes Mike's blog, videos and photos.

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Hawk Ridge Systems®, the leading reseller of SolidWorks 3D Design Solutions in North America, announced that it has opened a new office and cutting-edge training facility in Ontario, California. With the opening of the Ontario location, Hawk Ridge Systems solidifies its leadership as the preferred SolidWorks value-add reseller in Southern California. With over 50 Certified SolidWorks Engineers, Hawk Ridge leads the nation in 3D CAD Design expertise. Named as the Top Reseller at SolidWorks World 2011, Hawk Ridge Systems is recognized for its outstanding sales, services, support and training for SolidWorks’ customers.

“As SolidWorks’ 2011 Top Reseller, Hawk Ridge is clearly committed to our customers in Southern California,” says Steve Wilcox, President and CEO of Hawk Ridge Systems. “We have seen an incredible uptick in new orders as the economic environment improves, especially in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties. The fact that we exclusively resell SolidWorks 3D CAD Design Solutions gives us a leg up on our competition as we have built the largest team of dedicated Certified SolidWorks Engineers in North America. We are seeing this investment pay off, as our customers recognize the value-add we provide them in their mission critical designs and ability to get their CAD designs to manufacturing faster, and with fewer revisions. Our customers have told us over and over again how much they appreciate our dedicated expertise in SolidWorks solutions and rated our own technical support 4.7 out of 5 for the last two years.”

Alfred Saad, SolidWorks’ Area Sales Director says, “We are very pleased to acknowledge the dedication and technical expertise that Hawk Ridge Systems has demonstrated in educating and supporting SolidWorks users. The new office and state-of-the-art training facility in Ontario, along with Hawk Ridge’s long-standing record of high quality customer support, will continue to ensure that SolidWorks maintains its position as the leading supplier of 3D CAD Solutions.”

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New materials, applications and processes for aerospace and defense manufacturing will be showcased in three Innovations Centers on the floor at AeroDef, the first comprehensive, vertically integrated exposition and technical conference for the entire aerospace and defense manufacturing industry, Tuesday – Thursday, April 5 - 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

The Boeing Company

The Boeing Company will be showcasing several innovations and applications in four areas of interest, highlighting different aspects of aerospace and defense manufacturing:


As titanium becomes an even more prevalent material in aircraft, Boeing is using several unique titanium manufacturing technologies to produce contoured parts. Attendees can also see a Boeing restorative repair process that can extend the life expensive complex machined parts.


Boeing will show recent technologies for out-of-autoclave processing of composites.

Rapid Prototyping:

Visitors will see how the latest rapid prototyping technologies help Boeing manufacture end user parts.

Motion Tracking:

In this section of the exhibit, Boeing will show how this cutting edge technology can be used to support manufacturing from measurement to tracking items in a workspace.

The Compufacturing Manufacturing Alliance

Compufacturing members will demonstrate how their joint solutions can create an automated, integrated assembly process that will revolutionize how complex aerospace equipment is built.

The Computational Manufacturing Alliance was founded by five companies whose technologies link significant aspects of the process of designing, manufacturing and assembling complex products. The members of the Alliance call their solution “Compufacturing,” the integration of a “Digital Thread” woven throughout the process.

Alliance members plan to demonstrate their solution by showing how the fuselage of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), an essential aircraft jointly produced by Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman, or other aircraft, can be more efficiently produced by employing the “Digital Thread” approach to aerostructure development and production, using a mock-up that resembles the upper OML surface of the center fuselage of large jet fighters. This will be the first public display of the Compufacturing solution.

This will be the first public display of the Compufacturing solution.

Emerging Technology Showcase

An Emerging Technology Showcase will provide interactive and hands-on opportunities to explore how tomorrow’s products are being made. The 2011 showcase will feature:

Additive Manufacturing. Expo visitors will be able to see how additive manufacturing, a new technology that is revolutionizing product development, is allowing companies to expand the boundaries of their imagination and produce products faster and at lower cost.

Nanotechnology. Attendees will be able to see how and why nanotechnology can improve product design, processes and cut costs.

MicroManufacturing. Displays will show how manufacturers are now producing parts and features of just a few microns.

AeroDef Manufacturing Exposition and Conference is produced by The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, activities and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c)3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce.

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Hexagon Metrology Inc. announced today the completion and opening of its newest facility located in Oceanside, California. The state-of-the-art factory, and Research and Development Center, will serve as the North American manufacturing headquarters for the ROMER® brand of portable coordinate measuring machines.

The new 14,000 sq. ft. facility was designed specifically for the production of portable coordinate measuring machines such as the newly released Absolute portable articulating arm series. The layout and design of the new building integrates the latest in JIT and lean manufacturing concepts, which enables efficient, cost effective, and higher volume production of the high precision devices.

The new Hexagon Metrology plant also includes an expanded R&D facility to drive innovation in the portable metrology market. All manufacturing and R&D functions in Hexagon’s Carlsbad, California facility will transition to the new Oceanside location starting on March 1, 2011, with full customer services and operations projected to commence on Monday March 7, 2011.

The new address for the ROMER Factory and Research & Development center is:

Hexagon Metrology
Seagate Corporate Center
3536 Seagate Way
Oceanside California 92056
Main Telephone Number: 760-994-1401
Main Fax Number: 760-994-1420

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