Altair will host its 9th European Altair Technology Conference from June 26 - 28, 2017 at the Congressforum Frankenthal in the Rhine/Neckar area, Germany. Spanning the entire spectrum of Altair offerings, from the application of simulation and optimization technologies, to partner solutions as well as high-performance and cloud computing, the three-day event will be packed with valuable information from technical experts and thought leaders, offering innovative content and product development techniques.

This year for the first time, extending the scope beyond Altair customers, the conference will include a day, dedicated especially to those interested in simulation, design, and HPC solutions and the development of innovative products via a Simulation-driven Innovation approach.

“I’m very much looking forward to our 9th E-ATC next year in June in Germany,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “Last year more than 650 engineers and simulation experts joined us in Paris, showing tremendous interest, not only in our tools but also in our methods and product development philosophy. The 2017 agenda will reflect how Simulation-driven Innovation is leveraging simulation, optimization, high performance computing and cloud technologies to design disruptive future products. These topics will meet the needs of all kinds of product creators and will cover all types of industries - from architecture to industrial design, automotive and aerospace to general machinery and manufacturing."

Divided in solution focused parallel sessions, day one will target an audience with a general design and engineering background in order to familiarize them with Altair’s solutions. The program will offer high level insights into product development methods, simulation solutions and will provide general information on the use of simulation in various industries. In addition, day one will also host a session for academic users.

Day two will be dedicated to keynote presentations from all industries, delivering inspiring insights into Simulation-driven Innovation techniques from high level Altair customers, the Altair executive team and industry thought leaders. This day is a must for executives, engineers and product creators looking for insights from leading industries. The third and last day of the conference will provide in-depth technical presentations given by experienced users of the Altair solutions, in parallel sessions.

Presenting at the European ATC will provide a unique opportunity to reach out to a large engineering audience and discuss innovative work with one's peers. Customers interested in speaking at the conference are invited to submit their abstracts to the organizational team.

A technical showcase, presenting software and service solutions of Altair and its partners will complement the event.

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At the 2nd International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine in Mainz, Germany, the focus is on innovative deployment options for the 3D print process in medicine. Already, 3D printing is being applied in virtually all medical disciplines. So orthopaedic surgeons, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, vascular surgeons, ophthalmologists, urologists, dermatologists and ear, nose and throat doctors are now using individually adapted 3D implants.

Well-known international physicians, material scientists and engineers are involved with the opportunities that 3D printing opens up in oral and maxillofacial surgery, casualty surgery, orthopaedic surgery and vascular surgery, as presenters at the 2nd International 3D Print conference. Additionally, further medical disciplines such as ophthalmology, dentistry and neurosurgery will also be featured. The presenters will also be examining the influence 3D print has on regenerative medicine. Using the 3D print process, veins, nerves, breast tissue, bone replacement material or corneas can already be artificially produced today.

Last but not least, this cross-disciplinary conference will also be about new developments in materials science with reference to 3D print, as well as 3D bioprinting. 3D bioprinting technology, which supports the reproduction of organic tissue, enables the precise arrangement of living, human cells in three-dimensional structures. It is seen as a key technology for producing functional tissue or whole organs in future. The 2nd International 3D Print Conference in Mainz will also look into the question of which new and biocompatible materials can be optimised for many methods of treatment.

3D printing will be finding more medical areas of deployment. A study by the A.T. Kearney business consultancy has reached the conclusion that a growth rate of 20-25% is to be reckoned with in the medical sector by 2020. The production of individualized transplants is becoming more and more important, especially in prosthetic joints (for hips, shoulders, knees and jaws).

Some further questions that the conference will be addressing are: What are the developments and advances in medicinal 3D printing? Which medical disciplines already use 3D printing for individual solutions today? Which materials are used in the production of individual implants and how do these newly developed materials distinguish themselves? Which technologies are applied and how are they further developed? The conference also cultivates the promotion of cross-disciplinary dialogue between experts from medicine, materials science and engineering. This event is also intended to combine synergies among participants from different areas, to work out and support any national and international cooperation projects.

In consequence of the great international success of the first conference in Mainz in April 2016, there was soon a demand from the scientists for follow-up event. Mainz was chosen once more to be the location for the 2nd International Conference of 3D Printing in Medicine.

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Rising Media announced the full program for the Inside 3D Printing San Diego event, taking place at the San Diego Convention Center on December 14-15, 2016.

Inside 3D Printing is the largest professional 3D printing event worldwide, having hosted 33 events globally since its launch in 2013. This will be the series’ fourth edition in California, with previous events hosted in San Jose and Santa Clara.

The Inside 3D Printing San Diego program, which is chaired by Tyler Benster, General Partner, Asimov Ventures, features dedicated conference tracks focused on 3D printing applications in business, manufacturing, medical, and metal; keynote speeches from industry leaders Weidong Huang of Northwestern Polytechnical University, Hod Lipson of Columbia University, and Terry Wohlers of Wohlers Associates, Inc.; a full day of pre-conference workshops on December 13; as well as networking opportunities for additive manufacturing professionals to forge valuable industry connections.

“3D printing is undergoing a watershed moment, as big and small companies alike begin to use the technology to manufacture finished goods. Several breakthrough technologies in plastics and metals promise to drive this exponential growth,” said Tyler Benster, conference chair and General Partner, Asimov Ventures.

He continued, “We have some surprises in store at Inside 3D Printing San Diego, as several companies emerge from stealth mode to unveil ground-breaking new technology, while other established presenters discuss best practices for emerging business models.”

Rising Media also announced The Nature Game, a competition challenging participants to create objects, which are hard or impossible to determine as objects having been created by natural growth or by human 3D design and manufacturing. Inspired by Alan Turing's 1950 Turing Test and developed by Uformia's Turlif Vilbrandt, The Nature Game asks the question, "Can an object be explicitly designed and fabricated by humans that seems to be naturally grown and/or expresses properties and complexity only found in naturally produced objects?" Objects created for The Nature Game will be on display at Inside 3D Printing San Diego where event attendees will have the opportunity to view the objects and guess whether they are human or nature made.

"We are now able to understand and control all types of matter at scales beyond our own perception. In the next 30 years, manufacturing systems will communicate and fabricate alongside natural systems and human made objects will no longer stand apart and separated from natural processes,” said Turlif Vilbrandt, CTO, Uformia.

San Diego-based bioprinting company Organovo is confirmed to participate and display 3D printed tissue for attendees to view through a microscope at Inside 3D Printing San Diego as part of The Nature Game.

Also on the program will be the Frontier Tech Showdown, a startup competition for early-stage startups in 3D printing, robotics, and virtual and augmented reality; the Frontier Tech Hackathon hosted by Amazon Alexa; and a special panel aimed at exploring diversity and multiculturalism in frontier technology industries.

Inside 3D Printing San Diego is co-located with Rising Media's RoboUniverse and Virtual Reality Summit as the first Frontier Tech Forum. The combined expo hall expects 50+ exhibitors showcasing the latest in frontier tech hardware, services, and software.

Prices for Frontier Tech Forum San Diego increase on-site, so register before December 14 to save.

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The 4th Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit 2017
February 22-23, 2017 - Detroit, Michigan, USA

The industry-leading Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Series returns to Detroit on February 22nd & 23rd, to showcase the latest edition of our Lightweight Manufacturing specific conference – The 4th Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit 2017.

Developed in close collaboration an industry advisory board, consisting of Toyota, Ford & General Motors, the The 4th Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing Summit 2017 will feature a brand new agenda which will examine the latest joining, forming & surface treatment technologies and their applications for mixed material structures.

It features an expert speaker panel including Honda, Volvo, FCA, GM, Ford, Deer & Company and more, who will discuss the latest innovations in adhesives, additive manufacturing, machine learning, multi-material joining methods, corrosion mitigation techniques and more.

In addition, driven by updated EPA regulations, the event launches an exclusive new discussion area, focused on specific lightweighting technologies and manufacturing techniques for medium and heavy-duty vehicles, alongside our long-established passenger vehicles focus.

Here’s a preview of our new features for 2017:

  • TRUCKS AND HEAVY VEHICLES: To drive the development of lightweighting across all the US automotive industry, for the first time this year, we introduce specific focus on Lightweighting for Medium & Heavy Duty trucks alongside passenger vehicles, in light of recent EPA regulatory changes
  • LATEST ALUMINUM DEVELOPMENTS: This year's program will cover the whole spectrum of aluminum related technology developments, including aluminium castings, sheets & extrusions, joining with aluminum, corrosion mitigation, recycling, and more
  • MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES FOR MULTI-MATERIAL STRUCTURES: We will bring together manufacturing experts to share their expertise and evaluate the pros and cons of each new technology to support practical application in manufacturing contexts
  • FUTURE FOCUS: We will consider what opportunities lie ahead through advanced processes and technologies for automotive lightweighting, including additive manufacturing, machine learning, plastic & composite technologies
  • CORROSION MITIGATION CHALLENGES: To address your current challenges associated with corrosion mitigation for multi material combination, the program will focus on corrosion testing, prevention methods for mixed materials and management of corrosion & distortion issues
  • FORMABILITY CONSIDERATIONS: Explore the formability of new material grades, forming techniques, formability modelling
  • DEEP DIVE INTO JOINING WITH ADHESIVES: In line with the industry's increased use of adhesives, deep dive sessions will enable you to evaluate their suitability, including failure mode analysis of adhesives in multi material structures, use of adhesives with different material combinations and more

Key speakers include:

  • Stacey Spencer, Materials Engineering Surface Treatment and Paint, Volvo Group
  • Theresa Klix, Head of Metallic Materials Engineering, FCA US LLC
  • Pete Edwards, R&D Leader for Joining, Honda Engineering North America, Inc.
  • Michael W Danyo, Aluminum Technology Supervisor, Ford

For more information, visit:

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.

For more information or to register, visit:

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BIS group announces the 48V Power Supply and Electrification Systems Forum taking place on February 15-16, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

The Forum will showcase the perspectives of 48V systems implementation on the way of 12V systems combination and replacement and main 48V technology trends and applications. Attendees will discuss customer value versus total costs in terms of innovative 48V solutions and get an overview of the 48V perspectives for autonomous driving and CO2 regulations compliance.

Main market players will share their ideas and experience throughout 2-day case studies, interactive plenaries, workshops, networking & experience exchange.

Topics Include:

  • A full review of 48 volt power systems and their advantages
  • Insights on 48 volt technology trends
  • CO2 reduction goals with 48 volt systems
  • Overcoming system design challenges
  • 48 volt systems as a step up on the way to full EV’s

The small-scale nature of the event, expert speakers and balanced spectrum of attending companies will ensure extensive networking and business opportunities. All attendees have an opportunity for deep involvement and can actively participate in the discussions in order to overcome relevant challenges and have influence on the overall industry development.

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The fall in price of next-generation robots from hundreds to tens of thousands of pounds means that the business case just became stronger for automotive vehicle and parts manufacturers to implement robotic solutions across individual manufacturing lines.

Challenges and pitfalls remain though, with nearly 76% of the target audience lacking clarity on robotic capabilities and implementation best practice. From how to prepare processes for automation, to the individual capabilities of each type of robot for individual production lines, OEMs need to know the next best step.

This year’s must attend Next-Generation Robotics & Automation: Automotive Manufacturing Europe 2016 Summit will be the only event focused on robotic upgrade and innovation, specifically for the automotive industry.

Co-located with our UK flagship Joining, Forming & Manufacturing Technologies Summit, on November 29-30, at the VOX in Birmingham, this must attend event addresses how to retain cutting edge in automotive manufacturing and the tactics needed to get next-generation robots right, first time.

Discuss selection and implementation challenges specific to your sector:

  • 8+ Robotic Capabilities Case Studies - Comprehensive access to exclusive manufacturer perspectives on Next-Generation Robotic applications - direct from the plant
  • 5 Process Specific Breakout Groups - Grapple with application, maintenance & selection considerations particular to your production process: Body Shop, Paint Shop, Power Train & Final Assembly
  • 4 Robot-Type Deep Dive Discussion Groups -  Discuss with peers the capabilities and attributes of each specific next-generation robot type to address their relevance to your needs: Zero Speed Monitoring, Power & Force Limited, Speed & Separation & Hand Guided Robots
  • Strategic & Technical Focus - A blended programme offers access to business case and strategic considerations, as well as tactical robotic application techniques

Speakers Include:

  • Willem Grobler, Technology Project Leader, BMW
  • Rich McDonnell, Senior Manufacturing Manager TS-22, Jaguar XE & F-Pace Body Construction, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Dan Lämkull , Methods Developer, Volvo Car Corporation
  • Ali Ackay, Control Technologies & Robotics - Manufacturing Engineering Development, Daimler AG & Mercedes-Benz Trucks

Readers of Prototype Today are invited to claim a 15% discount off registration for this conference. This can be claimed on top of early registration discounts. Please use registration code PROT15 at the checkout.

Register today to profit from these discounts, and reserve your place at the innovation hub of the European Automotive sector in time!

This year's 2nd Annual Joining, Forming & Manufacturing Technologies Congress presents an OEM-Led agenda combining technical case-studies with strategic discussions, taking place in Birmingham, UK at the end of November.

Designed to deliver practical & future-focused insights into scaling up cost effective composite & multi-material joining for lightweight architecture, we're excited to announce that our preliminary agenda is now available.

Global Automotive Lightweight Materials:
Joining, Forming & Manufacturing Technologies
November 29-30, 2016 - Birmingham, UK

Here is just a snapshot of our expert speakers from the world's leading OEMs:

  • Jürgen Wesermann, Manager - Vehicle Technologies & Materials, Ford
  • (Irene) Changing Kong, Joining Engineer, Advanced Manufacture Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Mathieu Kielwasser, Expert In Laser Applications, Responsible For Multi-Technology Multi-Material Assembly, PSA Peugeot Citroen
  • Lee Bateup, Technical Manager Of Innovation Management, Bentley
  • Steve Currie, Lead Engineer - Body & Closures, Tata Motors
  • Dr Li Wang, Joining Technologies Body In White, Advance Manufacturing Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover

Conference Overview:


  • Multi-Material Joining & Forming Methods
  • Explore opportunities to scale up the application of multi-material joining technologies and examine new forming methods with advanced materials


  • New Joining Technologies For Mixed-Materials & Composites, Composite Production & High Volume Applications
  • Examine joining technology innovations to evaluate scalability & quality performance within current production capabilities & feasibility of new forming processes & examine new forming methods with advanced materials

With over 400 attendees at this week's GALM Detroit Congress 2016, Joining, Forming & Manufacturing Technologies Europe Congress will continue to burst at the seams with OEM case studies. Our brand new agenda for 2016 will provide more depth across composite & multi-material joining, advanced forming, adhesive bonding and mechanical fastening, corrosion mitigation for multi-material joining, manufacturing process improvement through modelling and more.

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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has created a new technical conference focusing on plastics design. Titled “Successful Plastic Part Design – Doing It Right the First Time,” the first conference will take place October 25-26, 2016 in Portland, Oregon at McMenamins Kennedy School.

SPE’s Product Design and Development Division, known as PD3, organized the conference in collaboration with the Society’s Columbia River Section and the SPE Thermoforming Division.

Presentations will be offered in two tracks:

Injection Molding

  • Overview of Injection Molding – Charlie O’Bosky, R&D Plastics
  • Injection Molding Process & Terminology – Ron Knowlton, Western Washington University
  • Polymers and Material Selection -– Ron Knowlton
  • Injection Molding Flaws – Kyle Tarr, R&D Plastics
  • Design Guidelines – Kyle Tarr and Rod Roth, R&D Plastics
  • Design for Manufacturing Considerations – Ron Knowlton
  • Mold Design and Construction - Ron Knowlton
  • Post Molding Processes – Charlie O’Bosky
  • Product Development Flowchart – Charlie O’Bosky


  • Why Use Thermoforming with Process Overview of Vacuum, Pressure and Twin-Sheet Forming – Ed Probst, Probst Plastics Consulting
  • Material Selection for Thermoforming – Ed Probst
  • Design for Thermoforming – Ed Probst
  • Thermoforming Tooling & Troubleshooting – Ed Probst
  • What Are Composites, Their History and What Makes Them Special – Trevor Grundberg, Vectorply
  • Where Are Composites Typically Used and Part Design for Composites – Trevor Grundberg
  • Part Design for Composites and Process Modeling – Trevor Grundberg

Plenary speaker presentations addressing all three processes will also be offered:

  • How Do You Select the Right Process? – Eric Larson, Art of Mass Production
  • Where to Find Answers to Your Plastics Questions – Ed Probst

“SPE chose to hold our new design conference in the city of Portland because of its educational resources and its ties to and appreciation for process and design,” said Ed Probst, conference chair. “We are bringing together the area’s part designers, engineers, and material specifiers to explore the design and process essentials for injection molding, thermoforming and composites.”

For more information or to register, visit:

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Rising Media announced its partnership with IFA, the leading trade show for consumer electronics & home appliances to host 3DPrinting@home powered by Inside 3D Printing and Robot@home powered by Innorobo at IFA Berlin on September 4-7, 2016.

The 3DPrinting@home and Robot@home expo takes place within IFA Global Markets, an exhibition which focuses on the B2B2C and retail channels. In addition to consumer and retail 3D printers and robots, other cutting-edge exhibitor groups from around the globe will be on display within IFA Global Markets. IFA attracts over 249,000 visitors, 60% of whom are from the channel.

Confirmed exhibitors include: Formlabs; JER Education Technology Co. Limited.; SemVox; and Trinkle.

Robot@home powered by Innorobo will also feature two days of conference sessions exploring innovation trends in home and retail robotics.

Session topics include:

  • Market Data & Major Trends
  • From IoT to Robot@home
  • Vacuum Cleaner, Lawnmower: What's Next?
  • Robotic Assistance in Elderly care: Learnings from the SmartAssist Project
  • The New Home Interface
  • The Future of Retail - Feedback on Pepper Deployment in Retail Stores
  • Service Robotics in Europe: Current Status, Perspectives in the Frame of the H2020 European Program
  • State of the Art and Perspective for Robot@home
  • Personal & Professional Use
  • Startup Pitches and Demos
  • Foresight Session with Robotics as General Purpose Technology

For more information or to register, visit:

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IMTS has partnered with Local Motors to offer the IMTS Ride Experience featuring “Olli,” the first self-driving electric vehicle equipped with IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) technology.

Built by Local Motors, Olli can carry up to 12 riders and will navigate a track in the C Hall of the North Building at IMTS 2016, September 12-17, McCormick Place, Chicago. Limited to about 5 mph for show purposes (but capable of 25 mph), Olli uses the cloud-based cognitive computing capability of IBM Watson to analyze and learn from high volumes data produced by more than 30 sensors embedded in the vehicle, including cameras, GPS and LIDAR (Light Imaging, Detection, And Ranging).

Olli was designed from the ground up by Local Motors, the company that shook up the manufacturing industry when it 3D-printed and assembled a car, the now-famous Strati, live in less than two days at IMTS in 2014.

“Our intent this year was to create an unforgettable experience for IMTS attendees by offering them a ride in an autonomous vehicle,” said Local Motors CEO Jay Rogers. “IMTS draws the world’s top minds in manufacturing, and we’re excited to give them a ride in the self-driving vehicle of the future.”

“IMTS and Local Motors once again partner together, this time not just to show the world the practical applications of leading edge technology, but to enable IMTS visitors to have a personal experience with technology,” says Peter R. Eelman, Vice President - Exhibitions & Business Development, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, the parent organization of IMTS. “Olli’s manufacturing and operation demonstrates the convergence of technologies showcased at IMTS, including 3D printing, the Internet of Things and complex interactions with machines via the human voice.”

Designed for travel in dense, urban areas, college and corporate campuses, riders can “hail” Olli via an app or a kiosk. While cloud analytics and live data enable Olli to react faster than any human, a remote operator provides human supervision.

To enhance the autonomous vehicle travel experience, Olli uses Watson’s capabilities to enable riders to ask complex questions in “natural language” voice. Want to know the top spots for deep-dish Chicago-style pizza? Want to learn more about the vehicle’s construction and technology? Just ask Olli. In it’s real-life testing locations (currently National Harbor, Maryland and Las Vegas and Miami later this year), Olli takes route instructions and explains what is happening during the trip.

“While creation of the world’s first 3D-printed car at IMTS two years ago was groundbreaking, we wanted to enable visitors to interact with advanced technology at this year’s show,” says Rogers.

In addition to Olli, Local Motors will have other 3D-printed vehicles (including the Strati) on display at its booth, NC-780, which is immediately next to the IMTS Ride Experience.

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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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FABTECH 2016, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries, has scheduled a comprehensive education program of notable speakers to present on a variety of topics at the forefront of the industry. The lineup is comprised of more than 100 sessions, addressing the needs of attendees with basic, intermediate and advanced skill levels. The event takes place November 16-18 in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

The education component is one of the show’s most valuable features and a critical component of FABTECH. Led by manufacturing experts from a variety of backgrounds, the in-depth sessions are designed to provide valuable and insightful programming to participants from all manufacturing disciplines. Each session will offer an inclusive setting, giving attendees the opportunity to sharpen their skills and network with colleagues, executives and thought leaders.     

“FABTECH represents a wide range of manufacturing technologies and processes, so it’s important to us that our educational programming reflects that diversity,” said Mark Hoper, FMA show co-manager, FABTECH. “The most effective way to advance these highly specialized fields is through collaboration and exchanging ideas. If you work in the metal fabricating industry, and you want to learn how to improve, there is something at FABTECH for you.”

The technical, operational and managerial sessions are divided into 12 tracks including cutting, lasers, finishing, forming and fabricating, lean, welding, management strategies, job shop solutions, stamping, automation, additive manufacturing and workforce development. This year’s dynamic agenda features 65 new sessions, including a Laser Welding for Today’s Fabricator Workshop on Thursday, November 17, and a number of sessions that cover new developments in additive and smart manufacturing. 

All sessions are organized by FABTECH 2016’s five co-sponsors – SME; the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA); Precision Metalforming Association (PMA); Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI); and the American Welding Society (AWS). This ensures that the content covers manufacturing’s expansive landscape, while also delivering the highest quality, most relevant information to attendees.

To better serve the varying levels of expertise among attendees, each session is categorized by experience level:

  • Basic – Recommended for the attendee who is new to the industry or needs a refresher on the topic.
  • Intermediate – Designed for the attendee who already has a basic understanding of the subject matter.
  • Advanced – Recommended for the attendee with several years of experience who is seeking more in-depth information.

The robust schedule yields unparalleled education, and in some cases, highly valuable continuing education credits. Those attending the Education Program will have the opportunity to earn professional development and educational credits from FABTECH’s co-sponsoring organizations.

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Additive Manufacturing’s premiere brands and most innovative minds will gather in Dayton, Ohio on September 20-22, 2016 to accelerate the development and design of manufacturing’s revolution.

The Additive Manufacturing Industry Summit (AMIS) will be held t​his September 20-22nd and offers a 3-day event dedicated to demonstrating the power of this growing technology for real-world applications and the immediate and long term benefits it promises for businesses.

Additive Manufacturing experts will gather to discuss evolving this technology beyond prototyping and modeling and into production-ready applications.

This year’s event focuses on the work being done in Defense, Aerospace, Medical, and Industrial arenas, offering in-depth workshops, targeted case studies, and the best minds in AM.

Taking place in Dayton, the heart of defense, aerospace, aviation, and traditional manufacturing, AMIS offers the unique opportunity to meet the best minds, but also witness t​he work being done first hand.

AMIS includes 25+ presentations on 3D printing and additive manufacturing from companies including Catepillar, Autodesk, Concept Laser, and Cincinnati, Inc.

Speakers Include:

  • John Murray - CEO, Concept Laser
  • Stacey DelVecchio - AM Product Manager, Caterpillar
  • Shannon VanDeren - Senior Product Manager, Layered Manufacturing and Consulting
  • J. Brian Stitt - Senior Program Manager, University of Dayton Research Institute
  • Dr. Larry Dosser - Senior Fellow for Technology Advancement, Wright State University
  • Chris Collins - CTO, Tangible Solutions
  • Adam Clark - Chief Strategy Officer, Tangible Solutions
  • Dr. Josh Deaton - Topology Optimization Engineer, Adjoint Technologies
  • Mike Lander - Senior Scientist, Materials & Manufacturing, UTC
  • Ginger Ruddy - Strategic Account Consultant, 3D Vision Technologies
  • Jeremy Marvin - Applications Manager, 3D Vision Technologies
  • Fred Herman - Manager, Engineering and Technical Services SHEPRA Engineering
  • Greg Loughnune - Adjunct Instructor, Engineering Technology Dept, University of Dayton
  • Marcus Miller - Engineer, Skyward, Ltd.
  • Brian Dow - Executive Director, Investment Banking, Mooreland Partners
  • Charlie Fox - Principal Engineer, Tangible Solutions
  • Rick Neff - BAAM Sales Manager, Cincinnati Inc.
  • Shane Fox - Product Manager Medical, Autodesk
  • Rob Stipek - 3D Printing Marketing Specialist, Fisher Unitech
  • Roger Gilcrest - Partner, Ice Miller LLP
  • James Earle - Advanced Manufacturing Engineer, Local Motors
  • Rachel Muhlbauer - Program Manager: Additive Manufacturing & Aerospace Materials Engineer, Tethers Unlimited, Inc.

Past event attendees have said:

  • "​This event was just the right mix of technical, business, and legal subjects of Additive Manufacturing." - G​erard Nanni, M​anager, Supply Chain, Bell Helicopter Textron
  • "The summit had an interesting mix of individuals attending - people from the medical sciences to equipment suppliers and legal knowledge. A very nice mix of information." - Tim Womer, P​resident, TWWomer & Associates
  • “Intimate gathering of well-informed professionals. Different than other 3D shows I have attended. Will definitely attend again in 2016."  - W​inthrop Sheldon, SLM Solutions NA

For more information or to register, visit:

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The inaugural Surface Technology North America 2016, one of five industrial technology events co-located at IMTS from September 12–17, 2016, at McCormick Place in Chicago, will cover the entire spectrum of surface treatments and coatings. North American and international exhibitors will showcase coating processes for metals, plastics, glass and ceramics, as well as electroplating, industrial plasma-based surface treatment, and micromachining. Select surface treatment and cleaning solutions focused on the automotive, mechanical, metalworking, electronics and electrical engineering industries, as well as medical technology sector will hold the spotlight.

“Surface Technology North America is a perfect complement to IMTS because surface treatment is the next step in the manufacturing process after parts cleaning, especially in the metalworking industry where products need some final surface finishing process,” said HFUSA President & CEO Larry Turner.

Show attendees can learn more about global advances in hybrid polymers with new properties used in the coatings industry, surface pre-treatments applied during the manufacturing process, as well as high-speed and batch process treatments.  Many of the new surface treatment applications demonstrated at the show will offer attendees new solutions for their surface treatment problems at substantial cost savings.

Surface Technology North America is hosting a German Pavilion supported by the German Ministry of Economics where attendees can secure contacts with German surface treatment companies. Additionally, treatment, cleaning and coating companies from Italy and France will be exhibiting their innovative solutions.

“Surface Technology North America 2016 is a spring board for all global companies to secure new business opportunities in the U.S., such as identifying potential buyer groups, locating distributors and potential business partners,” added Turner.

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Simon Fried of Nano Dimension, a manufacturer of 3d printers for electronics, will be speaking in the Advanced Manufacturing Forum at SEMICON West 2016 on July 14th. Mr. Fried, a co-founder and Nano Dimension’s Chief Business Officer, will present, “3D Printing: A New Dimension in Electronics Prototyping & Manufacturing.”

Thursday, July 14, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

SEMICON West’s TechXPOT, South Hall of the Moscone Center

Mr. Fried will cover various aspects of 3D printed electronics, including material science and formulation, their advantages, and the flexibility of using them for prototyping. Mr. Fried is a popular speaker on the topic of additive manufacturing around the globe. In 2016, he’s spoken at the following events: Rapid Tech, Additive Manufacturing Talks, IN(3D)Ustry and IPC Apex Expo.

Mr. Fried, an expert in the field of 3D printed electronics, is available for interviews or contributed article opportunities.

Nano Dimension, founded in 2012, focuses on development of advanced 3D printed electronics systems and advanced additive manufacturing. Nano Dimension's unique products combine three advanced technologies: 3D inkjet, 3D software and nanomaterials. The company's primary products include the first 3D printer dedicated to printing multi-layer PCBs (printed circuit boards) and advanced nanotechnology-based conductive and dielectric inks.

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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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The 28th Annual National Robot Safety Conference will be held October 17-19, 2016. The conference will be followed by the International Collaborative Robots Workshop on October 20, 2016.

The two events will be held at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio. Registration has now opened for both events and agendas are in process.

The events will see speaker representatives from industry leaders from across the world including Rockwell Automation, Boeing, Flextronics, Honda and Procter & Gamble.

“Robot safety and collaborative robot interest are at an all-time high, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it”, says Jeff Bernstein, President of Association for Advancing Automation, the umbrella company of RIA. “With our National Robot Safety Conference and International Collaborative Robots Workshop we are able to provide the industry with important updates in robot safety and knowledge on how to work with collaborative applications. This is essential information for any and all organizations using robotics today.”

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its Propulsion and Energy Forum and Exposition (AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2016), July 25–27, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City.

“From powering global commerce to enabling space exploration and commercialization, propulsion and energy systems are the heart of aerospace,” said Daniel “Dan” Dumbacher, Professor of Practice, School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, and Propulsion and Energy’s general chair. “This forum will bring together the aerospace community to discuss innovative solutions driving the technologies needed to bring the world closer together and explore our universe in bold and sustainable ways into the future.”

Featuring 25 Discussion Tracks and over 700 technical presentations AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2016 is an international forum that will bring together leading minds from industry, academia and government to provide actionable insights into the critical challenges that confront aviation and space propulsion and energy use. The forum will kick off at 8:00 a.m. (MDT) on Monday, July 25, with a keynote address by Bran Ferren, co-founder and chief creative officer of Applied Minds, LLC. Pierre Chao, founding partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors, will deliver closing remarks on Wednesday, July 27, at 1:30 p.m. (MDT).

Plenary topics for the event are:

  • Propulsion Optimized Systems
  • Game Changing Developments in Propulsion and Energy
  • High Power Systems for Aerospace Applications
  • The Impact of Additive Manufacturing on the Design Process
  • Formulas for Success and Longevity in the Aerospace Business

AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2016’s Forum 360 panel discussions will include:

  • The National Research Council’s Low-Carbon Aviation Report and Recommendations
  • Launch System Reusability: Holy Grail, Chasing our Tail, or Somewhere in Between?
  • Aircraft Electrical Propulsion
  • Nuclear Power for Distant Solar Systems Destinations

Speakers for the event include:

  • Duane Cuttrell, director, Operations Engineering and Technical Operations, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
  • Jim Free, deputy associate administrator of the Technical, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA
  • Randy Furnas, director of the Office of Strategic Management, NASA Glenn Research Center
  • Rex Geveden, chief operating officer, BWX Technologies, Inc.
  • Ben Goldberg, vice president, science and engineering for propulsion systems, Orbital ATK
  • Tom Markusic, co-founder and chief executive officer, Firefly Space Systems
  • James Maughan, global technology director, GE Global Research
  • Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base
  • John Scott, chief technologist, propulsion and power, NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Susan Voss, president, Global Nuclear Networks Analysis LLC.

AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2016 will feature a recognition luncheon on July 27, celebrating achievements in propulsion and energy systems and technology, as well as sustained service to the Institute. AIAA will present the following awards: Aerospace Power Systems Award, Air Breathing Propulsion Award, Energy Systems Award, Engineer of the Year Award, Propellants and Combustion Award, Sustained Service Award, and the Wyld Propulsion Award. AIAA will also present certificates of merit recognizing outstanding papers.

GE and Orbital ATK are AIAA Propulsion and Energy 2016’s executive sponsors. Other sponsors are: Aerion Technologies, Bastion Technologies, Dunmore Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, The Linde Group, VACCO Industries, and Worthington Industries. The forum’s media sponsor is Aerospace America.

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An official call for presentations has been announced for MIM2017: International Conference on Injection Molding of Metals, Ceramics and Carbides, February 27 - March 1, 2017.

This global conference and tabletop exhibition will take place in Orlando, Florida, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista. Authors have until September 30, 2016, to submit their presentation abstract. All abstracts accepted for presentation will require a PowerPoint submission prior to the conference.

Innovation is responsible for the rapid growth of the powder injection molding industry (metal injection molding, ceramic injection molding, and cemented carbide injection molding), a nearly $2 billion advanced manufacturing industry. This conference will provide a venue for the latest technology transfer.

This conference is sponsored by the Metal Injection Molding Association, a trade association of Metal Powder Industries Federation and its affiliate APMI International.

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If you can’t measure it, you can’t make it — a fact that is as true for additive manufacturing and 3D printing as it is for milling, moulding and other conventional manufacturing techniques. At this year’s TCT Show + Personalize the organisers, Rapid News Publications Ltd, will reintroduce the Inspex brand to the UK market and further accelerate awareness of the challenges and opportunities for metrology and inspection within the 3D manufacturing industry.

Rapid News acquired the Inspex brand when executing the purchase of the Interplas trade show in 2014 and has since been developing the best way to bring the brand back to market in a way that would enhance the focus on metrology and inspection technologies on the show floor at TCT.

For the 2016 show all providers of metrology and inspection hardware, software and services will be given enhanced visibility through a specific Inspex marketing program, including the show planner, show preview and on-site guide — as well as being highly visible on the show floor and in locators and show maps.

The metrology and inspection industry has always demonstrated a strong presence at TCT Show with attendance from leading companies such as Nikon, Renishaw, Europac, Olympus, and Central Scanning. However the importance of these suppliers on the success of precision machining processes or additive manufacturing (AM) in improving quality, reducing scrap rates and enhancing environmental sustainability is now greater than ever. The Inspex theme at TCT will bring these important technologies to the fore and the spotlight will make it easier for visitors to find the solutions they need.

Alongside the show floor focus will be a dedicated Inspex seminar session highlighting the latest technology available along with real-world applications designed to pose the right questions and deliver the right answers

Head of Content at TCT Show + Personalize, Jim Woodcock, commented: “The re-introduction of the Inspex brand signposts our intent to bring metrology and inspection to the fore as advances in manufacturing technology continue. TCT’s core focus has been on additive technologies since we started covering rapid prototyping in the 1990s and as these technologies mature the role of supporting and enabling technologies becomes more prominent. 3D design, manufacture and metrology must work together as part of a chain to get the most out of today’s technologies.”

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The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its annual Parts Competition, showcasing the latest advances in thermoforming design and application. The submission deadline is September 9, 2016.

The parts entered in the Competition will be on display during the 25th SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will be held September 26-28 at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois.  Awards for winning parts will be presented at the Thermoforming Awards Dinner on Tuesday, September 27, at the hotel.

Competition entrants may submit parts in several categories, depending on the type of thermoforming operation:

  • Roll-fed categories are Industrial, Medical, or Food.
  • Heavy-gauge categories are Vacuum Form, Pressure Form, and two new categories: Twin Sheet and TPO.
  • Combined. Entrants may submit parts comprised of recycled material (minimum 40% recycled content), which include Value Added Assembly and represent Innovation.

“The theme of the 2016 Conference is, ‘Forming the Future,’” said Matt O’Hagan, 2016 Parts Competition Chair and SPE Thermoforming Division Board Member.  “The 25th anniversary of the Conference will celebrate the success of the thermoforming industry. Parts that point the way toward the future of thermoforming are of special interest.

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Manufacturers looking to stay abreast of market conditions, trends and forecasts, and wanting to improve their overall business position will benefit from the upcoming Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference (GFMC) taking place October 19-21 in Miami, Florida.

Hosted annually for over 40 years by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, GFMC brings together economic forecasters, sales and marketing specialists, and industry leaders. These experts share their insight into the market factors driving manufacturing and how companies can outpace the competition in this business environment.

“If you want to learn what’s impacting manufacturing today and what to expect for the future, GFMC is a must-attend event,” said Douglas Woods, President of AMT. “You’ll hear how the domestic and global economies are faring, which industry segments are doing better than others and why the outcome of the 2016 elections matter. Attendees will also learn how to use this information to their best advantage to distinguish themselves from their competitors.”

GFMC also provides networking opportunities for executives and industry professionals to discuss current issues impacting their industry’s market conditions, production processes or technology trends. The event draws attendees from a diverse array of production machinery, contract machining, assembly, finance, capital equipment distribution and brokerage type companies.

Attendees will leave the conference equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to “turn insight into action” – this year’s conference theme – and develop strategic plans to thrive in a dynamic, competitive marketplace.

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The Motion Control & Motor Association (MCMA), the global trade association for the motion control and motor industry, announced that online registration is open for the annual Technical Conference (TechCon), which will be held October 11-13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

MCMA’s TechCon is an educational conference focused on the needs of users of motion control and motor technologies. New in 2016, the conference includes MCMA’s Certified Motion Control Professional training. Additionally, the conference features more than 30 educational sessions in three distinct tracks including motors and related technologies; motion control, drives and related technologies; and networks and software tools for engineers all taught by industry leading professionals.

TechCon includes an exhibition showcasing the latest products, technologies and trends in motion control and motors.

“Engineers, system integrators, machine builders and end users meet once a year at TechCon to keep their skills up-to-date and to help their companies be more productive," says Dana Whalls, MCMA’s Vice President. "There is a lot packed into three days at TechCon, but technology is changing quickly and attendees want to stay ahead of it, plus they find it a valuable and enjoyable experience.”

The MCMA Certified Motion Control Professional training is being taught for the first time at TechCon. Attendees of this training will be able to get certified after a one-day, hands-on workshop and exam slated for April 5, 2017 during MCMA’s Automate trade show in Chicago.

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The Euromold world fair for product development, mold, pattern, toolmaking, and 3D printing will be held this year from October 25-27, 2016 at the Exhibition Center in Munich, Germany. The fair will be held together with AIRTEC 2016, the annual event for the aerospace industry for high ranking experts and managers from all over the world.

"High tech events belong to high tech regions", according to Helmut Brandl, representative of the German model and patternmaking association and member of the exhibitor board of Euromold. Euromold follows this motto after one stay in North Rhine Westphalia moving this year to the Exhibition Center Munich in the heart of the high tech region Bavaria. With this decision, Euromold fulfills the increasing requests and wishes from many representatives of the industry to move to the Bavarian capital.

Like no other European region, Bavaria aims for future, innovation, industry, technology and science. The Bavarian government sets various strong directions in order to guarantee the economic prosperity on the top level of the world economies of the following decades. There is a significant reason that Bavaria with Munich and its surroundings demonstrate such a concentration of TecDAX enterprises. But also smaller and medium- sized producing companies and numerous start-ups and craftsmanship companies are at "home in Munich" - proudly, this is commented as "Munich Mixture"

Airtec, the international aerospace supply fair, has demonstrated this last year and according to the exhibitors moving AIRTEC to Munich was due. The synergy of the two exhibitions is therefore a main reason for the decision to move with Euromold 2016 to Munich. As a world meeting-place for 3D printing and additive manufacturing - the closeness to the aerospace industry is more than evident. Like Peter Sander, Manager Emerging Technologies at Airbus, was recently mentioned in the press, that Airbus will save with every A350-900 one ton weight per aircraft by the use of 3D printing.

Obviously, the aerospace industry is the main user of 3D printing and a driving innovation power. According a recent study of the association Bitcom, 64% of the interviewed aerospace companies, believe that smart production/advanced manufacturing will take care until 2030, that the production of aircraft parts will be self organized and more or less automatically produced and 51% believe that the production of aircrafts and aircraft parts will take place by the use of 3D printing. The exchange over trade boundaries like automotive and aerospace industries was always a target of Euromold - in consequence, this year together with AIRTEC in Munich. Visitors of the two events can meet with one common ticket up to 600 exhibitors from 45 nations.

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Rapid News Publications Ltd, organizers of the TCT Show, have announced that registration is open for its 21st show, which will run September 28-29, 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.

After a successful 2015 show, more than 220 exhibitors will participate in this years’ event which will boast the largest concentration of additive manufacturing machines, 3D printers and complementary and competing technology in the UK.  More than 8,000 attendees including manufacturers, designers, business leaders, early adopters, innovators and investors from over 60 countries are also set to attend.

“The TCT Show sets the agenda for the industry giving visitors the opportunity to gain insight, education, see innovation in action and most importantly to do business.” Said Duncan Wood, COO Rapid News Communications Group.  “Visitors can expect to see a mix of expert speakers, real world applications as well as product launches, live demonstrations and other exciting features – the TCT Show is an event that buzzes with energy.” Added Wood.

Highlights for the 2016 TCT Show will include:

  • TOUCH IT. TEST IT – over 300 machines on display covering all aspects of 3D printing and additive manufacturing as well as complementary, supporting and competing technologies.
  • MAIN STAGE @TCT - speakers from a range of industries talk about real-life industry applications.
  • KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS – leading industry commentators focus on digital manufacturing — find out what’s new and discover the must see technologies.
  • BEGINNERS GUIDE TO ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING – led by expert Graham Tromans this seminar is a must attend session for all those new to additive manufacturing or needing a refresher.
  • INSPEX @TCT – providers of metrology and inspection hardware, software and services will be given enhanced visibility on the show floor alongside a dedicated seminar session.
  • SOFTWARE INSIGHTS – a dedicated seminar addressing emerging trends and new technology for design; prototyping and visualization; file manipulation and management; and machine/process management.
  • START UP ZONE - 16 brand new and dynamic start-up companies will present their businesses and products to the market.
  • TCT START UP AWARD - recognising and honouring innovative new technologies from the Start Up Zone.

TCT Show is part of the TCT Group whose mission it is to accelerate the adoption of 3D technologies for design, development and manufacture across all industry sectors. The group’s events, publications, websites and digital products deliver business-critical insights across the globe on 3D printing, additive manufacturing, CAD/CAE, metrology and inspection, as well as conventional manufacturing processes such as moulding, casting and CNC machining.

Celebrating its 21st year TCT Show continues to set the industry agenda. Bringing together dozens of inspirational speakers, over two hundred exhibiting companies and thousands of visitors from over 60 countries, TCT Show is the place for insight, education, innovation and most importantly to do business.

The TCT Group is owned by Rapid News Publications Ltd, a member of the AEO (Association of Event Organisers) and BPA Worldwide.

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You are invited to participate in the 2016 National Space & Missile Materials Symposium (NSMMS), June 20-23 in Westminster, Colorado.

The NSMMS brings together the Nation’s technology leaders to review the critical challenges of materials, processing, and manufacturing for space, missile, and hypersonic systems. System engineers, designers, scientists, researchers, managers, and senior leaders will be in attendance from the joint services, NASA, DOE, academia, and industry. The government’s active participation in this event helps provide direction to our senior leaders, research scientists and engineers in the industry, in order to keep our capabilities internationally competitive and our defense systems the best in the world.

The Symposium has established a format that focuses on key materials and processing challenges associated with system and component needs on the critical path to enabling current and future capabilities. The NSMMS maintains this focus to directly convey to a diverse audience of researchers, planners, managers, and senior leadership the importance of supporting advanced materials technology development. Advanced materials are crucial to the improved performance and reliability of both commercial and defense systems. As a national materials community, it is important to establish and continue an exchange with our leaders emphasizing that advanced materials research must be a priority for the country.

2016 Plenary Speakers

  • Moderator: Mr. Thomas Lockhart - Director, Materials & Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Welcome by: NASA Astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore
  • Ms. Adele Ratcliff - Director, DoD Manufacturing Technology Program, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy
  • Mr. Robert Lightfoot Jr - Associate Administrator, NASA
  • Mr. Mark Sirangelo - Corporate Vice President, Space Systems Sierra Nevada Corporation
  • Mr. Michael Kelly - Chief Engineer, Federal Aviation Administration

Joint Conference

NSMMS will once again co-locate with the Commercial and Government Responsive Access to Space Technology Exchange (CRASTE) for the 4th Annual event.  These symposia continue their outstanding legacy in bringing together technologists, users, and decision makers from across the nation to discuss key technology issues related to space, missile, and hypersonic systems and a variety of ground-breaking commercial space topics necessary for our Country’s defense and research and development pursuits.  What this means for you – you can attend two events with one trip, experience an expanded exhibit show and poster session, have more people to network and exchange ideas with, and have even more technical talks to participate in.

ITAR Restriction

These Symposia are restricted to U.S. CITIZENS ONLY and is ITAR Restricted in accordance with DoD directive 5230.5 under the provisions of Public Law 98-94, “Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1984,” Section 1217, Sept 24, 1983. These Symposia are not open to the general public. Presentations may not be more restrictive than Distribution C. More information about NSMMS attendance requirements can be found on the security page. CRASTE is being held at the same security level.

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The third edition of 3D PRINT will be held on October 4-5, 2016 at Lyon Eurexpo in France. The trade show is fully devoted to additive manufacturing and a special line-up of personalities and manufacturers has been announced.

The program includes conferences by SAFRAN Additive Manufacturing, AUDI, SNCF, TOURNAIRE, ALSTHOM, and many more companies which will be sharing their expertise and feedback on additive manufacturing technologies.

The exhibition area will also be a real opportunity to update your knowledge thanks to the wide range of experts showcasing additive manufacturing technologies and the latest technical advances.

3D PRINT 2016’s conference program will address very advanced topics, such as the applications of additive manufacturing, materials, finishing and surface states, legal aspects, intellectual property, as well as part qualification and control, among others.

The following speakers will be present to give their testimonials and share their knowledge:

  • Thierry Thomas - Deputy Managing Director, SAFRAN Additive Manufacturing
  • Jorg Spindler - Director of the Tooling Division, AUDI
  • A sectoral workshop will be devoted to the medical industry with surgeons from the university hospital of Bordeaux and the Annecy Genevois Hospital Centre
  • A round table will also be devoted to the jewellery industry's experience of additive manufacturing with testimonials from the company Tournaire Joaillier and a polisher....
  • Not forgetting the train industry with an expert from the SNCF

Intended for both novices and experts, the debates proposed and the high caliber speakers invited by 3D PRINT will provide concrete answers to questions asked by manufacturers from all industries as well as strategic technology monitoring.

3D PRINT also gives a key role to its exhibition area: over a hundred exhibitors will be presenting their products and expertise in 3D printers, scanners, software, machine manufacturers, design and R&D, materials, rapid prototyping, Fab Labs, control, metrology, etc.

This broad spectrum of expertise will ensure that your visit is effective and that you obtain a global vision of the current offer in additive manufacturing. To address the needs in understanding these technologies and the constant innovations in the field, a specific program of talks by exhibitors will be offered to visitors. These workshops will provide targeted information on innovation, processes, services, etc. This is additional opportunity for each manufacturer visiting the show to gain a customized and pragmatic update of their knowledge.

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Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing 2016

Detroit, MI | August 17-18

Next-Generation Collaborative Robots & Automation Technologies Automotive Manufacturing will assess the commercial benefits of implementing new robotics & automation technologies on production efficiency, cost and profitability.

The automotive manufacturing industry is no stranger to automation and robotics. However, what the industry is now witnessing is an influx of next-generation collaborative robots and automation technologies – technologies that are going to be provided at a lower cost than what the industry is used to, whilst driver safer, faster and more profitable manufacturing and maintaining a solid life-cycle.

Featuring key decision makers from Ford, General Motors, Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Nissan and more!

Key Focus Areas:

  • Where does automation make sense?
  • How to comply with global safety regulations
  • How to implement collaborative robots
  • Verifying robot safety
  • Error proofing & digital defect detection
  • How flexible are assembly lines to handle new product?
  • Managing changing controls architecture
  • Collecting and utilizing data

This two-day information packed agenda will deliver the latest OEM-led case studies to thoroughly assess the commercial application, integration and benefits of innovative collaborative robotic and automation technologies which will allow you to drive them factories quicker.

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The 11th International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing is all about AM academic and industry experts getting together to share their knowledge and ideas. A setting is provided for both new and experienced users of AM to keep in touch and stay up to date with the latest developments in AM and to enhance commercial success and explore new avenues of research.

Listen to both sides of the story: the successes and challenges of leading technology adopters giving a balanced view of the industry, cutting right through the hype. Find out about current state-of-the-art research and leading industry applications as each carefully selected speaker addresses different issues facing the evolving AM world.

Preceding the main conference on Tuesday July 12th will be the UK AM Research and Innovation day. Throughout this day, highlights of the best of UK Additive Manufacturing Research and Innovation taking place at UK Universities and Innovation Centres will be presented.

UK based research groups with significant AM activity will give technical overview presentations detailing their current and future research work with the intention of showcasing both the breadth and depth of the work that is currently going on in the UK.

The parallel exhibition, to which our conference delegates will have exclusive access, features a select number of organizations whose technology, analysis, expertise and products continue to help drive development in Additive Manufacturing, 3D printing and wider manufacturing industries. It will be open from 12:30 on July 12th until the end of the event.

The event is organized on behalf of the world renowned Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG), based at the University of Nottingham, in partnership with Added Scientific Ltd, which provides technical services and training in the areas of materials, process and design to enable business identify and realise the benefits of 3D Printing.

The conference was started in 2006 by Professor Richard Hague, now head of the Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) at Nottingham University. Since 2006 the conference has grown from less than 90 delegates to over 250 delegates, coming from 18 countries. The conference has an excellent reputation, with over 50% of all delegates being repeat visitors. The event attracts delegates from the aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, fashion, retail, materials and defense sectors along with academics involved in materials, lasers, software development and design.

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Cost effective advanced materials adoption within the automotive industry remains one of the key strategies for OEMs to help them drive performance innovations, respond to customer expectations and regulatory targets.

Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Detroit 2016 is returning to drive overall vehicle weight reduction cost effectively. Over 30 technical presentations will investigate opportunities within BIW, chassis, interiors & more, scrutinize the latest advancements in cost competitive composite solutions & benchmark the most effective joining methods for mixed material designs.

The event will feature key decision makers from Ford, Toyoya, Fiat Chrysler, General Motors, Aston Martin, Lotus and more.

What's New For GALM 2016

  • A renewed focus on advanced materials solutions expanding beyond BIW will enable OEMs to identify material applications, technologies and processes that are offering considerable weight savings in the areas not previously covered
  • Brand new speakers to the series will deliver fresh success stories from OEMs such asToyota Motors Japan, Aston Martin, FCA, Ford, GM and more
  • The return of the successful body-in-white exhibition will include more models and a bigger space, allowing the participants to network while physically testing the latest breakthroughs in the automotive lightweighting
  • One full day dedicated to driving down the cost of automotive composites will look at improvements across material processing, universal methods for carbon fiber production, effective composites joining and more to ensure that composites are offering more feasible solutions for automotive lightweighting

With a variety of brand new topics and presenters, the 5th GALM Detroit is looking forward to welcoming its loyal and new participants to Detroit on August 23-25, 2016 for three full days of insightful information-packed and networking-based program.

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its DEMAND for UNMANNED symposium on June 15–16 at the Washington Hilton, Washington, D.C. Held in conjunction with the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition (AIAA AVIATION 2016), the symposium will examine the emergence of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), how they are creating demand for advances in autonomy, robotics, and machine intelligence, and how they are changing the nature of civil and military aviation.

Topics of discussion for the symposium include: the impact of UAS on aviation; invention, entrepreneurship and UAS; perspectives on the future of autonomous systems and technology; technology roadmaps for intelligent autonomous systems; transformation in the national airspace system; and overviews of the FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS Research and NASA’s development of a UAS traffic management system.

“I am excited about the future of UAS and autonomous systems as they represent the next big step in revolutionizing flight technology. However, they are still in their infancy today,” said Richard Wlezien, a member of the DEMAND for UNMANNED’s Steering Committee and Vance and Arlene Coffman Endowed Department Chair of Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, and director of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium at Iowa State University. “UAS and autonomous systems will soon be in wide use, but we can only get to that stage through continuous discussion about the technologies and how best to evolve and implement them. This is what makes DEMAND for UNMANNED such an important event—it provides a venue for academia, government, and industry representatives to have the timely conversations necessary to begin to safely and quickly integrate these systems into our national airspace and society at large. We have a lot of work to do before these systems reach their full potential, and this symposium marks a critical step in that direction.”

DEMAND for UNMANNED for the symposium include: Dallas Brooks, director, Raspet Flight Research Laboratory, Mississippi State University and co-chair, FAA/DoD/NASA/DHS Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Science and Research Panel; John-Paul Clarke, professor, Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering, and director, Air Transportation Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology; Mary Louise “Missy” Cummings associate professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, and director, Humans and Autonomy Laboratory, Duke University; Michael S. Francis, chief, Advanced Programs and senior fellow, United Technologies Research Center; Parimal H. Kopardekar, manager, Safe Autonomous System Operations Project, and principal investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management, NASA Ames Research Center; John S. Langford, chairman and chief executive officer, Aurora Flight Sciences Corporation; and Maj. Gen. James Poss (U.S. Air Force, retired), executive director, Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence.

On the evening of June 16, DEMAND for UNMANNED will also feature a student competition alpha test between teams from the University of Michigan, Ann Abor, Michigan; the University of Maryland, College Park; and McKinley Technology High School, Washington, D.C. Each team will use a UAV quadcopter in a two-part competition that will include autonomous control and manual flight skills.

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The Automotive Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE®) announced the dates, location, and theme for its 46th-annual Automotive Innovation Awards Gala, the oldest and largest recognition event in the automotive and plastics industries, and deadlines for the event's annual parts competition. This year’s Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Burton Manor in Livonia, Michigan, where winning part nominations (submitted by September 15, 2016) and the teams that developed them will be honored during an evening that celebrates automotive plastics innovation.

"This is an important year for automakers selling into the U.S. as it represents the midpoint assessment period for 2025 CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards," explains Jeffrey Helms, global automotive director, Celanese Corp. who returns as the 2016 SPE Automotive Innovation Awards chair. "Regulators are currently reviewing automaker status with regard to increasing fuel-efficiency ratings toward the 2025 targets. That will put the spotlight on methods and materials for taking mass out of vehicles, which should be good for plastics and composites. We feel it's no coincidence that the last few years have represented the highest attendance in the history of our Automotive Innovation Awards Gala and we expect that trend to continue in 2016. Automakers and their suppliers are very interested in any and all design, material, and process options that can help them meet regulatory targets while still offering exciting, safe, beautiful, and affordable vehicles that customers want to buy. This led to selection of Plastics: Innovation in Motion as our 2016 program theme."

Since 1970, the SPE Automotive Innovation Awards Competition has highlighted the positive changes that polymeric materials have brought to automotive and ground-transportation industries, such as weight and cost reduction, parts consolidation, increased safety, and enhanced aesthetics and design freedom.  At the time the competition started, many OEM designers and engineers thought of plastics as inexpensive replacements for more "traditional" materials. To help communicate that plastics were capable of far more functionality than their typical use as decorative knobs and ashtrays indicated, members of the board of directors of SPE’s Automotive Division created the competition to recognize successful and innovative plastics applications and to communicate their benefits to OEMs, media, and the public.

Over the years, the competition drew attention to plastics as an underutilized design tool and made industry aware of more progressive ways of designing, engineering, and manufacturing automotive components. From its humble beginnings, the competition has grown to be one of the most fiercely contested recognition events in the automotive and plastics industries. Today, polymeric materials are no longer substitutes for more expensive materials, but rather are the materials of choice in hundreds of different applications throughout the vehicle. Without plastics, many of the auto industry’s most common comfort, control, and safety applications would not be possible.

During the competition phase of the event, dozens of teams made up of OEMs and suppliers work for months to hone submission forms and presentations describing their part, system, or complete vehicle module to support claims that it is the year’s "Most Innovative Use of Plastics." To win, teams must survive a pre-competition review and two rounds of presentations before industry and media judges.

There is no cost to nominate parts.  However, nominations that are accepted into the competition need to be presented (in person or via webinar) by their nominating teams during the first round of Automotive Innovation Awards Competition judging, September 29-30 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  Finalists from that round advance to a second presentation before a panel of Blue Ribbon judges made up of media, retired chief engineers, and other industry experts on October 10 (also in Auburn Hills).  Winners of each part category, the Grand Award, Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement winner will all be honored during the Automotive Innovation Awards Gala on November 9. This annual event typically draws over 700 OEM engineers, automotive and plastics industry executives, and media. Funds raised from the event are used to support SPE educational efforts and technical seminars, which help educate and secure the role of plastics in the advancement of the automobile.

Current competition categories include: Aftermarket, Body Exterior, Body Interior, Chassis / Hardware, Electrical Systems, Environmental, Hall of Fame, Materials, Process, Assembly & Enabling Technologies, Powertrain, and Safety.

The mission of SPE is to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics worldwide and to educate industry, academia, and the public about these advances.  SPE’s Automotive Division is active in educating, promoting, recognizing, and communicating technical accomplishments in all phases of plastics and plastic-based composite developments in the global transportation industry. Topic areas include applications, materials, processing, equipment, tooling, design, and development.

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Plans are well underway for development of The 4th Annual ASSEMBLY Show, the only event that focuses specifically on assembly technology, equipment, and products and one of the fastest growing trade shows in the country according to Trade Show Executive magazine. The event, which attracted 6,700 industry professionals and 250 exhibiting companies in 2015, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25 through Thursday, October 27, 2016 at The Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois and will feature an expansive exhibit floor, timely education sessions, and several networking events.

"We were thrilled that the The ASSEMBLY Show was recognized as one of the Fastest 50 growing trade shows by Trade Show Executive Magazine for our growth in the category of square footage and number of exhibitors," said Tom Esposito, Publisher, ASSEMBLY Magazine. "Our vision has always been to help suppliers, buyers and users of assembly equipment in manufacturing plants connect, learn, share and explore all things 'assembly' and the industry supports our efforts. We are looking forward to bringing back this exclusively assembly focused trade show."

Over 6,700 manufacturing executives, buyers and users from industry leaders including 3M, Caterpillar, GE Healthcare, General Motors, Honeywell, Motorola Solutions, Phillips Healthcare, and hundreds of others attended the 2015 event to learn about the latest technological advances. Attendees will find solutions on the show floor for custom automated assembly systems, robotics, screwdriving, adhesives, dispensing, plastics assembly, presses, conveyors, fasteners, packaging, workstations, welding, vision systems, and much more.

With over 85% of the booths on the trade show floor already sold, 200+ exhibitors, representing the very best from the vendor community, are already making plans to showcase the latest solutions to current challenges. Returning charter exhibitors, who helped to launch the event in 2013, include ASG, Division of Jergens, Inc., Bosch Rexroth Corp., EPSON Robots, ORBITFORM, Promess, Schunk, TOX-PRESSOTECHNIK, WEISS North America and other leading companies.  The event kicks-off with an opening night reception on Tuesday, October 25th on the show floor.

Education is a key component of the event and in 2016 there will be several half day workshops on Tuesday, October 25th, a High-Profile Keynote on the morning of Wednesday, October 26th and two concurrent Showcase Education Theaters on the show floor with presentations by knowledgeable presenters from high-profile companies and industry associations. The show floor will be open: Tuesday, October 25 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm; Wednesday, October 26 from 10:00am - 5:00pm; and Thursday, October 27 from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

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Rising Media, Inc. and 3DR Holdings revealed program details for the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo in Seoul. The event will be held June 22-24, 2016 alongside RoboUniverse Conference & Expo and the Virtual Reality Summit in association with KINTEX (Korea International Exhibition Center).

Now in its third year, Inside 3D Printing Seoul has established itself as the premier professional 3D printing conference and expo in Korea. RoboUniverse is returning to KINTEX for its second year, whereas this is the first edition of the Virtual Reality Summit in Seoul, following its successful series launch in New York earlier this year.

Keynotes for Inside 3D Printing Seoul have been confirmed from industry leaders Tyler Benster, General Partner, Asimov Ventures; Jonathan Jaglom, Chief Executive Officer, MakerBot; Terry Wohlers Principal Consultant and President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.; and Nikolai Zaepernick Vice President, Head of Strategy & Business Development, EOS.

Inside 3D Printing Seoul also features vertical tracks focusing on 3D printing applications in the business, manufacturing, medical, and metal spaces; a startup pitch, where early-stage 3D printing companies will compete for a KRW 5,000,000 convertible SAFE, courtesy of Asimov Ventures; and the 3D Print Design Show co-produced by Digital Hands, where 3D artists and designers will display their innovative work to the public.

Confirmed speakers for RoboUniverse Seoul include:

  • Dr. Guy Hoffman, Assistant Professor, School of Communication at IDC Herzliya, and co-director, IDC Media Innovation Lab
  • Chang Jae-Ho, Ph.D., Senior Research, KITECH, CEO FRTechnology
  • Choi Jun-Ho, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist, KIST
  • Colin Kang, CEO, YSTT, adept
  • Andy Perez-Benzo, Founder and CEO, AeroAnalytics

The Virtual Reality Summit in Seoul has also confirmed a variety of local and international speakers, including: Lee Byung-Ki, COO, Gretech; Choi Jung-Hwan, VP, Director of VR Business, Skonec Entertainment; Stephanie Llamas, Director of Research & Head of VR Strategy, SuperData Research; Ahn Mu-Jung, Director, LG NSYS; Albert “Skip” Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality and Research Professor, Institute for Creative Technologies; and Choi Young-Jae, CSO of POLARIANT.

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Rising Media, Inc. and 3DR Holdings are partnering with Innoecho’s Innorobo, Europe’s leading summit of the world robotics community, to launch Inside 3D Printing Paris on May 24-26, 2016 at Les Docks de Paris.

The Inside 3D Printing Paris conference program explores 3D innovation in Europe and beyond, covering additive manufacturing applications in surgery & medicine, manufacturing, toy production, aerospace, food, market trends, and more. The program takes place in English and French.

The expo hall, alongside Innorobo, will feature 200 exhibitors from over 35 countries and is expecting 10,000 attendees over the three days.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • John Hornick, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, L.L.P.
  • Michael Petch, Founder, Black Dog Consulting and Author of 3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution
  • Ian Gibson, Professor of Industrial Design, School of Engineering, Deakin University

Session topics include:

  • 3D Printing Surgical Implants
  • Consumer Segment in 3D Printing
  • How 3D Printing Will Affect the Toys Industry
  • 3D Printing Will Rock the World
  • Design for 3D Printing: Making Things Different

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Innovation, invention and ingenuity return to Cleveland’s IX Center from April 26-28 as Ceramics Expo 2016 makes its return to Ohio.

Industry leaders from the U.S. and beyond will be gathering at this manufacturing meeting of the minds as manufacturers see up-close and first-hand the latest technologies in industrial ceramics. Over 275 of the industry’s best-recognized companies will be on-hand as exhibitors and a host of impressive industry spokespersons reveal products that are available now as well as those in the planning stages for the future.

“We were excited about the outpouring of interest at last year’s expo and are even more impressed with the enthusiastic response to this year’s event,” Event Director Adam Moore says.  In fact, Ceramics Expo 2015 attracted over 2,100 manufacturing industry professionals. Moore is anticipating attendance will exceed 3,500 this year. Ceramics Expo 2016 passes are free exclusively to manufacturing industry professionals.

Exhibitors and topics at Ceramics Expo 2016 include:

  • A successful collaboration between U.S.-based Direxa Engineering and France’s Ceritherm designed to address the shortcomings of tunnel and roller hearth kilns
  • Nutec Bickley showcasing its fuel efficient and flexible tunnel and shuttle kilns for ceramics
  • Saint-Gobain Ceramic Materials, a pioneer in advanced material solutions, featuring a range of boron-nitride products
  • Profiles of advanced milling technology for fully sintered ceramics
  • Real-time testing of a variety of innovative operations created by Fritsch Milling & Sizing, Hitachi, Microtrac and Nanoscience Instruments
  • The introduction of 3D printing methodologies devised by Schunk Carbon Technology
  • A presentation of the latest addition to Ceramco’s high-volume power injection molding offerings
  • Showcasing Swiss innovator Ceramdis Advanced Ceramics’ CeSinit high quality, silicon nitride product
  • Exhibiting Gasbarre Products high speed powder compacting press

Ceramics Expo 2016 will be attended by technical leaders, production directors, engineers, project leaders, buyers, researchers, academics and senior executives interested in exploring the latest ceramic manufacturing innovations. Both the expo and conference are free to attend and open to the public.

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This May, more than 4,500 manufacturing professionals will connect with peers, education opportunities and innovative technologies presented by over 400 companies from around the world at SME’s Montreal Manufacturing Technology Show.

MMTS 2016 takes place May 16 to 18, at Place Bonaventure, and offers a single gateway to breakthroughs and developments in machine tools, tooling, metalworking and advanced manufacturing, including additive manufacturing, automation and robotics, and design and software solutions.

This three-day event is a unique opportunity for Quebec manufacturers to discover the latest high-tech innovations, network with industry leaders and peers, watch live machinery demonstrations and purchase cutting-edge equipment and solutions, many of which are being introduced to the Quebec market for the first time.

“MMTS is about equipping Quebec’s manufacturing professionals with the information, products, technologies and networks they need to thrive here and in the global marketplace,” said Julie Pike, event manager of MMTS for SME. Exhibitors will provide solutions to attendees spanning over 20 industries, including aerospace, commercial and industrial machinery, automotive and transportation, mining, energy, medical and information communication technology.

In addition to renowned exhibitors like Elliott Matsuura, Machineries BV, Megatel, Mazak, and Haas Automation, MMTS 2016 offers three days of education and networking with industry leaders in machining and tooling, metalworking, additive manufacturing/3D printing, advanced manufacturing, automation and robotics, and workforce development.

Attendees will be able to attend a keynote presenation by Éric Tétrault, President of Quebec Manufacturers and Exporters (QME), who will speak to his vision for boosting Quebec’s economic growth.

The technical education schedule also includes a special presentation by Deloitte on the Internet of Things and virtual reality, digital engineering simulations by MAYA, and other sessions from Rolls-Royce Canada, Germany’s KUKA Robotics, and Concordia University, among many others.

SMEs Small and medium-sized manufacturers (companies with less than 50 employees) represent 90% of the province’s 21,860 manufacturing establishments. MMTS gives these engines of Quebec’s economy direct access to the resources they need to keep growing. The show’s second day is dedicated to local smaller, specialized manufacturers (“job shops”) to make it easier for them to source solutions and network with colleagues and potential customers.

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LIA lifetime member and industrial laser applications pioneer David Belforte will provide the leading keynote address, a comprehensive overview of the industrial laser market, to kick off the fifth annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), at 11:00 AM on April 26 in Atlanta, GA.

Belforte, Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Laser Solutions, who is responsible for introducing high power laser cutting in the United States, has drawn standing-room only crowds at LME in the past. His keynote addresses provide a crucial connection to the real-world applications of the devices and laser systems that attendees will see in the exhibit hall of the Cobb Galleria Centre, and cover various facets of the industrial laser market, like energy generation, medical applications, electronic devices, agriculture, automotive, aerospace and aviation.

“The Lasers for Manufacturing Event is the premier opportunity for manufacturing professionals to explore the laser industry and identify exactly where the innovation and application activity lies today and beyond,” Belforte said. “The breadth of the value of the information at LME empowers anyone in the industry, from the major laser makers to the small job shops, to harness the power of lasers to increase output for their clients.”

Belforte’s data-packed presentation will provide a global overview of several different types of lasers’ roles, and will spotlight this year’s market outlook to define trends and showcase opportunities for the future of lasers in manufacturing.

Advanced manufacturing technology expert and EWI Additive Manufacturing Consortium Director Dr. Shawn Kelly will also provide a keynote address on Laser Technology and Metal Additive Manufacturing at the 2016 Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), beginning at 2:15 PM on April 26 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Kelly, whose expertise resides in metal additive manufacturing (AM), material science and metallurgy, will present LME attendees with the truths and myths involved in the additive manufacturing of metal products. The current and future role of laser technology, a key reason for metal AM’s sustained growth, will also be discussed.

“3D printing, and to a lesser extent, additive manufacturing, are now part of the household lexicon; however, these two terms do not have the same meaning,” said Dr. Kelly. “It’s important to bust the variety of myths about the additive manufacturing of metals, especially as they apply to laser technology.”  Many of the same technical challenges facing the adoption of laser technology in manufacturing are also encountered in additive manufacturing. Dr. Kelly will present areas where AM can inform the laser community at large.

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Whether in prototyping or series manufacturing, the rapidly increasing use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing processes in industry is generating high demand for qualified service providers. Rapid.Tech is staying abreast of this development with its new Trade Forum “Additive Contract Manufacturing”. The 13th international trade show and conference for Additive Manufacturing is taking place from June 14-16, 2016 in Erfurt, Germany.

There is probably no other technology sector that is developing as rapidly and successfully as Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing. “Whether we’re talking about prototyping, tooling or series manufacturing, more and more sectors and businesses are harnessing the huge potential of AM to manufacture products more quickly, with greater individualization, at lower cost and with improved resource efficiency,” reports Dr Eric Klemp, Managing Director of voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center and programme coordinator of the new Trade Forum “Additive Contract Manufacturing” (June 16th) at the 13th Erfurt Rapid.Tech. The addition of this sector to the programme for the international trade show and conference for Additive Manufacturing reflects a significant market development. “The increased use of AM processes is resulting in higher demand for and more stringent requirements on contract manufacturers. Rapid.Tech’s new trade forum provides a valuable opportunity both for newcomers and for experts in the technologies to exchange information and experiences,” according to Klemp.

This is illustrated by a glance at the programme. In his talk, Stephan Kegelmann of Kegelmann Technik GmbH will highlight the advantages for a business of investing in 3D Printing and the relevant machinery. He will consider the knowledge required for optimal and reproducible as well as economic use use of these technologies, and will introduce the principle of “connected prototyping”. This entails a combination of manufacturing technologies and results not only in a high-grade component but also in a reproducible and high qualilty level. Moreover, Kegelmann will discuss the challenges service providers have to face in order to succeed in the market.

In his presentation entitled “From concept to certified Additive Manufacturing”, Jürgen Schmidt of Materialise will describe the varying types of support currently available from service providers. This ranges from advice on how to take advantage of the technology, to component design using AM, to series manufacturing, in which product features and quality are not only specified precisely but must also be guaranteed. Laser sintering of plastics enables small series manufacturing of complex components which could not be manufactured using conventional processes. The development and design parameters that need to be taken into account in this context will be considered by Andreas Kleinfeld of Hasenauer & Hesser GmbH, alongside the necessary steps that must be taken for quality assurance.

Andreas Berkau of Citim GmbH will draw on his wealth of experience to address the challenges facing a service provider in relation to the manufacture of metal components. Many products are protected by copyright and by patent. Legal issues faced by contract manufacturers and approaches to minimise risk will be the subject of the session led by Dr. Anke Allwandt of Kaminski Harmann Patentanwälte AG. The increasing use of Additive Manufacturing processes also brings new challenges in relation to health and safety at work – particularly due to the use of powdered materials. Dominik Schmid from the iwb Application Center at the Technical University of Munich will use his presentation to illustrate the significant dangers of selected powdered materials, evaluate the risk potential of processing stages and propose ways of improving safety when processing metals and polymers in powder bed-based Additive Manufacturing.

“Additive Contract Manufacturing is one of four new trade forums that will allow us to keep abreast of current trends and developments in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. Also new to this year’s Rapid.Tech are the trade forums “3D Metal Printing”, “Electronic Engineering” and “Automotive Industry”. We are also meeting the growing need for information with the extended, three-day duration of the event,” explains Wieland Kniffka, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.

In addition to the well-established areas of “Design”, “Tools”, “Aviation”, “Medical Technology”, “Dental Technology” and “Science” and the User’s Conferences, the new trade forums will provide opportunities for intensive professional discussion on specific AM topics. All Rapid.Tech conference presentations will be simultaneously translated (German<>English).

For the fourth time FabCon 3.D, Germany’s 3D Printing fair for semi-professional users and prosumers, will be held in parallel with the event.

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Rising Media, Inc. and 3DR Holdings announced the keynote speakers and preliminary agenda for the Inside 3D Printing conference, taking place at the Sydney Showground in conjunction with Reed Exhibitions’ flagship manufacturing event, National Manufacturing Week.

The Inside 3D Printing Sydney conference program explores 3D innovation in Australia and beyond, covering additive manufacturing applications in medicine, manufacturing, research, product design, and more. The conference will run on May 11-12, 2016, whereas the National Manufacturing Week exhibition hall will remain open May 11-13, 2016.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Ian Gibson, Professor of Industrial Design, School of Engineering, Deakin University
  • Fred Fischer, Director – Channel Development, Applications, Products, Stratasys Ltd
  • Paul D’Urso, Neurosurgeon, Epworth Healthcare and Founder, Anatomics
  • Professor Gordon Wallace, Executive Director, ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, University of Wollongong

"Australia is approaching a stage that has been seen in other countries where there is an increasing enthusiasm and appreciation of the benefits of 3D printing in local industry,” said Ian Gibson, Professor of Industrial Design, School of Engineering, Deakin University. He continued, “This conference aims to uncover this enthusiasm and discuss the platforms that are appropriate to this emerging market.”

Session topics for Inside 3D Printing Sydney include:

  • 3D Printing: International Trends and Markets
  • Accelerating the Adoption of Industrial and Commercial Supply Chains
  • The Death of Manufacturing
  • Community Based Personalised Healthcare
  • 3D Printing: Putting the Ability to Create Back in the Hands of the Creative

Prices increase on March 31, so register before to save with early bird pricing.

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Co-located with Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas, the composites show & conferences will be host to 750 exhibitors and 9,000 attendees encompassing 363,000 square feet of the Georgia World Congress Center on May 3-5, 2016. North America currently accounts for 32 percent of the global composites market, with a market share of nearly US $24 billion. Two-thirds of JEC Americas exhibitors are North American-based, which underscores the remarkable evolution occurring throughout the continent. Between 2013 and 2018, North America is predicted to have an astounding 23 percent share of the composites industry’s projected growth.

Involvement of End-Users
“The demands made on materials have become greater. Decision-makers from the applicative markets, especially transportation, automotive and energy in the US are looking for light (resistant) products and design flexibility. The composites industry is establishing new modes of collaboration with end-users. JEC Americas 2016 centered around their needs will offer an extensive presentation of competitive manufacturing technologies and a wide range of finished composites products.” said Mrs. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President & CEO.

Green Composites

“Another dimension is Going Green. Our Century requires “Green” products. It means more efficient processes. It also means we are able to recycle composites products and re-use the recyclates to make new products. “Green” will be the color of JEC Americas in 2016 and widely applied.” adds Mrs. Mutel.

The only major American composites show on the East Coast in 2016
JEC Americas comes back to Atlanta and once again experience Southern hospitality. The South is home to manufacturing and Atlanta perfectly reflects the dynamism of this sector. This is one of the reasons JEC Americas will be coming back to Atlanta in the even years. Atlanta is the ideal location to attract exhibitors from throughout the US, Canada, Latina America, as well as Europe and Asia.

Innovation in composites manufacturing at the heart of the event
Each of the JEC Americas programs (Live Demo Area, Innovation Corner, Conferences, Leadership Circles, etc.) will highlight the importance of innovation in producing composites parts. The two Leadership Composites Circles, in both Aeronautics and Automotive, will gather top managers in their respective industries from OEM’s to tier 1 suppliers to end-users, to exchange knowledge and network with their counterparts.

In addition, back by popular demand, JEC Academy, in a strategic partnership with Georgia Tech, will bring back and enhance the Education & Skills Village.

Tennessee Official State of Honor (SOH)
Peter Zezima, JEC Americas Event Director, added, “We are also proud to announce that Tennessee will be the official State of Honor for the JEC Americas 2016 event. The diversity of their industry, research center and universities will be showcased in Atlanta and serve as an introduction to our next American event, JEC Forums, in Knoxville, TN, October 13-14, 2016”.

Germany, Official Country of Honor (COH)
Peter Zezima also points out, “Manufacturing and Automotive will be major subjects in 2016. The selected Country of Honor is Germany for this session.”

With a network of 250,000 professionals, JEC is the largest composite industry organization in the world. JEC represents, promotes and helps develop composite markets by providing global or local networking and information services. Through Knowledge and Networking, JEC’s experts offer a comprehensive service package: the JEC publications – including strategic studies, technical books and the JEC Composites Magazine – the weekly international e-letter World Market News and the French e-letter JEC Info Composites. JEC also organizes the JEC World Show in Paris – world and European leader, strongly supported by the industry and five times bigger than any other composites exhibition – JEC Asia in Singapore and JEC Americas in Atlanta, Boston and Houston; the Web Hub; the JEC Composites Conferences, Forums and Workshops in Paris, Singapore, Atlanta, Knoxville and Boston; and the JEC Innovation Awards program (Europe, Asia, America, India and China).

The composite industry employs 550,000 professionals worldwide and generated $70 billion worth of business in 2014.

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The agenda has been finalized and registration is now open for the Thermoplastic Composites for Automotive Conference 2016 (TCC Auto 2016), presented by CompositesWorld, Plastics Technology, and Automotive Design and Production magazines. The event will be held June 15-16 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, USA and is co-located with Amerimold 2016.

The TCC Auto 2016 program consists of presentations from materials and equipment suppliers, including new innovations in composites molding, such as injection overmolding and compression molding. Speakers will emphasize thermoplastic composites technologies that offer carmakers more opportunities to lightweight vehicles while maintaining, if not improving, performance.

The TCC Auto 2016 agenda includes two primary areas of emphasis: Applications and Materials for Thermoplastic Composites in Automotive and Machinery and Processes for Thermoplastic Composites in Automotive.

Day one of TCC Auto 2016 will kick off with a keynote address given by Cynthia Flanigan of Ford Motor Company who will discuss driving innovations and trends for next generation automotive composites. On day two the morning will begin with a presentation on Teijin’s thermoplastic composite material technology (Sereebo), delivered by Yutaka Yagi of Teijin Advanced Composites America, Inc. This will be the first public presentation of this technology in North America.

The following companies are scheduled to present at TCC Auto 2016:

  • Arkema Fraunhofer Project Centre
  • Ashai Kasei Jesse Garant Metrology Center
  • Autodesk, Inc. KraussMaffei
  • BASF National Research Center Canada
  • Borealis Group Pinette USA
  • C.A. Litzler Co., Inc. PlastiComp
  • Cincinnati, Inc. RocTool
  • Covestro LLC Sigma Plastic Services, Inc.
  • CVRC, MSU Sigmatex
  • Dieffenbacher Canada Surface Generation Ltd.
  • Ford Motor Company Teijin Advanced Composites America, Inc.

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The 2016 Moldex3D North America User Conference will be the largest event in the Americas that brings together our users, collaborators, partners, as well as professionals in the plastic engineering industry who are interested in using Moldex3D’s true virtual 3D simulation technology for their work in the development of innovative plastic products. The event will provide insightful views to overcome today’s product design and manufacturing challenges and nurture new ideas for your next winning products.

In this year’s event, you will

  • Learn New Solutions - Uncover novel advanced molding technologies and new powerful features of Moldex3D’s latest R14 version, and gain valuable insights and revolutionize your productivity.


  • Connect with Colleagues & Experts - Engage in meaningful conversations with industry experts or exchange valuable experience with event attendees.


  • Experience the Best of Moldex3D Analysis - Experience first-hand of the new Moldex3D BLM mesh technology and numerous new simulation capabilities in R14, get practical hands-on software trainings, and learn from informative workshops that increase your work efficiency.


  • Get Inspired - See how challenging plastic design and manufacturing problems are solved in real-world from Moldex3D’s successful case-sharing and innovative solutions that provoke forward-thinking.



April 18th (User Conference)
Sheraton Detroit Novi Hotel
21111 Haggerty Road, Novi, MI, 48375, USA
Phone: (248) 349-4000

April 19th (Workshop & Hands-on Training)
Wayne State University Oakland Center
33737 West Twelve Mile Road
Computer Lab Room 305
Farmington Hills, Michigan 48331


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Phone: (248) 946-4570

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Andrea Hohmann (Click For .PDF of Interview)

1) Andrea, can you give us a brief introduction to your background and your current activities?

During my aerospace engineering studies at the University of Stuttgart, my focus was on lightweight design and the evaluation of different CFRP process technologies. After my graduation I started working at one of the largest research institutions in Germany, namely the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. The scope of our institute in Augsburg (Institute for Functional Lightweight Design) is the applied research in the field of intelligent lightweight design and automated production processes for the cost- and energy-efficient production of high-performance fiber composite structures for automotive and mechanical engineering. As the teamleader of the working group “LCA and LCCA”, Since 2013 I am responsible for the life cycle characterisations (ecological and economical) of CFRP process chains. Our goal is not only to evaluate the technologies but also to identify those parameters with a high optimisation potential.

2) What is the most exciting project you've worked on lately?

As a researcher it is always exciting to get a detailed insight into a technology. The project MAI Enviro, the results of which I am going to present at the conference, allowed the analysis of more than 5 technologies in detail at once. Thus this project gave us the opportunity to gain a reliable overview of where we are standing today, and what optimisation potentials we have with new innovative process technologies regarding the environmental impact. Beside that the data we have collected and measured can be used as a database for LCA, which is currently not yet available for CFRP structures.

3) What role do you see composites to be playing within the automotive industry in the next 5 years?

The lightweight potential of composites as well as the accompanying advantages of energy and emissions savings in the use-phase, higher travel distances, etc. are well-known, especially for electrically powered vehicles. For high-volume production and thus comprehensive application of composites in the automotive industry, there are some challenges compared to other lightweight materials, e.g. aluminum, which have to be solved. The main limitations are still the high material costs, the production wastes due to high cutting rates and the lack of re-use. There is a lot of on going research to overcome these challenges and the results look promising. However it is important to consider CFRP where relevant. Thus an automobile is composed of variously loaded structures, isotropic, biaxial or even uni-axial. In the future different lightweight materials should be applied based on the motto: use the material there, where it brings the greatest benefits.

4) Can you give us a brief overview of what you will be covering within your presentation at the 5th GALM Europe conference 2016?

In my presentation the focus will be on the environmental evaluation of different CFRP process chains, which are relevant for the automotive sector. Based on published life cycle analysis of CFRP structures, the motivation for a detailed evaluation of different CFRP process chains will be explained. After a brief overview on the analysed processes, the process of data collection will be presented and for one / two examples the results regarding the respective process inventory data will be discussed. Investigated processes are among others NCF-preforming, braiding, RTM, different placement technologies and the forming of thermoplastic CFRP sheets.
As the focus of the presentation lays on the environmental evaluation, I will also give a short introduction about the used modeling method and technical background system, e.g. used energy mix. At the end, four different thermoset-based and thermoplastic-based CFRP manufacturing scenarios will be analysed and results will be discussed in detail.

Nir Kahn (Click For .PDF of Interview)

1) Nir, could you please tell our readers a little bit about your background and your current role at Plasan?

I am a vehicle designer who has been leading vehicle design at Plasan for almost 15 years. My current position as Director of Design encompasses both the traditional (military) armoured market of Plasan, as well as our fast growing civilian automotive structural composites division. By focusing on design, and not just engineering, Plasan has demonstrated a comprehensive and creative approach to vehicle lightweighting. My role is part of a triple hit of engineering, manufacturing and vehicle design, and this has been a big differentiator for Plasan to all of our partners.

2) What are the most interesting projects have you worked on?

My most prominent projects have been in designing most of the vehicles procured by the US Government for their military over the last decade. The Navistar MaxxPro MRAP, Oshkosh M-ATV, and Oshkosh JLTV (which is replacing the iconic Humvee) were all Plasan designs that started life on my drawing table. By designing them for maximum survivability they have saved countless lives and become a common sight both on the news and in the movies. Balancing the demanding needs of large military customers while adding value through design in terms of light weight, ergonomics, comfort, safety, and yes, even aesthetics, was a major challenge. For these projects, and others for the British, Australians, and many more, we developed mass-produceable composite vehicle architectures and production techniques that we are now bringing to the passenger car market.
As is often said though, my most interesting projects are the ones that I am working on right now and cannot talk about. We revolutionised the way that armoured vehicles are designed and manufactured. We are now doing the same for cars.

3) What do you see to be the major trends within automotive lightweighting in Europe and across the globe in the next 3-5 years?

I doubt very much that we'll be seeing new models that are heavier than their predecessors any more. That trend of the last 40 years has peaked. Multi-material architectures are rapidly becoming the rule, rather than the exception. The days of the welded steel monocoque are numbered and in the short term this is being replaced by a largely aluminium/steel hybrid structure. No longer the sole domain of premium cars, this is becoming the mainstream architecture and will be found on increasing numbers of cars over the next 5 years. The recent controversies regarding the real world emissions of diesels, and the continuing shift towards vehicles with heavy battery and hybrid powertrains, have reconfirmed that more extreme lightweighting is a necessary and welcome move, improving both efficiency and handling regardless of the power source. What we'll be seeing over the next few years is advanced composites following the path that aluminium has been taking for the last 20 years; starting with premium cars and trickling down to the mainstream as production facilities are ramped up and costs fall. We are already seeing increasing use of carbon-fibre in hidden structural roles where the decision was purely engineering, rather than marketing led. This understanding that carbon-fibre can actually be the next most cost-effective way to take additional weight out of a car, rather than just an expensive luxury for supercars, or a differentiator for range-topping models, will become more accepted in the coming years.

4) Nir, your presentation at the upcoming 5th Global Automotive Lightweight Materials Europe conference will focus on the composites parts integration into aluminium/steel body. Could you give our readers a quick snapshot of what to expect without revealing too many details?

Having made that move from the homogenic steel monocoque that has been ubiquitous for the last century, to a multi-material architecture, car manufacturers now have a world of options for alternative materials. Advanced composites are not only for hang-on parts or for expensive composite monocoque tubs. They can be integrated into an aluminium/steel structure, replacing both of those metals in the places where strength and stiffness requirements are driving the thicknesses and weight up. We have been working with OEMs on integrating composite parts that are designed for cost-effective mass-production, and combining them with other materials and processes to reduce weight where it hurts the most, in the areas of the car that do most of the work in crash events. Plasan's great experience in advanced dynamic FEA of metal-composite combinations in our blast-resistant vehicles, and mass production of composite vehicles for environmentally demanding climates, has allowed us to ease concerns of an automotive industry that is understandably risk-averse. Once the "unknowns" have been turned into "knowns", many of the barriers for integrating composites into cars assembled on existing production lines have been lifted. I will be showing how concentrating advanced composites where they have the biggest weight-saving impact, and designing the vehicle so that these parts can be cost-effectively mass-produced, results in a cost/weight trade-off that is attractive not only for expensive cars.

Automotive industry leader Ralf Kimmel will provide a keynote address on Laser Applications in Automotive Manufacturing on day two of this year’s Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), April 26-27, at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Kimmel, an automotive industry business development leader at Germany’s TRUMPF, a leading worldwide manufacturer of fabricating equipment and industrial laser technology, will address the integration of innovative, cost-efficient production processes and the use of new materials in the auto industry — all enabled by laser technology.

“Light as a tool in manufacturing cars is an established medium for a wide range of applications; at the same time, laser technology is a guarantor for innovation and enables the development of new car technologies,” Kimmel said. “Although these innovations are happening at different levels, lasers are the missing element that we can incorporate for present and future industry growth and success.”

Kimmel will touch on the choice of material and production methods of today’s automobiles, which, as Kimmel mentioned, lead to new challenges and opportunities for lasers in joining processes. Various application examples will be shown, like a new laser brazing technology, welding of copper with new lasers at green wavelengths, and black laser marking, without any susceptibility to corrosion.

Kimmel’s keynote address will be one of four unique educational presentations at the fifth annual LME. This year’s conference in the heart of the Southeast will feature the latest trending topics in 3D printing, additive manufacturing, cutting, welding, drilling and marking.

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The American Mold Builders Association (AMBA) raises the bar at the 2016 AMBA Annual Conference, May 11-13, at The Henry Hotel, Dearborn, Michigan. Creating an environment like no other, “Trigger Your Brilliance” is designed specifically for mold manufacturers to learn how to run their businesses more efficiently, effectively and with greater resolve.

From providing leading-edge benchmarks and industry trends to providing operational and financial best practices, this year's conference is set to exceed expectations as mold builders gather from across the country to learn, share and grow. Carefully crafted sessions will focus on best-in-class mold manufacturing strategies, as well as large manufacturers’ tooling expectations, key challenges and opportunities for mold builders.

In addition to an impactful line-up of presentations, attendees will derive valuable takeaways from sharing best practices with industry peers in numerous peer exchange forums, including ignite sessions and functional area roundtable discussions. Ample opportunities to network also have been built into the conference with a Welcome Reception and Supplier Trade Fair on the first night and a ‘Strolling’ Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the historic Henry Ford Museum.

Early bird registration ($100 savings) ends March 31, 2016.

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Speakers at the plenary sessions of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC® 2016 conference will focus on the future of the plastics industry, with special emphasis on additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and the promise of automotive light-weighting through use of carbon fiber composites.

ANTEC 2016, the world’s largest plastics technical conference, will take place May 23-25 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

Plenary sessions will include the following presentations:

Monday, May 23: Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: State of the Industry, by Tim Caffrey, senior consultant at Wohler Associates.
  • Tim Caffrey is a senior consultant at Wohlers Associates Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado. His responsibilities include the execution of consulting projects, speaking, and representing the company at national and international events.  He is a principal author of the Wohlers Report, an in-depth worldwide study of the state of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry. He has worked with Wohlers Associates since 2000.

Tuesday, May 24: The State of the Plastics Industry: Outlook for 2016 and Beyond. This will be a discussion by a panel of industry editors, followed by a discussion between the editors and members of SPE’s Next Generation Advisory Board.
  • Plastics Industry Editors Panel will include Jim Callari, associate publisher and editorial director of Plastics Technology; Susan Flynn, managing editor of Composites Manufacturing; Clare Goldsberry, senior contributing editor of Plastics Today; and Don Loepp, editor in chief of Plastics News. Mike Tolinski, managing editor of SPE’s Plastics Engineering, will serve as moderator. Don Rosato, publications chairman for the Plastics Institute of America at the University of Massachusetts—Lowell, will serve as coordinator.

Wednesday, May 25: A Platform for Novel Lightweight Automotive Composite Design, by Antony Dodworth, chief technology and manufacturing officer at Bright Light Structures.
  • Antony Dodworth is chief technology and manufacturing officer at Bright Light Structures, LLC, San Francisco, California. His automotive career began in 1985 with chassis engineering for the Indianapolis 500. He has worked for Bright Lite Structures since 2011. From 2003 until 2011 he was principal research manager at Bentley Motors Ltd. where he led a team investigating the adoption of composite materials. He has designed, worked on, and built chasses for the March Indy 500 car; Leyton House F1; McLaren F1 and F1 road car; Hyundai Coupe concept; Cadillac Cien; Jaguar F Type concept; and Bentley GT concept, road car convertible, Supersport, Mulsanne, and T35. He lectures frequently on composite fibers at universities and serves on the boards of composite fiber industry associations.


“The plenary sessions at ‘ANTEC at Indy’ will offer a unique view of the future of plastics,” said Donna S. Davis, technical conference chair of ANTEC 2016. “And with the running of the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 race taking place on the following Sunday, we couldn’t miss the opportunity for one of our plenary speakers to look at the future of automotive.”

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The organizing committee for the SPE® Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) announced the dates, theme, and location for this year’s show and issued its annual call for papers. Now in its sixteenth year, the SPE ACCE is the world’s leading forum for automotive composites and draws over 1,000 exhibitors, speakers, and attendees from 15 countries on five continents to the Detroit area, inspiring organizers to select this year's theme of "Innovations in Automotive Composites: from Motor City to the World." The 2016 show returns September 7-9, 2016 to The Diamond Banquet & Conference Center at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan.

"Based on the continued growth of the SPE ACCE, it’s an exciting time to be involved in automotive composites," notes Rani Richardson, composites & additive manufacturing business experience consultant, Dassault Systèmes and 2016 SPE ACCE event chair. "With less than a decade to go before really challenging emissions and fuel-economy standards kick in for automakers in some of the world's largest economies, the pressure's on to take mass as well as cost out of vehicles without compromising safety, functionality, aesthetics, and customer satisfaction. The ACCE is a great place to discover many of the innovations driving those changes, and to network with those passionate about transportation composites."

Those interested in speaking at this year’s event should upload abstracts by March 31, 2016 and full papers or non-commercial presentations by May 31, 2016. Authors who submit full papers (not presentations) in the proper format will be considered for the conference’s Dr. Jackie Rehkopf Best Paper Awards, which are presented during the event’s opening ceremony.

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws over 1,000 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in transportation composites. Its global appeal is evident in the diversity of exhibitors, speakers, and attendees who come to the conference from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia / Pacific as well as North America. Fully one-third of attendees indicate they work for automotive and light truck, agriculture, truck & bus, or aviation OEMs, and another 25% represent tier suppliers. Attendees also work for composite materials, processing equipment, additives, or reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultancies, university and government labs; media; and investment banks. The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001.

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Cleveland, Ohio reinforces its top spot in manufacturing with the return of the highly successful Ceramics Expo, April 26-28, 2016 at the I-X Center.

After experiencing considerable success with its debut last year, Ceramics Expo has established a reputation as a top forum for innovators in the sector and is recognized as a leading showcase for all raw materials, equipment, machinery and technology used within ceramics manufacturing. This year, the Expo has nearly doubled in size, covering an area of 95,000 square feet, increasing exhibitors from 140 to over 250 and boosting visitor numbers by over 70 percent from last year. (Approximately 2,100 visitors attended last year; 3,600 are anticipated this year.)

“This year, the City of Cleveland welcomes Ceramics Expo, which provides a good opportunity for manufacturers from over 25 countries to show their products while experiencing our growing manufacturing hub,” says City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. The Mayor is scheduled to welcome delegates to Ceramics Expo 2016.

Event Director Adam Moore says that he has received tremendous worldwide support for the Expo emphasizing that “it will not only impact hotels, catering, entertainment and transit in a big way but with the manufacturing and research relationships fostered by the event, business dollars will continue to flow into Cleveland and surrounding areas.”

On-hand to lead sessions will be a Who’s Who line-up of industry leaders including: James M. Free, Director, NASA Glenn Research Center; Don Bray, Vice President, Technology, North America, Morgan Advanced Materials; Dr. Charles Compson, Global Technical Director, Almatis Inc.; Doug Freitag, Technical Director US, Advanced Ceramics Association; Dr. Johannes Homa, CEO, Lithoz; Dr. Tracy Albers, President/CTO, Rapid Prototype and Manufacturing; Guillaume de Calan, CEO, Nanoe and Ralph Ruark, President, Swindell Dressler.

Exhibitors representing the U.S. and other countries will showcase the latest in ceramic and ceramic-related technologies in an application-centered environment. Scheduled exhibitors include CoorsTek, Morgan Advanced Materials, SolidCAM, G.W. Schulz, Saint-Gobain, Schunk, Ferro, Denka, CeramTec, McDanel, Direxa, Ceritherm, Imerys, Kerneos and more.

Ceramics Expo 2016 will be attended by technical leaders, production directors, engineers, project leaders, buyers, researchers, academics and senior executives interested in exploring the latest ceramic manufacturing innovations. Both the expo and conference are free and open to the public.

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Rising Media, Inc. announced the agenda for the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, taking place on April 10-12, 2016 at the Javits Convention Center in New York City.

Now in its fourth edition in New York City, Inside 3D Printing is the leading professional 3D printing event worldwide.

The conference program for Inside 3D Printing New York focuses on four key facets of the 3D printing industry, with dedicated tracks covering Business, Manufacturing, Medical, and Metal. Experts in these industries will discuss technological advancements, business challenges, and new applications of additive manufacturing.

These focus areas mark Inside 3D Printing’s strong B2B roots, showcasing its commitment to business and industrial applications of 3D printing.

“The Additive Manufacturing market is refusing to follow the hype curve predictions, as it continues to experience two digit CAGR year after year. A combination of new materials, new technologies, and new applications are driving this exponential growth,” said Hod Lipson, Professor, Columbia University and Inside 3D Printing Conference Chair.

He continued, “This year we tried to create a program that gives attendees a taste of some of these new business models as well as a glimpse of new technologies just around the corner. It’s great to see all the predictions being corrected upwards."

The first five confirmed standalone keynote speakers, include:

  • Magnus René, CEO, Arcam Group
  • Jonathan Jaglom, Chief Executive Officer, MakerBot
  • Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.
  • Pete Weijmarshausen, CEO, Shapeways
  • Tyler Benster, General Partner, Asimov Ventures

The event will also feature a keynote panel titled, “The Future of Metal AM: Delivering on the Promise.” Confirmed for the panel are: Geoffrey Doyle, President, FIT West Corp. (Moderator); Ric Fulop, Founder & CEO, Desktop Metal; Winthrop Sheldon, West Region Sales Manager, SLM Solutions; and Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President, Wohlers Associates, Inc.

Inside 3D Printing New York also features a full day of workshops, the Frontier Tech Showdown sponsored by Asimov Ventures, and an exhibit hall with 55+ sponsors and exhibitors.

Inside 3D Printing New York is co-located with Rising Media’s RoboUniverse and Virtual Reality Summit.

Prices increase on March 4, so register before to save with early bird pricing.

Following events earlier this year in Singapore and Düsseldorf, Inside 3D Printing has events confirmed for 2016 in São Paulo, New York, Sydney, Paris, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Mumbai, and San Diego.

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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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As the factory of the future and the Internet of Things continue to be the future of manufacturing, SME will provide detail, education and thought leadership on these industry-changing technologies and approaches. On March 16, SME will kick off its Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series with a session titled “Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: Transition to Production” at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.

“Smart manufacturing is going to change how everything is made,” said Jeff Krause, chief executive officer of SME. “It is essential for manufacturing companies and professionals to have a better understanding of what this means for them – from advanced manufacturing technologies to the tools, processes and practices used in development and production.”

The agenda for “Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing: Transition to Production” features key leaders and experts from various additive manufacturing and 3D printing companies and organizations, including America Makes, Materialise USA, Direct Dimensions, Met-L-Flo and the U.S. Army. Attendees will hear how experts in additive manufacturing have transitioned from prototype modeling to full production quality, as well as discuss materials, processes and 3D scanning. Regional additive manufacturing companies will also be on-site displaying and sharing knowledge of their newest technologies. View the full agenda here.

In addition to additive manufacturing, upcoming one- and two-day sessions will cover digital manufacturing, lightweighting, composites and advanced materials. The sessions will take place in metropolitan markets including Detroit, Chicago and Salt Lake City.

To further focus on the topic of smart manufacturing, SME’s media group, Advanced Manufacturing Media, will launch Smart Manufacturing magazine in May of 2016.

Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series schedule:

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: Transition to Production - March 16, Detroit
Hear how experts in additive manufacturing facilitated their transition from prototype to full production volumes. Materials, processes and 3D scanning will all be discussed.

Smart Manufacturing: The Digital Transformation
- May 24, Detroit
Discover how smart manufacturing technologies connect design, planning, production and distribution to drive process improvements, reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies.

Advanced Composites Manufacturing for Aerospace - June 7 and 8, Salt Lake City
Learn from leaders in industry, government and academia and explore emerging ways to leverage advances in manufacturing processes and systems as well as business best practices to speed innovation and better compete in the global marketplace.

Additive Manufacturing - Oct. 4 and 5, Detroit
Hear how experts in additive manufacturing facilitated their transition from prototype to full production volumes. Materials, processes and 3D scanning will all be discussed. This seminar will be preceded by a half-day tutorial on Oct. 4.

Smart Manufacturing: The Digital Transformation - Nov. 9, Chicago
Discover how smart manufacturing technologies connect design, planning, production and distribution to drive process improvements, reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies.

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Early bird registration for the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) ANTEC® 2016 runs through March 1st. After that date, registration fees increase. ANTEC 2016 will take place May 23-25 at the JW Marriott Indianapolis in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A.

The annual ANTEC is the world’s largest plastics technical conference, consisting entirely of original, peer-reviewed presentations on a variety of topics relevant to today’s global plastics industry. Besides more than 600+ technical talks in 40 different plastics technical areas, ANTEC 2016 will include “New Technology” forums, plenary & keynote speeches, tutorials for a range of processes and materials, and panel discussions. Other activities include SPE’s global parts competition “Plastics for Life” and “The Plastics Race, a scavenger hunt with a plastics twist. There will also activities for students and young industry professionals.

Information on programs and registration fees is available at Prospective attendees can also contact SPE by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , telephone at 1-203-740-5403, and fax at 1-203-775-8490.

THE SOCIETY OF PLASTICS ENGINEERS (SPE) is the premier source of peer-reviewed technical information for plastics professionals. Founded in 1942, SPE takes action every day to help companies in the plastics industry succeed by spreading knowledge, strengthening skills, and promoting plastics. Employing these vital strategies, SPE has helped the plastics industry thrive for over 70 years. SPE has become the recognized medium of communication among scientists, engineers, and technical personnel engaged in the development, conversion, and application of plastics.

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Inside 3D Printing will be taking place next on February 24 and 25 at the Düsseldorf trade fair grounds together with the METAV, the international trade fair for technologies in metal processing. Inside 3D Printing offers a conference on additive manufacturing covering metals and plastic components. The focus industries of the next conference are aerospace, automobile, tool manufacturing, and medical technology. Through a cooperation with METAV, Inside 3D Printing will deliver educational synergies for the participants while greatly increase the number of visitors to the accompanying exhibition.

Other planned highlights of the event are wearables, i.e. wearable devices connected to the Internet and a range of topics on Industry 4.0 and the "Internet of Things". Dr. Eric Klemp, Commercial Director of the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) of the Universität Paderborn and program coordinator of the conference says: "The factory of the future will be much more networked than today and additive manufacturing will be an increasingly important method of manufacture. It will facilitate the integration of an unimaginable intelligence even into the smallest of components. Thanks to 3D printing, even 'smart' products -- from fashionable accessories, to technical tools and aids for the workplace or nursing care -- can be created with a degree of individualisation and personalisation never before possible. We are presenting fascinating, technical presentations and application examples."

Inside 3D Printing was created by Mecklermedia and Rising Media to serve as a forum for professional exchange on a range of topics about additive manufacturing and drew over 3,000 visitors at its premier in 2013 in New York. Since then, the event has been held in nine different cities including New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Santa Clara, Mumbai, and Shanghai. Being presented will be new business opportunities though 3D printing, case examples from companies and the current state of research on the technology. The event producers agreed to a cooperation between Inside 3D Printing and METAV for the German conference last November. All METAV visitors will have access to Inside 3D Printing and the new "Additive Manufacturing Area", an exhibition area, including forum on additive manufacturing processes, which is also being organised by Rising Media.

Inside 3D Printing is aimed at experts, researchers, service providers, manufacturers, merchants, and investors, as well as experts from various industries who want to expand their knowledge about the professional use of 3D printing technologies. The roughly 60 conference sessions will present business opportunities, case examples, and the current state of research on the technology. The companies sharing their experiences at the last event in March included Airbus, Boeing, Cassidian, EDAG, EOS, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Hermle, HP, Materialise, Phoenix Contact and SLM. Over 1,000 participants flocked to the expert presentations each day and exchanged ideas and experiences at the accompanying exhibition with forty exhibitors, sponsors, and conference partners.

Through the integration into the METAV, exhibitors and sponsors of Inside 3D Printing can expect an even greater number of professional visitors and additional attention in the metal-processing industry. They will receive both presence in the technical conference as well as in the Additive Manufacturing Area within the METAV.

Dr. Eric Klemp: "Visitors to Inside 3D Printing are users of additive manufacturing processes, who no longer need an explanation of the basics. Rather, they want to explore both the technical and commercial possibilities that the 3D printing methods have to offer. As the leading technical conference, we are also offering in-depth information on strategies, the latest developments and application of the leading companies and prestigious national and international experts."

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The Laser Institute of America (LIA) will host their annual Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop on March 2-3 in Orlando, FL. The two-day event will focus on ‘why lasers?’ in the flourishing field of additive manufacturing. There will be fascinating keynotes, sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities taking place during the workshop, as well as a line-up of notable speakers and industry experts. LIA’s 2016 LAM workshop is a must-attend event for professionals involved in manufacturing of complex, lightweight, metal and other structural materials.

Paul Denney, General Chair of LAM 2016, along with his Co-Chairs Ingomar Kelbassa and Jim Sears, have designed this year’s program around analyzing how people are using additive manufacturing, and where, when and why lasers are the best solution compared to other technologies.

“We are hoping this year’s workshop will help attendees better understand the pros and cons of laser-based additive manufacturing over the other technologies. Hopefully it will also provide direction to those looking to improve on the status of the laser additive manufacturing and what technologies need to be developed and/or improved upon,” said Denney. The program will provide an overview on the many diverse options that are available today to create formed parts, which ones to choose and why you should choose them.

The first day of the workshop will begin with a keynote by Professor Sudarsanam Suresh Babu of The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, presenting Recent Advances in Metal Additive Manufacturing at Manufacturing Demonstration Facility: Role of in-situ Process Monitoring, Computational Modeling, and Advanced Characterization. Following the keynote, speakers will come from companies involved in alternative technologies and laser additive manufacturing, including companies using gas metal arc welding (GMAW), ultrasonic welding and electron beams. Sessions on the latest in additive equipment directly from major manufacturers, including Concept Laser and Optomec, Inc., are also on the program. After a session on new additive approaches from academia and industry experts, the first day will conclude at the Exhibitor Happy Hour Reception, an excellent networking event.

‘Bridging the gap’ of laser additive manufacturing from research to application will be the theme for the second day of the workshop. Staring off, a keynote address by Professor David Bourell of The University of Texas at Austin, Director of the Laboratory for Freeform Fabrication, will discuss the current status of additive manufacturing. Afterwards, the morning sessions will provide insights from government, corporate and academic labs and how they are taking their work from the lab to the factory floor. The afternoon will discuss job shops and their use of additive manufacturing for their customers. These topics will fascinate those who may be interested in developing prototypes and production parts using additive manufacturing processes, but unsure where to begin. The workshop will wrap up with a session on the latest in process monitoring and control, two of the essential aspects to developing robust manufacturing processes.

Peter Baker, LIA’s executive director, is excited about this year’s workshop, stating “Now in its 8th year, LAM has become a premier event in the additive manufacturing arena. We are grateful to the contributors and sponsors who create this valuable workshop.”

With growing interest in additive manufacturing, based on maturing technologies and processes, this is an excellent time to educate, network and benchmark laser additive manufacturing against other technologies. Users from diverse industries such as oil and gas, aerospace, agriculture automotive, defense, marine, transportation, power generation, construction and tool and die, can all benefit from the knowledge gained at LAM.

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Featuring scientific discoveries, innovative approaches to design and ground-breaking new technology, this year’s PDM Event will be a true showcase of the UK’s dynamic plastics sector. The event will Take place at the Telford International Centre from June 14-15, 2016. PDM Event will also provide the perfect setting to unveil the results of two new industry surveys – Best Places to Work in UK Plastics and Most Influential People in the UK Plastics.

Free-to-attend, PDM Event offers an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging and recycling. The multi-million pound Telford International Centre venue provides ample space for large machinery exhibits and access to a brand new conference area.

Plastics developments and innovations covered in the free-to-attend conference sessions will include Industry 4.0, SprayPET technology, energy efficient equipment, auxetic polymers, alternative materials for rotomoulding and new colour opportunities provided by effect pigments.

Recycling will be high on the agenda with speakers exploring how to keep plastics recovery facilities viable and sustainable in the current economic environment, reform in the PRN system, value chains in the circular economy, the impact of the plastic bag charge and how to increase the use of recycled content in cars. Speakers will include representatives from Tesco, WRAP, Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee (LARAC) and British Plastics Federation (BPF) Recycling Group as well as academics, policy and compliance experts, and leading lights in the packaging and design industries.

Arburg, Biffa Polymers, Boddingtons Plastics, Erema, Hasco Internorm, Milacron, Motan Colortronic, Negri Bossi, Piovan, Plasgran, Plastribution and Romi Machines are among the leading industry names who have already booked stands. New exhibitors have been attracted too including Connect 2 Cleanrooms (offering mouldshop solutions to prevent contamination), Staubli Connectors (hydraulic and electrical connectors), CS Moldes (Portuguese mouldshop), CRC Industries (global supplier of chemical products including purge agents and mould lubricants), Plunkett Associates (low volume prototyping), BOC (industrial gases and cleaning solutions) and Petlon Polymers Ltd (polymer compounding and recovery).

Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss projects with product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

PDM Event enjoys the support of all the major plastics and moulding associations including Composites UK, Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), Society of Plastics Engineers UK & Ireland (SPE), Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), BPF, the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), Polymer Society, RECOUP, LARAC and WRAP.

The PDM Event exhibition and conference is free to attend for visitors.

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Sustainability and the use of renewable resources in the manufacture of polyurethanes are the focus of two technical sessions at the upcoming UTECH North America conference taking place April 6th and 7th 2016 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. A free-to-attend trade show takes place alongside the conference.

No less than eight out of a total of nearly 40 technical papers being presented at the UTECH North America conference will present innovative approaches to increasing sustainability in the manufacture and use of polyurethanes including the latest global developments in the production of raw materials. Jeff Rowlands, Director, Green Urethanes chairs the two sessions running over both days of the event.

Soybean and cashew nutshells are among two sustainable resources whose use features in the program with Phil Sarnacke, Plastics Commercialization Manager at the United Soybean Board presenting on Soy Polyols – a Sustainable Bio-Material for the Global Polyurethane Industry. He will be followed by Cardolite Corporation’s Technical Marketing Manager Yun Mi Kim whose paper is entitled: Cashew Nutshell Liquid based Polyols and Diols: Their Hydrophobicity and Outstanding Durability.

Anna Cherian, Senior Scientist, Applications Development at Novomer will deliver a paper on Converge CO2-based polyols for Rigid Foam insulation, while speakers from Wanhua, DuPont Tate & Lyle, Croda and Bio Amber will further explore a range of innovations in the use of bio-based polyols. Their papers include:

  • Next generation novel polyols, raising the bar of high performance polyurethanes
  • Production of Bio-based Polyester Polyols for New Polyurethane Applications
  • Application of bio-based polycarbonate diol in polyurethane elastomer
  • Bio-Based Succinic Acid: A Building Block for Succinate Polyester Polyols in Modified Thermoplastic Urethanes for Elastomers and Hot Melt Adhesives
  • Biobased 1,5-pentanediol and polyvalerolactone polyol: Unique C5 polyol for green polyurethane

Polyurethane Specialist, Mark Listermann will chair a session-closing round table debate looking at the sustainable use of additives and formulated products.

Other sessions from two parallel conference streams include those looking at polyurethanes in automotive applications, flexible foams, rigid foams, CASE products (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers), the latest advances in processing equipment and blowing agent innovations.

Early-bird delegate rates for conference bookings made until February 19th are US $150 for a single day or US $225 for both days. Thereafter the standard rates are US$180 for a single day and US$265 for both days.

Often described as the hidden polymer, polyurethanes are widely used in automotive, aerospace, building and construction, furniture and bedding, electrical and electro-technical, footwear and textiles, mining and offshore, pipes, refrigeration and insulation.

Among the major international companies with booths already booked at the accompanying free-to-attend UTECH North America 2016 trade show are Dow Chemical, Wanhua of China, Cannon, Hennecke Inc, DuPont & Tate & Lyle, Repi LLC, Honeywell, Chromaflo Technologies and Tosoh. The event is supported by the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (PMA), the industry organization dedicated to advancing cast polyurethane technology.

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According to the Manufacturers’ Outlook 2016 report, 71 percent of Canadian manufacturers are prioritizing employee training, while more than 50 percent are investing in technologies, to fuel business growth. Supporting this industry – the third largest for employment in Canada – is FABTECH Canada, the largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event in the country. With more than 20 educational sessions and top industry speakers, the event gives attendees access to targeted technical, operational, economic and managerial solutions that address their top priorities.

In March, FABTECH Canada will bring together speakers from manufacturing firms such as Tyco Electronics Canada, AlcoTec, McGill University and aizoOn, as well as leading suppliers such as Trumpf, Amada and Graco, with manufacturing leaders, decision makers, suppliers and buyers from coast to coast. Attendees will be able to network with peers, learn from industry experts, exchange best practices and explore the latest technology and advancements in the industry – discovering the solutions needed to advance their career and business.

“FABTECH Canada allows us to present and demonstrate our latest technological advances to Canadian manufacturers every two years,” said Peter Burrell, chief operating officer, Amada Canada, Ltd. “It also offers us the opportunity to connect with the industry and speak face-to-face with users about their needs.”

FABTECH Canada 2016 has something for everyone in manufacturing – from design engineers to job shop owners. Its focus on education, networking and connecting attendees with hundreds of exhibiting companies is designed to better enable Canadian manufacturers to compete and excel in the national and global marketplace. The opening keynote by retired Canadian Army Maj. Gen. David Fraser, chief operating officer, INKAS Armored Vehicle Manufacturing, will focus on leadership, strategy and innovation in the manufacturing business and the impact of factors pertaining to the Canadian market.

A biannual event currently in its third iteration, FABTECH Canada continues to serve as Canada’s most complete destination for fabricating, welding, metal forming and finishing, carrying with it the full North American reach of the FABTECH series.

“Our commitment to helping Canadian manufacturers tackle their unique business environment is evident from the show floor to the conference rooms,” John Catalano, senior event manager for SME, said.

FABTECH Canada will be held at the Toronto Congress Centre on March 22-24, 2016.

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The organizing committee for the new SPE® Shanghai TPO Conference, March 22-24, 2016 at the Shanghai Marriott City Centre hotel in Shanghai, China, has announced the event's two keynote speakers. Dr. Rose Ryntz, vice-president, Advanced Development & Material Engineering, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group (Southfield, Michigan) and Dr. Stéphane Quilliet, engineering manager-injection molding team, RocTool (Le Bourget du Lac, France), will each give a 30-minute presentation highlighting important issues and new technologies that are expected to be of great interest to show attendees.

Ryntz will give a talk entitled The Changing Landscape for Plastics Use in Interior Automotive Applications on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 8:45 a.m. As background on her topic, she explains that plastics use in automotive applications is expected to represent approximately 18% of total vehicle weight by 2020 and contribute roughly $110-billion USD to global plastics sales. During that same time period, global sales of automotive interior components (in all materials) is expected to reach $325-billion USD, offering suppliers "great incentives to participate." However, the functional requirements and usage of plastic materials are changing rapidly due to factors like economics and governmental mandates. With increased demand for lighter, more competitively priced vehicles, and current challenges by vehicle-interior suppliers in meeting growing production demands, it is more important than ever to select plastics and design parts efficiently and correctly if a company wishes to become the supplier of choice for a given automaker.

"My presentation will focus on the changing geographic and demographic landscape for vehicle interiors and the effect of those changes on plastic material selection," explains Ryntz. "As the interaction between car and driver becomes, paradoxically, more complex, the key to supplier success will be focused product segments and technology differentiation.  Lifestyle demands, such as the desire for personalization, use of illuminated surfaces, and the focus on occupant comfort and convenience, as well as acoustic performance, environmental stewardship, and safety all will be discussed in relation to polymer selection. Additionally, the advent of the autonomous car and increased human-machine interactions also will be discussed relative to how they affect both the industry and its requirements."

Quilliet will give a talk entitled On the Road to a New Standard:  High-Definition Plastics on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 8:45 a.m. RocTool's technologies for rapid mold heating and cooling provide plastic processors with practical solutions that increase productivity ― via faster molding cycles, lower energy usage, better thickness control, and enhanced part complexity ― as well as improve post-mold part quality ― via optimized surface quality (whether matte or glossy) and invisible weldlines. These features are wanted and needed by molders in all major market segments, but especially in the high-volume, cost-sensitive, aesthetically demanding automotive industry.

"The plastic industry is constantly working to offer better process solutions in order to respond to design challenges from automakers. My presentation will focus on the ongoing evolution of several such process enhancements. I also will share our vision of the next key steps to reach a new quality and performance standard” explains Quilliet. “I will share with the attendees our vision and explain what we believe are the conditions needed to reach a new standard in the industry. In addition, I will discuss the importance of the fact that we now can accurately simulate the inductive heating and cooling technique via AutoDesk, Inc.'s MoldFlow® software, which helps improve the accuracy of moldfilling and warpage analyses as well as shows the benefits of our induction technology during the initial design phase, long before tooling is cut. We think of these as 'high-definition plastics' solutions for OEMs and their manufacturers."

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The second Conference in Baku, dedicated to 3D printing and scanning technologies will take place in Fairmont hotel conference-hall, May 20, 2016. The 3D Print Conference will once again gather together developers, experts, scientists, providers, and all those interested in this very industry.

The first 3D Print Conference took place in Baku, February 12, 2015 and became a breakthrough. It has shown that 3D printing became an integral part of our future and this future has already begun. The Conference was attended by representatives from the USA, Turkey, the Russian Federation and of course Azerbaijan.

The aim of 3D Print Conference Baku 2016 is to acquaint visitors with incredible opportunities of 3D printing and scanning. Today 3D technologies are already widely used in various industries, being competitive and efficient. In Azerbaijan, compared to the European countries and Russia, 3D-printing has not reached such a large scale yet, but interest is growing by leaps and bounds. That's why being one of the major organizers of specialized exhibitions and conferences, Smile-Expo will hold 3D Print Conference in Baku for the second time.

Conference participants

  • Manufacturers of personal 3D printing systems
  • Manufacturers of industrial 3D printers
  • Developers of software for 3D printers
  • Manufacturers of spare parts, materials and accessories for 3D printing
  • 3D printing marketers and industry specialists

3D Print Conference 2016 will include speakers on current and future trends in 3D technology, on the return on investment in this sector, as well as on the variety of applications of 3D printing and scanning.

Main subjects of the event

  • Additive technology as an emerging sector of the economy of Azerbaijan
  • 3D printing: a technology of the 21st century
  • 3D technology as a business. Prospects for the development of 3D printing in Azerbaijan
  • 3D printing in different industries
  • 3D technologies in education: whether it is necessary to create specialized universities
  • 3D printers and 3D scanners in medicine
  • 3D printing in jewelry

The organizers intend to expand the horizons of such events and facilitate the implementation of business ideas with the help of 3D technology not only in Azerbaijan but also in other countries. Learn everything about breakthrough 3D-printing and scanning technologies that soon will change our lives.

Address of 3D Print Conference. Baku:

Fairmont hotel conference-hall
1A Mehdi Hussein str.
Baku, Azerbaijan

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SPE® Detroit and SPE China will hold the first-ever SPE® Shanghai TPO Conference, March 22-24, 2016 at the Shanghai Marriott City Centre hotel in Shanghai, China. The new event builds on 18 years of success for the Detroit-area SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins (Auto TPO) conference and has been designed to encourage professional development and networking opportunities on the topic of automotive plastics in regions with a rapidly growing thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO), as well as thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), and thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) presence, as is the case in Shanghai.

According to Dr. Sassan Tarahomi, manager-Advanced Engineering, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group and 2016 Shanghai TPO conference chair, "This new conference will draw leaders in the fields of automotive TPOs, TPEs, and TPVs to share their knowledge and experience in using these versatile materials via technical presentations, keynote speeches, exhibits, and numerous networking opportunities. Content presented throughout the three-day event will focus on advances in materials, processing, and finishing technologies and their practical application to the design, engineering, and manufacture of passenger vehicles in China and elsewhere in the world."

Show organizers have issued a call for papers (send abstracts as soon as possible to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; non-commercial papers or presentations are due for peer review by February 17 to the same address), and are still accepting reservations for sponsorship and exhibit opportunities (contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Since 1998, the SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins Conference has highlighted the importance of rigid and flexible polyolefins throughout the automobile – in applications ranging from semi-structural composite underbody shields and front-end modules to soft-touch interior skins and bumper fascia. Engineered polyolefins have been the fastest-growing segment of the global plastics industry for more than a decade owing to their excellent cost / performance ratio. The Detroit-area show typically draws over 700 attendees from 20 countries on four continents who are interested in learning about the latest in rigid and elastomeric TPO as well as TPE and TPV technologies. Approximately 300 attendees are expected at the new SPE Shanghai TPO Conference in Shanghai, China. A variety of sponsorship packages are available for companies interested in showcasing their products and services at either event. The Shanghai show is being organized by volunteers from the Detroit Section and China Section of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE).

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The UTECH North America event has announced details of its two-day conference program taking place April 6th and 7th 2016 at Charlotte Convention Center, North Carolina, USA. Featuring nearly 40 detailed technical papers delivered in a total of eight sessions, the conference will cover the latest developments in the world of polyurethanes and reveal unique insights into the North American polyurethanes market.

Delegates at the two-day conference will benefit from updates on key issues facing the polyurethanes industry in North America as well as the chance to network with the world's leading practitioners. Among the highlights in the comprehensive program are two sessions focusing on sustainability. Other dedicated sessions from two parallel conference streams include those looking at polyurethanes technology in automotive applications, flexible foams, rigid foams, CASE products (coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers) and the latest advances in processing equipment. A final session looks at blowing agent innovations and two science papers.

In the science session Galen Suppes from the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri will present a unique paper on Simulation as a Tool to Design and Understand Urethane Formulations. He is preceded by Bin Shi, Technical Engineer at Wanhua, who will speak on the Introduction of Innovation R&D platform for polyurethane-Wanhua.

No less than nine papers in sessions on both days of the conference will look at a range of sustainability issues including diverse innovations in biobased polyols. Wayne Willkomm, Market Development manager at Novomer, will also deliver a paper on Converge CO2-based polyols for rigid foam applications.

The first day’s program continues with a session looking at polyurethanes for automotive applications and focusing on key areas of noise reduction, air quality, seating and comfort versus lightweighting. Six papers in the parallel session look at machinery and processing innovations for polyurethane applications including premix technology, compression technology, dual axis mixing and mix head technologies. In the afternoon flexible foams session there are five papers on fire retardants, advances in stabilization of PU flexible foam and performance comparisons of renewable resource polyols in flexible, slabstock polyurethane foam.

The second day of the conference includes a sustainability round table, a session on CASE innovations including a new hydrophobic diol given by Herbert Chao, of Innovations Manager at Total Cray Valley. New catalysts for PU coatings and elastomers, and polycarbonatediol based prepolymer raw material for TPUs also feature in the CASE session. Four papers on rigid foams look at new multi-metal and amine catalysts, silicone surfactant reactivity, advances in pour-in-place foam and novel biobased polyols.

Among the major international companies with booths already booked at the accompanying UTECH North America 2016 trade show are Dow Chemical, Wanhua of China, Cannon, Hennecke Inc, DuPont & Tate & Lyle, Repi LLC, Honeywell, Chromaflo Technologies and Tosoh. The event is also supported again this year by the Polyurethane Manufacturers Association (PMA), the industry organization dedicated to advancing cast polyurethane technology.

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Trade show organizer, Tarsus Group, will run two new B2B events for the additive manufacturing industry (commonly referred to as 3D printing) in 2016. Additive Manufacturing Europe and Additive Manufacturing Americas will focus on the fastest growing vertical sectors – healthcare, aerospace and automotive. Tarsus already runs several shows in these sectors, the most prominent of which are the Dubai Airshow (aerospace), AAITF (automotive) and A4M (medical).

The new events will incorporate 3D Printshow, which Tarsus acquired in 2014. This follows exhibitor requests for larger, consolidated events with an international business-to-business focus.

As part of the new shows, there will also be a 3D Printshow pavilion, focusing on design and prototyping. This will continue to attract the designers and innovators that are driving development and innovation in the industry.

While much of the growing media coverage of additive technologies has focused on abstract concepts or very niche usage, the Additive Manufacturing Shows will focus on the mainstream applications that are revolutionizing these sectors. Additive manufacturing can produce complex, customized solutions that increase functionality, while reducing lead time and waste.

The entire spectrum of 3D printing and additive manufacturing equipment will be on show, with live demonstrations of working machinery a cornerstone of the events. Conferences will run alongside the trade shows, with dedicated streams for the vertical sectors.

Lisa Milburn, Managing Director, commented: “Additive manufacturing is an exciting growth area and recent developments in equipment and software are providing plenty of opportunities for real world applications. 3D Printshow has been the leader in dedicated 3D printing events and, combined with Tarsus’s experience of running large, industrial shows around the world, we look forward to working with our partners to deliver the largest events for this sector.”

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Deutsche Messe’s five industrial trade fairs co-located at The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) from September 12–17, 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago will occupy two times more space compared to 2014. IMTS currently registers increases of 10 percent in display area and 16 percent in exhibitor participation. Hannover Fairs USA, Deutsche Messe’s U.S. subsidiary is organizing the five shows and conferences.

The growth of Deutsche Messe’s portfolio at IMTS reflects the resurgence of manufacturing in America. Industrial Automation NORTH AMERICA premiered in 2012. MDA NORTH AMERICA followed in 2014. Now ComVac NORTH AMERICA, Industrial Supply NORTH AMERICA, and Surface Technology NORTH AMERICA debut in 2016. Together the events account for double the display area in 2014 and represent five industry sectors: industrial automation; power transmission, fluid technology and motion control; compressed air and vacuum technology; industrial subcontracting and lightweight design; and surface treatment. Compared to the same point in time in 2014, four times more space is sold for 2016 with 75 percent of registrations from companies based outside the United States.

“IMTS and our fairs collectively represent the largest industrial technology event in North America. For six days exhibitors have direct access to the world’s largest economy – one that is undergoing a manufacturing resurgence,” said Wolfgang Pech, senior vice president at Deutsche Messe. “Visitors experience first-hand the technologies and techniques that U.S. manufacturers use to stay competitive while at the same time learning about and comparing the Asian and European approaches to Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things.”

Surveys conducted in 2014 at IMTS, Industrial Automation NORTH AMERICA and MDA NORTH AMERICA indicate that 86 percent of visitors found solutions to specific manufacturing problems, 85 percent planned to make a purchase within one year, and 64 percent initiated new business contacts.

Key trends at Deutsche Messe’s 2016 Chicago events include the “SMAC stack” (social, mobile, analytics, and cloud), which helps companies accelerate development and retain customers; the Industrial Internet of Things, which helps automate production and maintenance, freeing up more time for research and development; and next-shoring (developing and manufacturing products closer to where they will be sold), which improves production control and efficiency.

China, France, Italy, Germany and Taiwan are contributing country pavilions and the National Fluid Power Organization (NFPA) organizes the Fluid Power Area at MDA North America.

Three conferences round out the program at Deutsche Messe’s events. On September 13 GIE Media runs three tracks – MDA plus ComVac, Industrial Supply and Surface Technology – for design, manufacturing and process engineers as well as plant managers and purchasing managers. On September 14, CFE Media stages the Global Automation & Manufacturing Summit and NFPA organizes a fluid power track.

Industrial Automation NORTH AMERICA, MDA NORTH AMERICA, ComVac NORTH AMERICA, Industrial Supply NORTH AMERICA, and Surface Technology NORTH AMERICA are organized by Deutsche Messe’s U.S. subsidiary, Hannover Fairs USA, Inc., in cooperation with AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. The five events run parallel to IMTS 2016 and belong to Deutsche Messe’s HANNOVER MESSE Worldwide portfolio.

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Following the successful campaign of “Industrial Automation 2015", OMICS International Conferences is very delighted to Organize the "2nd World Congress on Automation and Robotics" during June 13-15, 2016 at Philadelphia, USA.

On this propitious moment, we invite all the global participants to join us at Philadelphia, USA for "Automation and Robotics 2016", where you will be sure to have a meaningful experience with industrial experts, CEO’s, professors, academic scholars from all around the world. Automation and Robotics 2016 includes prompt keynote presentations, Oral talks, Poster presentations and Exhibitions. This scientific gathering guarantees that offering the thoughts and ideas will enable and secure you the theme “Automation and Robotics for a Sustainable Future”.

Conference Highlights:

  • Automation Tools and Technologies
  • Control and Mechatronic Systems
  • Robotics and applications
  • Automation in manufacturing
  • Information technologies for automation systems
  • Process and energy automation
  • Industrial informatics
  • Security in manufacturing industries
  • Flexibility for sustainable manufacturing automation
  • Security in Manufacturing Industries
  • Mechatronics or Robotics Education
  • Virtual Systems for Training and Education
  • Smart Sensors and Sensor Fusion
  • Nanomanufacturing

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The most cutting edge, innovative manufacturing technologies and practices for high volume lightweight automotive production are to be revealed at the 3rd Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing: Joining, Forming & Quality Assurance Conference taking place on  February 24-25, 2016 in Detroit, MI.

Firmly securing its place as one of the most anticipated events within the automotive manufacturing community, the GALM US Manufacturing conference will be bringing the latest OEM-led case studies on enabling maximum resistivity and performance for lightweight multi-material joints.

With the ultimate goal of lowering the costs and shortening production cycles, the congress will bring the latest insights of leading OEMs such as GM, Ford and FCA on manufacturing advancements for multi-material vehicle architectures including the use of diverse-strength aluminum, steel, magnesium and composites.

The agenda has been completely revamped to ensure relevance to the evolving challenges the OEMs are facing today.

The 2016 edition will address the following themes:

  • MITIGATE CORROSION FOR MIXED MATERIALS: Clarifying Which Corrosion Mitigation Techniques Are Being Effectively Used By OEMs To Maximize Joints Durability
  • ACHIEVE EFFECTIVE MATERIAL CHARACTERIZATION: Evaluating Properties Of The New Grades Of UHSS, Aluminum And Composites To Determine Their Influence On The Selection Of Multi-Material Joining And Forming Technologies
  • KEEP JOINING COSTS TO MINIMUM: Comparing The Cost Vs. Resistivity Performance For Laser Welding, Resistance Spot Welding And Structure Bonding For Dissimilar Materials Such As Diverse-Strength Aluminum, Diverse-Strength Steel, Magnesium And Carbon Fiber Composites
  • SHORTEN PRODUCTION CYCLES: Learn How OEMs Are Implementing The Very Latest Joining And Forming Methods To Drastically Reduce Production Cycles
  • MANAGE COMPOSITES PAINTABILITY: Optimizing Composites Properties Through The Processing And Forming To Maximize Parts Paintability
  • EVALUATING REPAIRABILITY STRATEGIES: Assessing Joints And Material Reparability To Better Understand Vehicle Parts Lifecycle And Repair Costs

Mark February 24-25, 2016 on your calendar. The full speaker line-up featuring all the OEMs and technology experts will be announced very soon.

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SME’s AeroDef Manufacturing with Composites Manufacturing will bring together the leading companies and executives from aerospace and defense manufacturing to highlight the latest technology options and trends February 8-10, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center. This annual technical conference and exhibition not only offers a hands-on look at solutions for aerospace and defense, but also provides opportunities to discuss industry advances and real-world applications.

“Manufacturing is key to the prosperity of our country, with aerospace and defense manufacturing underpinning the security of the nation,” said AeroDef panelist Dean Bartles, executive director of the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. “The caliber of experts, technical sessions, and show floor representation assembled by SME at AeroDef offers the industry a service and return that cannot be found anywhere else.”

Industry leaders from Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, The Boeing Company, Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and NASA help develop the content and features of the event as part of the executive committee.

“SME believes that the aerospace and defense market is essential, which is why we bring together the experts in the field, to serve that community,” said Dave Morton, event manager of AeroDef for SME. “From high level strategic direction in our keynotes and panels, to hands-on practical applications on the show floor, we strive to provide a forum for gaining knowledge and experiencing the latest advancements in the industry.”

Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 8 a.m.

“The Design, Development and Delivery of the James Webb Space Telescope”

Scott Willoughby, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 12:45 p.m.

“A View of Automation and Innovation from the Corner Office”

Dan Korte, LMI Aerospace

Panel discussions

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 8:50 a.m.

“Data Analytics for Manufacturing”

Dean Bartles, Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, UI Labs

Roland Dutton, Air Force Research Laboratory

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 8:50 a.m.

“The Future of Structural Materials: 20 Year Horizon”

John Barnes, ALCOA

Mick Maher, DARPA

Todd Steyer, Boeing Research & Technology

Richard Vaia, Air Force Research Laboratory

New Show Floor Feature in 2016

The Aerofied Preferred Supplier Pavilion allows attendees to network with prequalified contract suppliers and decision makers from aerospace and defense companies. It gives attendees and exhibitors a chance to directly engage with large and medium-sized manufacturers who are looking to make both short- and long-term investments.

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FABTECH 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries, welcomed more than 1,700 exhibiting companies and a total of 43,836 attendees from over 90 countries last week to Chicago’s McCormick Place.

In the event’s largest and most successful installment yet, attendees were able to learn from and interact with manufacturing’s best by visiting over 730,000 square feet of exhibits, special events and keynote presentations, as well as by participating in educational sessions, an industry night networking event and welding competitions.

“This year’s show was incredible. It’s difficult to fully express our gratitude to all those who made FABTECH a success – the city of Chicago, our loyal exhibitors and the thousands of attendees that not only made the week special, but who continue to drive and move our industries forward,” said Mark Hoper, show co-manager, FABTECH. “Between the variety of events and education programs, to our diverse and expansive show floor, attendees walked away with more knowledge, expertise and industry connections than ever before.”  

During the four-day event, attendees found live equipment demonstrations ─ including hundreds of new products and technologies ─ and had one-on-one exchanges with exhibitors and industry leaders. John Quigley from LVD Strippit said, “We have been one of the longest participants in FABTECH and it’s always been a very important venue to show our latest technology to the market place. In North America, it is the most important tradeshow of the year.”

Special event presentation topics at FABTECH 2015 covered additive manufacturing/3D printing, security risks, women in manufacturing, the significance of teamwork within successful organizations and much more.

Speakers and panel participants included representatives from Dell, GE Ventures and other leading companies, as well as NASCAR legend and champion Rusty Wallace. Presidential candidate and former Senator of Pennsylvania Rick Santorum also made an appearance to discuss the importance of American manufacturing.

Additionally, professional welders competed throughout the week at FABTECH for the title of “Best Welder in America” and a $2,500 first place, $1,000 second place and $500 third place prize. Contestants demonstrated their skill by making a single-pass SMAW weld with E7018 on low-carbon steel and were graded on speed and quality.

FABTECH 2016 will take place November 16-18, 2016, in Las Vegas at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) will hold its Science and Technology Forum and Exposition 2016 (AIAA SciTech 2016) January 4–8 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California.

AIAA SciTech 2016 will bring together 12 aerospace science and technology conferences, drawing thousands of participants from around the world who will hear from thought leaders across the aerospace community. There also will be over 2,500 paper presentations on cutting-edge, world-leading aerospace technical and scientific research and an exposition that will feature the latest in aerospace technology from 50 companies.

“The future of aerospace requires government, industry, and academia to not only share their vision for the future but also to reflect on the lessons learned from our collective past,” said AIAA President Jim Albaugh. “Only through these discussions will we continue the remarkable advancement of science and technology in our community. I can think of no better place for these timely and relevant conversations to happen than at AIAA SciTech 2016.”

Speakers at the weeklong forum will include: Mark Albrecht, chairman of the board, U.S. Space; Jason Dunn, chief technology officer and co-founder, Made in Space; Jeff Holland, director of research and development and chief scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Hans Mark, professor emeritus, University of Texas at Austin; Dana "Keoki" Jackson, chief technology officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Timothy Persons, chief scientist, U.S. Government Accountability Office; Jaiwon Shin, associate administrator, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, NASA; John Tracy, chief technologist, The Boeing Company: and Steve Walker, deputy director, Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency.

AIAA SciTech 2016’s plenary sessions will tackle some of the most critical questions facing the future of aeronautics and astronautics: How can we craft sensible policies that advance aerospace science and technology? How will aerospace continue to advance in an era when the retirement of current workers may hamper future success? How do we design resilient aerospace systems? What is the future of unmanned aerial systems and how can we best integrate them into our nation’s airspace in a safe and efficient manner?

The Forum 360 program will offer attendees a chance to dive deeper into the topics offered in the plenary sessions, as they consider how scientists and engineers can communicate better with the public about their achievements and work; how the International Space Station can be used to further research and development; how lessons from other industries can improve cybersecurity in aviation; how additive manufacturing can be used for space applications; what educators can do to put the “E” in STEM; and what design and imagination lessons can be captured from Hollywood for use in aerospace.

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The only OEM-Led modeling, simulation & crash testing of lightweight materials summit comes to Detroit on January 26 - 27, 2016. The best practices & new trends In modeling, simulation & crash testing of lightweight materials are being shared by automotive OEMs.

The conference will deliver more than 20 OEM led presentations and panels from the likes of Ford, Honda, Toyota, GM and more with the focus on modeling and simulation of lightweight materials, economising lightweight manufacturing & design processes and optimizing virtual testing.

Its the only OEM-Led congress encompassing cost-effective modeling, crash simulation and lifecycle prediction for lightweight materials and composites.

Agenda highlights include a speaker faculty comprising the top experts from CAE engineers, material specialists and simulation experts from across the industry:

Dr. Venkat Aitharaju, Senior Researcher, Polymer Composites, General Motors
Predicting Crash Performance And Failure States In Composite Materials To Minimize Costs Of Physical Testing

Anthony Smith, CAE Engineer – Automotive Safety, Honda R&D
Presenting, Explaining And Illustrating Changes To Anisotropic Extruded Aluminum Models To Improve Simulative Accuracy And Robustness

Steven Sheng, Formability Engineer, General Motors
Predicting Fracture In Warm Forming Magnesium Alloy Sheet Material By Using FEM Forming Limit Surface To Facilitate Magnesium Alloy Usage In Lightweighting

Dr Mingchao Guo, Senior Technical Specialist of Body Durability CAE, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles
Introducing Fatigue Property Tests and Durability CAE Modeling Activities For UHSS and Aluminum To Facilitate Reliable Simulated Testing

Eric DeHoff, Principle Engineer Safety CAE, Honda R&D
Evaluating Connection Properties Across The Entire Lightweight Material Spectrum To Optimize Joint Efficiency In Multi Material Applications

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Top officials and leading experts representing the entire space sector, including space agencies, satellite manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, will illuminate the future of an industry with global revenues exceeding $330 billion at Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen next month.

Two concurrent free-to-attend forums, each extending over the whole three days of the exhibition and featuring more than 80 speakers, will examine every facet of the space industry, its evolving technology and the commercial opportunities it offers.

The first day of the industry forum kicks off with keynote addresses from leading space community figures, including the director general of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the chairwoman of Germany's own space agency, the DLR. Then it's down to business with a panel on the launch services market that includes senior figures from both the US United Launch Alliance and its European counterpart, Airbus Safran Launchers.

DLR experts take up the theme with an in-depth look at advanced propulsion technologies and future fuels, before Teledyne Brown Engineering, Airbus, ESA and satellite builder OHB round off the day by examining ESA's technology roadmaps and opportunities for commercial space. Which applications and requirements offer the best commercial outsourcing or partnership opportunities? And how will the European SME market evolve in a more competitive and diverse industrial landscape?

Day 2 focuses on trending technologies and growth opportunities, as ESA, Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space analyse opportunities and challenges for transatlantic cooperation, while NASA introduces its technology transfer programme.

Airbus and Teledyne Brown reveal how they are working with NASA to commercialise International Space Station utilisation. The DLR and ESA look at potential applications such as global air traffic surveillance from space. And a top-level transatlantic panel discusses the impact of reusability and affordability in launch systems and vehicles.

Small satellites are the topic for Day 3. What is their real value proposition and where is the real market? How can launch systems be re-engineered to offer truly low-cost access to space? And which new technologies could further improve small satellites' performance and cost-benefit?

The technology forum offers an equally diverse range of speakers and subjects, covering everything from the first private moon mission – sponsored by Audi and aiming to launch in 2017 – to disruptive manufacturing technologies and advanced test and measurement techniques.

Several speakers will address materials and manufacturing techniques for composite components. Others will report progress in such technologies as radiation hardened space solar cells, data handling, mass saving solutions for space wiring and the use of mission critical bolts equipped with permanent mounted transducers on the Gaia telescope's basic angle monitor.

Test and qualification are another major theme, with topics including robotic non-destructive testing, model-based testing for embedded systems and the use of modern data acquisition systems to reduce set-up time and run tests efficiently.

The two forums take place alongside 180-plus exhibiting suppliers on the show floor at Space Tech Expo and the co-located Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo at Messe Bremen, 17-19 November. Registration is free and include free access to the hall and all speaker sessions - register online today.

Speakers at the forums include:

  • Dr.-Ing. Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General, ESA
  • Dr Pascale Ehrenfreund, Chairwoman of the Executive Board, DLR
  • Guy Perez, CTO, OHB
  • Bart Reijnen, Head of Orbital Systems and Space Exploration & Head of Site Bremen, Airbus Defence and Space
  • Frank Salzgeber, Head of Technology Transfer Program Office, ESA
  • Daniel Lockney, Technology Transfer Program Executive, NASA
  • Mark Sirangelo, Corporate Vice President, SNC Space Systems
  • Dan Lopez, VP Technology, Urthecast
  • Rob Staples, Head of Launch and Orbital Servicing, Surrey Satellite Technology
  • Dr John Horack, Vice President Global Commercial Space, Teledyne Brown Engineering
  • Johannes Mattes, Head of Key Applications, Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik
  • Bob Metz, Director Aerospace and Defense, PCB Piezotronics
  • Arne Brehmer, Manager Aviation, Vector Informatik
  • Juergen Bosse, Managing Director, Robo-Technology


Space Tech Expo Europe co-located with Aerospace Electrical Systems Expo Europe takes place at Messe Bremen, November 17-19, 2015.

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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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Generis Group’s American Aerospace & Defense Summit 2015 will be taking place in Scottsdale, Arizona on December 8th and 9th, 2015. Over the course of the two day summit 150 senior level executives will delve into strategies to overcome industry challenges and optimize manufacturing and R&D in American aerospace and defense.

Aerospace is America’s leading manufacturing export industry. According to the Conference Chair, Michael Heil, President of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, it is the “envy of the world”. However, increasing international competition, large federal budget deficits and shrinking defense budgets present a huge challenge to American manufacturers. “We’re still the world’s best, but the gap is shrinking. China is emerging as a formidable aerospace and defense competitor” explains Dr. Heil.

The aerospace and defense industries are also facing some growing workforce issues. “Foreign competition will continue to grow stronger in the future. I worry about our ability to attract the best and brightest of our youth to the aerospace and defense industry“ notes Dr. Heil. “The lack of the ability to train and maintain an experienced workforce” is becoming a major concern, agrees summit speaker Debra Hensley, Quality & Production Staff Specialist, Bell Helicopter. She adds that “with the leaning out of the workforce, current state of the aerospace industry, many senior employees have left the workforce leaving a gap in the level of experience that remains in companies.”

Despite these issues there are also some exciting opportunities and technologies on the horizon. “We are at the early stage of understanding the potential benefits of additive manufacturing” explains Dr. Heil “it could be a major game changer.” Debra Hensley predicts “more Tiltrotor Technology, the industry loves it,” and “smaller more capable products with reduced cost. It’s here today but the test is developing, launching and staying competitive.”

To gain a greater understanding of the challenges facing the american aerospace and defense industry and to hear first hand strategies to overcome them join the discussion this December at Generis Group’s American Aerospace & Defense Summit 2015.

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FABTECH 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries, has assembled a lineup of impressive keynote presentations, industry panel sessions and special events for the four-day event, taking place November 9-12 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Speakers and expert panel participants will come from companies such as Dell, GE Ventures and more.

“FABTECH is a place where some of the best minds in manufacturing come to share their perspectives,” said John Catalano, show co-manager, FABTECH. “The individuals who present and participate in our programs have incredibly diverse backgrounds – and when they share their wide-ranging experiences, it’s extremely beneficial to our attendees.”

Special event presentation topics range from additive manufacturing/3D printing and security risks to women in manufacturing and the importance of teamwork, among others. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to take part in an industry night event and professional welder competition. The schedule of special events includes:

Monday, Nov. 9
KEYNOTE: Running a Winning Organization
Grand Ballroom, 9-10 a.m.
NASCAR legend and champion Rusty Wallace will address the importance of teamwork, whether on the track or in a business environment. From the men and women on his crew to the final lap and finish line, throughout his career Wallace has demonstrated that anything is possible through the power of teamwork.

What Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Means for the Metal Fabrication Industry
FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Dave Flynn, senior business development manager, Materialise USA, will guide panelists from Met-L-Flo, Inc., 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing, Cincinnati Inc. and Materialise USA through a discussion regarding the change and growth of additive manufacturing through the years, and how it can be used to help improve business.

Tuesday, Nov. 10
Enterprise Security Risks: Is Your Company Protected?
FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
As enterprise security breaches and compromises have become some of businesses’ greatest – and most unpredictable – risk factors, Jay Monahan, SAP director, global shop floor for Dell, will discuss with panelists from SyrRoc Systems, Concurrent Technologies Corporation and Prescient Edge, LLC, how companies can ward off these threats, now and in the future.

FABTECH Industry Night
Lucky Strike, E. Illinois St., Downtown Chicago, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Industry Night is an opportunity to connect with colleagues and new friends in a relaxing environment. This bowling-and-billiards networking event will feature a special appearance by Jeanette “Black Widow” Lee, a world-class professional pool player.

Wednesday, Nov. 11
Women of FABTECH Breakfast with Tech Tour
Grand Concourse Lobby, 7:30-10:30 a.m.
This networking breakfast, celebrating the importance of women in manufacturing, will provide a platform for creating relationships and exchanging new ideas between suppliers and practitioners in the field. The event includes a continental breakfast and tech tour on the show floor.

KEYNOTE: Innovation and the Future of Work in Advanced Manufacturing
FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Karen Kerr, director for advanced manufacturing at GE Ventures, will discuss how optimized supply chains and industrial processes have created faster disruptions, more flexible factories and higher-performing products, which has empowered workers and elevated the workforce in the manufacturing industry.

State of the Industry Executive Outlook: Advanced Manufacturing
FABTECH Theater, Grand Concourse, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Lead by Rebecca Taylor, senior VP for National Center for Manufacturing Sciences, this expert panel will feature leading manufacturing executives from GE Ventures, Linear Mold & Engineering, Inc. and EWI. They will discuss how their companies stay at the forefront of manufacturing advancements and how they deal with disruptive technologies as they relate to new product introduction, supply chain, customer interaction and advanced automation.

Additionally, throughout the week at FABTECH, professional welders will compete onsite for the title of “Best Welder in America” and a $2,500 first place prize, $1,000 second place and $500 third place prize. Contestants will demonstrate their skill by making a single-pass SMAW weld with E7018 on low-carbon steel. Speed and quality will be the criteria used to crown winners.

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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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Altair announced that the 8th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), which took place from September 29th - October 1st, 2015 at the "Cité de la Musique", in Paris, France brought together 650 engineers and simulation experts to discuss trends and news on simulation and development topics. With more than 100 presentations, an extensive exhibition and dedicated product updates on Altair, its products, and partners, the conference offered a perfect platform to network, learn and share experience.

Kicking off with several workshops, a symposium on system simulation and Altair's European Academic Day, the conference was off to a good start for engineers from all industries, who are interested in learning more about innovative product development, using cloud offerings for engineering applications, design, simulation, optimization, and high performance computing.

Day two staged Altair's CEO James Scapa, who announced the acquisition of Click2Cast, a Spain based casting simulation provider, and talked about Altair's strategic business plans for the next year. His talk was followed by presentations on Altair’s vision in design, simulation and HPC, given by Dr. Uwe Schramm and James Dagg, both CTOs at Altair. The remaining morning and part of the afternoon was dedicated to high level customer presentations from Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai, Alstom, Rolo Bikes, CEVT, Airbus Helicopters, Arup and Thyssen Krupp Elevators, as well as HP and Intel as platinum sponsors of the event. The keynote presenters highlighted the importance of implementing simulation tools and methods as well optimization for the development of truly innovative products.

In the later afternoon of September 30th, the conference program split up into 5 parallel sessions, presented as symposiums, including introductory presentations by Altair, customer presentations and time for group discussions with the entire audience. The structure of these symposiums was very well received since they addressed cross industry topics such as additive manufacturing, lead time reduction and high frequency electromagnetics, as well as industry specific subjects for branches such as the railway and automotive industry. The day's conference program concluded with a demonstration session of the upcoming new HyperWorks version 14.0, to be released in the coming months, followed by a networking event.

Day three saw additional keynote presentations, by Altair and its customers, such as Ford, STELIA Aerospace, Plastic Omnium, PSA Peugeot Citroën, RUAG Space, Renault Nissan, and Volvo Car as well as by Amazon Web Services (AWS), a gold sponsor of the event, talking about opportunities for CAE applications in the cloud. The afternoon was dedicated to break out sessions again; covering topics such as aerospace, composites, architecture, NVH, CFD, durability, powertrain simulation, and multiphysics.

"We have enjoyed our participation at the European ATC in Paris, both as an exhibitor and presenter, very much," said Karine Thoral Pierre, CEO at CEDREM. "The European ATC is a very good platform for us to meet fellow simulation experts, customers and prospects; to share ideas and to discuss problems, solutions and trends in various industries. We found the audience of the conference very interested in our solutions and to be very skilled in their fields of expertise. Hence we are looking forward to also participate in future Altair Technology events."

Over the last years, the event has grown from a traditional user conference to a cross-topic and industry technology conference. Attendees rated the technical content and quality of this year's presentations very high and more than 96 percent of the attendees would recommend the event to their colleagues.                

“I'm very happy with the outcome of the conference,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “The feedback I received from partners and attendees alike was very positive and I was very pleased with the content our presenters from Altair, partners and customers offered to our audience. The technology showcase was also well received. It was great to see what our partners offer and the innovative products, including the largest 3D printed product for space applications by RUAG Space, a 3D printed aeronautic structure from Sogeclair, a composites bike from Rolo Bikes, and many more, which were also exposed in the exhibition area were outstanding.”

The conference’s platinum sponsors were HP and Intel, other ATC exhibitors and sponsors include HBM nCode, Amazon Web Services, AlphaStar , Airbus Defence&Space, AVL, CAEfatigue, CEDREM, Componeering, Cray, FEMFAT, FluiDyna, FLUIDON, GeonX, Granta Design, Loge, Matelys, Materialise, MapleSoft, MRFC, NAFEMS, NovaCast, Part Engineering, PowersSys, PDTec, Sandbox, Sidact, Software Cradle, and Thermo Analytics.

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Automotive Lightweight Interiors
Cost Effective Material Application & Design Congress
January 27-28, 2016 - Munich, Germany

The only event to focus specifically on lightweighting strategies for automotive interiors.

EU emission regulations has forced the automotive industry to adopt lightweighting strategies through material selection and design. There has been an industry focus on body in white lightweighting through the use of innovative materials, however, with manufacturing costs proving difficult to swallow, OEM's are exploring other options to reduce weight and meet CO2 emission requirements.

With this in mind, the Automotive Lightweight Interiors Congress has been engineered to explore the opportunities for lightweighting by adopting material and design strategies within the interior components. With emerging consumer trends such as infotainment, noise reduction, luxury textiles and electronic air conditioning, interior lightweighting strategies face the challenge of meeting customer expectations, safety standards whilst being financially viable.

Key Speakers include BMW, Lambourghini, Maserati, and Mclaren


  • OEM STRATEGIES: How OEMs Are Balancing Costs, Carbon Emissions And Customer Expectations To Forge A Successful Interior Lightweighting Strategy
  • COST-DRIVEN SUPPLY CHAINS: Developing Partnership Strategies Between OEMs And Each Supplier Tier To Reduce Cost And Time For Lightweight Design Implementation
  • PLASTICS: Identifying Material And Moulding Innovations To Reduce The Weight And Cost Of Producing Lightweight Plastic Parts
  • LIGHTWEIGHT SEATING: Showcasing Cost Effective Lightweight Materials For Frames And Foams For Seating
  • LIGHTWEIGHTING OF ELECTRONIC PARTS: Assessing Design And Material Selection Strategies To Reduce Electronic Weight
  • NOISE REDUCTION VS LIGHTWEIGHTING: Determining Lightweight Designs And Materials That Can Be Applied For Noise Reduction Functions

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IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show and conference organizer GIE Media announced that the call for speakers is open for the IMTS 2016 Conference being held September 12‐15, 2016. IMTS runs September 12-17, 2016, at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The four-day IMTS 2016 Conference is slated to include 69 sessions that explore process innovations, alternative manufacturing, plant operations, automation, and quality.

“The objective for the IMTS 2016 conference program is continuous improvement. For us, that means the topics presented are real-world, hands-on solutions that our visitors can take back to their shops and use immediately," said Bill Herman, Event Development Director, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. “From productivity gains to quality improvement to developing a stable, skilled workforce, the IMTS 2016 conference will provide the tools for immediate and continuous improvement.”

The call for speakers closes December 15, 2015. Specific questions on topics can be directed to Mike DiFranco, Group Publisher, GIE Media, Inc.

A complete list of conference presentation topics and the speaker proposal submission procedure is available at:

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Stratasys will be presenting the role of additive manufacturing as one of the key technologies that will enable the ‘Factory of the Future’ at the annual Oracle OpenWorld conference, October 25 – 29, San Francisco.

Rich Garrity, VP & GM Vertical Solutions, Stratasys, will be a featured speaker at Oracle OpenWorld, discussing additive manufacturing’s role in the ”Factory of the Future” to deliver on the promise of a smart, agile manufacturing workflow. Rich will describe additive manufacturing integration scenarios with adjacent manufacturing software systems and also present specific customer manufacturing stories from strategic industries including aerospace and automotive.

“The inclusion of Industry 4.0 applications at Oracle OpenWorld, this year, make it a natural fit for Stratasys additive manufacturing,” said Danny Weber, VP Strategy and Strategic Alliances, Stratasys. “We invite attendees to come discuss how they can begin integrating additive manufacturing into their supply chain to improve production economics and explore new business models.”

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to experience additive manufacturing first hand at the event as Stratasys will be showcasing its 3D printing solutions, including the Fortus 450mc and uPrint SE Plus 3D printers, as well as its Stratasys Direct Manufacturing parts-on-demand service.

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Dassault Systèmes announced that its annual 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM North America will address “Doing Business in the Age of Experience” with a focus on the impact of additive manufacturing, the power of connecting people to data, and the Internet of Things (IoT). David Rose, author of “Enchanted Objects” and instructor at MIT Media Lab, and Jeremiah Owyang, founder of Crowd Companies, will deliver the keynotes, leveraging their expertise on product innovation, the collaborative economy, and the power to disrupt industries by creating remarkable experiences.

The 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM will be held as two one-day events, in Boston on Monday, November 16 and in San Francisco on Thursday, November 19.

To demonstrate how brands are driving their businesses to create captivating experiences for customers, Dassault Systèmes has amassed leading thinkers, customers, and senior executives from a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, transportation and mobility, energy, process and utilities, as well as life sciences. Attendees will hear keynotes from Dassault Systèmes’ President and CEO Bernard Charlès on Rethink Enterprise! We are in the Experience Economy and Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer Monica Menghini on A Framework for Innovation.

Customers, including aviation industry pioneer Solar Impulse, will also speak. Attendees will be able to interact with some of Dassault Systemes’ innovative solutions in the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground featuring both partners and customers.

“In today’s connected society, a new business model in which consumers expect instantaneous answers, delightful experiences and simplicity, is a driving force behind innovation and industry disruption in North America,” said Scott Berkey, Managing Director, North America, Dassault Systèmes. “The 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM is designed to be a collaborative venue where customers can share their own inspirations and experiences for driving innovation. We look forward to engaging with customers in this bi-coastal event in two major innovation hubs.”

David Rose, award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab
“As business leaders, we have the unique opportunity to design an entirely new way of living, working and playing. Everyday objects have the potential to become what I call ‘enchanted objects,’ and with smart design and a focus on the customer, companies can be inspired to not just design and sell products but to create captivating experiences that surprise and delight customers.”

Jeremiah Owyang, founder of Crowd Companies
“It’s imperative that large businesses embrace the collaborative economy as a way to disrupt business and bring to life new technologies that will allow them to produce on demand and in a personalized way, and this is what we are working towards for the future. I’m looking forward to speaking at the 3DEXPERIENCE FORUM, a place that brings business leaders together to share their ideas to design for a new future and enhance the customer experience.”

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FABTECH 2015, North America’s largest collaboration of technology, equipment and knowledge in the metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing industries, will offer more than 100 education sessions at this year’s event. The targeted, technical, operational and managerial discussions are designed to help attendees gain knowledge from industry leaders and explore the latest technology and industry advancements. More than 40,000 manufacturing professionals are expected to attend the four-day event, November 9-12, 2015 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

The daily sessions will provide valuable insight on a number of manufacturing niches and specialties, including finishing, stamping, lasers and cutting, forming and fabricating, welding, tube and pipe, management, additive manufacturing, lean manufacturing, job shop solutions and automation. Session attendees can expect to network with peers and top industry experts, while learning best practices.

“Sharing manufacturing knowledge and all of the intricacies that go into it has been, and will continue to be, a priority for us at FABTECH,” said Mark Hoper, show co-manager, FABTECH. “Attendees will gain practical knowledge and inspiration to help grow their companies and find new applications for the innovative technology and processes they work with every day.”

In addition to discussion topics, the sessions also are categorized by experience levels so attendees get the most appropriate and relevant information. They include:

  • Basic – Recommended for the attendee who is new to the industry or needs a refresher on the topic.
  • Intermediate – Designed for the attendee who already has a basic understanding of the subject matter.
  • Advanced – Recommended for the attendee with several years of experience who is seeking more in-depth information.

Organized by FABTECH 2015’s five co-sponsors – SME; the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA); Precision Metalforming Association (PMA); Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI); and the American Welding Society (AWS) – the affordable sessions offer comprehensive information and practical insights to provide solutions to timely questions and challenges in the industry. Furthermore, attendees will have the opportunity to earn a variety of professional development and educational credits from the sponsoring organizations:

  • Attendees who attend AWS education programs are awarded one professional development hour for each hour of education program attendance.
  • Attendees seeking FMA recertification credits will be awarded two credits for each education session attended in the forming and fabricating, cutting or finishing tracks, plus an additional two credits for attending the show.
  • Individuals who attend SME education programs may be eligible to receive one credit per hour attended toward their SME-managed recertification requirements.

Also, sessions with Tech Tours will combine classroom instruction with expert-led guided tours on the show floor to see technology operate live in designated booths.

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High school and postsecondary students and educators will have the opportunity to experience manufacturing hands-on during the upcoming SOUTH-TEC manufacturing event, taking place October 27-29 at the Charlotte Convention Center. The event hosts more than 400 industry-leading companies and addresses trends and issues important to the southeast region to improve production processes, technologies and capabilities. Day three will feature SME’s Bright Minds program that includes a “Manufacturing Playground,” industry keynote speakers, young professional Career Pathway chats and an exclusive tour of participating exhibitors on the show floor.

Bright Minds is a program developed by SME to reinforce the value of manufacturing education, providing hands-on learning experiences for high school and postsecondary students with support from educators, industry and SME members.

“Education is critical to the growth of U.S. manufacturing,” said Cathy Kowalewicz, SOUTH-TEC event manager at SME. “We’ve incorporated some unique education and mentoring programs into SOUTH-TEC so that students gain a true sense of what a career in manufacturing requires and provides, as well as the chance to connect with industry professionals that may assist them in career choices.”

Students attending SOUTH-TEC can engage with educators from technical and community colleges from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as professionals from companies including program partners Mastercam and Stratasys, about manufacturing career paths, and valuable curriculum and skills that would be beneficial in their career goals. Keynote speakers, presentations and panels focused on workforce development include:

  • Cultivating Growth in Manufacturing; Brian Summers, vice president, Mastercam
  • Additive Manufacturing – Building Careers of the Future; Sig Behrens, general manager of education, Stratasys
  • Career Pathways; Brian Flores, senior manager for branding education, Sandvik Coromant USA

The Manufacturing Playground at SOUTH-TEC gives students and educators the opportunity to learn and observe how diverse technologies can be used collaboratively to create a promising final product. Both a CNC Lathe and a 3D printer will be in operation producing precision parts for a motorcycle to be built live on the event floor.

“Stratasys is proud to be a sponsor of Bright Minds for the fifth year now. This program provides young students the opportunity to learn about 3D printing and its many capabilities,” said Terry Hoppe, director of Applications Engineering, Stratasys. “We see a tremendous opportunity to bridge the gap between education and industry though the various additive manufacturing applications these students will learn.”

Through the Bright Minds Passport Tour, students and educators will have the opportunity to experience new, innovative technology like advanced robotics and animation.

“Workforce development is such a huge part of ensuring our industry will continue to grow and evolve, especially in this region. Programs like this help shape and mold the skills and knowledge of tomorrow’s workforce,” said Dick Motley, Southeastern U.S. regional director, FANUC.

SOUTH-TEC is free for students, educators and SME members.

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Printed Electronics USA 2015, the world’s largest event on printed, flexible and organic electronics, has confirmed over 200 exhibitors, more than any previous show to date – leaving only two percent of exhibition space available.
Printed Electronics USA is part of the IDTechEx Show! being held November 18-19 in the heart of Silicon Valley at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California. Featuring exhibitors from over 20 countries, the show is expected to host 3,000 attendees who will enjoy a first-hand look at today’s most exciting emerging technologies, including commercialization and the newest advances in printed electronics.

“The response we received following the launch of our stretchable electronic inks for wearable electronics at IDTechEx last year was outstanding,” says Michael Burrows of DuPont Microcircuit Wearables, a leader in the wearables segment. “This year, we look forward to sharing our newest innovations in stretchable electronics and showcasing some examples of smart clothing enabled by our technology.”

Lead sponsor NovaCentrix will showcase its printed electronics equipment and material solutions. Presenting companies include industry giants and innovators, such as Coca-Cola, HP, United Technologies Research Center, Jabil, DuPont and Bayer Healthcare.

Printed Electronics USA features several new, exciting attractions that highlight the emerging technologies in this rapidly expanding arena. “Demonstration Street,” for instance, will give attendees the chance to see printed electronics-based products they have only read about such as flexible LCD displays; and “Manufacturing Street’ will take attendees through a hands-on journey into the world of equipment that makes these devices. These demonstration areas will be running on the exhibition floor, with industry experts on hand to answer questions.

Ten winners of the prestigious IDTechEx Launchpad competition, sponsored by Qualcomm, will also demonstrate – for the first time - unique prototypes and products from early stage companies. The event will also feature the “Internet of Things Bus,” from Atmel – an actual motor bus on the exhibition floor showcasing the many diverse technologies and use cases of IoT.

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The next PDM Event will take place at the Telford International Centre from June 14-15, 2016 providing an all-encompassing exhibition and conference for plastics design, moulding, packaging, recycling and – new for this year – composites. The previously co-located shows PRE and PPS join with PDM to form the newly-branded PDM Event.

The multi-million pound Telford International Centre venue provides more room for large machinery and access to a brand new conference area. Biffa polymers, Erema, Hasco, Motan Colortronic, Negri Bossi, Piovan, Plasgran, Plastribution and Romi are among the leading industry names which have already booked stands. Other exhibitors include product design companies, rotational and blow moulding machinery suppliers, toolmakers, rapid prototyping specialists, moulders and mouldmakers, masterbatch specialists, software suppliers and materials testing specialists.

Established for more than a decade as the leading event for the design and moulding sectors of the plastics industry, PDM Event has expanded in recent years to include recycling and packaging. The addition of a composites element for 2016 represents a new stage in its evolution. Reinforced thermoplastics are playing an ever-increasing role in innovation and evolution in the automotive sector. Composite materials – lauded for their strength and light weight – are driving new standards in design, helping the car makers to reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Claire Whysall, Communications Manager of Composites UK which has partnered with PDM Event organisers to develop this new dimension of the PDM Event said: “We are excited by the opportunity PDM Event provides to showcase the latest innovation and technology developments in thermoplastic composites for both structural and aesthetic applications in what is an increasingly exciting and vibrant sector.”

As well as diversifying its exhibitor base, PDM Event continues to attract growing numbers of visitors and has secured its place as the key event in the plastics industry calendar. Jaguar Land Rover, BT, Dyson, Ford, Honda, Panasonic, Proctor & Gamble and Bentley were among the many companies who sent delegates to the 2015 event and 70% of exhibitors said they expected to have orders in the near future worth up to £250,000 as a result of taking part.

PDM Event enjoys the support of all the major plastics and moulding associations including Composites UK, Institute of Engineering Designers (IED), Society of Plastics Engineers UK & Ireland (SPE), Rubber & Plastics Research Association (RAPRA), British Plastics Federation (BPF), the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA), IOM3, Polymer Training and Innovation Centre and the Polymer Machinery Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMMDA), Polymer Society, RECOUP, LARAC and WRAP.

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that online registration is now available for its 2016 Education & Training Conference, which will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the historic St. Louis Union Station, from April 3 – 7, 2016. The users group conference, now in its 28th year, is open to owners and operators of additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

AMUG brings together engineers, designers, supervisors, plant managers and educators from around the world to share expertise, best practices, challenges, and application developments in additive manufacturing. The AMUG Conference will include technical sessions and hands-on workshops designed to help users get more from, and do more with, their systems. Through its Technical Competition and Awards Banquet, excellence in applying additive manufacturing and contributions to the industry will be recognized. The five-day event also includes the two-night AMUGexpo, networking receptions , student poster session and catered meals.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, "We are quite excited to be building an agenda that continues to deliver a wealth of hands-on experiences and extremely practical sessions where users gain real insight into techniques or tips that they can take back to the office and start using right away."

The conference agenda is expected to contain over 200 presentations and hands-on workshops. Barfoot said, “To fit it all in, we are condensing our general sessions on two of the four conference days to allow for more concurrent sessions, which means more content and more choice for our attendees.”

Although still in development, several elements of the conference agenda have been confirmed. The event will kick off with keynote presentations on Monday, April 4th by Jason Lopes of Legacy Effects and Todd Grimm, AMUG’s AM industry advisor and president of T. A. Grimm & Associates. On Tuesday, April 5th, the group will host a panel discussion with representatives from its Diamond Sponsors, which are typically manufacturers of additive manufacturing machines and materials.

The conference will also have its second annual Innovators Showcase, which has the feel of a fireside chat, where attendees get to know an innovator in the industry and discover insights from that individual’s experiences. For 2016, the special guest will be Scott Crump, inventor of Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) and co-founder of Stratasys.

Barfoot noted, "The keynotes, presentations, panel discussions and workshops will keep attendees very busy. But we will still offer plenty of time for networking. That is the one thing that most differentiates the AMUG Conference from all others so we always strive to build the event such that attendees have ample opportunity to meet, converse and share.”

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The 4th session of JEC Forums gathered major Industry leaders around 2 days of high-level conferences discussing Efficiency in Design & Production for Aeronautics & Automotive.

As JEC Group President & CEO Mrs Frédérique Mutel says: “Composites are revolutionary materials that move the 21st Century industry. The Boston JEC Forums presented the needs of this Century and how our Materials are designed and manufactured to bring Lightness and Flexibility”.

The first day focused on Design, Optimization and Simulation. Speakers from TPI Composites, Stanford University, Chomarat, GSEa Design and CETIM discussed Design optimization: the end of the black metal approach while speakers from Dassault Systemes, CompoSIDE and GE-Global Research Center presented papers on “Simulation: combining speed and accuracy”.

On the second day, speakers from Altair Engineering, MIT, LUNA lnnovation, e-Xstream and Purdue University raised the question and answers of “How can production ramp-up goals be met in the aeronautics industry?” Finally, experts from CETIM, TU Munich, SGL Group, IACMI, Lamborghini, Dieffenbacher North America and Coriolis Composites addressed the issues of “Cost-competitive solutions for mass production in the automotive industry”.

JEC Forums 2015 was also the stage of the 2nd Simulation Composites Circle where top composites leaders in the Simulation sector gathered to exchange and share on this topics. This exclusive networking circle is designed to cover the entire spectrum of the composites supply chain, including OEM’s, Tier 1 Engineers and Manufacturers, Designers, Equipment Suppliers and Raw Materials Producers. This international networking club attempts to bring together the key strategic decision makers, top managers and executives around the state-of-the-art of virtual design, simulation and analyses of composites materials and structures. This year participants included Lamborghini, Dixie Chemical, Altair, Oracle Team USA, Siemens PLM Software, E-xstream, IACMI, Dassault Systèmes, Chomarat NA, Ashland, Autodesk, BASF… with keynote speeches from JAG Composites and GE-Global Research Center.

JEC FORUMS 2016 will be held in September 2016 in Knoxville, TN in partnership with TVA, ORNL, the State of Tennessee and Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.

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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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Based on exhibitor sales and current plans, IMTS 2016 – The International Manufacturing Technology Show is expected to be one of the largest in show history with even more to offer visitors. The show will be held September 12-17, 2016, at Chicago’s McCormick Place. Registration will open on February 1, 2016.

Early results on participating exhibitors and exhibitor floor square footage contracted for IMTS 2016 are both ahead of the IMTS 2014 pace at 1,382 exhibitors and 1.256 million net square feet (twenty-two percent increase and eight percent increase, respectively).

“After the largest IMTS in more than a decade in 2014, the IMTS 2016 show is building to be even stronger. IMTS 2016 will expand to five halls of McCormick Place with the addition of Hall C in the North Building. It is very exciting to see the continued interest and real growth in manufacturing in the United States,” said Peter R. Eelman, Vice President – Exhibitions & Communications at AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, which produces and owns IMTS. “The show is expecting more than 100,000 visitors from 112 countries who will come to gather ideas and see new technologies in action. IMTS is the place where innovation thrives.”

To help guide visitors around the vast exhibits and find their areas of interest quickly and easily, IMTS is organized into nine pavilions:

  • The Abrasive Machining/Sawing/Finishing Pavilion features technology for applications that require high tolerance and precision surface finish including grinding technology, as well as sawing and cutoff machines and a variety of finishing technologies, such as lapping, balancing, honing and polishing machines.


  • The Controls & CAD-CAM Pavilion offers the world of custom automation and the latest software needed to extract the maximum efficiency from machine tools to optimize plant operations and cost efficiency.


  • In the EDM Pavilion, everything from CNC wire EDM equipment to die sinking machines can be found by manufacturing professionals in the tool & die industry and especially those who specialize in one-off or specialty components.


  • The Fabricating/Laser/Additive Pavilion is devoted to showcasing the latest technology in fabricating, metal forming, laser, and waterjet-based machining and additive manufacturing, along with displays of welding, metal treating and marking equipment.


  • The Gear Generation Pavilion is devoted to gear cutting, forming and finishing, as well as broaching, shaping and slotting machines and will spotlight traditional applications such as auto, construction, mining and ship-building, plus the emerging alternative energy and wind power sectors.


  • Focusing on the myriad of goods needed to run a plant, the Machine Components/Cleaning/Environmental Pavilion will offer everything from the parts to service and monitor machines to the components necessary for safe and environmentally responsible operations.


  • The Metal Cutting Pavilion is the center of the very foundation of the machine tool industry. Here, visitors will find the latest innovations in metal cutting equipment including machining centers, turning centers and the entire range of metal cutting technology.


  • The Quality Assurance Pavilion features metrology equipment and systems that keep processes on track, as well as the equipment that will check the accuracy of machines.


  • The Tooling & Workholding Systems Pavilion offers all the necessities and innovative solutions to tooling challenges. Here, visitors can maximize the investment in their machinery and equipment by finding the latest technology that will allow for minimum setup and machining time, give new capabilities to older equipment and explore the latest in state-of-the-art workholding systems.

There are some exciting new additions to this year’s show from Hannover Fairs USA. They will bring three additional shows to IMTS, including:

1.)    Industrial Automation North America
The best in industrial automation solutions will be featured at Industrial Automation North America, a show that made its North American debut in 2012. Featuring factory, process, and building automation, this event is distinguishing itself as the place to see the automation industry’s most innovative solutions and technologies.

2.)    Motion, Drive & Automation North America
The inaugural Motion, Drive & Automation North America became a networking hub of North America’s power transmission, motion control and fluid technology sectors. Meet face-to-face with key suppliers from around the world and see first-hand the best new technology available.

3.)    Surface Technology North America
This event will cover the entire spectrum of industrial surface treatment and finishing – from cleaning and pre-treatment to coatings, paint finishes, and electroplating. Surface Technology will
surely provide a powerful platform for business development and expanding professional networks.

4.)    ComVac North America
Highlighting the latest product developments, technology, and plant & system components for all areas of compressed air and vacuum, ComVac will surely provide a great opportunity for networking and create a strong synergy with the already well-established Industrial Automation North America and Motion, Drive & Automation North America.

5.)    Industrial Supply North America
Covering the entire spectrum of industrial subcontracting and lightweight construction, this is the event where you will find supply solutions across the entire industrial value chain.

AMT’s Emerging Technology Center will return in the North Building showcasing advancements in the medical technology industry.

After building the first 3D-printed car, Strati, at IMTS 2014, Local Motors will continue to bring excitement to the show. This time with a race track, another addition to the Hall C, so visitors can take a ride in some of their most inventive automobiles, including the Strati, as seen on the Today Show and on the cover of Popular Mechanics. 

The Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC), brought to you by Gardner Business Media, Inc. and IMTS, will explore the top trends and technologies being adopted by leading manufacturers. A visit to the AMC in the West Building will give visitors knowledge they need to understand the application and relevance of these top trends in their plant/shop. The booth will also feature highlights from two dynamic conferences at IMTS 2016: The Additive Manufacturing Conference, which will focus on additive technologies for industrial part production, and the TRAM (Trends in Advanced Machining, Manufacturing and Materials) Conference, which is additionally sponsored by Boeing and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre of the University of Sheffield.

Another featured booth in the West Building is the Today’s Technology Center (TTC), sponsored by GIE Media and IMTS. The TTC will again feature top advancements in each industry segment, including medical, aerospace, energy, and automotive. One of the highlights will be the Ohio State University’s EcoCar3 Challenge team which will bring its modified 2016 Chevy Camaro to the show and staff the booth with engineering and communications students. Students will explain how they’ve transformed the muscle car into a plug-in hybrid and how they hope to get top fuel economy and sports car performance levels at the same time.

There will be nine educational opportunities for visitors to attend. The four-day IMTS Conference runs Sept. 12-15, 2016, and is slated to include 69 sessions that explore topics including process innovations, manufacturing technology and trends, alternative manufacturing processes, metrology/quality and plant operations. Conferences sponsored by Hannover Fairs USA include: the Motion, Drive & Automation Conference; Global Automation and Manufacturing Summit; Industrial Supply N.A.; Surface Tech; and Fluid Power. EOS North America is offering its North American Users Conference. Gardner Business Media will once again sponsor the popular TRAM – Trends in Advanced Manufacturing Conference, along with the Additive Manufacturing Conference. Registration to any of the conferences affords participants access to the show floor. Conference registration opens in May 2016.

The Smartforce Student Summit at IMTS is designed to encourage the next generation of young people to consider a career in manufacturing. The bar was set high in 2014 when students, educators, administrators and parent chaperones from more than 450 schools and dozens of scout troops attended. The goal is to extend the reach of the Student Summit into more U.S. states to attract more students who will be nearing workforce readiness now and around IMTS 2016.

The Miles for Manufacturing 5K Walk/Run, presented by GIE Media and IMTS, will return to the show, where it got its start in 2014, to raise money for a school that promotes manufacturing to its students. Since the inaugural race, the Miles for Manufacturing 5K has been held at The MFG Meeting, March 5, 2015, and will be held at the Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference, October 13, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s a great opportunity for IMTS attendees to get moving for a cause that supports workforce development in manufacturing.

“At one year out, we can say with confidence that IMTS 2016 will provide the environment for the industry to find solutions to their biggest manufacturing challenges and strategies to increase profits,” Eelman said. “Be sure to put IMTS 2016 on your calendar, Sept. 12-17, and join us in Chicago where you will see the latest in technology from leading manufacturing companies.”

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Safety in the metals industry is a top priority, a mindset supported by the Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI). The upcoming MSCI Safety Conference being held Oct. 12 – 13, 2015 at the Renaissance Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois, features a program designed by the volunteers of MSCI’s Safety committee, a group of 20 metals industry safety professionals.

“It is a moral obligation of companies to ensure that their workers return home safely every day, and safe companies are successful companies “ said M. Robert Weidner, III, MSCI president and CEO. “This event is the only metals industry specific opportunity for executives, operations managers and safety professionals to meet, learn and exchange information and best practices.”

In 2013, 4,585 workers were killed on the job in the United States, an average of 88 a week or more than 12 deaths every day according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Safety Conference features an opening keynote by Deborah Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. Breakout sessions cover topics from OSHA compliance and creating a safety culture to specific tools for improving employee safety and achieving a zero accident rate. Because of the importance of safety, the conference has tiered pricing to help companies bring teams of attendees and allows non-members to register as well.

The Safety Conference is the part of an overall safety initiative by MSCI to provide information and resources for its members to improve employee safety. Quarterly webinars, the Optimum Safety Hotline, a free Safety Handbook and the Safety Best Practices & Success Study are also offered to members.

Founded in 1909, the Metals Service Center Institute is a non-profit association based in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, serving the metals industry. It serves members in more than 1,500 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the world.

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Longview Advisors, organizers of the annual 3D Collaboration & Interoperability Congress (3DCIC), is proud to announce the agenda is complete for their 2015 event, to be held October 28-29 at the Marriott Westfields at the Dulles Airport in Washington DC. CIC 2015 will be co-located with CIMdata’s highly-regarded PLM Road Map for the Aerospace & Defense Community. The theme of this year’s CIC event is “Enabling MBE in Enterprise PLM”. Longview Advisors is co-producing CIC 2015 with Jennifer Herron of Action Engineering.

This year’s CIC will be focused on the Aerospace and Defense industry, but remains, as always, highly pertinent to mechanical and systems engineers in the Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Medical, Industrial Equipment and other discrete manufacturing industries. CIC is the only vendor-neutral event addressing collaboration and interoperability in manufacturing and business communications. CIC has become a yearly barometer of the state of collaboration and interoperability strategy, technology and solutions across all sectors of discrete manufacturing.

PLM Road Map 2015 for the Aerospace & Defense (A&D) Industry featuring 3D CIC is the must-attend event for A&D industry executives and PLM practitioners globally; providing independent education and a collaborative networking environment where ideas, trends, experiences, and relationships critical to the A&D industry germinate and take root.

The first day of the event will focus on 3D Model-Based Design (MBD) for Product Definition, with emphasis on advanced features, data retention, and compliance. The second day will focus on Enabling a Model-Based Enterprise (MBE) with emphasis on the MBD/MBE vision, downstream integration, standards in MBD/MBE, quality, and inspection.

Attendees will be able to take advantage of over 25 presentations covering topics such as:

  • Digital Product Definition & Why Standards Matter
  • Influencing Standards for Data Storage & Exchange
  • 3D Model-Based Design for Aircraft Type Certification, an OEM’s Viewpoint
  • High Volume Real Time Global Collaboration & ITAR Compliance on an International Strategic Weapons Program
  • 3D Model-Based Definition at Embraer
  • Complementing Complex PLM Systems with Simplified User Interfaces
  • Long Term Archiving and Retrieval of Digital Product & Technical Data (LOTAR)
  • Enabling System-of-Systems PLM with Digital Thread Support: From Design to Manufacturing, Inspection & Beyond
  • Communicating a New Way of Doing Business – 3D PDFs the Boeing Way
  • Exploring the Advantages of the 3D Product Model to Build Ships
  • Classic Mistakes in MBD – How they can Impact Early Benefits
  • How do you rate in MBE?
  • What Does MBD look like for Organic Engineering in the U.S. Navy?
  • Building the Ship Before the Ship is Built
  • ASME Y14 Digital Product Definition Standards Enable MBE and MBD
  • Quality Information Framework, The Missing Standard for Quality & Inspection
  • The Impact of Standards-Based Interoperability (STEP AP242 and PMI) to enable the Supply Chain
  • The MBD Value Stream – Capabilities & Value Proposition
  • The Platformization of PLM

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Part of the World Leading GALM Series the Inaugural Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing: Joining, Forming & Assembly Summit 2015 is coming to Birmingham on November 18-19, 2015.

Running across three continents and supported by over 1500 global delegates, 150 exhibitors and combining over 130 hours of OEM led presentations over the last 10 editions, the GALM series is proud to announce its first manufacturing-focused event in Europe.

Focusing specifically on reducing the costs and complexity of high volume manufacturing processes with the special emphasis on multi material joining, forming and assembly advancements for next generation lightweight vehicles, Lightweight Vehicle Manufacturing: Joining, Forming & Assembly Summit (Birmingham, 18-19th November 2015) will allow the leading experts from OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers and technology providers to converge to one location to discuss the most critical areas within manufacturing and assembly processes to enable delivery of next-generation lightweight materials to the forecourt.

This is the first manufacturing-focused GALM event in Europe with a specific focus on joining, forming & assembly for lightweight materials.

Speakers include: Ford, Mazda, Volkswagen, Renault & more.

Session highlights include:

  • MULTI-MATERIAL JOINING: Leveraging Joining Methods With Diverse Material Combinations To Reduce The Number Of Tools And Costs Of Multi-Material Joining
  • COMPOSITE PRODUCTION: Unveiling The Moulding Processes Leading The Way In Reducing Costs And Cycle Times To Allow Widespread Composite Adoption
  • ASSEMBLY INTEGRATION: How To Adopt New Materials, Forming, and Joining Tools Into An Assembly Process With Minimum Disruption To Production
  • METAL FORMING: Comparing Methods To Cost-Effectively Create Parts From High Strength Steel, Aluminium And Magnesium
  • LATEST JOINING TOOLS: Reviewing The Latest Adhesives, Mechanical And Welding Techniques To Cost- And Time-Sensitively Join Multi-Material Architectures
  • MANUFACTURING COST REDUCTION: From Automation And Simulation To Repair, Hear Which Technologies Are Reducing The Cost Of Manufacturing

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Altair announced that the 8th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC), planned for September 29th - October 1st, 2015 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris, France will be relocated to the "Cité de la Musique", due to a fire related, temporary shutdown of the originally planned conference facility until the middle of October. The new location is situated in the same area of Paris, La Villette and just a 10 minute walk from the original venue.

The planning of the conference continues as scheduled and all planned events/sessions listed in the agenda, including the exhibition, are expected to take place on the previously planned dates and times from September 29th throughout October 1st, 2015. As the main event location the Cité de la Musique will host keynote sessions, the exhibition, the social events and some of the breakout sessions as well as the conference's on site registration desk. In addition to that, further breakout sessions and technical seminars will take place at the Hotel Mercure La Villette, just across the street from Cité de la Musique and the Pavilion Paul Delouvrier, another venue in the vicinity.

“It was not easy to react to such a challenge only three weeks prior to the conference, but now we are very happy that we could find and announce a new suitable location in such a short time frame. I would like to thank our conference organizational team, who helped tremendously to make this happen,” said Dr. Detlef Schneider, Senior Vice President EMEA, Altair. “The new conference locations are equally well adapted to the needs of our conference and we are still within schedule for everything. The Cité de la Musique venue will guarantee an event to be remembered. This year’s conference will expose an even broader technology portfolio and deeper insight into our solutions through focused technical seminars, inspiring keynote sessions, symposiums, and end-user technical sessions. This agenda structure affords us the opportunity to dive even deeper into special subjects while still covering industry topics of client importance such as multi-disciplinary optimization, Model Based Development, design for 3D printing, lead time reduction, automotive concept design, and high frequency electromagnetics.”

The full agenda and speaker lineup for the 8th European Altair Technology Conference (ATC) are now available online. The European ATC 2015 is free to attend and requires an advanced complimentary registration. In addition to keynote presentations from Airbus, Alstom, Ford, Hyundai-Kia Motor, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault Nissan, RUAG, STELIA Aerospace, and Volkswagen, the conference will feature more than 100 technical presentations.

A broad technical showcase, featuring Altair solutions as well as those from the company's software and hardware partners, will run from the evening of September 29th throughout the remainder of the conference.  The exhibition area will feature partner exhibits and products highlight from Altair customers, including the largest 3D printed product for space applications by RUAG Space, a 3D printed aeronautic structure from Sogeclair, a bike from Rolo Bikes, and many more. All products were developed using Altair solutions.

In addition to the conference’s platinum sponsors HP and Intel, confirmed ATC exhibitors and sponsors include HBM nCode, Amazon Web Services, AlphaStar , Airbus Defence&Space, AVL, CAEfatigue, CEDREM, Componeering, Cray, FEMFAT, FluiDyna, FLUIDON, GeonX, Granta Design, Loge, Matelys, Materialise, MapleSoft, NAFEMS, NovaCast, Part Engineering, PowersSys, PDTec, Sandbox, Sidact, Software Cradle, and Thermo Analytics.

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Graphics Systems Corp (GSC), a provider of 3D engineering solutions and services, announces a partnership with BizTimes Media for the 2015 Manufacturing Summit in Milwaukee, WI. The event, held on October 7th from 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM at the Wisconsin State Exposition Center, brings together top executives of the region’s leading manufacturers to discuss strategies and current trends in the manufacturing industry.

The theme for this year’s event is “Riding the Ups and Downs of the ‘New Normal’” where participants will learn how to manage the ebb and flow of business with shortened lead times, increased demand, and doing less with more. GSC will provide expertise in this topic by hosting two roundtable sessions, “3D Printing in Manufacturing” and “Eliminating Waste from the Product Development Process.” Attendees may register for three 25-minute roundtables at

“The Manufacturing Summit is a great opportunity for business leaders and manufacturers in Wisconsin to come together and share experiences and best practices,” says Dave Kasinskas, president of GSC. “We have a unique perspective in that we work closely with manufacturers in all industries and really understand their business challenges. We’re very excited to be part of this event and to provide our experience and knowledge in these areas.”

Following the Manufacturing Summit, GSC’s 3D printing experts will be presenting a seminar titled “3D Printing for Manufacturing Applications” at the BMO Harris Main Stage at the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show. The presentation begins at 11:00 AM and explores how 3D printers and production systems use additive manufacturing technology to change product development and manufacturing. Attendees will also learn how to incorporate this technology onto the manufacturing floor.

Following the seminar, attendees are encouraged to stop by the GSC booth, #128, to see the latest in 3D engineering and 3D printing technology and to speak to GSC’s technical experts.

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From November 25th to 27th, 2015, Shenzhen Exhibition & Convention Center will host 3D Printing Shenzhen 2015, which is in its 5th year. It is also the first major 3D printing industry event planned and organized in Shenzhen by Reed Exhibitions Kuozhan, a joint venture between Shanghai Kuozhan Exhibitions and Reed Exhibition Greater China. Leveraging years of local event planning experience from Kuozhan and the corporate global resources from Reed, the largest international event planning company in the world, this industry extravaganza has a strong start with over 7,500 square meters of floor space, and over 150 exhibitors, bringing in over 10,000 visitors from home and abroad.

This 3D industry event will showcase the latest and the most cutting edge 3D printing technologies and products and is committed to help the global 3D printing industry promote brands and products, and tap into the great potential of the vast China market and establish fruitful business networks. During the exhibition, 3D Printing technologies will be demonstrated through on site printing of a variety of objects including human statues, gifts, and moldings. The organizer is fully confident that this 3D Printing Exhibition is not only a window to the latest technologies and concepts, but also a highly efficient and effective platform for learning, hands-on experience and general business. This event will build upon the previous success and continue to provide this valuable quality platform to all.

This 3D Printing Exhibition will also host onsite "3D Printing Technology and Applications Summit". The seminar will touch upon topics of the latest 3D printing technologies, and invite feature speakers including accomplished scholars, professors, and researchers from reputed universities, research institutions and executives from world-renowned companies from both home and abroad. This event will become a much anticipated platform for all industry professionals to broaden their horizons, exchange ideas, expand their networks, and seek out new business partners.

Reed Exhibitions Kuozhan organizes two international touch screen exhibitions in China each year. The China International Touch Screen Exhibition, commonly known as C-TOUCH, is a world-leading touch screen event, along with (concurrently held events) FILM EXPO, APFO EXPO and 3D PRINTING.

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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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The Plastics Industry Trade Association and IHS Chemical will join forces again this year to present the industry-leading, executive level Global Plastics Summit (GPS) October 28-30 in Chicago, Illinois.

The 2015 Global Plastics Summit will focus on the impact of new forces affecting the global plastics industry—including the new threats and opportunities they create for end markets including packaging, medical and automotive. The GPS will feature presentations from brand owners, top-tier business executives and thought leaders, who will deliver technical content and insights into the global plastics, energy and petrochemical industries that can’t be found anywhere else.

“There are numerous issues facing the global plastics industry in today’s economy, and all of them trickle down to affect the countless end markets to which plastic materials and products are vital,” said William R. Carteaux, SPI president and CEO. “With GPS2015, the agenda is specifically tailored to give plastics executives the tools they need to navigate the new challenges gripping the global market, while giving them the insights and proven strategies they need in order to expand, invest and innovate into new markets and better meet the needs of brand owner customers and consumers around the world.”

“The global plastics industry has seen its share of disruptive forces in the year since IHS and SPI hosted last year’s Global Plastics Summit, the biggest of which has been plunging oil prices,” said Dave Witte, senior vice president of IHS and general manager of IHS Chemical. “The resulting global volatility in the industry presents both significant risks and opportunities, and the GPS 2015 agenda is focused on providing business executives with unique insights and information they need to manage risks and capitalize on business opportunities.”

GPS2015 will be hosted at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago, where a hotel room block has been exclusively reserved for GPS2015 attendees.

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Euromold is one of the biggest trade shows devoted to 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM) technologies worldwide. The organizers have compiled a three-day conference from September 23-25, 2015, where top experts and opinion leaders explain the impact of these technologies in the future. In order to bring added value to every visitor of Euromold, all conference keynotes will be accessible free of charge.

On September 22, Euromold will begin with a sharpened profile and revised concept that will help propel the event into the future. In this context, a powerful three-day international conference has been carefully organized around the exciting future of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Transitioning the technology into production has problems and challenges, so the conference will address them and other issues related to its future.

Additional topics of the conference include high-end applications in aerospace and medicine, as well as details on the nascent AM ecosystem. The first day of the conference will be under the theme "Global Visions of the Future" and will reveal the status of 3D printing in many regions of the world.

Special highlights of the conference include keynotes by Jeff Kowalski, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Autodesk (USA), Professor Dr. Jules Poukens, Cranio-maxillofacial Surgeon at the University of Hasselt and Leuven (Belgium), a pioneer in the use of 3D printing implants, and of Stephen Nigro, Senior Vice President of Hewlett-Packard (USA). These keynotes are available to every visitor at no charge.

Among others that will participate in the conference: Dr. Edward D. Herd Rick (Additive Technologies Leader at GE). He will give an overview of the use of additive manufacturing at GE. William J. Cass Esq. (Partner, Co-Chair Litigation Department, Cantor Colburn LLP) will address the topic of Intellectual Property. Especially interesting for the Euromold - where traditionally classic tool construction and the new method of additive manufacturing are side by side - will be a presentation by Lou Young (New Business Development Director, Tooling & Manufacturing, Linear Mold & Engineering). His subject is the opportunities that arise by conformal cooling channels in injection molds.

Also of special interest is the panel discussion on the first day of the conference. Participants include Ed Davis (Chief Technologist and Senior Strategy Manager, Multi Jet Fusion at HP), Hilde Sevens (Director of Business Development, Autodesk), Emmett Lalish (Senior Mechanical Engineer at Microsoft, USA) and Wilfried Vancraen (CEO of Materialise).

Euromold will take place from September 22-25, 2015 at the exhibition Center in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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The Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) announced that its 28th annual users group conference will be located in St. Louis, Missouri, from April 3-7, 2016. The five-day event will be held at the St. Louis Union Station, a National Historic Landmark that was built in 1894.

AMUG selected St. Louis because it is centrally located in the United States and it is home to a venue that can accommodate the anticipated growth in attendance. Attendees will be welcomed by a completely renovated facility that retains the grandeur of the golden age of rail travel.

Mark Barfoot, AMUG president, said, “The facility is amazing. It takes you back in time. Everywhere you turn, there is something interesting: artifacts, blueprints, architectural details and historic train cars. And of course, the facility has plenty of space for the conference and networking activities.”

Barfoot continued, “Missouri is the Show Me State, which reflects AMUG’s intent perfectly. Our event is designed to educate users and advance their use of additive manufacturing. We do that by creating an environment where users share information to show others how to achieve success.”

The AMUG Conference draws both novice and expert users seeking insights, assistance and guidance on technologies, applications and processes. The conference also attracts support, in the form of sponsorships, from leading companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

AMUG will have “run of the house” at the St. Louis Union Station property. All hotel guests will be AMUG participants and the entire 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space will be at the group’s disposal. This unique venue consolidates all AMUG activities under one roof so attendee interactions will be continuous over the five days.

The AMUG Conference 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 industry will be recognized. The five-day event also includes the two-night AMUGexpo, networking receptions and catered meals.

The users group conference, now in its 28th year, is open to owners and operators of all additive manufacturing (3D printing) technologies.

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An SME-designed Additive Manufacturing Contest was a key component of the 51st annual Skills USA National Leadership and Skills Conference, held this summer in Louisville, Kentucky. 6,000 students from across the nation who had already won state-level contests competed and gained enhanced trade, technical and leadership skills during the SkillsUSA Conference.

Providing students with insights into additive manufacturing and hands-on experience using today’s latest 3D printing technology and software, the competition marked the first time an additive manufacturing experience was included in the national event.

SME created the additive manufacturing contest to attract students to the new, exciting, emerging technologies and tools involved. These technologies are already very relevant to industry and companies are looking for a workforce with additive manufacturing/3D printing experience and ability.

In the national competition, student teams were first asked to use three-dimensional CAD software to design a car model meeting contest specifications, including 3D print time, size and material usage. Car models were then printed in ABS material on a Stratasys 3D printer.

Teams were tested on their knowledge of 3D printing with a written exam and participated in a one-hour Quick Challenge: designing an iPhone case for a celebrity client.

Additive manufacturing/3D printing has become a critical component for STEM-related programs and curricula in the education system.

Pam Hurt, workforce development industry manager at SME, suggests educators use 3D printing as a tool to help students visualize their ideas. “It gives the student the ability to design a part, see the printed part, and if they aren’t happy with their results, make the necessary improvements and try again,” she said.

The demand for additive manufacturing engineers and technicians has increased well beyond the supply of qualified entry-level applicants. “SME is working with industry and educators to make sure we’re all working toward the same end-goal: an educated and motivated student,” said Hurt.

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