BIS group s.r.o. announces the Real Driving Emissions Forum taking place on April 19-20, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The Forum will give the full update on the RDE legislation progress and its perspectives, providing industry developers with the road map for compliance. Attendees will share the experience of RDE testing and monitoring and discuss the impact of meeting current and future emissions regulations.

The event will cover such topics as:

  • Conflicting Key Challenge to further Reduce Energy Consumption and Emissions: RDE and WLTC on Vehicle Propulsion and Technology Developments 2020
  • The Prospects for RDE, WLTC and Diesel Vehicles from a Large-scale Real-World Testing Programme in Europe
  • Bridging the Gap between PEMS and the State-of the-Art Laboratory Equipment
  • The Development and Characterization of a Particle Number Measurement Device for Real Driving Emissions

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

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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On Friday, January 6 at CES 2017, The TCT Group will present an exciting one day program entitled, “3D Printing: Evaluating the Evolution”, which aims to explore the reality of how consumers will be affected by 3D printing in a wide range of sectors including health and fitness, apparel, design, transport and the Internet of Things.

Now in its fourth year, the TCT Conference at CES goes from strength to strength with past delegates including Airbus, Amazon, BMW, DoD, Facebook, Hyundai, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Northrop Grumman, Phillips, PING, Tencent and Walmart. All of whom attend to get the very latest updates on the technology, hear about breakthrough applications, and get a steer on how 3D printing will impact our lives in the future.

The stellar 2017 line-up features presentations from the Oscar-nominated animation studio, LAIKA, sportswear giant Reebok, and GE Additive - the company that has just validated the entire industry with a billion-dollar investment.

Complementing these exciting presentations will be further insights from SAP, Intel and the exciting open source manufacturer Local Motors which uses 3D printing extensively in its vehicle production. The day will conclude with the engaging Todd Grimm hosting a discussion panel with many of the days speakers contributing. It promises to deliver world class insight into what is possible today and what might be tomorrow.

The 2017 edition of CES will also see the TCT Group continue its sponsorship of the 3D Printing Marketplace on the show floor. The expo, open to visitors January 5-8, will feature technology leaders showing the latest developments in desktop 3D printing machinery. Cutting edge technology from the likes of Formlabs, Aleph Objects, Markforged, Beijing Tiertime Technology and DWS SRL will demonstrate on the show floor that there is a real thirst for reliable desktop machinery to print parts from prototyping to production.

CHINAPLAS announced exciting concurrent events, in which industrial giants will share their experiences and attendees gain insights into industrial trends. CHINAPLAS 2017 will be held in Guangzhou from May 16 -19, 2017. Not only will more than 3,300 exhibitors introduce innovative solutions for the plastics and rubber industries, but also will the organizer hold a wealth of concurrent events to meet the industry’s multiple needs.

Focusing on the theme of “Intelligent Manufacturing, High-tech Materials, Green Solutions”, the organizer of CHINAPLAS, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., will administrate three big concurrent events during the exhibition: the 2nd “Industry 4.0 Conference”, “Design x Innovation”, and the “3rd Medical Plastics Conference”. Visitors can expect to grasp the cutting-edge technologies and inspiring case studies in these events, allowing them to hop on the bandwagon and understand market dynamics from multiple dimensions, explore more valuable opportunities for collaborations and expand networks to facilitate development.

China has quickly become the world’s second largest national economy, and labour costs have risen sharply. It is no longer a low-wage cost country – all kinds of cost pressures force businesses to opt for more automation equipment and advanced technology in the production processes.

According to Mr. Stanley Chu, Chairman, Adsale Exhibition Services Ltd., China is still a developing country, and has not yet fulfilled the necessary conditions for industrial 4.0.

“Only a few companies are making use of networking production technologies. Industry 4.0 is still a vision for many Chinese companies, but an attainable one, and attainable in the foreseeable future, if it is desired that something be done to cope with cost pressures.” It is to this end that CHINAPLAS 2017 gives Industry 4.0 top priority.

The 2nd Industry 4.0 Conference, presented with the support from VDMA, the German Engineering Federation, will be held in the afternoon of May 16, in the morning of May 17 and in the afternoon of May 18, 2017, in Conference Room 1, Level C, Zone B, China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou. As a “signature dish” dedicated to visitors, the conference will provide practical and operational solutions for enterprises targeting urgent manufacturing upgrade. Industry 4.0 will eventually move towards the direction of customized, small batch production, which are also the characteristics of additive manufacturing (3D printing) technology which meet the demands for the development of more personalized products. This is the long-term goal of Industry 4.0.

At the 1st edition of Industry 4.0 Conference, Arburg introduced the technology of additive manufacturing, which will be presented again at the sequel in greater depth and breadth. The Industry 4.0 Conference held last year not only brought together world renowned enterprises such as Arburg, KraussMaffei, Engel, Wittmann Battenfeld, Beckhoff, Volkswagen AG, Haier, and SAP to give presentations, but also attracted nearly 600 local and overseas professionals, who were generally satisfied, and looked forward to more case studies of Industry 4.0, which, combined with their own businesses, would promote the intelligentization of their factories, enhancing production efficiency, improving product quality and achieving lean production status. “The Industry 4.0 Conference was well received by members of the Association, and the delegates agreed that there was quite some useful details,” commented by the Anhui Plastics Industry Association. “We realized that Industry 4.0 is not an achievement overnight, but systems engineering of long-term hard work and perseverance in integrating theory and practice.”

Furthermore, the Smart Manufacturing Technology Zone, a showcase of cutting-edge automation technologies, will provide a boost to the movement from “Made in China” to “Smartly Made in China.”

Enterprise transformation and upgrading calls for industrial design innovation. Since its inception, “Design x Innovation” has attracted a lot of attention. As visitors’ needs get more sophisticated, the event itself gets more vibrant – “Innovation Gallery”, “Open Forum”, “Meet the Designers” are the programs which introduce success stories of innovative industrial designs to visitors, who gain inspirations on application of new materials and at the same time discuss and exchange solutions face-to-face, further creating value.

At the “Design x Innovation” event in 2016, the “Innovation Gallery” showcased a wide range of creative products for use in everyday life, for example, in the stadium, and at transportation hubs, among which the e-floater received great attention. This solar-powered electric scooter could help solve the “Last Mile” problem when applied to short-distance travel in the city. 80% of its materials come from BASF composites and plastics, thereby reducing weight and increasing flexibility in design.

On the other hand, innovative products such as Elastopave® permeable pavement, Running track with ETPU+EPDM composite, artificial turf, air fryer, Volvo integrated leather PU engine sound absorbing decorative covering and other innovative products have left visitors deeply impressed.

In addition, nearly 400 professionals also participated in five “Open Forum” sessions, “tasting” the “delicious chicken soup” prepared by 16 “heavyweight” speakers.

“Plastics, especially new materials, continue to emerge, providing enormous help to the designing process,” remarked one of the speakers, Mr. Lian Zhen, General Manager of LKK Design Co., Ltd., Shanghai, in the interview after his presentation.

“During its many years of development, plastics have been inspiring and providing an increasing number of possibilities of designs, including innovations in the upstream and downstream industries, which focus on plastics and injection, and have enriched our imagination, realizing creative ideas that once could only be dreamt but not tried.”

“The ‘Design x Innovation’ open forum is a relatively new format, allowing exchanges between creative designers and technical personnel, through which different sectors manage to understand each other's needs and demands, and leads to better co-operation. I learned a lot from them.”

“Meet the Designers” provided more opportunities for interaction and cooperation between industrial designers and end-users. Many acclaimed designers were present. Experienced industrial designers and user enterprises looking for product design came into direct communication, enlightening each other, answering questions and discussing cooperation possibilities concerning product designs. What wonders is “Design x innovation” 2017 going to bring to the industry?

The growing demand for medical devices by the huge population in recent years, the rise of emerging markets and the ageing society is triggering a renewed growth of the medical device market.

China’s healthcare industry is at a stage of abundant potentials, but is at the same time having a low level of technology, prompting manufacturers to find adaptive solutions to existing production lines and cost pressures. New and better materials are the key to the future development of medical enterprises.

The concurrent event Medical Plastics Conference has been held successfully in the past two years, receiving very positive feedbacks from the industry. “At the Medical Plastics Conference, the technical experts shared the state-of-the-art technology of the industry and analyzed development direction of medical applications and solutions,” praised Shanghai Medical Device Industry Association. “At the same time, processing technology related to the production of precision medical polymer was introduced, offering enterprises knowledge of new materials and direction of development.”

The 2nd Medical Plastics Conference lasted two days, attracting 600 professional visitors. Topics covered: the latest medical polymer materials, 3D printing in clinical and surgical model applications, medical laws and regulations, as well as application of surgical models. For instance, Shanghai MicroPort Medical (Group) Co., Ltd. introduced the technology of precision medical polymer tube for invasive medical device, and Wego Holding Co., Ltd. explained the opportunities and challenges of biomedical polymers development in China under the “new normal”.  Attendees included delegates from 3M China, GE Medical, Poppelmann, UEG medical, Touren, GM, Renolit, Suzhou Baxter medical and other major enterprises.

The 3rd Medical Plastics Conference, to be held in the afternoon of May 17 and in the morning of May 18, 2017 in Conference Room 1, Level C, Zone B, will bring together the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry to discuss the latest applications of medical plastics and cutting-edge production technology.

The conference will also be concurrent with a showcase gallery which focuses on exhibitors’ medical products of all types in order to help visitors quickly spot their targets among the massive amount exhibits.

CHINAPLAS 2017 will be held at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou, Guangzhou, PR China on May 16 – 19, 2017. To enjoy free admission, please visit to pre-register before May 9, 2017.

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In a global manufacturing outlook report, 49% of manufacturers surveyed were reported to be investing 6% of their revenues in R&D and innovation, in a push to transform their businesses. Asian manufacturing companies surveyed exhibited the highest investment expectations, with a majority of respondents from China, Japan and India indicating they would spend more than 6% of their revenues on technology and innovation. 25% of the respondents have already poured investment in technologies such as 3D printing.

Riding on a wave of renaissance in the industry, MTA2017 – Asia’s premier manufacturing technology industry event is returning from April 4-7, 2017 at the Singapore Expo, and will kick off a host of new features including The Optics & Photonics Innovation Hub, The Semiconductor Innovation Centre, and a 3D Printing Seminar.

“As manufacturing continues to evolve and value creation has become an integral component of the change process, many traditional manufacturing businesses in the Asian region need to become agile and embrace change. The new features, along with the recurring capabilities Hub, are designed to serve industry players who are looking to leverage on technology and innovation to maintain their market leadership and stay ahead of the change curve,” says Mr. William Lim, Project Director of Machinery Events at Singapore Exhibition Services, organiser of MTA2017.

Lim adds, “More importantly, the newfound knowledge and skillsets will ensure that companies and their workforce will be well-positioned for growth opportunities in the new manufacturing era.”

Optics & Photonics Innovation Hub

In collaboration with the Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore (OPSS), LUX Photonics Consortium and The Photonics Institute, the Optics and Photonics Innovation Hub is dedicated to showcasing products and services in the field of optics and photonics. This specialised zone will bring together industry and academic leaders, manufacturers and suppliers to showcase the latest research and innovative products. Soda Vision, Del Mar Photonics / Team Photon Inc, Wavelength Opto-Electronic, Sintec Optronics and PI (Physik Instrumente) Singapore are among some of the confirmed exhibitors in the zone.

“MTA is a wonderful platform for both local and international industry players in optical engineering to share knowledge, network and support one another in the region. The Optics and Photonics Society of Singapore (OPSS) is pleased to participate in MTA2017 in the Optics and Photonics Innovation Hub, as well as organise the icOPEN2017 conference. Through these initiatives, we hope to continue building and reinforcing the connections between industry and academia,” says Professor Anand Asundi, Chairman of OPSS.

“The LUX Photonics Consortium’s main objective is to bring industry and academia together to collaborate on photonics research and innovation, and provide access to our member companies to global photonics research and industry network. MTA is one of the most established events that gather companies in various vertical segments of the market which are enabled by photonics technologies. Our participation in setting up the Optics & Photonics Innovation Hub provides a platform for our member companies to showcase their products and services in the optics and photonics sector, and expand their industry and business networks effectively,” adds Professor Tjin Swee Chuan, Chairman of LUX Photonics Consortium.

Some member companies of LUX Photonics Consortium confirmed to be participating at MTA include Finisar Singapore, Einst Technology, Hylax Technology, II-VI Singapore, D'Optron, Tip Biosystems, Lighthaus Photonics and Hillhouse Technology.

Semiconductor Innovation Centre

According to the World Semiconductor Trade Statistics (WSTS), the worldwide semiconductor market is expected to increase 2% in 2017 and 2.2% in 2018. At MTA2017’s Semiconductor Innovation Centre, visitors can get up close and personal with advanced semiconductor manufacturing technologies and solutions made for the evolving global electronics market, and learn how harnessing these technologies and solutions will enable the industry to compete in the global market. Some companies on board include Sandvik South East Asia, ISO-Dynamique Microsystems and Onn Wah Tech.

3D Printing @ MTA

Advances in additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it is commonly known, have seen the application of more and more materials to the process and the creation of innovative solutions for the manufacturing industry. Besides a 3D Printing Technology Tour, a new 3D Printing Seminar will be held to impart technological updates, opportunities, issues and challenges impacting the industry. The National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and the Additive Manufacturing Innovation Centre by Nanyang Polytechnic will be featured on the show floor.

Capabilities Hub

A centrepiece at MTA, the Capabilities Hub gathers local parts and component manufacturers and service providers to highlight their manufacturing competencies in the high-value sectors of Aerospace, Complex Equipment, Medical Technology and Oil & Gas. Organised in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech), this area will see local and overseas players converge to network, exchange knowledge, discuss potential collaborations and forge partnerships.

Confirmed exhibitors include CEI Limited, Microcast, Eratech, Solidmicron Technologies, Nano Technology Manufacturing, Onn Wah Precision Machining, Fujicon Engineering, Autec Solutions, ST Kinetics Integrated Engineering, JEP Precision Engineering and Wah Son Engineering, to name a few.

MetrologyAsia2017: Serving industry’s demands for precise engineering

Metrology solutions are important to the manufacturing process, from miniature electronics, intricate medical devices and precision components to large aircraft structures and oil & gas parts. MetrologyAsia2017 is dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge metrology and inspection equipment and spotlighting companies specialising in high-end test and measurement apparatuses and systems. Attendees will learn about the latest in metrology solutions from the top technology providers around the world.

Conferences for knowledge and skills upgrade

In a rapidly changing business landscape, having the right information at the right time is essential to business sustainability and success. With knowledge sharing being a vital element, the conferences at MTA2017 are specially formulated to enhance industry professionals’ insights in new manufacturing concepts.

The Smart Manufacturing Asia conference will have industry thought leaders and experts delving into pertinent topics and offering practical tips in digital manufacturing, Industry 4.0, robotics and industrial automation.

The Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation (PE COI) Annual Conference and the International Conference on Optical and Photonic Engineering (icOPEN), both having seen highly successful editions, will return to debate on latest trends and issues facing the precision engineering industry.

MTA2017 at A Glance:

Show:  MTA2017 – Manufacturing Technology Asia (held alongside MetrologyAsia2017)
Incorporating:  iAutomation2017, MetalAsia2017, Outsource&SubCon2017, ToolTec2017
Date:  April 4-7, 2017 (Tuesday - Friday)
Venue:  Singapore Expo
Opening Hours:  10:30am to 6pm daily
Admission:  Business and trade professionals

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With Asia emerging as a major market for industrial robotics, key platforms like the Singapore International Robo Expo (SIRE) will be needed to drive the adoption, collaboration and innovation in leveraging robotics technologies by governments and companies in Singapore and the wider Asia region.

According to the latest World Robotics report published by the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), automation is becoming increasingly important for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) around the world. The number of industrial robots deployed worldwide will increase to around 2.6 million units by 2019, which is about one million units more than in the record-breaking year of 2015. This development is expected to have a significant economic impact since SMEs comprise 97 per cent of all enterprises, employ over half of the workforce and contribute 20 per cent to 50 per cent of GDP in the majority of APEC economies. Given this scenario, forums like SIRE are poised to act as catalysts, to facilitate the adoption and implementation of automation and robotics technologies by companies in Asia and beyond.

China will be the main driver of growth and is expected to account for 40 per cent of the total global sales of industrial robots in 2019, while the second and third largest markets, Korea and Japan, are projected to grow at an annual rate of 5 per cent from 2016 to 2019. According to IDC, the Asia Pacific spending on robotics and related services, which accounted for 65 per cent of global spending last year, will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 per cent from 2015 to 2019.

With Singapore making the transition towards an innovation-driven economy, it will be even more important for companies to embrace technological solutions, particularly the adoption of robotics. One of the Singapore government initiatives, the National Robotics Programme, is slated to drive the end-to-end development, test-bedding and deployment of robotics.

Key platforms like SIRE will play a strategic role in enabling Singapore companies to leverage the robotics technologies opportunities by offering a single venue and access to important resources. These include government initiatives, market trends and insights from industry experts and analysts like ABI Research, live demonstrations and showcases of the latest products and innovations by global organizations.

“The Singapore International Robo Expo created a critical mass of knowledge, people, products, services and innovations that will enable companies to accelerate the automation of their businesses,” said Mr Leck Chet Lam, Managing Director, Experia Events. “With an increasing number of companies, industries and countries in the region looking to implement robotics technology in the coming years, Experia is committed to developing SIRE as a dynamic contributor to the future growth of the industry in Asia.”

ST Kinetics, the title sponsor for the inaugural edition of the event, together with other global companies including ABB, Murata, Panasonic, SICK Pte Ltd, Tech Avenue and Yujin Robots, saw SIRE as a new strategic gateway to tap into the vast potential of regional markets. By being part of SIRE, which was held for the first time, key industry players took the opportunity to create more awareness by profiling their senior leaders through speaking opportunities and panel discussions at the SIRE convention, while also showcasing their products and innovations on the show floor.

“IE is a strategic partner of SIRE, as such events bring awareness of Singapore robotics solutions to an international audience, and foster collaboration with strong foreign partners,” said Mr Foong Kah Keong, Group Director, Technology Business Group, IE Singapore. “SIRE has established a good start to becoming a global marketplace for cutting edge industrial robotics solutions. We hope to continue to work with strong trade associations and chambers (TAC) partners such as SIAA to help Singapore companies tap into the burgeoning business opportunities arising from growing global interests in Industry 4.0.”

The sizeable presence of promising local start-ups including H3 Dynamics and Design Tech Technologies illustrated the wide range of robotics solutions available on the market. Local firm, SMP Robotics, also did Singapore proud by showcasing the world’s only autonomous outdoor security robot – SMP S5 PTZ and presented for the first time in Asia Pacific its S5-Rover series of security robots. The confirmation of strategic collaborations including the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Singapore Industrial Automation Association and the Spanish Robotics Association (HISPAROB), also underscored SIRE’s significance as a regional platform.  On another positive note, companies which exhibited as part of the Singapore and Korea country pavilions are also in the process of finalising partnership agreements, further demonstrating the value of SIRE as a strategic springboard in forging business deals.

“The inaugural Singapore International Robo Expo was a resounding success with more than 2,000 government officials, analysts, researchers, business leaders, attendees and students from 26 countries and regions visiting the show,” said Mr Oliver Tian, President, Singapore Industrial Automation Association. “It fully served to address Singapore’s need for a common platform where leading global companies and promising local firms could interact and establish potential partnerships, and I’m confident that the outcome will contribute to the acceleration of robotics adoption and innovation in Asia.”

SIRE is set to return in 2017 with an expanded focus on the practical adoption and implementation of robotics technologies, while also highlighting future innovations in collaborative and social robotics.

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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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Registration is now open for PMTS 2017 - The Precision Machining Technology Show (PMTS), April 25-27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. PMTS is one of the only tradeshows in North America dedicated to the people, technology and suppliers of the turning and precision machining industries. 

PMTS pre-registration is free and includes the following features and benefits:

  • Full access to the PMTS 2017 exhibit hall featuring 200+ technology suppliers
  • Complimentary educational sessions presented by the Precision Machined Parts Association (PMPA)
  • Admission to live machining demonstrations and technical knowledge center sessions
  • Networking opportunities at the PMTS Happy Hour
  • Pre-show technology updates and special offers
  • Entry to co-located Reliable Plant Exhibit Hall

At PMTS 2017, an anticipated audience of more 6,000 machining professionals will connect with 250+ companies exhibiting the latest machining, tooling and workholding, materials, software, inspection and measurement and parts finishing, technology. In addition, PMTS educational sessions, live machining demonstrations and technical knowledge center presentations, will provide visitors with an array of options for learning more about the trends and technologies that are shaping the turning and precision machining industry.

“We are very excited to open registration for PMTS 2017. Every two years, PMTS is the place where the precision machining industry connects. As a result, we work to make sure the event is a one-stop solution shop for every aspect of a machining company’s business,” says David Necessary, Director of Marketing & Events, Gardner Business Media, Inc. “And, as it has been since the event debuted in 2001, pre-registration is free so we encourage all machining and manufacturing professionals to make plans now and register for what promises to be the biggest PMTS, yet.”

The PMTS exhibit hall is over 80% sold out, but space is still available.

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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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Foam Expo is North America’s first free exhibition and conference event on the design and manufacture of flexible and rigid foams for technical applications. It is specially designed for foam-industry professionals to network and keep abreast of the latest industry news and developments, while learning about the latest application designs, manufacturing processes, and current trends. Foam Expo takes place from February 28 - March 2, 2017 in Novi, Michigan, USA.


  • Foam Expo is a free-to-attend conference that offers unparalleled quality content
  • Network with global representatives from the entire technical foam supply chain
  • You’ll gain a comprehensive insight into the latest rigid and flexible foam materials
  • Foam Expo provides a unique overview of the wide variety of foam materials available for lightweight, sound/shock absorbing, and thermal applications in technical industries
  • Keep on top of evolving customer requirements
  • Stay informed on the latest designs, manufacturing processes, technological advances, materials, and trends so you can manage cost and performance and give your customers what they need
  • Be seen at the industry’s largest free-to-attend exhibition, conference and networking event


“Our aim is to give the technical foams industry the stage it truly deserves. If you are involved in the purchasing, integration, manufacture or supply of materials, products or equipment, you can be certain that your suppliers, customers, competitors, and peers will all be at the show.” Jamie Reid, Foam Expo conference director

Foam Expo is a unique event for the technical foams industry, where professionals can discover new application designs, manufacturing processes, and current trends. It is at the fore of the latest innovations in advanced and technical foam materials and products, and industry insiders attend from around the world – bringing their experiences and ideas with them.

Foam Expo offers you direct contact with the engineers and executives who produce materials and products used in a range of applications – from automotive, aerospace, and construction, to medical, packaging, and sports and leisure uses. You’ll see exhibitions of innovative materials and products that set new industry-wide standards. And you’ll have the rare opportunity to discuss in person the purchasing, integration, manufacture and supply of materials, products, and equipments with your suppliers, customers, competitors, and peers.


“I’m looking forward to networking with our customers and developing relationships with potential customers… [and] to gathering information on new materials and new technologies in the area of foams. The benefit of Foam Expo 2017 is that is it attracting a wide variety of customers and suppliers. The foam industry has matured over the years, and… I’m looking forward to learning about the latest foam technology at the conference and [using] this knowledge to improve my company’s products and technologies.” Steve Sopher, technical director, JSP, and speaker at Foam Expo

The Foam Expo speaker sessions and panel discussions feature presenters and companies at the forefront of innovation in the sector. We are delighted to welcome 40 high-profile speakers from a wide range of specialisms, including:

  • Dan Halonen, senior application engineer, 3M Automotive
  • Bryan Harrison, foams regional applications and technical services manager, Saint-Gobain
  • Mark Polster, technical expert – emissions test technology, sustainability, environment and safety engineering, Ford Motor Company
  • Julie Klima, ground system survivability, interior blast mitigation, interior impact protective solutions, US Army RDECOM – TARDEC
  • Robert 'Bob' Dawe PhD, principal chemist, Lear Corporation
  • Andrew Kee PhD, global director of chemical development, Woodbridge Corporation

The speaker sessions and panel discussions cover the most prominent issues and conversation points in the industry today, including:

  • Examining the benefits of foam as an alternative design material
  • Characterizing foam materials to meet industry standards
  • Eliminating hazardous materials in flame-retardant foam production
  • Reviewing shock-absorbing properties of foam materials for protective applications
  • Evaluating thermal properties of foam for improved insulation or conductivity
  • Utilizing foam to reduce weight and increase payload and fuel efficiency
  • Optimizing noise reduction and sound absorption with foam materials
  • Examining processes and technologies for bonding and welding of foam with different materials
  • Automating assembly lines to optimize production capacity
  • Examining end-of-life requirements to drive post-consumer recycling
  • Adopting sustainable materials: the implementation of soybean oil in the automotive industry
  • Gaining competitive advantage through reducing manufacturing lead time and increasing productivity
  • Reviewing new product-development processes to reduce project lead time

For more information or to register, visit:

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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

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Autodesk kicked off its annual flagship user event this week, welcoming almost 10,000 attendees to learn, network and explore the future of making things. Autodesk University showcased new ways that buildings, products and more are being designed, made and used.

At the event, the company unveiled new and updated technologies that give Autodesk customers the power to make anything. Autodesk also outlined plans for a streamlined portfolio of cloud platforms that simplify the work of designers, engineers, digital artists and others.

“We’re all in on the cloud. Access to infinite computing power and the ability to work together effortlessly is completely changing how design and engineering are done,” said Carl Bass, CEO of Autodesk.

In their keynote speeches, Bass and CTO Jeff Kowalski shared a vision for the future of work, where designers and engineers will collaborate with computers to achieve more than was previously possible. The keynote featured appearances by people whose endeavors embody this emerging future: Anna Nixon, a high school student from Oregon competing in the First Robotics Competition and Christian Benimana, Rwanda’s first trained architect and programs director for MASS Design Group.

Throughout the event, Autodesk University attendees saw how their peers are taking advantage of the transformative power of technologies like generative design, augmented and virtual reality, robotics, additive manufacturing and more.

Senior Vice President of Products Amar Hanspal delved deeper into Autodesk’s product portfolio and cloud software platforms, breaking news on new capabilities coming to Fusion 360 and BIM 360.

Hanspal also spotlighted Forge, Autodesk’s connected developer platform used to build and deploy apps and services for making the world around us. In the year since Forge was launched, the platform has surpassed 4,000 applications, which span a variety of uses ranging from part inspection to sub-sea surveying. Autodesk has invested in several companies through its Forge Fund and has aggressively broadened the Forge platform, focusing on enhancements to AR/VR and rendering to drive immersive real-time industry focused experiences.

“With our ongoing shift to cloud services, we are 100% focused on delivering maximum value to our subscribers and software developers. We are building a set of complete, connected and on-demand experiences for each of our major industries. Our aim is to empower engineers, designers and other users to have their project data in one place, collaborate across geographies, and more easily tap into the immense capabilities in Autodesk’s portfolio,” said Hanspal.

Customer projects from Briggs Automotive Company, Swinerton Builders and JE Dunn Construction’s showcased how they are using cloud services to pioneer new ways of working, try new business models and embrace the future.

In addition to the keynotes, hundreds of hands-on classes and networking with peers, the conference offered dozens of interactive exhibits that bring the future of making things to life. Examples included live industrial robotic 3D printing, a brick-laying construction robot, the first-ever generatively designed office building, an open-sourced 3D printed drone, a virtual reality experience to configure a full-scale Ford Mustang, and augmented reality construction hard hats. While these technologies are expected to reach the mainstream in the next one to four years, they're available today for those cutting-edge innovators who are propelling us into the future.

AU concluded on Thursday with an appearance by comedian, actor and former fake-news correspondent Rob Corddry, followed by a keynote from Autodesk SVP for Business Strategy and Marketing Andrew Anagnost recapping the highlights and lessons of the event.

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Design-2-Part (D2P) Shows, America’s largest design and contract manufacturing tradeshows, has announced their 2017 show schedule. The eleven event slate includes six spring shows and five fall shows.

Design-2-Part Shows provide design engineers, manufacturing engineers, managers, and purchasers an excellent opportunity to meet local and national job shops and contract manufacturers face-to-face to source custom parts, components, services, and design. Exhibiting companies will be showcasing their design-through-manufacturing services featuring more than 300 product categories for the metal, plastics, rubber and electronics industries. The shows are working shows and visitors are encouraged to bring sample parts and drawings.

The 2017 show schedule is highlighted by D2P’s long awaited return to three key manufacturing hubs. The new additions will be in Charlotte, NC; Indianapolis, IN; and San Diego, CA.

The schedule is anchored by five annual shows. D2P will hold these events in Grapevine (Dallas), TX; Atlanta, GA; Schaumburg (Chicago), IL; Santa Clara, CA; and Marlborough (Boston), MA. The D2P schedule is rounded out with three shows that revolve every two to three years.

“The scheduling stars really aligned for us,” said Jerry Schmidt, President of Design-2-Part Shows. “We are excited about being able to offer contract manufacturing solutions in the growing markets of Charlotte, Indianapolis, and San Diego. Charlotte was one of our best cities for years before it got saturated with several other manufacturing events. Recent defections have given us the opportunity to return as the only game in town. San Diego is a perfect off-year complement to our Los Angeles area shows and Indianapolis is a fast growing market that has been receiving a lot of interest from our customers.”

D2P Shows exclusively feature exhibiting job shops and contract manufacturers with manufacturing operations in the United States. Companies that do not have facilities in the U.S. are not permitted to exhibit.

The 2017 D2P Show Schedule:

Texas Design-2-Part Show
February 22 & 23, 2017
Gaylord Texan Convention Center, Grapevine, TX

Southeast Design-2-Part Show
March 29 & 30, 2017
Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA

Mid-Atlantic Design-2-Part Show
April 26 & 27, 2017
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks, PA

Greater Chicago Design-2-Part Show
May 10 & 11, 2017
Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, IL

Northern California Design-2-Part Show
May 24 & 25, 2017
Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA

Upper Midwest Design-2-Part Show
June 7 & 8, 2017
Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN

Southeast Design-2-Part Show
September 13 & 14, 2017
Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC

New England Design-2-Part Show
September 27 & 28, 2017
Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA

Midwest Design-2-Part Show
October 11 & 12, 2017
Indiana Convention Center, Indianapolis, IN

Northwest Design-2-Part Show
November 1 & 2, 2017
Portland Expo Center, Portland, OR

Southern California Design-2-Part Show

November 15 & 16, 2017
San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

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3D Printing Asia is an annual event for the 3D printing industry in Asia, located at asiamold. 3D Printing Asia 2016 attracted additive manufacturing companies from 12 countries and regions, with a 25% increase in area compared with 2015. Products exhibited included industrial printers, personal printers, metal printing, plastic printing, ceramic printing, and laser sintering. More than 50 professional seminars and product promotions were held during the show, covering industry development trends and additive technology.

To further explore industry opportunities, 3D Printing Asia 2017 will be held concurrently with SIAF from March 1-3, 2017 and will continue to show the latest and the most comprehensive products and technologies in additive manufacturing industrial chain.

Exhibits Will Include:

  • 3D printers: 3D production printers, personal 3D printers, rapid prototyping, manufacturing equipment, laser rapid prototyping machines, injection moulding machines, 3D printer accessories
  • 3D printing materials: light-sensitive resins, plastic powders (nylon, glass fibre-reinforced nylon, carbon fibre-reinforced nylon, aluminium powder nylon and PEEK), metal powders (mould steel, titanium alloy, aluminium alloy, CoCrMo alloy and iron nickel alloy), nano material, other materials (ceramic, wood, glass and more), surface treatments
  • 3D scanning and relative software: 3D scanners, 3D measurement equipment, 3D measuring machines, 3D laser detection systems, photography measurement systems, 3D laser engraving machines, 3D imaging systems, Laser tracker machines, CAD/CAM systems, reverse engineering software, 3D scanning software, 3D design software
  • 3D printing services: 3D printing, rapid prototyping and model making, detection, measurement and scanning services, design and product development services, other reverse engineering services

Why should you participate at 3D Printing Asia:

  • Held concurrently with SPS – Industrial Automation Fair Guangzhou (SIAF)
  • 68 visitor delegations from over 48 countries, gain access to professional buyers representing prominent brands worldwide
  • Showcase your selection of 3D products to fulfill consumers’ sourcing needs
  • Messe Frankfurt has extensive experience putting together interactive summits and other concurrent events for promoting revolutionary 3D printing technologies
  • Utilizing the resources of Messe Frankfurt, 3D Printing Asia is an ideal platform for promoting your products on a global scale

For more information or to register, visit:

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SME, in connection with its RAPID + TCT 3D technology event, worked with FARO Technologies Inc, Direct Dimensions Inc, and the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, to take the first-ever 3D scan of the Roberto Clemente Bridge. This scan will be used to create 3D-printed miniature replicas of the bridge, to be used as puzzle pieces at the RAPID + TCT event May 9-11, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA.

“RAPID + TCT 2017 showcases the latest growth and advancements in the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry,” said Maria Conrado, SME event manager, RAPID + TCT. “The manufacturing industry is important to Pittsburgh, and it is exciting that we are using additive technology to reproduce 3D models of a special landmark in this city.”

FARO Technologies Inc. conducted the complete scan of the bridge resulting in a 3D point cloud. Direct Dimensions will be converting the raw laser scan data into a 3D CAD model of the bridge. This digital model will then be in the proper format needed to make the 3D-printed physical models, which will be featured at the RAPID + TCT event in May.

“3D scanning technologies allow physical objects to be captured and transformed into 3D digital models with incredible detail,” said Michelle Edwards, applications engineering manager, FARO Technologies. “Scanning something as recognizable as the Roberto Clemente Bridge can spark many conversations. People have never seen this bridge as a 3D point cloud. Once they see that, they begin to question their own processes. That's how innovation happens.”

Sandra DeVincent Wolf, executive director of the NextManufacturing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, participated in the event and noted that it symbolizes both the region’s deep history in manufacturing and its current position as a hub for 3D printing and other advanced manufacturing technologies.

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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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With abundant opportunities for growth in the North American manufacturing market, Makino demonstrated the latest machining and automation solutions to keep businesses thriving at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show. In the South Hall, attendees experienced how Makino’s latest machining centers and engineering solutions merge to create adaptive automation systems for any market or production demand, including automotive, die/mold, aerospace, medical and general production markets.

During IMTS 2016, Makino unveiled a variety of all-new machine technologies. The new versions of the a51nx and a61nx horizontal machining centers provide expanded machining capacity through several productivity-enhancing features, including vision broken tool detection, enhanced levels of inertia active control and Geometric Intelligence technologies. Expanding capability and productivity for midsize part applications, IMTS 2016 also marked the introduction of the new a71nx, a high-speed 50 taper, 500mm horizontal machining center with a standard direct-drive NC rotary table and other nx-Series next-generation technologies.

Makino demonstrated several new vertical machining platforms as well. The L2 VMC provides high-volume, small-part production capability using a minimal footprint, while the processing speeds of the new DA300 5-axis VMC reduce manufacturing time and the pallet pool system helps shrink setups and keep work flowing across the spindle quickly and efficiently.

In addition, some of Makino’s proven technologies such as the EDAF3 sinker EDM machine with Hyper-i control shows faster servo speeds in multi-axis machining and features an on-board Alicona measuring system. The U6 H.E.A.T. wire EDM machine demonstrated its on-board CAM software and easy part setup using offline part loading and a manual shuttle system. The EDBV8 EDM hole drill was also on hand to showcase fast hole-drilling for blade and vane machining.

Makino’s booth demonstrated a variety of automation systems, as detailed below:

  • The a51nx-5xu 5-axis HMC, designed with a unique work-holding magazine and large-tool magazine, can perform continuous 5-axis machining unattended for extended hours in both high-mix, low-volume and low-mix, high-volume production environments.
  • The J3 HMC with stacked axes design enables it to be easily and reliably integrated into high-volume automation concepts. Two machines are included in this cell to demonstrate serial processing of repetitive, high-volume parts.
  • A die/mold automation cell featuring an EDNC6 sinker EDM and V33i-5XB 5-axis VMC with an EROWA ERC is set up to demonstrate low-volume, high-mix production of mold components while achieving utilization rates approaching 85 percent.
  • The a40 HMC with overhead gantry system performs high-volume, parallel processing of small, nonferrous, die-cast parts.

Manufacturers are certainly using these automation tools to improve productivity, reduce costs and produce quality parts, but there is potential to deliver even better efficiency through an enterprise connected by the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Until October 30th, visitors of the Red Dot Design Museum are invited to discover pluralistic aspects of 3D Printing, a manufacturing technology that allows us to make things differently, and also to ponder how it can help individuals, enable social changes and positively contribute to the environment. In other words, how 3D Printing is making a difference. The exhibition “Making a Difference / A Difference in Making” brings together more than 80 groundbreaking 3D-printed works of art, design, engineering and science.

Curated by Marta Malé-Alemany, and produced by Materialise, a pioneering company dedicated to the engineering, development and application of 3D Printing, the exhibition invites visitors on a learning journey about a disruptive technology which is likely to be critical in the next decade.

“The Red Dot Design Museum displays the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design and is a reference for industrial designers. Therefore it is the perfect place to host an exhibition that explores the technical and creative potential of 3D printing technology. We want to show visitors the pieces created by designers and technical experts that have challenged the use of materials and boundaries in 3D Printing and how often these challenging ideas have been transferred to successful industrial applications”, says Marcus Joppe, Managing Director of Materialise Germany.

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, explains: “3D Printing opens up new chances and possibilities to design products. More and more laypeople are discovering this too, and are producing objects at home in their own mini factory. But in order to fully exploit the potential of Additive Manufacturing for the mass market, it needs professional designers who possess the necessary expert knowledge. I am glad that Materialise is showing, in this exciting exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, how 3D Printing is successfully being applied, and is thereby informing a broad audience about the influence of this technique on people, the society and environment.”

This traveling exhibition was first presented in 2015 at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels during the 25th anniversary of Materialise. Curator Marta Malé-Alemany, architect and recognized researcher in the field of digital fabrication technologies, has selected works from renowned artists, designers, public initiatives and prestigious research institutions as well as those of unknown innovative makers. The exhibition “Making a Difference / A Difference in Making” was acclaimed by both specialists and the general public in Brussels.

The exhibition is presented in two main sections. The first section, “A Difference in Making”, features a series of impressive and fascinating design creations that explore material opportunities enabled by the invention and development of 3D printing technology. It presents works from important designers such as Patrick Jouin, Iris van Herpen, Jan Wertel, Gernot Oberfell and Daniel Widrig among others.

“Making a Difference”, the second section, addresses three different curatorial domains: “Environment”, “Individual” and “Society”. Each category presents 3D-printed objects that range from medical implants, prosthetic devices, automotive and aerospace parts, furniture pieces, household appliances and more, with the aim of making visitors aware of how this technology already surrounds lives all around the world.

The “Environment” category presents projects that use 3D Printing with the specific concern of saving material and energy resources, as well as designs that question how 3D printing technology itself can be more sustainable and environmentally responsible.

The “Individual” category illustrates how 3D Printing enables the production of customized objects and parts, based on personal data. The projects presented here relate to the personal stories of people who have been touched by the technology, as it provides an individual solution to a unique case.

The category “Society” of “Making a Difference” displays different ways in which 3D Printing can shape our society. Here too, the selected projects give a multi-faceted perspective on the added value of this technology, while provoking inevitable questions. The exhibits address various subjects such as: the use of 3D Printing for the conservation of our past and future heritage, its role in revitalizing lost crafts, its implications as a critical instrument of emancipation and social empowerment, its potential for improving education, and others.

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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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For the past decade, Asiamold has been facilitating convergance of the mould, die casting and 3D printing industries in South China, making it an ideal networking hub for market experts and descision-makers. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the fair, known as one of the most influential and comprehensive industry events in South China, will open for trade from September 20-22, 2016 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou.

The three-day fair will welcome 360 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions and utilise 20,000 sqm of exhibition space. Some of the industry’s most up-to-date and in-demand mould making, die casting, metal working and 3D printing technologies will be displayed. In addition to a strong line-up of prominent exhibitor brands, over 60 buyer delegations have also confirmed their participation in the 2016 show, including BBK, BYD, Faw-Volkswagen, Gree, Honda, Midea, Pangaoshou, TCL, Wanglaoji and others. With the help of these big names, the fair expects to attract over 20,000 professional buyers from around the world.

Inaugural Guangzhou International Mould and Additive Manufacturing Technology Summit and concurrent events to foster idea exchange

To celebrate the fair’s 10th anniversary, the inaugural edition of the Guangzhou International Mould and Additive Manufacturing Technology Summit will run concurrently with the first two days of the fair. The first day of the summit will be led by experts from Frenk Hot Runner Technology who will provide an overview of key technological development trends in the mould and die industry as well as highlight challenges facing the automotive moulding industry.

Highlighted topics and their corresponding speakers include:

Topic: Intelligent Mould Manufacturing Solutions of Mould (Flexible Job-shop Scheduling)
Speaker: Dr Yi Ping, Chairman and General Manager, EMan Software Technology Co Ltd

Topic: A First Look and Analysis on Injection Molding Flow and Overall Solutions of Hot Runner Systems
Speaker: Mr Zhu Xun Min, General Manager, Foshan Frenk Hot Runner Technology Co Ltd

Topic: Cutting-edge Technology and Solutions of Hot Runner in Molding Industry
Speaker: Mr Liu Bin, Professor, South China University of Technology

The second day of the summit will be hosted by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt and the Guangzhou Additive Manufacturing Technology Industry Association. Hot-button topics to be covered include 3D printing applications for mould designs and metal printing as well as for the automotive, education, furniture and furnishing, moulding, medical and other industries.

Highlighted topics and their corresponding speakers include:

Topic: Cladding-based 3D Printing – Extrusion and Cladding – Trail Forging Process and its Application in Nuclear Power Equipment and Other High-end Structural Components
Speaker: Dr Yan Yong Nian, Chairman, Jiangsu Yongnian Laser Forming Technology Co Ltd

Topic: Introduction to Ultraviolet LED Module Integration Based on DLP Technologies and its Application in 3D Printing
Speaker: Dr Wang Gang, Professor and Doctoral Tutor in Microelectronics College, Sun Yat-sen University

Moreover, many networking opportunities and informative concurrent events are planned. More than 30 sessions of high-level seminars will be offered to highlight the industry’s innovative technological breakthroughs in mould, die and 3D printing technologies.

Some of the topics and their corresponding speakers include:

Topic: Introduction of Internet Plus Cloud ERP and Case Studies on Classic Mould
Speaker: Mr Xu Ze Fu, General Manager, Finder Soft Group

Topic: Die Casting and Robot Automation Applications
Speaker: Mr Chen Li Ke, Technical Director, Shenzhen Xintaiming Machinery Equipment Co Ltd

Topic: SLM Technology Research and Application for Injection Mould
Speaker: Mr Tang Jing, Senior Manager of R&D Project, Shenzhen Farsoon 3D Printing Co Ltd

In addition to the Guangzhou International Mould and Additive Manufacturing Technology Summit and informative concurrent programme, another key highlight will be the 3D Printing Gallery located in Hall 2.1. To date, more than 50 creative projects focusing on high-precision designs will be on display to demonstrate the latest 3D printing solutions and technologies. The gallery exhibits will feature complex aerospace metal and auto parts, delicate jewellery and adornments with intricate patterns and more.

Asiamold is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt Co Ltd and forms a part of a series of international events including formnext and Intermold Japan. The next edition of formnext will be held from November 15-18, 2016 at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds in Frankfurt, Germany. Intermold Japan will take place from April 12-15, 2017 in Toyko.

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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.”

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Following its strategy to address each composites end-using market specifically, the JEC Group launches an event entirely dedicated to Composites in the Automotive Industry. This 2-day conference will take place next October 13 and 14, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee, home to one of IACMI’s lead institutions (Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation), the University of Tennessee.

“We are implementing our Group strategy oriented towards end-users. In all regions where we operate, our customers will benefit from specific platforms devoted to each market. The Automotive industry remains by far the largest market for composite materials in the U.S., rendering it a key player when it comes to innovation and advancements in materials and manufacturing processes. The main challenges: raw material cost reduction, light-weighting, and achieving mass production, are direct consequences of environmental requirements becoming more rigorous as concern about carbon emissions grows”. says Ms. Frédérique Mutel, JEC Group President and CEO.

Thus, the 25 speakers will cover topics such as “Multimaterial Solutions in Automotive” dealing with the concerns of using both composites and metal components for optimized lightweighting, toughening composites via hybridization or again replacing traditional fasteners with adhesive bonding. Also the “Incorporation of Carbon Fiber in Structural Parts in the Automotive Industry” will be discussed with focuses on measuring structure health, new repair and recycling technologies.

The second day, 3 workshops will encourage interaction among the participants around the subjects of affordable composites, development and industrial commercialization of composites materials and partnerships & innovations in composites manufacturing.

“We wanted to propose an event that is tailored made for the American market and thanks to our numerous partners such as TVA, IACMI, the Tennessee state government, Oakridge National Laboratory (to name a few), we are very excited to organize a very diversified experience offering conference sessions, workshops, sites visits, a table-top area and various networking events,” adds Nicolas Baudry, Americas events director at JEC Group.

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A growing trend of the Industrial Technology Events at IMTS 2016 is the number of international exhibitors present on the show floor. Approximately 70 percent of the companies exhibiting at the five co-located industrial trade shows are headquartered outside of the United States. Industrial equipment and smart manufacturing solution providers from around the world recognize the importance of the North American manufacturing sector and will be exhibiting at Industrial Supply North America.

German Pavilions sponsored by The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in association with Germany Trade & Invest will be located on the floor of Industrial Automation North America, as well as the inaugural Surface Technology North America trade show. A total of 46 German industrial equipment suppliers, or more than triple the number of German exhibitors from 2014, will be demonstrating their technologies across the floors of these trade shows. New to the events this year, more than 18 German companies will demonstrate surface treatment solutions at Surface Technology North America.

More than 20 Italian companies will showcase the latest fluid power and hydraulic & pneumatic equipment at this year’s Motion, Drive & Automation North America and will demonstrate the latest Italian designed compressed air and vacuum technologies at the inaugural ComVac North America trade show. Additionally, The Italian Trade Agency, the Italian government agency promoting the internationalization of Italian companies abroad in line with the strategies of the Ministry for Economic Development, and Assofluid – The Italian Fluid Power Association, will highlight their member companies’ focus on research & development and emphasis on successfully addressing individual customer needs. Turkey also will have a strong presence this year at ComVac North America with nine companies demonstrating air compressor and hydraulic components.

Commenting on Italian-based Sotras decision to exhibit at the inaugural ComVac North America trade show, Executive Director of Sales Carlo Quaglino said, “ComVac North America offers us an extraordinary opportunity to open doors into the United States industrial market. U.S. manufacturers have signaled their interest in sourcing Italian-made quality filtration products. We see ComVac North America as an important chance to offer our specialized knowledge and our high-quality innovative, safe and reliable industrial filters for compressors and vacuum pumps.”

More than 16 exhibitors from India, as well as a host of solutions providers from across Asia also will be demonstrating smart manufacturing solutions across the five events.

“As a result of carrying over the “Integrated Industries” theme from this year’s HANNOVER MESSE event, visitors to the Industrial Technology Events co-located with IMTS 2016 will discover a number of international resources and solutions for enhancing performance, saving energy and expanding their digital factory footprint in the growing, competitive global economy,” said Larry Turner, president/CEO of Hannover Fairs USA, a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, the organizer of HANNOVER MESSE.

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.

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An official call for papers and posters has been announced for POWDERMET2017: International Conference on Powder Metallurgy & Particulate Materials, June 13–16, 2017. This leading North American powder metallurgy conference will take place at the Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada, and is seeking a wide variety of topics.

Submission categories include the following:

  • Design & Modeling of PM Materials, Components & Processes
  • Particulate Production
  • General Compaction & Forming Processes
  • Powder Injection Molding (Metals & Ceramics)
  • Pre-Sintering & Sintering
  • Secondary Operations
  • Materials
  • Refractory Metals, Carbides & Ceramics
  • Advanced Particulate Materials & Processes
  • Material Properties
  • Test & Evaluation
  • Applications
  • Management Issues

"POWDERMET conferences are a place where research scientists; parts, powder and equipment manufacturers; end users; and even students gather to share papers and posters on industry developments," explains Dan Messina, technical services manager, Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). "Since adding in the metal additive manufacturing conference, Additive Manufacturing with Powder Metallurgy (AMPM2017), our technical sessions have become even more robust."

Submissions will be accepted through November 4, 2016.

The conference is sponsored by the Metal Powder Industries Federation, the North American trade association representing the powder metallurgy industry, and its affiliate APMI International.

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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

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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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Asiamold – Guangzhou International Mould & Die Exhibition is set to hold its 10th edition from September 20 – 22, 2016 at the China Import and Export Fair Complex in Guangzhou. Over 360 exhibitors are expected to occupy two halls spanning across 20,000 square meters of exhibition space. More than 20,000 visitors, ranging from manufacturers and product suppliers to distributors and end-users, are anticipated to source in-demand mould making, die casting, metal working and 3D printing technologies for global manufacturing markets at the show.

Thematic zones are key to the show’s success and help big buyers in the manufacturing industry with their sourcing. At Asiamold 2016, the 3D Printing Asia Zone will continue to be a major fair highlight. To date, more than 85 renowned exhibitors from China, Germany, the Netherlands, Singapore and Taiwan have confirmed their participation in the zone and will showcase their latest rapid prototyping, CAD/CAM software development, 3D laser engraving technologies and more. Among the confirmed exhibitors are some of the world’s leading metal printing solution providers including Guangdong Hanbang 3D Technology, Jiangsu Yongnian Laser Forming Technology, Shenzhen Farsoon 3D Printing, Z Rapid Technologies and many others. Additionally, 3DCeram, a well-known ceramic 3D printing company from France, will also participate for the first time.

Not only does Asiamold facilitate global trade by connecting buyers and suppliers from across continents, but it also serves as a pivotal marketing and networking platform for all participants involved. The fair’s concurrent programme is crafted to help industry players unlock a world of business potential. This year, more than 30 sessions of high-level seminars covering mould, die and 3D printing technologies will be offered to highlight the industry’s innovative technological breakthroughs.

Additionally, the inaugural edition of the Guangzhou International Mould and Additive Manufacturing Technology Summit will run in unison with the first two days of the fair. The summit, led by prominent experts, will provide an overview of key technological development trends in the mould and die industry, and highlight challenges facing the automotive moulding industry. Furthermore, the final day of the summit will cover hot-button 3D printing applications for mould designs and metal printing as well as for the education, furniture and furnishing industries and more.

Apart from the concurrent interactive programme, another key highlight will be the 3D Printing Gallery. Over 50 creative projects focusing on high-precision designs will be displayed to demonstrate the latest 3D printing technologies. Some of the gallery exhibits will feature complex aerospace metal and auto parts, delicate jewellery and adornments with intricate patterns and more.

Asiamold is organised by Guangzhou Guangya Messe Frankfurt and a part of a series of international cooperated events including formnext and Intermold Japan. The next edition of formnext will be held from November 15 – 18, 2016 at the Frankfurt exhibition grounds in Germany. Intermold Japan will take place from April 12 – 15, 2017 in Toyko.

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The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, announced the release of its second 2016 Project Call, which requests proposals for four topics across three DMDII Technology Thrusts: Intelligent Machines (IM), Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (AME), and Advanced Analysis (AA).

The title and goal of each Project Call Topic are listed below:

Low-Cost Robotics and Automation (IM)

This Project Call Topic seeks robotics and automation solutions that are affordable, reconfigurable, and adaptable, and that exhibit the precision, repeatability, and productivity of conventional automated solutions. They must also exhibit flexibility at a cost that makes them accessible to small and midsize businesses.

Real-Time Optimization of Factory Operations (AME)

The objective of this Project Call Topic is to improve factory decision-making by transforming raw data into meaningful and useful information for analysis and decision recommendations. Example analytical tools include online analytical processing, data mining, complex event processing, text mining, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and active performance management.

Seamless Work Flows from Design to Fabrication (AA)

The goal of this Project Call Topic is to develop software solutions that significantly reduce the manual input and expertise required to rapidly translate designs into fabricated parts during manufacturing, and thus to fully utilize the capabilities of available machine tools.

Human Systems Integration (AA)

This Project Call Topic aims to develop digital and physical technologies to improve human systems integration through data collection and analysis to reduce the costs and inefficiencies that stem from industrial workers performing tasks in environments that do not adequately take into account human size variation or capabilities.

To convey additional information to interested stakeholders, DMDII will host a Project Call Workshop at the UI LABS Innovation Center on September 8, 2016. Workshop attendees will hear from the DMDII leadership team about the institute’s mission, vision, and goals, as well as how to do business with DMDII. Attendees also will have the opportunity to network throughout the course of the workshop to enable teaming for responses to the Project Call Topics.

To facilitate the formation of project teams, DMDII encourages manufacturing businesses, manufacturing services providers, technology companies (hardware and software), and academic institutions to register their capabilities and interests through an online survey in advance.

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The US military is moving into a complex international environment that requires it to further develop its equipment and prepare its personnel, force structure, decision-making capabilities, and concepts of operation for a more interoperable and expeditionary approach, one with greater asset visibility and a decreased logistical footprint. Key technological advances will help foster an informative discussion that is focused on overcoming critical challenges related to the coordination and execution of military logistics in deployed environments.

In response to these initiatives, DSI has designed a forum that will focus on optimizing the supply chain in order to support a leaner, more agile military force. DSI’s Defense Logistics Technology Summit, will engage US military commands, academia, and technology providers in a collaborative, open forum to discuss emerging technology and best practices for the optimization and transformation of the US Military logistics supply chain.

Some of the broader topics that will be discussed in this forum will include: near-term prospective uses for additive manufacturing and 3D printing, opportunities to further utilize the IoT in support of military logistics, the increased need for asset visibility and resource management technology, strategies to further reduce the military logistics footprint and efforts to improve the mobility and sustainment of resources as they pass through the military logistics supply chain. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all services and organizations to bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.

Attendees Will Hear Perspectives from Keynote Speakers Including:

  • Dr. Jerry McGinn, Principal Deputy Director, Manufacturing and Industrial Base Policy, OUSD (AT&L)
  • Rear Admiral Vincent L. Griffith,USN, Director, DLA Logistics Operations (J3), Defense Logistics Agency
  • Vice Admiral Philip H. Cullom,USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics
  • James Alexander, Product Lead, Automated Movement and Identification Solutions, PEO EIS, USA
  • Dave Hansen, Program Manager, PMW-230 Global Combat Support System, USMC


Please note, seating will be limited in order to allow actionable discussion and dialogue amongst speaker and attendees. Early Registration has now begun. Register now to reserve your seat. Active military, government and personnel attend complimentary.

The Defense Logistics Technology Summit provides opportunities for exhibits, product demonstrations, and luncheon receptions for Defense and Government industry leaders. Showcase the latest technology offerings and today's most innovative solutions.

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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, will return to Las Vegas for the first time in four years this November 16-18. The expo will take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, hosting more than 1,500 exhibitors and 28,000 attendees for three action-packed days.

Boxing legend, successful entrepreneur and author Sugar Ray Leonard will help kick off FABTECH 2016 as the show’s opening keynote speaker. He will share his inspirational story of achievement with attendees and how his approach to life can help others strive for greatness.

“We are very excited to come back to Las Vegas for this year’s show,” said John Catalano, SME show co-manager, FABTECH. “Every year FABTECH attracts the best that the metal fabricating industry has to offer and that especially holds true when we visit Las Vegas. Attendees from any manufacturing background will find value in attending all three days of the event through exploring new innovations, networking with prospective business partners and broadening industry perspectives.”

With more than 550,000 net square feet of exhibit space, attendees will encounter the metal industry’s latest ideas and technologies at FABTECH’s live product demonstrations, keynote presentations and expert-led panels. Visitors can compare products side-by-side and find strategies and solutions for becoming more competitive.

Amid this year’s unique program offerings, attendees will have ample opportunity to network face-to-face with industry executives, leaders and expert speakers to share knowledge and expand new business opportunities.

Some of the numerous presentations, keynotes and panel sessions available to attendees at FABTECH 2016 include:

  • The Power to Win!
  • State of the Industry: Post-Election Analysis
  • Women of FABTECH Breakfast with Tech Tour
  • Development Trends in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing
  • Advanced Manufacturing: Creating Competitive Advantages for Fabricators
  • RUN4MFG 5K Walk/Run
  • Shop Talk with “Counting Cars” Cast
  • Welders Without Borders: Welding Thunder Team Fabrication Competition

FABTECH 2016 will deliver attendees more than 100 education sessions through all three days of the event. The array of session topics are designed to offer relevant information to all exhibitors and attendees, no matter their manufacturing disciplines. The programs will help give participants the necessary tools to explore new business strategies and empower their companies to improve best practices.

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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

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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.

For more information or to register, visit:

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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.

For guidelines and submission details, visit:

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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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Following the success of this year’s Plastics Design & Moulding Event (PDM Event) the organizers have announced that the exhibition and conference is moving to the new venue of EventCity in Manchester on June 21-22, 2017.

After another successful event held in Telford on June 14-15 this year, PDM Event 2017 will take place in Manchester alongside a new Northern edition of the Product Design + Innovation (PD+I) conference for industrial product designers.

“As organizers we are always looking at ways to evolve the PDM Event to deliver a new audience for our exhibitors and a new experience for our visitors,”, said Steve Crowhurst, managing director of organiser Crain Communications. “Our exhibitors have responded very positively to our plans and we look forward to working with them to put on our best ever event in Manchester for 2017.”

“PDM is always a good event and delivers good quality visitors and value for money,” said Nigel Baker, Managing Director BMB Plastics Machinery immediately after this year’s show. “We do most of our business in the region around Manchester, so we had no hesitation in rebooking for 2017.”

Brian Taylor, Sales Manager of exhibitor Cytec Systems commented, “Moving PDM to Manchester next year will make the show more accessible from the North. We will see new people and it will open up new markets for us.”

“We need to be at PDM. Eighty percent of the customers we invited have come to see us on the stand this year,” said Mark Lawson, Managing Director of technical recruitment specialist LawsonKeys. “We have booked four times the space at PDM Event 2017 in Manchester, which we will be sharing with six of our customers.”

Confirming PDM Event as the place to do business in the plastics industry, technical plastics compounder and exhibitor Luxus announced at this year’s event the purchase of new machinery from fellow exhibitor BOY including a BOY 90E injection molding machine with ancillary equipment and a BOY 22A.

Manchester is at the heart of the Northern Manufacturing Powerhouse, a region synonymous with manufacturing, design and engineering and home to some of the key design and molding companies, their supply chains and customers. Co-locating PDM Event and the PD+I conference will draw in the region’s expanding industrial design community as well as leading companies from across the plastics materials, recycling, composites, machinery, toolmaking, molding, rapid prototyping and ancillary sectors.

EventCity is the second largest exhibition space outside London. It is easily accessible by all means of transport, has over 3,000 free car parking spaces and is located just minutes from the dynamic city centre of Manchester.

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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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Since the launch of the initiative “Made in China 2025”, smart manufacturing stands at the top of China’s agenda for modernizing its industry. This was evident at Industrial Automation BEIJING, North China’s leading trade fair for industrial automation, which recorded solid growth during its May 11–13, 2016 run at the Beijing Exhibition Center: 210 exhibiting companies presented themselves to 17,600 visitors and the exhibition covered 22,000 square meters.

Sixty-five percent of exhibitors where foreign, coming from countries such as Austria, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland, and the United States. Big names included Balluff, B&R Automation, Cognex, EPLAN, Harting, ifm electronic, Koyo, Rittal, and Weidmüller. Industrial Automation BEIJING also hosted the PROFINET Summit Forum, an area dedicated to integrated automation and plant systems where companies such as GE, Phoenix Contact, Red Lion Controls, SAP, and Siemens presented live Industry 4.0 demonstrations.

The International Intelligent Manufacturing Conference on Wednesday, May 11, compared China’s “Made in China 2025”, Germany’s “Industry 4.0” and the United States’ “Industrial Internet” initiatives. Miao Wei, China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, announced China’s plans to further develop key sectors such as logistics, robotics and sensors. Burkhard Ducoffre, counselor at the German Embassy in Beijing, and Val Huston, principle commercial officer at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, also spoke. The afternoon session featured three plenaries: “Strategy and Policy of Intelligent Manufacturing Development”, “Contents and Systems of Intelligent Manufacturing” and “Practice and Paths of Intelligent Manufacturing”.

“Beijing is not only North China’s industrial hub; it is also a base of tremendous political support for smart manufacturing,” said Wolfgang Pech, senior vice president at Deutsche Messe AG. “This was clear at the conferences, which brought together representatives from China, Germany and the U.S. to compare and exchange ideas about modern manufacturing, as well as on the show floor, where many exhibitors presented not only separate products and services, but also complete automated solutions.”

Industrial Automation Beijing is organized by Deutsche Messe’s subsidiary in China, Hannover Milano Fairs China Ltd, and sponsored by the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society. The event belongs to Deutsche Messe’s HANNOVER MESSE Worldwide portfolio, which includes events in China, India, Turkey, and the United States. Industrial Automation BEIJING 2017 is scheduled for May 10–12.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Digitization of manufacturing impacts every aspect of your operations and supply chain. Attend this one-day event and hear from the experts how smart manufacturing technologies connect design, planning, production and distribution to drive process improvements, reduce operational costs and increase efficiencies.

May 24, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

461 Burroughs St.
Detroit, MI 48202

Why Attend?

  • Learn how industrial IoT optimizes resources throughout the enterprise and reduces production costs
  • Learn how big data and analytics change the way manufacturers work
  • Hear from experts how IIoT strategies and technologies will deliver enterprise transformation and value


Event Agenda

8:30 am-8:40 am
Welcome & Introductions
John Fleming, Retired, Ford Motor Company

8:45 am-9:30 am
It's all about the "&" - Brilliant Factory at GE
Robert Borchelt, Ph.D. CIO - Advanced Manufacturing Deployment, General Electric
Bart Weihl, Executive - Global Operations, Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives Group, General Electric

9:35 am-10:05 am
Manufacturing in the Digital World
Fred Thomas, Industry Director, Automotive/Industrial Equipment, Dassault Systemes, DELMIA

10:10 am-10:40 am
Using the Cloud to Deliver Manufacturing Knowledge Provides Wide-spread Access to Expert Recommendations
Chuck Mathews, Managing Director & Cloud Evangelist, MachiningCloud, Inc.

10:45 am-11:15 am
Transforming the Launch Process for New Products
Doug Macdonald, Product Marketing Director, Aras Corporation
Isaiah Kincaid, Computer & Electronics Engineer, Carlisle Brake and Friction

11:20 am-11:50 am
Future Factories: A Tidal Wave of Change is Coming
David Brousell, Global VP, Research & Editorial Director, Frost & Sullivan/Manufacturing Leadership Council

11:50 am-12:50 pm

1:00 pm-1:45 pm
KEYNOTE: Taking Big Data and Analytics to the Next Level to Drive Innovation
Paul Ballew, Chief Data & Analytics Officer, Ford Motor Company

1:50 pm-2:20 pm
Answering the Digital Call – Small Steps, Big Difference
Tom Elswick, Siemens Digital Factory USA, Siemens Industry, Inc.

2:25 pm-2:40 pm
Afternoon Break

2:45 pm-3:15 pm
Smart Manufacturing: Workforce Development Strategic Roadmap
Dennis Thompson, President & Managing Partner, Equus Partners LLC
Gail Norris, Director of Technical Learning Services, Siemens Industry
Jeannine Kunz, Director, Tooling U-SME

3:20 pm-3:50 pm
Achieving Manufacturing Excellence, Implementing a multi-plant MES solution for the UK’s largest automaker
Ramesh Subramanian, MES Practice Head, TATA Technologies

3:55 pm-4:40 pm
Panel Discussion: Smart Manufacturing: Setting a Strategy for Success
Robert Borchelt, Ph.D. CIO - Advanced Manufacturing Deployment, General Electric
Rachel Lecrone, Director, Manufacturing IT Systems & Industrial Controls, Cummins Inc.
Al Salour, R&D Engineer, The Boeing Company
Bart Weihl, Executive - Global Operations, Advanced Manufacturing Initiatives Group, General    Electric

4:45 pm-5:00 pm
Closing Remarks
John Fleming, Retired, Ford Motor Company

Event Executive Advisors

  • John Fleming, Retired, Ford Motor Company
  • Dr. Michael Grieves, Executive Director, Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Innovative Design, Florida Institute of Technology
  • Jay Lee, Professor, University of Cincinnati
  • Dennis Thompson, President & Managing Partner, Equus Partners LLC

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Following the success of the second edition of TCT Asia, which took place in Shanghai, March 10–12, organizers VNU Rapid News Co., Ltd are delighted to announce a program of expansion for the event, including a move to a larger and better equipped exhibition space.

With 10,500 visitors over three days and a 30% increase in stand space the 2016 edition of TCT Asia showed the predicted levels of growth and set the perfect platform for continued expansion.

The number of companies represented on the show floor was up 10% on the inaugural 2015 show, and a number of exhibitors took the opportunity to demonstrate their confidence in the event and the region as whole with larger custom-built stands. In particular the number of metal additive manufacturing technologies had grown significantly at this year’s show with several players like Bright Laser Technology, Farsoon, Union Tech and Syndaya 3D Technology Co., all displaying new machinery alongside established names like Concept Laser, SLM Solutions and Renishaw.

Several other companies chose TCT Asia as the platform to launch their latest technologies from industrial machines to desktop solutions and 3D scanners. Prismlab debuted its RP600 large-scale stereolithography-based printer, Raise3D brought its latest machines, the N2 and N2 Plus to the show floor.

Once again education was a huge part of TCT Asia, from the popular Inspired Minds classroom to the plethora of desktop machines designed specifically for that market. Tiertime chose to launch its new education initiative and held its first open classroom concept during the 3D Printing Summit. The Cool-Camp Education Program for K-12 has been designed to support regular school curricula and give students the tools to turn their ideas into tangible objects.

Chairman of VNU Rapid News Co., Ltd, Duncan Wood commented: "The second edition of TCT Asia built on the fantastic inaugural edition and strengthened the position of the event and the TCT brand globally. The immediate success that the show has enjoyed is down to the combination of operational expertise, industry intelligence and hard work that defines VNU Rapid News. We are delighted to have provided a world-class education and trading platform that has benefitted our visitors, exhibitors, sponsors and speakers."

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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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama were the first to experience ABB's groundbreaking new smart sensor at Hanover Fair on Monday.

The two leaders were shown how ABB’s smart sensor can improve the productivity of hundreds of millions of electric motors by connecting them for the first time to cloud-based services."The smart sensor enables transcontinental industrial digitalization," said Spiesshofer.

"The sensor reduces the downtime of motors by up to 70 percent, extends their life span by up to 30 percent, and cuts energy consumption by as much as 10 percent. If all industrial electric motors worldwide were equipped with our smart sensors, the energy savings would be equivalent to the output of 100 large power plants."


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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

Prices increase on-site, so register in advance for the best price.

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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

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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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What are the The Realities of 3D Printing in the Built Environment? How does this impact one of the most important industries in our society?

For the crucial answers to these questions, BuiltWorlds embraced the next generation members of our community. In a joint venture with Northwestern University’s Mechanical Engineering school, we have united for a crash course into how the current two main challenges facing 3D Printing in the built environment can be overcome: methodology and structural integrity. Along with a panel of industry experts, we’ll examine the endless spools of filament surrounding present and future uses for 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing.

Presenters Include:

  • James Wolff, CEO, D-Shape Enterprises - They boast the largest 3D printer using concrete in the world and aim to revolutionize how the buildings get built.
  • Dr. Behrok Khosnevis, Founder, Contour Crafting - Khosnevis’ computerized construction technology won the grand prize among 1000+ globally competing technologies in the 2014 NASA Tech Briefs Create the Future design contest. Applications of this technology include commercial construction, affordable housing, disaster relief and more.
  • Maged Guergis, Designer, SOM - Maged played a prominent role in the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy (AIME1.0) project, a joint project between SOM, DOE, and Oak Ridge National Lab. Highly energy efficient, the 3D-printed building was designed by SOM to produce and store renewable power and to share energy wirelessly with a 3D-printed vehicle, which was developed by the DOE.


5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

BuiltWorlds Media
1260 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL

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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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Mfg4, a tradeshow and conference dedicated to showcasing aerospace, defense and medical device manufacturing, returns to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Connecticut, from May 3-5, 2016. Mfg4, produced by SME, provides opportunities for companies and attendees to learn business strategies and about products that work well in their own and other industries, as well as to discover how that translates to meet specific company challenges.

“These three vitals areas of manufacturing — aerospace, defense and medical device manufacturing — are all challenged by similar issues,” said Paul Faughnan, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Pratt & Whitney. “From long project lifecycles, stringent government regulations, mission-critical quality control and a subsequent need for cutting-edge technology, these topics—and solutions—will be discussed at length throughout the course of Mfg4.”

In addition to an exhibit floor showcasing a diverse range of companies, products and services, Mfg4 also has a series of keynote presentations, new product announcements and educational sessions planned.

Keynote presentations

Tuesday, May 3, 9 a.m.

Stephan Biller, Chief Scientist, Manufacturing and Research, GE Global Research
Topic: GE’s 21st Century Brilliant Factories

Wednesday, May 4, 9 a.m.
Daniel Lawrynowicz, Senior Director, Advanced Technologies, Research and Development Business Unit, Reconstructive Division, Stryker Orthopaedics
Topic: Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing for Orthopaedic Devices

Thursday, May 5, 9 a.m.

Ned Kaminski, Principal Engineer, Electric Boat
Topic: Enabling Manufacturing Technology: Past, Present and Future Vision for Electric Boat

Ideas and information

“There’s an immense exchange of ideas at Mfg4,” said Kim Farrugia of SME, event manager for Mfg4. “Nearly every hour on the show floor, professional presentations provide insights and solutions for each featured industry, as well as forecasts from industry leaders.”

Mfg4’s Information Interchange Sessions run throughout the course of the event and will feature industry experts who will address a wide range of topics including additive manufacturing techniques, automation, designing for the DMLS process, laser processing technologies and manufacturing intelligence on the factory floor.

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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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The 5th Annual GALM Europe 2016 edition is coming to Birmingham for the first time to bring back its legacy of the most up-to-date practical case studies, and present innovative weight and cost reduction solutions for the European automotive industry.

The flagship European GALM event returns with an extended three-day format, new location and a completely revamped agenda. The event is supported by Audi, Jaguar Land Rover, Lamborghini, Bentley, Tata Motors and other leading OEMs and will be held on April 26-28, 2016 in Birmingham, UK.

What's New For GALM 2016?

  • A renewed focus on mature solutions will enable OEMs to identify the technologies and processes that are ready to be implemented into their assembly lines focusing on procurement, costs, lifecycle time and manufacturability
  • Brand new speakers to the series will deliver fresh success stories from OEMs such as Audi, Lamborghini, Jaguar Land Rover, Great Wall Motor China, Geely, Bentley 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 automotive lightweighting
  • For the first time the agenda will include case studies from Chinese OEMs, including Geely and Great Wall Motor, who will share updates on developments within the Asian automotive industry

The agenda for the fifth edition has been completely reinvented to bring the latest knowledge to the scrutiny of a keen automotive audience. For the first time the program has been extended to include three full days, with OEM presentations looking to assess performance, weight, cost, durability and maintainability of aluminium, high strength steel, composites and other lightweight materials.

More than 25 presentations over three days will look at minimizing the procurement, technology and engineering costs for lightweight materials with a focus on mature solutions.

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

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

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

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

Confirmed speakers include:

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

Key topics for 2016:

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Mazak will host its annual Discover More With Mazak™ Event at its Midwest Technology Center in Schaumburg, Illinois, April 19 – 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (CST). The technology and education event will explore how today’s advanced metalworking technologies and data-driven production strategies contribute to unprecedented productivity gains and improved quality management.

From models with simple, but innovative milling and turning capabilities to advanced manufacturing cell solutions, Mazak will run real-world part cutting demonstrations on 25 of its newest machine tools, many of which will feature the latest ancillary equipment from its Value Inspired Partners.

Mazak application engineers will also be available during the demonstrations to discuss how these machines can solve unique production challenges. Attendees are encouraged to bring their toughest projects to the event so the Mazak team can help them develop highly optimized machining strategies.

Several of the multi-axis machines on display will feature the company's new SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY process-performance platform, which comprises intuitive hardware, new high-speed servo systems, enhanced ergonomics and optimized programming via the latest MAZATROL SmoothX and SmoothG CNCs.

The SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY platform also factors in automation and plant-wide connectivity as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to transform the manufacturing industry through big data. The platform supports the MTConnect® open communications protocol and includes an NC Data Library for connecting machines to an Ethernet system. Machines with SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY and an MTConnect adapter make it easy for shops to collect data from the MAZATROL Smooth CNCs.

Among the simple, but innovative machines on display at the event will be the full 5-axis VCU-500A/5X vertical machining center, which now features SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY and the new MAZATROL SmoothX CNC; the QUICK TURN UNIVERSAL (QTU) 250MSY turning center with Multi-Tasking functionality and a GR100 gantry loader; and the small-footprint QUICK TURN PRIMOS 100 S turning center. Attendees will see how Mazak’s design and engineering teams applied amazing ingenuity to develop innovative features and functions that allow these models to redefine the quality and productivity standards of value-based machine tools.

Representing advancements in unattended, continuous parts processing, the MULTIPLEX 6200-II Y Multi-Tasking turning center will be featured alongside the GL100F gantry loader during the event. Featuring dual spindles, dual turrets, off-center machining and rotary tool capability, the MULTIPLEX 6200-II Y is ideal for single-setup, mid-size lot production and provides a standard machining diameter of 10.24".

Denoting high-volume production, the HCN 5000-III horizontal machining center will show event attendees the precision, reliability and value it brings to heavy, large parts production. Now available with SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY, the machine features the latest MAZATROL SmoothG CNC with advanced programming and support functions. At the event, Mazak will pair the machine with its PALLETECH pre-engineered manufacturing system as part of an advanced manufacturing cell.

In fact, Mazak recently made PALLETECH a key automation component of the SMOOTH TECHNOLOGY platform via its new Smooth PMC software. The schedule operation software predicts the necessary tools and output per a shop’s production schedule. A variety of graphs within the software also allows for utilization analysis.

In addition to introducing attendees to the latest in advanced machine tool technology, Mazak will use the event as a springboard for Midwest-based manufacturers interested in data-driven manufacturing strategies.

According to Kevin Bates, general manager at Mazak’s Midwest Technology Center, the Midwestern states tend to lead the nation in manufacturing. However, to keep the momentum going, manufacturers need to be ready to embrace Industry 4.0 concepts and technologies.

Using its iSMART Factory as an example, Mazak will discuss the unprecedented productivity and quality advantages of intelligence-based business models built around embedded connectivity, big data, advanced analytics and cybersecurity protection.

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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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Chris Young has joined exhibition organizer Tarsus as strategy consultant for its Additive Manufacturing Shows portfolio and allied information resources.

Chris Young was the co-founder of the first set of media products and events to cater for the European and North American additive manufacturing (AM) sector back in the early 1990s. As such, he has over 25 years’ experience in the sector and an innate understanding of how additive manufacturing and an array of advanced design and manufacturing solutions work for the betterment of manufacturing enterprises worldwide.

As Joint Managing Director of Rapid News Communications Group (which launched the TCT portfolio of products in the United Kingdom and North America), Young cut his teeth in the sector back when additive manufacturing was referred to as "rapid prototyping". As the sector has evolved, Young has been instrumental in bringing an array of versatile media products and events to market to service the burgeoning demand for practical information concerning the use of additive manufacturing, and information about the suppliers of technology and service solutions.

Since selling his holding in Rapid News Communications Group, Young has remained intimately connected with the additive manufacturing sector, and has been involved in strategic consultancy work on behalf of a number of OEMs using additive manufacturing technologies, and technology and service suppliers alike.

“Chris’s knowledge and experience in the additive manufacturing sector gives him a unique insight in the future development of the industry,” explains Lisa Milburn, Managing Director. “We believe that most of the advantages of additive manufacturing (or 3D printing as it is sometimes called) are in business-to-business applications, but that AM is only one part of the design and manufacturing process. Our aim will be to represent the full range of technologies at our shows and we look forward to working with Chris to deliver relevant content to promote the optimization of these processes,” she adds.

Young explains the unique reach and focus of Tarsus’s AM shows. “Tarsus comes to the sector with an exciting vision and a depth of event organization, marketing muscle and success that is unparalleled. For the first time, the additive manufacturing sector will be presented with a pan-European and truly national North American event embracing the full ecosystem of additive manufacturing and allied technologies. Importantly, for the first time there is also a detailed focus in the conferences and exhibitions, specifically on the key industry verticals of healthcare, aerospace and automotive, where business opportunities are greatest.”

Tarsus launched the Additive Manufacturing Shows last year following its acquisition of 3D Printshow in 2014. The first edition of Additive Manufacturing Europe 2016 will take place on June 28-30 at RAI Amsterdam, while Additive Manufacturing Americas 2016 will be held on December 7-9 at the Pasadena Convention Center.

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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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Published in Smile Expo

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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Published in Crain Communications

MecklerMedia Corporation is proud to announce that RoboUniverse will be making its debut in Singapore at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre on January 26 - 27, 2016.  RoboUniverse will be co-located with Inside 3D Printing and the Virtual Reality Summit, giving attendees an all-access experience to the exhibits and seminars for all 3 events.

First launched in New York City in May 2015, RoboUniverse is the first global conference and trade show series that is focused on exploring the development and use of service robotics for home, education, and business use. Singapore will be the 6th stop of the world tour for RoboUniverse after highly-anticipated shows in other cities such as San Diego and Shanghai.

The use of robotics is now being highly relied upon for many contemporary innovations, and because of that, it’s important to bring all of today’s brightest minds together not only to celebrate this rapidly evolving technology, but also to give experts, hobbyists, and everyone interested a chance to learn more, share, and check out all the amazing inventions abounding today.

The conference and expo will cover robotic innovation in agriculture, manufacturing, logistics, healthcare, AI, consumer, education, IoT, plus business, investment, technology, and more.

“With Singapore being one of the most innovative cities in the world, we are excited to bring a premier service robotics trade show like RoboUniverse to this city. We hope to showcase the latest robotics trends across industries that can improve our everyday life," said Alan Meckler, CEO and Chairman of MecklerMedia.

Attendees will benefit from a series of seminars, tutorials, and exhibits, and learn about every facet of the rapidly growing robotics industry. Register before the event to receive FREE passes!

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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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