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To keep the momentum of the dramatic revolution in technology and functionality of today’s electronic products, technologists must find new ways of facing the age-old problem of lighter, faster and less expensive. Bringing together the entire electronics industry — from printed board materials to component packaging and semiconductor design to complete systems — the inaugural IPC Electronic System Technologies Conference (ESTC) will take place May 20–23, 2013, with an accompanying exhibition on May 21–22 at the New Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas.

Tracks for the conference and professional development courses will include: product design and development; assembly and SMT; PCB fabrication, materials and design; quality and reliability; fabrication and silicon; test; equipment, tools and modules; packaging and substrates; mechanics; thermals; electrical; materials; and industry analysis and issues.

“The program will include data-driven, high-quality papers, panel discussions, professional development courses and keynote speakers,” says Senol Pekin, Ph.D., Intel Corporation, and general chair of the event. “We have been working hard to establish a well-credentialed program committee of more than 50 experienced technology professionals from across the industry. They will bring excellent technical experience to evaluating the papers and creating a program that has both depth and breadth.”

The deadline for abstract and proposal submission is November 5, 2012.

The exhibition will bring together companies that supply to all levels of the systems technology supply chain in a 24,000 sq. ft. column-free exhibition hall. It is a unique opportunity to reach product specifiers and manufacturing visionaries working on tomorrow’s vital electronic products.

For more information, visit: www.ipc.org/ESTC

Published in IPC

The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today announced that it will hold its first parts competition at this year’s show, September 11-13, 2012 at the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, MI.  One innovative composites application submitted by sponsors/exhibitors or automakers will be selected by the committee and invited judges from entries and announced on the last day of the show during closing ceremonies, with a follow-up announcement describing the application and why it was selected to be released after the event.
 
Creig Bowland, senior research associate at PPG Industries, and the 2011 and 2012 SPE ACCE conference chair said, “We’ve seen our large-parts display area grow considerably over the past few years.  This year, it just seemed to make sense to capture some additional detail on all those parts that were at the show and provide some recognition for the innovation we were seeing – especially since our theme this year is Unleashing the Power of Design. What better way can we show automakers just what composites can do?”  Bowland adds that there is no cost to nominate parts for the competition.  Materials suppliers, molders, or OEMs in any geography may nominate as long as the OEM gives permission.  Parts may be on passenger cars or light trucks, original equipment or aftermarket, as long as they are already in commercial (series) production or will be in production by November 1, 2012.

“Nominations will be judged on the impact and trendsetting nature of the application,” Bowland adds, “including materials of construction, processing method, assembly methods, and other enabling technologies that made the application possible.  Nominations should also emphasize benefits of design, weight and cost reduction, parts consolidation, functional integration, and improved performance.”
 
Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws almost 500 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the 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, heavy truck, or aviation OEM, and another 25% representing tier suppliers.  Attendees also represent composite materials, processing equipment, additives, or reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers.  The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001.

Preliminary descriptions and photos about the application’s innovations are due August 15. Physical parts must be brought to and displayed at the SPE ACCE for final review by judges during a formal walk-through at a date and time to be announced.

For more information or to enter, visit: www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm

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The IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition will be held August 22–23, 2012, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel in Schaumburg, Illinois.  A valuable forum for education, business development and networking, IPC Midwest will highlight the new technologies, materials and processes in electronics manufacturing to help engineers solve their challenges and work smarter.

IPC Midwest’s two-day exhibition will feature electronics manufacturing’s top suppliers to companies in advanced microelectronics, aerospace and military, automotive, medical and industrial equipment and devices, telecommunications and other industries. Admission to the exhibit floor is free to pre-registrants.

Some of the world’s leading experts will share the latest research on manufacturing defect-free, quality electronic products in the two-day technical conference. The paper sessions will address reliability challenges for bottom termination components; advances in reliability testing; new assembly coatings and alternatives; innovative assembly processes for improving yields, service life and reliability; and performance characteristics of assembly process soldering materials.

IPC Midwest will also host valuable standards development meetings. More than 75 volunteer groups will meet to discuss and develop industry standards in areas from assembly and joining, base materials and cleaning and coating to embedded devices, high speed/high frequency interconnections and testing.

In addition, this year’s special events include a free opening session on Nanotechnology and Electronics Assembly, a reception on Wednesday to meet IPC’s new President & CEO John W. Mitchell, and the second annual IPC Midwest Hand Soldering Competition.

“IPC Midwest is a unique opportunity to attend a comprehensive industry event in a convenient regional location,” said Alicia Balonek, IPC director of trade show operations. “All under one roof, participants can discover the latest advances in electronics manufacturing as well as shop and compare equipment and processes for their unique needs, saving them valuable time and travel expenses."

In addition to offering free exhibits-only registration, IPC Midwest has special registration packages that provide comprehensive educational opportunities. To view all registration options, visit www.IPCMidwestShow.org/register. Individuals who register by July 20 can save 20 percent on registration fees.

For more information, visit: www.IPCMidwestShow.org

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Objet ltd., the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, is to be an official sponsor of the ‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, starting May 2nd 2012. The exhibition features pieces from Neri Oxman, Artist, Architect, Designer and Assistant Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose work has been created using Objet multi-material 3D printing – a capability unique to Objet Connex technology.

The Centre Pompidou is one of the most visited attractions in France with some 3 million visitors every year. This year's ‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition (May 2nd – August 6th) focuses on the future of industry and deals with new creative tools. Visitors will be drawn by 15 different projects created by a new generation of young designers exploring the intersection of technology and art.

“The sponsorship of this exhibition is momentous for our business as a broader awareness of 3D printing technology is key to the industry’s future rapid growth,” states David Reis, Objet CEO. “The 3D printing industry has the potential to invigorate how we think about product design, art and engineering. The process enables artists, designers and engineers to rapidly create whole assemblies, unique artistic geometries and functional prototypes straight from a 3D design.”

Objet is inviting the media to attend its Private VIP Media Event on Friday 4th May, which includes a guided tour of the‘Multiversités Créatives’ exhibition, accompanied by Neri Oxman. Taking place from 8.30-11.00am at the Centre Pompidou, the event starts with a VIP breakfast buffet in the Restaurant Georges on the 6th floor, with panoramic views of the Paris skyline. The Objet Media Event is by free invitation only; as number of participants is limited, to get your personal invitation early registration is required*:

For more information, visit: www.objet.com/pompidou-media-event

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To say that Iris van Herpen is a rising star in the world of fashion would be an understatement. Since starting her own label in 2007, Iris has picked up a string of awards, has been elected as guest-member by Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, has seen her clothing worn by trend-setting celebrities such as Björk and Lady Gaga, and has had her 3D printed dresses named as one of the 50 Best Inventions of 2011 by TIME Magazine. Now she is able to add a solo exhibition and a book to her list of achievements and, for most of her collections, she has taken Materialise along for the ride.

From March 25th to September 23rd, 2012, visitors to the Groninger Museum in Groningen, the Netherlands, will be treated to a solo exhibition by Iris van Herpen, which features an overview of her work from 2008 to the present. Among the pieces representing the Crystallization (2010), Escapism (2011),Capriole (2011) and Micro (2012) collections are designs brought to life through 3D Printing at Materialise.

The exhibition opened to great acclaim on the evening of March 23rd, with the event doubling as the official launch of Iris van Herpen’s first book, which is self-titled and soon to be on sale worldwide. The book provides readers with a stunning look at catwalk photos from all of Iris’s collections and includes new photo material by Bart Oomes as well as an essay by fashion journalist Jean Paul Cauvin.

Materialise staff members were on hand for the official opening and you can share their experience in this photo album on Facebook. They can highly recommend both a visit to the Groninger Museum to see the exhibition and the book, which is a must-have for those that truly appreciate fashion as the art form it can be, especially when Iris van Herpen is involved.

For more details about the exhibition visit: www.groningermuseum.nl/en/exhibition/iris-van-herpen

Published in Materialise

Britain’s biggest manufacturing technology exhibition - MACH 2012 - hits Birmingham next month and takes place against a backdrop of significant investment and strong growth in the sector.

Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) statistics indicated a 68% increase in orders for 2011 compared to 2010.  It therefore comes as little surprise that the numbers of people expected to attend MACH 2012 are well ahead of the figures for 2010; pre-registrations have increased by more than 25%.

Furthermore, some 20% more exhibition space has already been allocated and the number of exhibitors is likely to reach almost 500 organisations in total.

Graham Dewhurst, Director-General of the MTA, said “With well over 450 exhibitors and over 5,000 tonnes of working machinery in operation, MACH 2012 presents an unrivalled opportunity to see the very best of British, European and Global Manufacturing Technology under one roof.”

Dewhurst added, “We anticipate well over 20,000 visitors to MACH 2012, including, buyers, suppliers, researchers, policy makers and over 1,500 teenagers who have pre-registered their attendance to find out what a career in the industry has to offer.

The fact we now have 25% more visitors registered than at the corresponding time in 2010 demonstrates a real commitment to – and confidence in - the sector.”

MACH 2012, owned and operated by the MTA, is open to all, free to attend and takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from the 16th until the 20th April 2012.

For more information, visit: www.machexhibition.com

IPC —Association Connecting Electronics Industries® has issued a Call for Participation for the technical conference at IPC Midwest Conference & Exhibition™. The one show in the Midwest focused on printed boards and electronics manufacturing, this year’s event will take place August 22–23, 2012, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois. Researchers, academics, technical experts and industry leaders are invited to submit abstracts on the materials and processes that contribute to the performance of printed board assemblies.

Expert presentations are being sought in the areas of:

  • Adhesives
  • Cleaning Materials
  • Conformal Coatings
  • Design for Manufacturability
  • Design for Reliability
  • Design for Test
  • Electronic Materials
  • Fluxes
  • Handling and Storage
  • ICT
  • Incoming Inspection
  • Interconnection Performance
  • Moisture Sensitivity
  • Optical/Laser Inspection
  • Pick and Place
  • Potting and Encapsulation
  • Process Control
  • Printing/Jetting
  • Reflow and Wave Soldering
  • Selective Soldering
  • Solders
  • Solderability
  • Solder Mask
  • Testing
  • Tin Whiskers Risk Mitigation
  • X-Ray Inspection

Abstracts must be submitted by April 2, 2012, and should detail case histories, field data, new technologies or innovation, or research and findings. In addition, abstracts should summarize the problems and resolutions, procedures used, results of experiments and benefits to the industry.

Oral presentations will be limited to 20 minutes, plus an additional 10 minutes for questions and answers. Presentations must be noncommercial and focused on technology rather than a company's product and must not have been previously presented.

To submit an abstract, visit: www.IPCMidwestShow.org/CFP

Published in IPC

The organizing committee for the SPE Automotive Composites Conference & Exhibition (ACCE) today announced the dates, theme, and location for this year’s show and issued its annual Call for Papers. Now in its twelfth year, the SPE ACCE has become the world’s leading forum for automotive composites and draws exhibitors, speakers, and attendees from 15 countries on five continents. This year’s event, whose theme is Unleashing the Power of Design, returns September 11-13, 2012 to the MSU Management Education Center in Troy, Mich., U.S.A.

Creig Bowland, senior research associate at PPG Industries, and the 2011 and 2012 SPE ACCE conference chair said, “With the global automotive industry growing again after several difficult years, and with a host of tough new emissions and fuel-economy standards looming for the industry to meet, interest in lightweight materials like polymer composites is at an all-time high. Fortunately, the composites industry has a broad portfolio representing a wide range of cost, performance, and processing options from which to choose. Whether automakers are working on low volume/performance platforms, or high volume/economy platforms, they will find materials and process options that will meet their needs. And the best way to keep on top of the very latest technology innovations in this field is to attend the annual SPE ACCE show.”

Those interested in speaking at this year’s event should submit abstracts by March 31, 2012 to the review committee via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Full papers or presentations are due May 31, 2012. Authors who submit papers (not presentations) in the proper format will be considered for the conference’s Best Paper Awards, which will be presented during the event’s opening ceremony.

Held annually in suburban Detroit, the ACCE draws almost 500 speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees and provides an environment dedicated solely to discussion and networking about advances in the 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, heavy truck, or aviation OEM, and another 25% representing tier suppliers. Attendees also represent composite materials, processing equipment, additives, or reinforcement suppliers; trade associations, consultants, university and government labs; media; and investment bankers. The show has been jointly sponsored by the SPE Automotive and Composites Divisions since 2001.

The mission of SPE is to promote scientific and engineering knowledge relating to plastics. SPE’s Automotive and Composites Divisions work to advance plastics and plastic-based composites technologies worldwide and to educate industry, academia, and the public about these advances. Both divisions are dedicated to educating, promoting, recognizing, and communicating technical accomplishments for all phases of plastics and plastic-based composite developments, including materials, processing, equipment, tooling, design and testing, and application development.

For more information, visit: www.speautomotive.com/comp.htm

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A1 Technologies is very excited about the Power of Making Exhibition, which opened at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London last week. This exhibition, hosted by the V&A in collaboration with the UK Crafts Council is open to the public ‘to celebrate the power of making in our lives’ and will run right through until 2nd January 2012.

Passionate about designing & making A1 Technologies was delighted to be invited by the curator and the V&A to get involved with this eminent event that will undoubtedly attract individuals, families and school groups to view highly innovative and inspirational pieces of work. For the duration of the exhibition A1 has loaned the makers in residence at the V&A — PostlerFerguson — a suite of its advanced tools for designing and making in 3D. The synergy between the event and the aims of A1 as a company are clear and by demonstrating these advanced, accessible and easy to use products in such an environment the company hopes to introduce many more people to 3D digital technologies. Any visitors to PostlerFerguson within the Sackler Education Centre at the Power of Making exhibition will be offered the opportunity to try the equipment out for themselves.

The comprehensive suite of 3D technologies on site with PostlerFerguson includes:

• Studiomill — a 5-axis CNC machine complete with software and a range of tools.
• Chameleon — a creative haptically-enabled 3D design package, which incorporates Cloud9 software from Anarkik3D.
• DAVID laserscanner — a 3D laser scanner.


The Power of Making
Victoria & Albert Museum
London
6th September 2011 – 2nd January 2012


For more information visit: www.a1-tech.co.uk or www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/p/power-of-making

Published in A1 Technologies

The annual Plastics Design and Moulding Exhibition and Conference (PDM11) has moved from its traditional base in Telford to the ExCel Centre in London for 18-19 May 2011. The move is designed to attract new exhibitors and visitors as well as to strengthen the event’s unique position in bringing together the best of British plastics manufacturing and design. Visitors can now register online for free entry to the event at: www.pdmevent.com

Combining an exhibition with free conference sessions, PDM is the most comprehensive plastics event in the UK and is a must-attend event for anyone involved in the production of plastic products. PDM is a vibrant source of information, education and inspiration for plastics design and moulding professionals.

PDM11 is the perfect place for plastics and design professionals to network and learn. Visitors can meet representatives from every part of the UK plastics design and moulding community including suppliers of injection moulding machinery, rotational moulding machinery, blow moulding machinery and ancillary equipment as well as automation companies, mouldmakers, polymer producers, compounders, polymer distributors, masterbatch and additive suppliers, software companies, materials testing specialists, moulders, rapid prototyping companies, design companies and other industry services.

"Following on from the huge success of last year’s seminar, the British Plastics Federation’s Rotational Moulding Group is once again working with PDM to put on a similar session,” said Martin Spencer, Chairman of the BPF's Rotational Moulding Group. “The BPF is particularly excited that PDM is coming to ExCel in London and the opportunities that this seminar will bring to interface with the London design community.”

The PDM11 conference programme – running across both days of the show - tackles a host of in-depth topics based around the core subject of design for plastics manufacture. In addition to the BPF seminar, speakers already confirmed include Mike Matthews managing director of Nifco UK, who will speak on Injection Moulding Best Practice and Richard Brown, operations director of the Hi-Technology Group, who will cover Injection Moulding for Designers. Additional conference sessions are scheduled to address New Product Development and Advanced Injection Moulding. Full details of the PDM conference programme will be announced in February.

Among the many leading industry names already booked for the exhibition are: Agentdraw, Bayer Material Science, Engel, Distrupol, Plastribution, ICO Polymers and Ultra Polymers.
“The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) and The Polymer Society are once again supporting PDM as a major event for all those involved in processing and applications of polymeric materials. In tough economic times such as these, keeping up with innovations in materials is essential to give businesses the edge,” said IOM3 Chief Executive, Dr Bernie Rickinson.

“The IED is taking part in PDM11 as the showcase event for plastics design in the UK,” said Libby Brodhurst, chief executive of the Institution of Design Engineers. “We are very pleased to continue our support of the event and look forward to engaging with the wider audience the new location and associated events will bring.”

Visit www.pdmevent.com for more information and for travel advice on getting to PDM11 at the ExCel Centre via car or public transport.

PDM11 is co-located at the ExCel Centre with a unique new event dedicated to industrial design: the Product Design + Innovation conference (www.pdesigni.com). Featuring expert speakers from brand owners and leading design consultancies, the two-day Product Design + Innovation conference will set the innovation agenda and explore opportunities for growth through themes such as sustainability and open innovation. It will look at how to communicate the value of design to business and government as well as how best to protect and maximise value from intellectual property. Covering every aspect of the business of design, the conference will also consider client relationships, examine brand owners' strategies and explore how innovation generates growth. The programme will feature product design in consumer, medical, telecoms, automotive and aerospace applications.

The Plastics Design & Moulding Exhibition (PDM) has been running since 2005. It is part of the Plastics News Global Group owned by Crain Communications Inc., which also includes leading plastics publications Plastics & Rubber Weekly, European Plastics News and Plastics News. www.pdmevent.com

PDM11 is supported by The British Plastics Federation (BPF); the Gauge & Toolmakers Association (GTMA); the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3)/The Polymer Society; the Institution of Engineering Designers (IED) and Plastics & Rubber Weekly (PRW).

3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC) announced its sponsorship of the transFORM Exhibit, taking place from November 29 - December 11, 2010, in the Design District of Miami, Florida. Being held at Luminaire Lab during Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami, the exhibition features extraordinary contributions by both established and emerging international design visionaries with works that are both experimental and multi-sensory.

3D Systems pioneered the use of Additive Manufacturing solutions for the arts and entertainment and now, through its comprehensive 3Dproparts network, 3D Systems offers studios, individual designers and artists the opportunity to harness freedom of expression through its complete and affordable suite of design to manufacturing solutions.

We are pleased to support the transFORM exhibition and sponsor this installation of Vase#44, said Cathy Lewis, vice president of global marketing for 3D Systems. Our Additive Manufacturing solutions enable artists and designers to express their creativity through visually striking and unique artifacts. It is gratifying to know that proceeds from sales of this exceptional work directly benefit cancer research, concluded Lewis.

About 3D Systems
3D Systems is a leading provider of 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing systems and parts solutions. Its expertly integrated solutions reduce the time and cost of designing products and facilitate direct and indirect manufacturing by creating actual parts directly from digital input. These solutions are used for design communication and prototyping as well as for production of functional end-use parts: Our customers Create With Confidence.

More information on the company is available at www.3DSystems.com, www.printin3d.com, www.toptobottomdental.com, www.3Dproparts.com, www.bitsfrombytes.com, www.mqast.com, www.dpt-fast.com, blog.3dsystems.com, or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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3D Systems (NASDAQ: TDSC) - announced today that it will showcase its suite of personal and professional 3-D Printers at the SIGGRAPH 2010 Conference and Exhibition at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 25 – 29, 2010.

The company plans to present its powerful 3D Printers in the exhibit hall and demonstrate the practical application of its printing solutions through participation in the SIGGRAPH Conference track, The Studio. The Studio is a dedicated five day program offering attendees an interactive opportunity to learn how to create and print three-dimensional objects with the newest computer-aided design and manufacturing software, 3D scanners and the latest 3D printers.

“We are pleased to exhibit our exclusive line of 3D Printers at SIGGRAPH,” said Cathy Lewis, vice president of global marketing, 3D Systems. “We are particularly excited to have our V-Flash® personal printer and our ProJet™ 3000 high definition professional printer as part of The Studio and offer attendees the opportunity to experience the potential of 3D printing at their finger tips,” concluded Lewis.

Now in its 37th year, the SIGGRAPH conference is the premier international event on computer graphics and interactive techniques. SIGGRAPH 2010 is expected to draw an estimated 25,000 professionals from five continents to Los Angeles, California.

When is SIGGRAPH? July 25 - 29, 2010 (Exhibit: July 27 – 29, 2010)

Where is SIGGRAPH? Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, CA, USA

For more information, visit: www.siggraph.org/s2010

Published in 3D Systems

3D Systems (NASDAQ: TDSC) - announced its sponsorship of the ‘New Simplicity’ Exhibition of Simple Design Now, from July 24 – August 8, 2010, in London. The exhibition features a range of creations and designs from classic to contemporary, illustrating the full range of design freedom available through the use of 3D Systems Additive Manufacturing solutions.

3D Systems pioneered the use of Additive Manufacturing solutions for the arts and entertainment and now, through its comprehensive 3Dproparts™ network, 3D Systems offers studios, individual designers and artists the opportunity to harness freedom of expression through its complete and affordable suite of design to manufacturing solutions.

“We are pleased to sponsor this Exhibition,” said Cathy Lewis, vice president of global marketing for 3D Systems. “Our Additive Manufacturing solutions enable artists and designers to express their creativity through visually striking and unique artifacts as well as everyday products that are enduring, functional and simple,” concluded Lewis.

Featuring celebrated designers such as Jasper Morrison and Sam Hecht, along with a generation of emerging artists, ‘New Simplicity’ opens on 24 July at 203 Brompton Road, London and runs until 8 August, 2010. Admission is free.

For more information, visit: www.3dsystems.com

Published in 3D Systems

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