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Latest 3D printing innovations on display at WESTEC in October


WESTEC 2013, the West Coast’s manufacturing event, will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center, October 15-17, 2013. The highlight of the exhibition will be the latest 3D printing innovations, as an Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, an Additive Panel Discussion, and an Additive Manufacturing Certificate Program will be featured.


In the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center, on display will be parts representing major additive manufacturing technologies including stereolithography, laser sintering and fused deposition modeling. Attendees will find information on how this technology can lower production expenses, speed product development, and enable new designs. Additionally, the resource center features “Knowledge Bar” sessions to increase understanding of 3D printing concepts and utilization.


Todd Grimm, president of T.A Grimm & Associates and recognized as one of the most influential names in the additive manufacturing industry, will be leading discussions in the resource center and moderating panels on the topic.


Meanwhile, the Additive Panel Discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 16 and will address various questions surrounding the future of the technology. The panelists are:


-          Boris Fritz, engineer 5, Strike and Surveillance Systems Division, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems.  

-          David Gurrola, president & CEO, GROWit.  

-          Ken Patton, executive director, RapidTech, University of California-Irvine


SME, a nonprofit organization and the host of the exhibition, is also offering an opportunity to attend a review course and exam for the Additive Manufacturing Certificate. Held alongside WESTEC, this certificate program is a collaborative effort of SME, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute


“WESTEC 2013’s various additive manufacturing offerings will carve out new opportunities for companies while simultaneously educating them about new innovations,” said Christine Longroy, WESTEC event manager. “Our goal is to get companies thinking about different ways to use this advancing technology.”

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