SPE design conference set for Detroit, focuses on collaborative product development

  • Design in Plastics 2017 follows last year’s successful debut at RISD
  • Engineers, designers, molders & brand owners among the presenters
  • Join a big conversation about improving product design & development

DETROIT, Sept. 26, 2017 – Organized by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE), Design in Plastics 2017 is a product design, development and management conference focusing on the challenges and rewards of interdisciplinary collaboration between design, engineering, manufacturing, marketing and R&D. Learn about best practices as well as the latest related to key technologies and innovation management techniques.

Topics will include augmented and virtual reality, biomimicry, 3D printing, future of mobility, innovation management and design thinking, start-up advice, education trends, intellectual property protection, sustainability, and

in-space manufacturing – all in the context of improved communication and teamwork.

“Our mission is to create a dialogue across multiple disciplines offering valuable insights that are equally relevant to all participants – regardless of the processes run, materials used or end markets served,” said Robert Grace, conference chair and program organizer. “It is through better understanding and communication that we get better end products.”

This year’s conference will take place Nov. 6-8 in midtown Detroit, at the College for Creative Studies (www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu), ranked as the #3 design school in the U.S. The event will end in time on Nov. 8 for interested attendees to go down the road to Burton Manor in Livonia for SPE’s 47th annual Automotive Innovation Awards dinner & gala.

At Design in Plastics, join presenters from: Aether Global Learning, Balance Inc., Bresslergroup, Case Western Reserve University, Chris Lefteri Design, Daimler Trucks, DESiN LLC, Eastman Chemical, Historiai, HP Inc., IN2Innovation, Include Fitness, Kinetic Vision, Local Motors, Lunar, Made In Space, NASA, Nonspec Inc., Nimble Services, One BusinessDesign, Portland State University, Priority Designs, SmartShape Design, Sundberg-Ferar, Thogus Products, and the University of Oregon. See the full agenda here.

Keynote speakers include Gregory Haye, general manager of Local Motors Inc., and the tag-team of Raymond “Corky” Clinton of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and Made In Space Inc. co-founder Michael Snyder.

Make valuable connections during evening receptions at the 110-year-old Scarab Club art house, and the N’Namdi Center contemporary gallery.

As a bonus, at the latter, on Nov. 7, we also will be screening the entertaining documentary film "All Things Bakelite", about Leo Hendrik Baekeland, the Belgian-born American chemist considered the "father of modern plastics." The session will include a Q&A session with the film makers and historians Hugh Karraker, executive producer (and Leo Baekeland's great-grandson), and director John E. Maher of JEM Films.

Conference registration costs $395 for SPE members, $595 for non-members, and just $195 for educators and students. Register at http://bit.ly/register_DiP.

Supporting partners include Covestro LLC, IDSA and SpecialChem.

Reader enquiries

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Bethel, CT 06801
+1 203 775 0471

Notes for editors

SPE, the Society of Plastics Engineers (www.4spe.org), is the world’s leading technical society for the global plastics industry. Founded 75 years ago in Detroit, it has more than 22,500 members in 84 countries.

This is the second Design in Plastics conference. SPE hosted the successful inaugural event in June 2016 at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, R.I.

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