Additive manufacturing to take center stage at SPE’s collaborative-design conference in Detroit

  • Key 3D speakers from Local Motors, HP, NASA and Made In Space
  • Engineers, designers, molders & brand owners among the presenters
  • Conference to focus on interdisciplinary collaboration improving product design & development

DETROIT, Oct. 5, 2017 – Additive manufacturing/3D printing will be in the spotlight at the Design in Plastics 2017 conference being held Nov. 6-8 in Detroit by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). The two-day program will cover a broad range of topics, with an underlying theme focusing on improving product design and development through better interdisciplinary collaboration.

In addition to AM, this year’s conference – at the College for Creative Studies (www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu), the #3 design school in the U.S. – will look at augmented and virtual reality, biomimicry, the future of mobility, innovation management and design thinking, start-up advice, education trends, intellectual property protection, in-space manufacturing, and sustainability – 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.”

The keynote speakers, however, are all active in additive manufacturing: NASA’s Raymond “Corky” Clinton and Made In Space Inc. co-founder Michael Snyder will discuss how the space program is advancing 3D printing and recycling in space; and Gregory Haye, general manager of Local Motors, will tell how his firm is disrupting automotive manufacturing using 3D printing. Additionally, David Woodlock of HP Inc. – maker of the highly touted Multi Jet Fusion process – will share insights on designing for 3D printing.

Hear also from expert speakers from: Aether Global Learning, Balance Inc., Bresslergroup, Case Western Reserve University, Chris Lefteri Design, Daimler Trucks, DESiN LLC, Eastman Chemical, Historiai, IN2Innovation, Include Fitness, Kinetic Vision, Lunar, 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.

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, there also will be a screening of 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.

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Notes for editors

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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Additive manufacturing to take center stage at SPE’s collaborative-design conference in Detroit


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