Event Date/Time: Jun 22, 2011 End Date/Time: Jun 24, 2011
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We are all aware of the decline in American (and other developed nations) manufacturing industries over the past few decades. Yet, everyone agrees that manufacturing growth, jobs, etc. are essential to revitalizing the world economy.
Digital manufacturing is a potential valuable contributor to the rebirth of manufacturing by utilizing the available technologies to efficiently (in terms of cost, time & materials) manufacture products. We need to work not only hard, but smart, to realize the potential benefits offered by digital manufacturing technologies.
What is Digital Manufacturing? Digital Manufacturing is a collective term that encompasses numerous technologies utilized to produce products from digital files. Examples of terms which we define as being various forms of digital manufacturing include 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing, Personal Manufacturing and Layered Manufacturing among others - all of which manufacture end products from a digital file using computer controlled devices in a primarily additive process - rather than subtractive processes typically utilized in traditional manufacturing (milling, machining, etc.).
Technologies currently being utilized for digital manufacturing include stereolithography, ink jet printing, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, aerosol jet deposition, solid ground curing, laser engineered net shaping and ultrasonic consolidation among numerous others.
Digital Manufacturing is being utilized in numerous industries including aerospace, automotive, biomedical (dentistry, prosthetics, tissue, etc.), composites, construction, consumer goods, energy, jewelry, machine tool, military/defense and many others. Manufacturers cite advantages and benefits such as the following for their implementation of Digital Manufacturing technologies:
Precision Individualized Products
Minimal Inventory Costs (Space, Overhead & Product Costs)
Materials Conservation (No or Minimal Machining/Finishing Waste)
Increased Design Flexibility
On-Demand Production
Time Savings (Design, Prototyping & Production)
Production of Products Not Conventionally Manufacturable (Complex Shapes, Internal Voids, Layered Structures, etc.)
Centralized Design & Remote or Distributed Manufacturing & More!
IMI's 1st Digital Manufacturing Conference-Opportunities for Manufacturing Rebirth will explore the current digital manufacturing technologies, application opportunities, challenges, needed improvements to enhance implementation, economics and other factors essential to the growth and expansion of Digital Manufacturing.
IMI conference programs bring together delegates from diverse cross sections of the topic industry and are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Conference participation will enable attendees to meet with the digital manufacturing industry's leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.


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