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RP&M 2005 is this Week

May 8, 2005

Filed under: event — Terry Wohlers @ 07:39

Many of the top professionals in additive fabrication will convene this week in Dearborn, Michigan for Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing 2005. For 13 years, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has used the RP&M event to stage the most impressive set of exhibitors and conference sessions on the subject in North America. This year’s event will be no exception.

Dr. Joel Orr, a technology visionary and one of the brightest minds in product development, will kick off the event as keynote speaker. I will do my annual state of the industry address following Orr. The remaining 2.5 days include many interesting subjects ranging from methods of metal deposition and medical applications to CAD data exchange and selecting the right additive or subtractive process. 

The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA) will be a part of two events on Wednesday. In the morning, GARPA representatives from Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, Korea, the UK, and the U.S. will present trends and developments in additive fabrication from around the world. Later that day, these same individuals and others will hold a special meeting over lunch that SME is hosting. (GARPA’s next annual meeting will be September 27, 2005 in Leiria, Portugal. It coincides with the VRAP 2005 conference at Polytechnic Institute of Leiria.)

If you’re going to be in the Detroit area this week, be sure to stop by RP&M 2005. And if you’ve already made plans to attend, I look forward to seeing you there. It should be an outstanding week.