10/6/2015 | 1 MINUTE READ

SPI Annual Meeting to Host 3D Printing Session

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A new session will look at 3D printing as it relates to moldmaking, materials, recycling and other sectors within the plastics industry.


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Plastics industry professionals will gather October 14-16 in New Orleans for the SPI 2015 Annual Meeting & Fall Conference, which this year includes an informational event titled “3D Printing: Transforming Manufacturing, One Layer at a Time.” This plenary session, scheduled for 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, will be led and keynoted by Terry Wohlers of Fort Collins, Colorado-based Wohlers Associates.

Wohlers’ discussion of the current market and future of 3D printing will be followed by presentations from member companies representing each of SPI’s five industry groups: equipment and moldmakers, material suppliers, processors, brand owners, and recyclers. These company leaders and innovators will discuss 3D printing as it relates to their businesses and experiences within the relevant industry group. Speakers include Trevor Pruden, engineering manager at Arburg; William Heise, innovation director at Eastman Chemical Co.; and Todd Thorn, staff engineer for polymers at Deere & Co. The group of presentations will close with a short Q&A session.

The annual SPI meeting and conference also includes meetings of the Equipment Council, Future Leaders in Plastic (FLiP), the Recycling Committee, the Rigid Plastics Packaging Group (RPPG) and other committees. The event is hosted at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. Visit plasticsindustry.org for more information or to register.