Teachable moments on 3D printing, bioresorbable polymers, and more await at PLASTEC West

Industry experts, researchers, and scientists will lead an array of two-hour sessions dedicated to R&D, design, manufacturing, automation, packaging, and medical device issues in the new LearningLabs at the co-located PLASTEC West and MD&M West events next month. The sessions will cover breakthrough technologies such as 3D printing and bioresorbable polymers in an interactive setting that fosters peer-to-peer engagement and idea sharing. Dozens of LearningLab sessions are scheduled during the three-day event, which runs from Feb. 11 to 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. Some of the highlights are listed below. For more information, go to the LearningLabs page on the PLASTEC West website, or download a free comprehensive brochure by clicking here (registration required).

Two sessions will explore the many facets of 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. 3D Printing Strategies (Feb. 11, 9 to 11 AM) will showcase recent developments that are reshaping everything from injection molding to medical device design. Speakers from 3D printing powerhouse Stratasys will discuss new developments in multimaterial printing, how to evaluate the cost effectiveness of 3D printing in various business environments, and how the technology is transforming the medical manufacturing landscape.

Advanced Applications of 3D Printing (Feb. 12, 11 AM to 1 PM) brings together speakers from Siemens PLM Software, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, and Autodesk to discuss new materials and their potential to alter conventional design and manufacturing practices, the role of additive manufacturing in the transition to nanomanufacturing, and how to make the most of current CAD technology in this brave new world.

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