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Conference to Highlight Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Manufacturing Developments

Conference to Highlight Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Manufacturing Developments

A conference and exposition to be held April 11—13 in Rosemont, IL, will display a wide range of rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing technologies, including materials, equipment, and software.

Peter Marks, managing director of Design Insight, will give a keynote speech titled "Rapid Prototyping in the New Economy." Marks says, "Many believe that rapid prototyping is at a crossroads, caught between extravagant projections for the future and current realities of slower growth for equipment manufacturers and service providers." His presentation will report on recent research suggesting that the near term belongs to a new breed of Web-centric rapid prototyping services. Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates Inc., will follow Marks's speech with a discussion of the most significant trends and developments in rapid prototyping.

More than 100 companies involved in rapid prototyping and rapid tooling plan to exhibit at the Rosemont, IL, show in April.

Among the 125 companies scheduled to exhibit are 3D Systems, Stratasys, CIBA Specialty Chemical, and Cubital America. The conference is sponsored by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the Rapid Prototyping Association of SME. For more information, contact SME at 800/733-4763.—Karim Marouf

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