We can talk all we want about the potential of 3-D printing – about all of the slick new machines, heavy-dusty materials and all of the amazing things you can make with them – but potential doesn't go far on the factory floor.
IMTS this year is going to be brimming with 3-D printers representing just about every major additive manufacturer, all of whom will be talking potential.
But EOS will be doing something a little different.
Rather than just highlighting new machines and applications, the laser-sintering machine maker is bringing a small army of users to the conference to tell their 3-D implementation stories first-hand.
For the first time, EOS has co-located its North American User Day (NAUD) with IMTS 2014, offering a full day of case studies, user accounts and real-life applications of 3-D printing on the factory floor. Better still, the company has happened the show up for all IMTS attendees.
"IMTS is an ideal venue to demonstrate how Additive Manufacturing fits in with existing subtractive technologies as part of a process chain," said Andrew Snow, senior vice president, EOS of North America, Inc. in a corporate release.
"Historically, EOS has held the NAUD to better serve and educate our customer base," he added. "Now, opening the presentations to everyone also provides all IMTS attendees the opportunity to network with experts, industry leaders, and each other—to learn about the roadmap ahead and the success of early and current industrial 3D-printing adopters."
Aerospace Users, Industry Experts
Judging by the keynote line up, this year's co-location strategy seems to be paying off.
Throughout the day, attendees will hear from aerospace titans, Boeing, Honeywell and GE Aviation, discussing ways laser sintering and 3-D printing are being employed in their products today.
Not potential of additive manufacturing, not the hype of 3-D printing – reall life case studies from big time manufacturers.
Among that group will be Greg Morris, the additive manufacturing pioneer who brought 3-D printing to GE. He will tell the story of the LEAP engine and it's 19 3-D printed fuel injectors, which is scheduled to take off next year – definitely one of the closest watched and disruptive application stories to date.
Mixed in with those users, industry experts like America Makes' Ed Morris and laser-sintering inventor, EOS CEO Hans Langer, will provide state of the industry updates, matching all of the user accounts with the predictions and potentials of the industry.
"Events like the NAUD are instrumental in educating manufacturers about Additive Manufacturing and helping fast-track it onto the production floor alongside traditional processes," said Morris, director of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.
"As organizations recognize the competitive advantage this technology offers—everything from optimized product designs to value optimization through streamlined supply chains and reduced inventories—we want to help them accelerate their implementation of this innovative technology."
The NAUD takes place during the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) held the week of September 8, 2014, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. Click here for more information about the NAUD and to register.