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3D Printing Workshop

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Made for Plastics Processors

Wednesday, May 8  |  1:00 – 5:00 PM
Orange County Convention Center

The 3D Printing Workshop at NPE2024: The Plastics Show, is an immersive, half-day workshop focused on the emerging possibilities for part production via 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

Attendees will benefit from a program focused on practical applications of 3D technologies related to plastics processing. This event will conclude with a 3D Printing Industry Reception sponsored by Additive Manufacturing Media.


Plastic 3D Printing vs. Injection Molding: Making the Best Choice

1:15 – 1:45 PM

Speaker: Greg Paulsen, Director, Applications Engineering and Marketing at Xometry

This session aims to give attendees a comprehensive understanding of when and why to employ plastic 3D printing or injection molding, ensuring informed decision-making for efficient and innovative manufacturing solutions.

Qualification of B-Basis Design Allowables for FGF Process for Conducting PEKK for Large Aerospace Structures

1:45 – 2:15 PM

Speakers: Si Chen, Senior Specialist Engineer at Eaton Research Labs & Javed Mapkar, Senior Technology Manager at Eaton Research Labs

Eaton Research Labs will describe the development and qualification process of design allowables for the fused granular deposition process, which are critical and required for risk reduction and successful qualification of potential aircraft components by the FAA.

From 1 to 1 Million Parts: How Merit3D Is Helping Additive Manufacturing Evolve Into Mass Production

2:15 – 2:45 PM

Speaker: Spencer Loveless, Founder/CEO at Merit3D

Merit3D will discuss the 3D printing landscape and what the plastic industry needs to do to aid in this evolution and continue to take part in it.


2:45 – 3:00 PM

From Part ID to Quality Mass Production

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Speaker: Daniel Baker, Program Manager – Plastics at Endeavor 3D

Endeavor 3D will help sessions attendees better understand the advantages of Additive Manufacturing, such as allowing companies to improve efficiency by cutting costs with just in time manufacturing and product innovation.

Automating Toolmaking with Metal 3D Printing

3:30 – 4:00 PM

Speaker: Ted Sorom of Mantle

In this presentation, Mantle’s CEO and co-founder, Ted Sorom, will explore the metal 3D printing landscape for injection mold tooling, share why he started the company to address the specific challenges faced by the tooling industry, talk about the latest advancements in the industry, and discuss examples of how injection molders, OEMs and tool shops are automating their toolmaking with Mantle’s metal 3D printing technology.

Understanding the Value of AM's Bridge Production Opportunity

4:00 – 4:30 PM

Speaker: Andrew Roderick, Senior Applications & Sales Engineer at Extol

Session attendees will learn why using additive manufacturing for bridge production is so valuable as well as understand the keys to develop and launch successful applications.

Bridging Medical Product Development to Production with 3D Printed Tooling

4:30 – 5:00 PM

Speaker: MJ Belmont at Westminster Tool

THE CHALLENGE: A large medical device OEM needed production-representative parts quickly in order to complete biocompatibility and functional testing. Development trials needed to be completed before large-scale production could begin. Secondly, the complex part design included over 40 swipe-by shut off conditions, posing major risks to quality. 

THE SOLUTION: Westminster Tool used metal additive manufacturing to quickly produce H13-equivalent, production-level cavities in a fraction of the time compared to traditional machining methods. By spending more time on risk mitigation upfront with the printed prototype mold, the customer was able to save over 30% in design needs for production tool.

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*Separate registration required. This event is not included with any NPE® registration level.

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