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EuroMold 2006 Conference to Highlight Future Applications of Additive Fabrication

DEMAT GmbH (Frankfurt, Germany), an organiser of large trade fairs, and Wohlers Associates, Inc., a rapid product development and additive fabrication consultancy, have announced their eighth annual international conference. The conference will coincide with the large EuroMold trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. This year’s conference, titled Future Industrial Applications of Additive Fabrication, will take place on Friday, December 1 at EuroMold 2006. The trade fair is November 29 – December 2 at the Exhibition Center Frankfurt.

Each year, this conference covers the latest trends and what the future holds in rapid product development and additive fabrication. This year’s conference promises to cover some of the most interesting applications globally. Experts from several countries will share their knowledge and expertise to help attendees make important decisions related to new business, research, and investment opportunities and challenges.

Additive processes for applications, such as rapid prototyping, have become popular in a wide range of industries. The aerospace and automotive industries pioneered much of its use in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Other industries have since embraced the technology for products ranging from handheld electronics and business machines to footwear and sporting goods. More recently, other industries are using it for medical models, dental restorations, jewellery, architectural models, and even entertainment.

The organisers say that the planning of the conference has involved the careful selection of speakers, each with something very special to share. Individuals from companies such as GE Global Research and The Boeing Company will tackle difficult issues such as which methods and systems are providing the most benefits and what the future holds.

“This conference will explore exciting applications of rapid manufacturing, a subject of increasing importance at EuroMold,” agreed Ms. Diana Schnabel and Dr. Eberhard Döring, chief executives at DEMAT, the organizers of EuroMold. “Last year, 1,620 exhibitors from 44 countries and nearly 60,000 engineers, toolmakers, managers, and executives from 69 countries used EuroMold as the meeting place of choice,” Döring stated. The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA), a non-profit organization that Wohlers co-founded in 1998, has endorsed the conference and is participating in it, similar to past several years.

The Future Industrial Applications of Additive Fabrication conference will feature the following speakers:

Mr. Charles Gilman, Mechanical Engineer
GE Global Research (USA)

Mr. Jeff DeGrange, Senior Manager
The Boeing Company (USA)

Dr. Richard Hague, Head of the Rapid Manufacturing Research Group
Loughborough University (England)

Dr. Livia Cevolini, Marketing and Sales Director
CRP Technology srl (Italy)

Dr. Fernando Urrutia, Doctor of Medicine
Plastic Surgeon (Mexico)

Dr. Michele Truscott, Senior Lecturer and Project Leader
Central University of Technology, Free State (South Africa)

Mr. Michael Siemer, President
Mydea Technologies Corp. (USA)

Mr. John Braun, President
Alchemy Models Inc. (USA)

Mr. Terry Wohlers, President
Wohlers Associates, Inc. (USA)

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