Information Management Institute

1st Digital Manufacturing Conference
Opportunities for Manufacturing Rebirth

June 22-24, 2011

Hollywood Beach Marriott
Hollywood (Ft. Lauderdale), Florida USA

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

Conference Focus

We are all aware of the decline in American (and other developed nations) manufacturing industries over the past few decades. Yet, everyone agrees that manufacturing growth, jobs, etc. are essential to revitalizing the world economy.

Digital manufacturing is a potential valuable contributor to the rebirth of manufacturing by utilizing the available technologies to efficiently (in terms of cost, time & materials) manufacture products. We need to work not only hard, but smart, to realize the potential benefits offered by digital manufacturing technologies.

What is Digital Manufacturing? Digital Manufacturing is a collective term that encompasses numerous technologies utilized to produce products from digital files. Examples of terms which we define as being various forms of digital manufacturing include 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing, Personal Manufacturing and Layered Manufacturing among others - all of which manufacture end products from a digital file using computer controlled devices in a primarily additive process - rather than subtractive processes typically utilized in traditional manufacturing (milling, machining, etc.).

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Technologies currently being utilized for digital manufacturing include stereolithography, ink jet printing, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, aerosol jet deposition, solid ground curing, laser engineered net shaping and ultrasonic consolidation among numerous others.

Digital Manufacturing is being utilized in numerous industries including aerospace, automotive, biomedical (dentistry, prosthetics, tissue, etc.), composites, construction, consumer goods, energy, jewelry, machine tool, military/defense and many others. Manufacturers cite advantages and benefits such as the following for their implementation of Digital Manufacturing technologies:

  • Precision Individualized Products
  • Minimal Inventory Costs (Space, Overhead & Product Costs)
  • Materials Conservation (No or Minimal Machining/Finishing Waste)
  • Increased Design Flexibility
  • On-Demand Production
  • Time Savings (Design, Prototyping & Production)
  • Production of Products Not Conventionally Manufacturable (Complex Shapes, Internal Voids, Layered Structures, etc.)
  • Centralized Design & Remote or Distributed Manufacturing
  • & More!
IMI's 1st Digital Manufacturing Conference-Opportunities for Manufacturing Rebirth will explore the current digital manufacturing technologies, application opportunities, challenges, needed improvements to enhance implementation, economics and other factors essential to the growth and expansion of Digital Manufacturing.

IMI conference programs bring together delegates from diverse cross sections of the topic industry and are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Conference participation will enable attendees to meet with the digital manufacturing industry's leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

Benefits of Conference Attendance

  • Learn the current state of the art for current and evolving Digital Manufacturing technologies and gain firsthand knowledge from current users, recognized experts and industry pioneers

  • Obtain an understanding of infrastructure shifts impacting the manufacturing industry and how they can foster Digital Manufacturing's expansioin

  • Receive an appreciation for the challenges and issues critical to Digital Manufacturing's continued market penetration and expansion

  • Establish personal relationships with key players in Digital Manufacturing industry

  • Gain an understanding of the significant current and projected markets plus the Digital Manufacturing technology developments being made and still required to expand the applications base and market penetration

  • Display your products, technologies, services, etc. with a complimentary display space and give a 5-minute presentation in the popular Suppliers' Forum session

  • Hear industry expert's projections for Digital Manufacturing opportunities in newly developing and expanding applications

  • Conference Speakers
    Vince Cahill, VCE Solutions
    Yuan (Charlie) Chang, Amica Systems
    Jeffrey E. DeGrange, Stratasys
    Dr. Suman Das, Georgia Institute of Technology
    Darrell Etter, FUJIFILM Dimatix
    Mark Hanley, I.T. Strategies
    Jali Heilmann, VTT Information Technology
    Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Xennia Technology
    Rajeev Kulkarni, 3D Systems
    Jon Riley, National Center of Manufacturing Sciences
    Speakers' Biographies

    1st Digital Manufacturing Conference
    Opportunities for Manufacturing in America

    June 22-24, 2011
    Hollywood Beach Marriott
    Hollywood (Ft. Lauderdale), Florida

    Program Coverage and Schedule

      Wednesday, June 22, 2011

      12:00 NoonConference Registration

      2:00 p.m.Opening Session - Digital Manufacturing's Role in Evolving Manufacturing Environment

    Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine

    Additive Manufacturing 101: How the Future of Product Development & Manufacturing is Changing
    Jeffrey E. DeGrange, Vice President of Direct Digital Manufacturng, Stratasys, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

    • How Additive Manufacturing can help Designers Create Better Products
    • Why Additive Manufacturing gets Products to Market Faster & Cheaper
    • How Companies like BMW, GM & Boeing use Additive Manufacturing
    • What's in Store for Additive Manufacturing in the Future

    Building Manufacturing Processes & Products Drop by Drop
    Dr. Alan L. Hudd, President & Chief Technical Officer, Xennia Technology, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, UK

    • The Ink Jet Proposition as a Manufacturing Technique
    • Creating New Products through a Technology Push & a Market Pull
    • Technology Requirements & Challenges
    • Ink Jet & New Functional Materials as Part of Developing Application Processes
    • Outlook for Device & Product Fabrication

    Ink Jet: Will it be Successful Digital Manufacturing Technology?
    Mark Hanley, President, I.T. Strategies, Hanover, Massachusetts

    • Worldwide Digitization Drives Digital Manufacturing
    • Ink Jet as a Manufacturing Technique
    • Ink Jet's Relative Strengths
    • Ink Jet's Early Achievements
    • Ink Jet's Development Path
    • Can it Compete with More Established Digital Manufacturing Technologies?

      6:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

      Thursday, June 23, 2011

      8:00 a.m. Breakfast

      9:00 a.m.Session 2 - Digital Manufacturing Technologies

    Technologies & Applications for Digital Fabrication Technologies
    Vince Cahill, VCE Solutions, Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
    • Technologies for Digitally Controlled Depostion & Fabrication: Stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering & Melting, Electron Beam Melting, Electron Beam Freeform Fabrication, Fused Deposition Modeling, Shape Deposition Manufacturing, Laminated Object Manufacturing, Solid Ground Curing, 3D Inkjet, Polyjet Matrix Printing, Robocasting & Shape Deposition Manufacturing
    • Capabilities & Limitations of Each Technology
    • Effectiveness for Product Manufacturing Applications

    Digital Fabrication from Prototyping to Production with Ink Jet
    Yuan (Charlie) Chang, Vice President of R&D, Amica Systems, Irvine, California

    • New Ink Jet Process for Product Decoration
    • The Myth of Ink Jet Cost & Barriers
    • Rapid Prototyping & On Demand Production
    • New Trends & Ideas Transforming Noncompetitive Products

      12:00 Noon Luncheon

      1:30 p.m. Session 3 - Digital Manufacturing Applications, Successes & Potential

    Direct Digital Manufacturing of Airfoils through Large Area Maskless Photopolymerization
    Dr. Suman Das, Professor and Director, Direct Digital Manufacturing Lab, Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia
    • DARPA sponsored Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) of Airfoils Project Disrupts state-of-the-art Casting Processes
    • DDM is Achieved by Processing Photocurable Ceramic Resins through New Large Area Maskless Photopolymerization (LAMP) Technology
    • LAMP combines Layered Manufacturing of Complex 3D Objects with Fine Resolution & High Throughput UV Imaging
    • DDM of Airfoils will Eliminate nearly all Tooling, Handling & Associated Scrap in traditional Investment Casting Processes
    • Disrupts Not Only Conventional Investment Casting Cost Structure - But Also New Component Design Prototyping, Testing & Mass Production
    • Current LAMP Technology Status & Future Directions
    • Application Potential for Airfoil Designs Plus DDM of other High-Precision Polymer & Ceramic Components across Industry Boundaries

    Utilization of Ink Jet in Manufacturing Applications
    Jali Heilmann, Senior Research Scientist, VTT Information Technology, Espoo, Finland

    • Benefits of Ink Jet in Digital Manufacturing
    • Ink Jet Manufacturing Devices & Materials
    • Challenges for Ink Jet to Meet Manufacturing Application Requirements
    • Case Studies of Ink Jet Manufacturing

    Membrane Keypad Manufacturing Using Only Ink Jet Technology
    Darrell Etter, Customer Support Engineer, FUJIFILM Dimatix, California

    • New Developing Technologies in Printed Electronics Field have Emerged
    • Membrane Switch Manufacturing Using Jettable Fluids for all Process Steps is Quite Achievable
    • Process Development Steps to Successfully Produce Membrane Switches Using a Single Ink Jet Printer
      - Identifying & Choosing the Appropriate Conductor, Dielectric & Adhesives
      - Identifying & Selecting the Proper Substrate
      - Determining the Deposition Sequence of these Materials
    • The Ultimate Solution

    SUPPLIERS' FORUM: 5-Minute Presentations Related To Technology, Capabilities, Services, New Product Introductions, etc. The Suppliers' Forum is open to all Conference Registrants

     5:30 p.m. Networking Reception In Display Area

      Friday, June 24, 2011

      8:00 a.m. Breakfast

      9:00 a.m. Session 4 - Advancing Digital Manufacturing: What's Next?

    Digital Manufacturing: The Future of Innovation
    Rajeev Kulkarni, Vice President of Global R&D, 3D Systems, Rock Hill, South Carolina
    • Not as new as you might think - 25 Years of Progress
    • Founding of the Industry
    • Manufacturing Industry's Analog to Digital Transition
    • Technology, Materials & Supporting Infrastructure Trends
    • Changing Product Development
    • Just in Time Manufacturing
    • What Will the Future Hold?

    Transforming the Way America Builds: Implementation Roadmap for a National Innovation Network
    Jon Riley, Executive Director for Design & Engineering Programs, National Center of Manufacturing Sciences, Ann Arbor, Michigan

    • Digital Manufacturing Infrastructure is Critical to the Future of American Industry - just as the Assembly Line & Electric Power Infrastructure were Keys to Strong Manufacturing Base a Century Ago!
    • Economic Uncertainty & Leaden Growth have Slowed Innovation
    • BUT - Access to Cutting Edge Tools (such as High Performance Modeling & Simulation) Provide a Bold Path Forward - essentially Transforming the Way America Builds
    • Focus on Job Creation by nearly 300,000 Small/Medium Sized U.S. Manufacturing Companies
    • The Strategy: National Innovation Network - Predictive Innovation Centers

    Panel Discussion & Open Forum
    Advancing Digital Manufacturing: What is Next?

    • Digital Manufacturing Initiatives: Manufacturing Societies, Government Agencies, Academic, Private, etc.
    • Technology Developments Needed & Expected (Improvements in Product Size, Speed, Cost, etc.)
    • Integration of Digital Manufacturing into Traditional Industry
    • Technology, Market & Infrastructure Challenges & Opportunities
    • Can Anyone Predict The Future?
    • Potential Impact on Jobs & Economy
    • Are Applications Limited or Limitless!!

     12:00 Noon Adjournment

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    Speaking Opportunities at IMI Conferences

    If you have a potential topic for presentation at this or another IMI conference, please submit your proposed presentation topic and a brief outline to Al Keene at IMI (Email to or fax to +1-207-235-2226 for review.

    IMI is always looking for potential speakers for upcoming conference programs and will be pleased to discuss your ideas for potential presentation topics.

    Product Demonstrations - Free Displays

    Product demonstrations/displays by both conference speakers and registrants are encouraged. IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the conference breaks and receptions. There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display. Interested companies should contact Al Keene at IMI to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

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    IMI conference programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Attendance at an IMI conference enables attendees to meet with an industry's leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.
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