The SME, formerly known as the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, says its 2014 Rapid Conference and Exposition shows the rising interest in 3-D printing — what SME calls “additive manufacturing” — with the largest exhibit floor in the show’s 24-year history, along with a record number of presentations.
There’s been a lot of hype about 3D printing lately — 3D printed pizza, chocolate, toys, cell phone accessories — even precision manufactured products like hearing aids. With 3D printers falling to under $500 in price, there are predictions that there will soon be one in every home. Well, the world’s 5,000 foremost experts in 3D printing will gather at Detroit’s Cobo Center in June for a global conference.
Phillips Service Industries Inc., a privately held manufacturing and services holding company, announced Wednesday that it is researching locations to build a new, high-tech additive manufacturing plant to produce large-scale parts for the aerospace and defense industries.