Information Management Institute

September 7-8, 2017

Florida Hotel & Conference Center
Orlando, Florida, USA

Thursday, September 7, 2017
 8:00 a.m.                              Conference Registration
 8:30 a.m.                              Welcome & Introductions

Digital Manufacturing 2017 Conference

The Future of Manufacturing

 3:00 p.m.                                   Adjournment

What is Digital Manufacturing? Digital Manufacturing (for purposes of this program) is a collective term that encompasses numerous technologies utilized to produce and decorate products from digital files in a production environment.  Examples of terms which we define as being various forms of digital manufacturing include 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing, Rapid Prototyping, Rapid Manufacturing, Personal Manufacturing, Product Decoration, 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.).

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

But Digital Manufacturing has many essential aspects other than the “output technology,” such as design software, high powered computer capabilities, data capture throughout the product life cycle, data and materials handling systems and much more.

Why is Digital Manufacturing Important to You? 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!

Digital design and manufacturing provides the ability to connect different parts of the manufacturing life-cycle through data and to utilize that information to make smarter, more efficient business decisions. Just as digital technologies have reconstituted the entertainment, communications and financial sectors; digital technologies are now in the process of transforming the way parts, components and complete systems are being designed and manufactured. Digital Manufacturing will revolutionize the American manufacturing industries and is truly the Future of Manufacturing.

IMI’s Digital Manufacturing 2017 Conference will explore current digital manufacturing technologies, ancillary manufacturing infrastructure requirements, 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 industries 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 Participation

  • 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 expansion
  • 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

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

 12:00 Noon                    Networking Luncheon

 1:30 p.m.                        Session 2

Digital Manufacturing 2017 Conference

The Future of Manufacturing
September 7-8, 2017

Florida Hotel & Conference

Orlando, Florida, USA

Tentative Program Coverage and Schedule

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Major Manufacturing Applications

  • Why Develop New Types of UV/LED Inks?
  • What are They & Who is Developing Them?
  • What Potential Benefits do They Offer?
  • What are the Challenges to Wide Acceptance?
  • In What Applications do They Offer Benefits?
  • How do They Compare to Latex Inks?
  • Comparison of UV/LED Inks: Traditional, Hybrid & Gel


  1. A 45 minute Networking Lunch will be scheduled for approximately Noon.
  2. If needed Suppliers Forum B will be scheduled Friday morning prior to the Networking Lunch break.

Digital Manufacturing Infrastructure Requirements & Needs

  • Key Parametric & Infrastructure Trends
  • Digital Manufacturing Design Requirements & Options
  • High Powered Computing Requirements
  • Resource Allocation and Sharing
  • Intellectual Property Issues
  • Will Retail 3D Printing Service Bureaus be the Future (Staples, Home Depot & More)?
  • Technology, Market & Infrastructure Challenges & Opportunities
  • Who Will Develop Infrastructure to Capitalize on Digital Manufacturing Opportunities

Suppliers’ Forum Session 1:5-Minute Presentations Related To Technology, Capabilities, Services, New Product Introductions, etc.  The Suppliers’ Forum is open to all Conference Registrants (1st 12 Sign-ups in Session 1 – Additional in Session 2 on Friday).  For additional information or to sign up, contact Al Keene or check off box on Registration Form.

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
Printer and other 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 course breaks.  There is no charge in addition to the course registration fee to have a display table.  Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene  to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers’ Forum presentation slot by registering online and checking off the appropriate boxes indicating your participation OR complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 OR send an email to

 6:30 p.m.                       Networking Reception in Display Area

Friday, September 8, 2017
 8:30 a.m.                       Session 3

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Digital Manufacturing’s Role in Evolving Manufacturing Environment

  • What is Digital Manufacturing & Why Are We Interested?
  • Defining Tomorrow’s “Manufacturing” Industry
  • Digital Manufacturing Initiatives: Manufacturing Societies, Government Agencies, Academic, Private, etc.
  • Digital Manufacturing Industry & Market Structure: Now and Future
  • What Does Digital Manufacturing Offer the Manufacturing Industry?
  • Can Anyone Predict The Future?
  • Potential Impact on Jobs & Economy
  • Market Opportunities, Challenges & Potential - Are Applications Limited or Limitless!!
  • Can Digital Manufacturing Foster Manufacturing Industry Growth, Rebirth & Reshoring?