Florida Hotel & Conference Center
Orlando, Florida, USA

Digital Manufacturing Industry & Market Structure: Now and Future

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Founder and Director, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

NOTE: Alchemie Technology won "Great Innovations Award" - InPrint 2016, November 2016, Milan, Italy

  • 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Processes
     - Process Descriptions
     - Process Characteristics & Applications Focus

         - Materials Requirements

  • Growth Pattern of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing

         - Printers, Materials, Services
         - Geographical
         - Industry Sectors

  • Drivers & Barriers for Market Growth & Applications Expansion

         - Materials Performance & Developments
         - Cost, Quality & Scalability
         - IP Issues
         - Democratization of Manufacturing
         - Time to Market
         - Supply Chain Dynamics: Distribution & Inventory Economics
         - Re-Shoring Potential

  • Opportunities & Future Visions

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
imi@imiconf.com  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
al@imiconf.com  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 al@imiconf.com.

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

 12:00 Noon                    Networking Luncheon

 1:30 p.m.                        Session 2

This program has been canceled  because of unforeseen circumstances.

If you are interested in future programs in this topic area, please contact Al Keene for additional information
Digital Manufacturing 2017 Conference
September 7-8, 2017

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Industrial Jetting for Digital Manufacturing

Jonathan Wilson, Meteor Inkjet, Melbourne, Hertfordshire, UK

  • Jetting Technology Poised to Exploit Wealth of Opportunities in Digital Manufacturing
  • Success in Ceramic Tile & Textile Industries
  • Significant Developments in Printhead Technology & Jettable Fluids
  • Key Topic: Industrial Printheads for Digital Manufacturing & Hardware/Software Required to Drive Printheads

Ink Jet As A Digital Manufacturing Tool
Dr. Rich Baker, President, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration, West Lebanon, New Hampshire

  • Ink Jet Value Proposition

          - More Efficient: Economical, Environmentally Favorable
          - Digital: Short Runs, Late Stage Product Differentiation, etc.
          - New Products Not Possible via Alternative Technologies
          - Mass Customization: Direct to Consumer

  • Technology Selection Process
  • Application Challenges & Solutions
  • Interesting New Chemistries: Nanoparticle Metals, Active Pharmaceuticals, Hot Melts, Enzymes/Antibodies & More!
  • Active Market Sectors: Printed Electronics, LCDs, Photovoltaics, Flooring/Wall Coverings, etc., Textiles, All Types of Rapid Prototyping & Many More!

Structuring Fluids in 3D Space with Soft Matter 3D Printing
Christopher S. O'Bryan, Soft Matter Research Lab, University of Florida, Gainesvile, Florida

  • Jammed Granular Microgels as Sacrificial Support for Soft Matter Manufacturing
  • Aqueous Microgels for Colloidal & Polymer 3D Printing
  • 3D Printing Instabilities

         - Inertial Forces & Reynold's

         - Gravitational

         - Thixotropic

         - Interfacial

  • Organic Microgels for Silicone 3D Printing
  • Applications in Biomedical Field

        - Mass Drug Screening

        - Tissue Engineering

        - Customized Silicone Implants

Additional Presentations TBA


  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.

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

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

Digital Manufacturing Applications Assessments

Digital Manufacturing 2017 Conference

The Future of Manufacturing
September 7-8, 2017

Florida Hotel & Conference

Orlando, Florida, USA

Program Coverage and Schedule

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Digital Manufacturing Infrastructure: Trends & Requirements
Speaker TBA

  • Defining Tomorrow’s “Manufacturing” Industry
  • Digital Manufacturing Initiatives
  • What Does Digital Manufacturing Offer the Manufacturing Industry?

Digital Manufacturing in Education & Research

Scott Weller, Technical Training Aids, Inc., Birmingham, Alabama

  • Fused Deposition Modeling, Polyjet Technology, Desktop Metal 3D Printing
  • Education Resources for 3D Printing
  • Student Design & “Extreme Re-Design” Projects & Samples
  • University Research & Future Digital Manufacturing Technology & Materials

Rapid Manufacturing: Force in the Market
Charles L. Koch, 3Axis Development, Boynton Beach, Florida

  • The Value Proposition: Materials, Process Options & Time
  • Process from 3D CAD Data to Output
  • Core Rapid Prototyping Technologies: SLA, SLS, FDM, DMLS/DMLM, Polyjet Matrix & Others
  • Materials are Key: Diverse Array of Metals, Plastics & More – Liquids, Powders, etc. to Meet Performance Requirements
  • Combining Traditional & Digital Technologies
  • Opportunities in Diverse Industry Sectors: Automotive/Racing, Consumer, Medical, Military, Toys & Many More!
  • Are Applications Limited or Limitless?

Starlight 3000FHE – Advanced Digital Manufacturing Systems for Flexible Hybrid Electronics
Peter Hessney, President, Sensor Films, Rochester, New York
NOTE: Sensor Films won "2017 TechConnect Innovation Award" - May 2017 TechConnect World Innovation Conference & Expo, Washington, DC  AND  "2016 FLEXI Innovation Award" - March 2016 FlexTech Alliance Conference & Trade Show, Monterey, California

  • High Throughput Prototyping & Production Platform with

         - Benefits of Digital Workflow
         - Performance of Miniaturized Semiconductor Components
         - Fully-Automated Process to Digitally Deposit Functional & Decorative Materials on Wide Range 

           of Flexible Substrates

  • Starlight Enables Rapid Industrial Printing with

         - In-Line Photonic Sintering & UV Curing
         - Followed by Automated Surface Mounting of Discrete Semi-conductor Components &

           Device Encapsulation

  • Enables Rapid & Efficient Production of Flexible Hybrid Electronics for Broad Range of High Demand Applications

Digital Approach to Customized Biomedical Solutions
Jack B. Stubbs, Director, Prototype and 3D Print Lab, Institute of Simulation Learning, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

  • From DICOM (Digital Imaging & Communications in Medicine) to Mesh to Models
  • Customized Models
  • Specialized Training

Digital Manufacturing Guidelines for Inkjet Technologies
James Gill, Account Director, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Lebanon, New Hampshire

- Current Inkjet Expectations and Hurdles
- Guidelines and “Cheat Sheet” for Digital Manufacturing Planning

Digitally Dispensing Powders for Additive Manufacturing Applications
Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Founder and Director, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

NOTE: AlchemieTechnology won "Great Innovations Award" - InPrint 201, Milan Italy

  • Digital Technologies for Dispensing Powders
  • Materials Suitable for Powder Dispensing
  • 3D Post Treatment Process
  • Current Industrial Application Examples

         - Braillejet

         - 3D Printing

         - Decorative Metallic Finishes for Packaging

         - 3D Pill Production

  • Future Trends

         -  Energy Storage

         - Reinforcement of Lightweight Composites

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 al@imiconf.com or check off box on Registration Form.

Digital Manufacturing 2017 Conference

The Future of Manufacturing

 3:00 p.m.                                   Adjournment

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September 7-8, 2017

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

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

Conference Speakers
     Dr. Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration
     James Gill, 

     Peter Hessney, Sensor Films
     Dr. Alan L. Hudd,
Alchemie Technology
     Charles L. Koch,
3Axis Development

     Chris O'Bryan, University of Florida
     Jack B. Stubbs,
University of Central Florida

     Scott Weller, Technical Training Aids
     Jonathan Wilson,
Meteor Inkjet

    Additional Speakers TBA