Hurry to register for the Structural Plastics New Product Design Competition. Part of SPI Structural Plastics Division's annual conference, the competition promotes new developments, applications, and technologies used in the structural plastics industry. The products are manufactured from standard injection molding, co-injection, low-pressure structural foam, reaction injection molding, blow molding, thermoforming, rotational molding, and other plastic processes. First-place awards are presented to those companies entering the most innovative commercial products in their market category. Registration fees are $125 for SPI members and $175 for non-members. Discounts are available for multiple entries. The deadline for entry is March 11. To register online, visit http://rbi.ims.ca/4388-505.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.