Perhaps more pertinent than ever, this year's Economic Outlook Conference for the National Fluid Power Association will be held August 19-20 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Forecasts for macroeconomics, automotive manufacturing, and international and fluid power markets will be discussed, and two breakout sessions will be held for hydraulics and pneumatics. Register by July 25 for the discounted price. As a bonus, the NFPA is offering a special "Power of Association" networking dinner on August 19 for a limited number of people, so you may want to sign up early. See www.nfpa.com for more information.
An in-depth survey of 700 current and future users of 3D printing holds few surprises, but results emphasize some major trends already in progress. Two standouts are the big growth in end-use parts and metal additive manufacturing (AM) most respondents expect.
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.