LOS ANGELES, Aug. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — WESTEC, a manufacturing forum presenting the latest in advanced manufacturing technology including precision machining, additive manufacturing and 3D printing, software and digital technologies, advanced materials, tooling and more returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center Sept. 12-14.

Produced by SME and the Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT), WESTEC will showcase and provide hands-on interaction with the latest cutting-edge technologies, global industry leaders addressing the hottest topics and major manufacturing companies bringing their best products, technology and services.

What’s Next for Manufacturing

Additive manufacturing continues to disrupt industries, creating places for innovation, opportunity and challenge. From 3D printed shoes to flight qualified metal parts, panelists Eric Fodran, global operations manufacturing technology development, Northrop Grumman, Roger Kelesoglu, director of sales enablement, Stratasys, and Joe DiSimone, CEO, Carbon, will discuss the latest applications, materials and machines currently transforming manufacturing.

WESTEC attendees will also get an in depth look at how manufacturers are using advanced manufacturing technologies to develop and execute big ideas on a smaller scale, such as the Local Motors’ manufactured Mouser Strati, the world’s first 3D printed electric car. The printing took 44 hours to complete and consists of 50 individual parts, far less than a traditional vehicle (which is manufactured with roughly 30,000 parts).

Another new addition to WESTEC this year is the Smart Manufacturing Hub, a new show floor feature that will showcase the latest in automation, advanced materials, additive manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things.

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