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February 21, 2014 - As part of its Executive Insights Series, AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 will include "3D Modeling in Manufacturing: The Changing Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain and the Digital Innovation Imperative" panel discussion on February 27. Panelists will discuss similarities between aerospace and defense industry as well as automotive supply chain transformation of last century and more. Dr. Al Sanders, president and CEO of Design-Vantage Technologies, LLC, will moderate.

3D Modeling in Aerospace & Defense Manufacturing Panel Discussion Announced for AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014

1 SME Dr., P.O. Box 930
Dearborn, MI, 48121

Press release date: February 18, 2014

DEARBORN, Mich. — AeroDef® Manufacturing Summit and Exposition 2014 will include a panel discussion, “3D Modeling in Manufacturing: The Changing Aerospace and Defense Supply Chain and the Digital Innovation Imperative,” on Thursday, February 27, as part of its Executive Insights Series.

AeroDef Manufacturing, takes place February 25–27, 2014, at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center. It is produced by SME in partnership and the largest OEMs to integrate the industry’s distributed and diverse supply chain, drive innovation and increase productivity.

Panelists will discuss the similarities between today’s aerospace and defense industry and the automotive supply chain transformation of the last century; the role of 3D digital enabled technologies in the transformation and growth of the global aerospace and defense industry; strategies used by other countries to use advanced manufacturing technology to compete in the global marketplace; the challenges of integrating 3D modeling and simulation technologies into small, medium and large manufacturing enterprises; and the role of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, in the digital innovation imperative.

The panel is moderated by Dr. Al Sanders, president and CEO Design-Vantage Technologies, LLC. Other panelists include:

Gabriel Burnett, operations research engineer, Boeing Research and Technology, The Boeing Company
Michael Grieves, consultant, NASA
Jon Riley, vice president, digital manufacturing, National Center for Manufacturing Sciences
Mark Zic, business development manager, Dynomax Inc.

In addition to the panel, attendees can visit the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Resource Center parts produced by major technologies, including stereolithography, laser sintering and fused deposition modeling. Todd Grimm, an influential author, speaker and consultant on additive manufacturing/3D printing, will host the center and present afternoon and morning sessions on each day of the three-day exposition. Sessions will provide attendees with both tactical and strategic information for incorporating additive manufacturing technology into their own operations.

The panels, resource center, speakers and networking events are complimentary to those who register by February 21. Register at Join our Twitter group @AeroDefMfg and our LinkedIn group to learn details about AeroDef as they unfold, including keynote speakers, panels and sponsorship opportunities for exhibitors.

Note to Media:
Visit the SME Media Center for the latest news, one-stop access to SME Events, Manufacturing Quick links, SME social media sites, SME News Feed and more. Qualified members of the news media can register for AeroDef Manufacturing here.

About AeroDef Manufacturing
AeroDef Manufacturing is the leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME in partnership with leading industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for industry. At SME, we are making the future. Together.

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