SME to feature Prodrive at RAPID 2012.
Press Release Summary:
April 10, 2012 - SME announced details about Prodrive's development of the MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car and a keynote to be given by Paul Doe at RAPID 2012 Conference and Exposition. Prodrive's specialized use of 3D printing will reveal future of manufacturing and appeal to any organization looking to capitalize on additive manufacturing technologies that speed new products to market. During presentation, Doe will share how WRC team relied heavily on 3D printing throughout car's 2-year development.
Original Press Release
Society of Manufacturing Engineers to Feature Prodrive and the MINI John Cooper Works World Rally Car Program at RAPID 2012
Press release date: March 29, 2012
Journalists can register for media conference credentials online. About RAPID:
RAPID is North America's definitive additive manufacturing conference and exposition. The event brings buyers, sellers and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling and direct manufacturing technologies together in an environment that facilitates networking and business interaction. Attendees can evaluate the latest materials and machinery, compare processes, talk to industry experts and make valuable contacts. Exhibitors can meet new customers, discuss projects face-to-face and generate sales. For more information, please visit sme.org/rapid. About SME:
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is the premier source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events, activities and online training division, Tooling U, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technologies and to the most up-to-date manufacturing processes. SME has members around the world and is supported by a network of chapters and technical communities. A 501(c) 3 organization, SME is a leader in manufacturing workforce development issues, working with industry, academic and government partners to support the current and future skilled workforce. About Prodrive:
Prodrive is one of the world's largest and most successful motorsport and automotive technology businesses, with more than 700 staff operating in Europe, Australia and Asia. Today the company runs motorsport programs for Aston Martin Racing in world sports car racing, Ford Performance Racing in the Australian V8 Supercar Series and MINI in the World Rally Championship. The company also works with vehicle manufacturers to help develop new technologies and performance vehicles for the road, and is increasingly involved in the aerospace, marine and defense industries, manufacturing specialist components for applications as diverse as commercial passenger aircraft, satellites, racing yachts and high-end audio. For more information, visit: www.prodrive.com. MINI WRC Team Details:
In 2011, the MINI WRC Team debuted two Prodrive-built John Cooper Works WRCs, complete with their BMW Motorsport 1.6-litre turbo engines, at the FIA World Rally Championship in Rally, Italy. The team was founded by team principal David Richards, who was himself a very successful rally co-driver. Under the guidance of new team principal Dave Wilcock, the MINI WRC Team will tackle a partial program of events in 2012 and prepare for a full title bid in 2013. Driving number 37 is Spain's Dani Sordo who is set to be an ever-present in the team's driver line-up alongside co-driver Carlos Del Barrio. Driving number 52 is Sweden's Patrik Sandell along with co-driver Staffan Parmander. For more information, visit: www.minimotorsport.com/en/wrc/car. RAPID & 3D IMAGING
May 22-25, 2012
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