SME Seeks Speakers for 2015 AeroDef Manufacturing event.

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SME is seeking industry professionals with subject-matter expertise to speak at 2015 AeroDef Manufacturing with Composites Manufacturing. This event and manufacturing conference, which is devoted to commercial and defense aerospace manufacturing, will take place April 20–23 in Dallas, TX. Presentations should address educational tracks that correspond to technologies represented on show floor. Deadline for presentation abstract submission is October 13, 2014.

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Call for Speakers: SME's AeroDef Manufacturing with Composites Manufacturing, April 20-23, Dallas

Developed with aerospace, defense leaders to address production challenges

(DEARBORN, Mich.) – SME, an organization dedicated to advancing manufacturing, is seeking industry professionals with subject-matter expertise to speak at 2015 AeroDef Manufacturing with Composites Manufacturing, a groundbreaking event and manufacturing conference solely devoted to commercial and defense aerospace manufacturing. The event will be held April 20-23 at the Hilton Anatole, Dallas, with exhibits open April 21-22.

The leading aerospace original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, have supported AeroDef since 2011 as a way to collaborate with suppliers across the extended manufacturing enterprise and to find integrated solutions necessary for long-term competitiveness. Given the surge in aircraft demand from U.S. and overseas customers, as well as high requirements from defense customers, high-level attendees will come to AeroDef seeking information, technologies and applications that can shorten manufacturing production and delivery cycles.

Composites Manufacturing, launched by SME in 2009, joins AeroDef in 2015 due to the overwhelming industry demand for materials of lighter weights, increased strengths, and greater heat and corrosion resistance.

Presentations should address educational tracks listed below that correspond to the technologies represented on the show floor. Click on the track title to view the list of suggested topics.

Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: Computer-integrated technologies that design, manufacture, test and simulate together with rapid and additive technologies.

Composites Manufacturing &  Advanced Materials: High-performance materials and the manufacturing processes that make them possible for commercial and military aircraft.

Integrated Assembly &  Robotics: Advanced techniques for manufacturing and assembly that enable commercial aerospace and defense suppliers to meet stringent cost targets, quality requirements and time constraints for increased production.

Precision Machining &  Tooling: Manufacturing of high-tolerance parts using advanced materials that feature complex surfaces, thin walls and challenging part geometries.

Contract Manufacturing Services: The full spectrum of services for supplier partnering.

Finishing &  Coatings: Extreme Environments &  Survivability: Aerospace and defense coatings technology that can increase stealth endurance, quality and performance in a high-stress environment.

Quality, Measurement &  Inspection: Advanced inspections, quality control, validation methods and equipment for mission-critical operations.

The deadline for submitting the presentation abstracts is Oct. 13, 2014. Members of the AeroDef Conference Committee will review all submissions. They include senior manufacturing executives at Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lockheed Martin, The Boeing Co., Northrop Grumman, GE Aviation and ATK Aerospace, among others.

Visit to complete the call for speakers form, including a 100-200 word description of your presentation.

For more information about attending, exhibiting or presenting, visit or call 800.733.3976. For the most up-to-date details, follow us on Twitter @AeroDefMfg or join the LinkedIn AeroDef discussion group.

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 dedicated to advancing manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skill needs for the industry. Follow @sme_mfg on Twitter and

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