Monday, December 8, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
At its heart, Maryland Thermoform’s business is all about heating a sheet of plastic, draping it over a mold and allowing it to cool for various customer design needs. But it’s much more than that. Technologically, it gets more complicated than molding plastic sheeting.
“Thermoforming is a very creative process. It’s kind of like a black art,” said Scott Macdonald, CEO of Maryland Thermoform.
The process can be very symmetrical or very artsy.
“You can develop products with your hands or machinery. It can look as if you made it by hand, and to me that’s very cool,” Macdonald said.
Today, I’m posting about a technology that may well revolutionize manufacturing. I suspect that this is a truly “game changing” technology that has the capacity to transform manufacturing and act as a disruptive innovation. According to Forbes, this emerging industry is expected to reach $3.1 billion worldwide by 2012 and $5.2 billion by 2020. [Read more...]
“If manufacturing parts in an industrial environment is part of your life, then it would be wise to anticipate that additive manufacturing will be part of your future.” -David Burns, President of ExOne, originally published in Production Machining Magazine. Dave is the Keynote speaker NEXTgen-M on April 27th
In much the same way CNC machines replaced manual machining practices, so too will much of the subtractive machining techniques will be replaced with additive manufacturing. Leaders in the industry and respected business analysts from publications such as the Economist, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and others are pronouncing rapid technologies as the future of manufacturing.