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SPI EXPANDS NPE3D™ PAVILION AT NPE2015 AS 18 COMPANIES SIGN ON TO DISPLAY TECHNOLOGIES FOR 3D PRINTING

3D-Printed Mold Components

Stratasys Will Demonstrate a 3D Printing System for Creating Products with up to Three Different Materials in a Single Run

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., October 20, 2015: With eighteen companies already planning to exhibit in the NPE3D™ pavilion at NPE2015, show management has expanded this special section of the show floor dedicated to technology for 3D printing, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, which produces the triennial NPE.

NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase, will take place March 23-27, 2015 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. The NPE3D pavilion will be open to all attendees, providing the opportunity to learn about 3D printing through exhibits and actual demonstrations. A related NPE3D conference track, with six presentations, will be part of SPI’s Business of Plastics Conference, co-located with the show.

One of the highlights of the NPE3D pavilion will be a demonstration by 3D printing specialist Stratasys of its new Objet500 Connex1 multi-material 3D Printer, which can produce parts from three materials in a single production run, allowing users to create assemblies with components formed from three different materials, or components that contain both rigid and flexible materials.

The company will also be highlighting plastics developed for 3D printing. “Materials are the most important component in 3D printing,” said Joe Hiemenz, public affairs manager at Stratasys. “That’s why Stratasys continues to expand our portfolio of thermoplastics and photopolymers, including full color photopolymers.”

Because of the strong response of companies wanting a presence, SPI has added eight more booths to the NPE3D pavilion, noted Brad Williams, SPI’s director of sales and marketing. “From toolmakers to processors to brand owners, many in the plastics industry have a need to know about recent developments in 3D printing,” Williams said. “NPE2015 will provide the marketplace an opportunity to discuss this technology, its current applications, and the future possibilities.”

The companies that have thus far signed on to exhibit in the NPE3D pavilion are:

---Advanced RP, Inc. Suwanee, GA, USA. 3D printers and printing services. www.advancedrp.com.
---B3D. West Palm Beach, FL, USA.
---Burteck LLC. Windsor, CT, USA. Injection moldmaking. www.burteckllc.com.
---Comdec Inc. / SMI. Newburyport, MA, USA. Contract printing. www.comdecinc.com.
---Forecast 3D. Carlsbad, CA, USA. 3D equipment, materials, services. www.forecast3D.com.
---Geometric Ltd. Maharashtra, India. Engineering services and software. www.geometricglobal.com.
---Global Precision Industries. Germantown, WI, USA. Rapid manufacturing systems, prototyping, toolmaking. www.globalprec.com.
---Guangzhou Seal Mould Co., Ltd. Guangzhou, China. Rapid prototyping and toolmaking. www.seal-rp.com.
---Interpro. Deep River, CT, USA. 3D printing, rapid manufacturing, prototyping, injection molding. www.interpromodels.com.
---JG&A Metrology Center. Detroit, MI, USA. 3D internal part inspection services. www.jgarantmc.com.
---Linear Mold & Engineering. Livonia, MI, USA. Rapid manufacturing, prototyping, toolmaking. www.linearmold.com.
---MHS – Mold Hotrunner Solutions. Georgetown, ON, Canada. Molds, dies, tooling.
---Polyone Corporation. Avon Lake, OH, USA. Specialized polymer materials. www.polyone.com.
---Rapid Prototype + Manufacturing (RP + M). Avon Lake, OH, USA. 3D printing, prototyping, rapid manufacturing. www.rpplusm.com.
---Redeye, by Stratasys. Eden Prairie, MN, USA. 3D printing, rapid manufacturing, prototyping, tooling. www.redeyeondemand.com.
---Shanghai Xiesheng Machinery Mfg. Co. Ltd. Shanghai, China. Extrusion systems. www.x-machinery.com.
---Stratasys. Billerica, MA, USA. 3D printing equipment, materials, software. www.stratasys.com.
---3M Advanced Materials Division. Oakdale, MN, USA. Engineered materials and additives. www.3M.com/AdvancedMaterials.

For additional detail on NPE3D, or to register for NPE2015, visit www.NPE.org

Photo Captions: 1. New Objet500 Connex1 multi-material 3D Printer, which can produce parts from three diverse materials in a single production run, will be demonstrated by Stratasys in the NPE3D pavilion at NPE2015. 2. Injection mold components, produced with multi-material 3D printing capability to be exhibited at NPE2015 by Stratasys.

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NPE: The International Plastics Showcase is a triennial exposition solely owned and produced by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. NPE2015 will take place Monday through Friday, March 23-27, 2015, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. It will be the largest plastics industry event in 2015, including a world-scale trade show and multiple educational programs. The trade show portion will include 2,000 exhibitors on over one million sq.ft. (93,000 sq.m) of space. NPE2015 will host over 60,000 industry professionals from 120 countries. Visit www.npe.org.

Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $380 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at www.plasticsindustry.org and www.inthehopper.org.