All eyes will be on the Anaheim Convention Center February 5-7 for this year’s Plastec West, billed as the nation’s largest advanced design and manufacturing showcase. Engineers, executives, and manufacturing experts will all be on the Expo showroom floor, exploring opportunities with plastics suppliers and new wrinkles in areas like injection molding and automation.
Besides coatings and rapid prototyping, the Plastec Expo will be a showcase for new innovations and technology…like tours, demos, and activities focused on 3D printing. Speakers will discuss 3D printing in applications ranging from medical device applications – vaccine delivery vehicles, surgical implants, and stents.
Last year, representatives from 3M, Apple, Disney, and Honeywell were all in attendance. This year, more than 1,900 suppliers will be showcasing the latest solutions in injection molding, automation, molds & dies, materials, product design and more! Free presentations and interactive exhibits will provide an up-close-and-personal look at tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies.
What’s trending upward in 2019 for Plastec West visitors? Many are looking for smarter manufacturing strategies and techniques for faster development cycles at lower cost. A Smart Manufacturing Innovation Summit features sessions on collaborative robots, AI, sensing technologies, and related topics. A new 3D Printing Innovation Summit opens up ideas in bioprinting (just to name one example) and how 3D printing is “shaping the future of manufacturing.”
In our niche, premium acrylic is our specialty in Sign Holders, Brochure Holders, and new Cubicle Name Plate Holders. At Plastec West, numerous other specialties could very well be game-changers in surgical robotics…and the next generation in wearable sensor technologies that track the body’s physiological state with real-time feedback for timely intervention. Today’s popular commercial versions just monitor physical activity and vital signs…not “molecular-level information related to the body’s dynamic chemistry.”
To round the event out, Universal Robots will be introducing their collabortive robots that have six points of articulation and mimic the motions of a human arm. Tasks such as decal application, bolt-tightening, even welding, have never been easier! For the manufacturing professional, this is a must-attend event of 2019.