ANTEC Offers Additive Manufacturing Education

The SPE-sponsored event, co-located with NPE, includes two sessions addressing materials development, 3D printing emissions, comparisons of additive parts with injection-molded parts and more.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) has announced two half-day sessions focused on additive technology at next month’s ANTEC, scheduled for March 23-25 and co-located with the NPE show in Orlando, Florida.

The first begins March 24 at 11:30 a.m. with an introductory address by Heinz Gaub, managing director of technology and engineering for Arburg, who will discuss “Arburg Plastic Freeforming—Additive Manufacturing of Plastic Parts Using Standard Granulates.” Following the address is the a forum titled “3D Printing with a Focus on Material Development.” Scheduled for 1:30 to 5 p.m.,  it consists of five presentations followed by an interactive panel discussion. Presentations include:

  • “Open Doors with 3D Printing,” by Peter Weijmarshausen, Shapeways, Inc.
  • “Bring Great Things to Life with AM!” by Bryan Crutchfield, Materialise NV
  • “Arburg Plastic Freeforming (AKF)—New Industrial Additive Process,” by Dr. O. Kessling, Arburg, Inc.
  • “Breaking Barriers in Additive Manufacturing,” by Lonnie Love, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • “High Heat and High Impact Poly(Lactic Acid) Compounds for Additive Manufacturing / 3D Printing,” by Edwin Tam, Teknor Apex Company.

The second session, the Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Super Session, is scheduled for 1:30 to 5 p.m. on March 25. The session is organized by the 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Working Group, which is in the process of forming a Special Interest Group (SIG) within SPE. (More information on the SIG is available by contacting

Presentations for the second session include:

  • “Education Presentation: Clearing the Air about 3D Printing Emissions," by Dr. Steven Wright, Eastman Chemical.
  • “Large Scale Fused Deposition Modeling with Reinforced Plastics,” by Vlastimil Kunc, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
  • “Comparison of Flame Retardancy Performance: Injection Molding versus 3D Printing,” by Jazon Zhu, PolyOne Corporation.
  • “Fatigue Performance of Fused Deposition Modeling Style 3D Printing versus Injection Molded Ultem 9085,” by Jane Spikowski, PolyOne Corporation.

3D printing will also be featured in the co-located NPE2015 exposition, including a special NPE3D pavilion with exhibits and demonstrations.

Information on SPE ANTEC Orlando 2015 is available at