Opportunities & challenges of micro- and nano-manufacturing

Dearborn, Mich. — Once believed to be limited to the electronics industry, micro- and nano-manufacturing are now making an enormous impact in almost all areas of manufacturing. From new medical devices to creating precise, less expensive, and flexible materials, these two technologies are changing the way we manufacture.

To help practitioners understand the implications of these minute processes in their industry, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is presenting the MicroManufacturing Conference & Exhibitions and NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibitions, in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, on April 5 to 6, 2011. Registration includes admission to both events.

A primary concern of those involved in micro- and nano-technologies is the lack of knowledgeable professionals with the abilities to envision the possibilities and to bring them to fruition. From the MicroManufacturing Fundamentals pre-conference workshops to the in-depth conference sessions and keynote, these events will provide valuable skills and knowledge that benefit both the individual and his/her company. Presentations will discuss how micro-manufacturing can improve part quality and lower production costs, sharing real examples that not only illustrate how to use the technologies, but also what not to do. On the program are several presentations on various laser processing applications.

Attendees can network with experts and peers in these fields, have specific problems solved by industry experts and find solution vendors for nearly every micro-manufacturing challenge.

This year’s event features an Emerging Technology and Application area that will feature polishing, deburring, creation of surface structures, and drug-delivery micro devices.

The NanoManufacturing Conference will highlight the current, near-term, and future applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming the way products are manufactured. Attendees can discover the latest nan-manufacturing applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly, learn how to integrate nano-manufacturing into existing products, and understand the benefits of the technologies’ high throughput, low cost processing. Participants also can network with experts and manufacturers from different industries including sensors, catalytics, medical/bio, aerospace and defense, and coatings while they explore the closing gap between nano-manufacturing and micro-manufacturing.

For more information, visit www.sme.org/micro or www.sme.org/nanomanufacturing.


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