ImplementAM, the frontrunner in educational one-day workshops focused on 3D printing and additive manufacturing technologies, has been acquired by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). This is SPE’s second acquisition in additive manufacturing, following its purchase of 3Dnatives earlier this year. Together, the shared goal of the three businesses is to bridge the gap between traditional manufacturing-based businesses and the transformative world of additive manufacturing and 3D printing, offering innovative ways to enhance manufacturing processes.
Empowering the Industry Through Education
ImplementAM specializes in educating manufacturing professionals about the potential of 3D printing technologies to revolutionize and expedite their processes using digital tools. Their approach revolves around a problem-solving methodology based on the adoption of cutting-edge technologies, while presenting a range of collaborative case studies and collaborative exercises.
"ImplementAM, SPE, and 3Dnatives align seamlessly in their mission to inform, educate, and advance the additive manufacturing industry," said Patrick Farrey, CEO of SPE. "Our stakeholders recognize the growth in additive manufacturing and 3D printing's importance in processing and production operations. ImplementAM offers vital educational opportunities to explore this industry and its impact."
A Vision of Innovation
The ImplementAM workshop series was created by David Tucker and Kristin Mulherin, industry veterans who met during their tenure at HP 3D Printing. They share a common belief that for additive manufacturing to flourish, companies must possess the technical foundation and a profound understanding of the design and business aspects that ensure its successful integration.
"The integration of additive manufacturing and 3D printing does not replace traditional manufacturing; instead, it enhances it through innovation and streamlining processes," noted Mulherin.
Empowering Traditional Manufacturers
ImplementAM connects traditional manufacturers through interactive programs, emphasizing the development of products grounded in hybrid design approaches, encompassing both traditional manufacturing principles and digital components. Their workshops empower individuals and companies to create products that offer improved user experience, reduced waste in production, faster development cycles, and greater proximity to end users.
"Our goal with ImplementAM is to bring in-person workshops to the regions where people work and live," explained Tucker. "Our day-long workshops are often hosted at local breweries to facilitate networking and an overall sense of fun. They include facility tours and hands-on exercises, as well as expert presenters who share their experiences, challenges, and successes. We strive to offer a dynamic learning experience."
Taking it Global
In addition to their upcoming workshops in Charlotte, NC (Oct. 19), Milwaukee, WI (Nov. 2), Phoenix, AZ (Dec. 7), and Austin, TX (Jan. 17), ImplementAM, with the global reach of 3Dnatives, will expand its presence beyond the United States. Workshops for European audiences are already being planned for 2024.
"ImplementAM is the perfect addition to SPE and 3Dnatives portfolio of services towards the manufacturing world,” said Alexandre Martel, Director and Founder, 3Dnatives. “With our extended network, we are more than ever on a mission to empower industry professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to unlock the full potential of 3D printing technologies."
For more information about ImplementAM and their educational initiatives, please visit implement-am.com.
84 countries and 60k+ stakeholders strong, SPE unites plastics professionals worldwide – helping them succeed and strengthening their skills through networking, events, training, and knowledge sharing. For more information, visit www.4spe.org.
3Dnatives is the largest international media platform focused on 3D printing and its applications. With its in-depth analysis of the market, 3Dnatives covers the latest trends of the technology and is available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian. 3Dnatives’ mission is to educate professionals on how additive manufacturing can transform the future of manufacturing. To learn more, visit www.3dnatives.com/en/.
ImplementAM is a leading provider of educational one-day workshops dedicated to 3D printing technologies within the plastics industry. Founded by industry experts David Tucker and Kristin Mulherin, ImplementAM's mission is to empower professionals and companies to embrace the potential of additive manufacturing and 3D printing in enhancing their manufacturing processes. Through interactive workshops and collaboration, ImplementAM bridges the gap between traditional manufacturing and digital innovation. Visit implement-am.com.