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IBEX plans workshops on 3-D printing

3-D printing will be featured at the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition & Conference Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in Tampa, Fla.

IBEX will partner with Robert McNeel & Associates, Miami's RhinoFabStudio and the DRS Technologies Inc. Advanced Marine Technology Center to offer conferees live demonstrations and workshops on 3-D printing and scanning technologies applicable to the marine industry.

"3-D printing technology is changing all aspects of manufacturing and is now available for the marine industry. We are excited to host these leading experts in the field and to feature this latest technology, as well as offer a lab and workshops for our attendees to become educated," IBEX show director Anne Dunbar said in a statement. "We invite attendees to bring parts or a computer model to share with our team of experts and let them work with you to solve your most challenging problems in design, manufacturing, repair and quality."

The IBEX 3-D Digital Workshop will be on the second floor of the Tampa Bay Convention Center. The feature area on the show floor will offer live demonstrations of software, hardware machines—3-D printers, 3-D scanners, laser cutters, CNC machines and more — and a series of educational presentations.

"We are looking forward to educating the marine industry at IBEX on the advantages of 3-D technology to make it part of their production process to make small pieces easily and relatively inexpensively," said Andrés González, worldwide director at RhinoFabStudio. "Our goal is to teach, educate and share different methods of fabrication for industrial designers, architects, and engineers where Rhinoceros is involved in any cycle of the manufacturing process."

Senior instructional consultant and digital design and fabrication professor Derek Eggers from the University of Kentucky will offer a seminar titled “Introduction to Design for 3-D Printing” from 8:30-10 a.m. on Oct. 1.

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