DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2014) — An upcoming Product Development Expo sponsored by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) will explore technology such as 3D printing that is changing the way manufacturers develop products.
The expo, scheduled for April 10 at SEMA's headquarters campus in Diamond Bar, will help association members learn about new tools and resources available to increase efficiencies and decrease costs.
The event is co-sponsored by the SEMA Data Co-op (SDC) and the Emerging Trends and Technology Network (ETTN). The one-day conference includes live demonstrations of 3D scanning and printing machines, discussions on connected vehicles, the future of transportation, and updates about automotive apps—including Ford Motor Co.'s OpenXC platform.
Participants also will learn about and tour the SEMA Garage – Industry Innovations Center. SEMA said the 15,000-sq.-ft. facility "makes it easy and affordable for automotive parts manufacturers to access special high-tech tools and equipment needed to get products off the drawing board and into customer hands."
John Waraniak, SEMA vice president of vehicle technology. said "the race to define future vehicles is on. SEMA's Product Development Expo is a chance to learn how to compete and win as new technologies, tools and applications are deployed."
Conference participants also will discover how to avoid reverse engineering, what products require emissions certifications and how to obtain the proper certifications, and why data standards can help or hinder distribution.
The registration fee for the expo is $47 for SEMA members and $97 for non-SEMA members and includes lunch and a networking reception.