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New technologies to be unveiled at SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo

Toronto – The latest and greatest manufacturing technologies – by both Canadian and international developers – will take centre stage at SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMExpo) at the Toronto International Centre,...


Toronto – The latest and greatest manufacturing technologies – by both Canadian and international developers – will take centre stage at SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Expo (AMExpo) at the Toronto International Centre, September 23-24, 2014.

AMExpo, which features RAPID Canada Conference & Exposition, and Medical Manufacturing Innovations, will showcase revolutionary 3D printing, additive and medical manufacturing technologies and applications – some being introduced in Canada for the first time.

Presented as part of an interactive resource centre called The Innovation Tech Zone, some the technologies include:

• Bioprinting, presented by the University of Toronto – a demonstration of the process that allows scientists and medical researchers to use living cells to build an organ, layer by layer, by means of 3D scanners and printers.

• 3D Prosthetic Project from the University of Toronto – an easy-to-use 3D scanning and printing technology capable of generating prosthetic limbs close to what a skilled technician could make by hand.

• Hollywood’s Legacy Effects – a display of 3D-printed busts from the movies Avatar and RoboCop.

• Oculus Rift by SE3D – a high-end virtual reality experience revolutionizing the way people experience video games, including a virtual reality headset for 3D gaming.

• MakerBot Interactive – unique hands-on demonstrations of prosumer (a cross between professional and consumer) printing.

• Ontario Centre of Excellence Discovery Zone – a playground where technologies will be demonstrated showing the advancement of manufacturing via 3D printing, prototyping and advanced manufacturing in Ontario.

• Personal Illusions – a demonstration of the future of jewellery creation: 3D-printed jewellery.

Jason Lopes, Hollywood’s Legacy Effects lead systems engineer, will be the keynote speaker on opening day, September 23, and will discuss how 3D scanning and 3D printing have enabled the creation of some of Hollywood’s most amazing special effects, including work on the movies Iron Man 3, RoboCop (2014), The Bourne Legacy, Pacific Rim, and the Hunger Games. Legacy Effects has transformed the special effects department from a post-production component of filmmaking to one that is central to the filmmaking process.

The Honourable Gary Goodyear, minister of state for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), will be the keynote speaker on day two of the event, September 24, providing a look into the future of Ontario’s Advanced Manufacturing industry .

The AMExpo exhibit floor opens on September 23 at 10:00 a.m. and concludes September 24 at 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor and general attendance registration is now open. For more information about AMExpo, and to register, visit amexpo.ca or call 1-888-322-7333.