From additive manufacturing to advanced
materials, cybersecurity to big data, THE BIG M attendees will explore new
technology and share best practices shaping the future of manufacturing
(DEARBORN, Mich., May 18,
― All eyes in manufacturing will be on Detroit June 2-4 as SME’s THE BIG M Manufacturing Convergence brings together
industry executives, managers, engineers, product designers and students to
Cobo Center to discover and shape what’s next. As more than half of
manufacturing leaders are planning to invest in advanced manufacturing
technologies in the next two years1,
THE BIG M will provide them the opportunity to share best practices and
experience the technologies that are transforming the industry, as well as
highlight real-world examples for students to experience the myriad careers
available in manufacturing.
“There are few platforms in the world that bring together the depth and
breadth of manufacturing brands, decision makers, industry sectors and
technologies as THE BIG M,” said Christine Longroy, event manager for SME’s THE
BIG M. “Our attendees have a combined purchasing power of $5 billion, as well
as a need to advance their future manufacturing strategies. THE BIG M provides
a forum to bring all of the stakeholders together to shed light on topics that
impact their businesses, increase U.S. competitiveness and ensure the success
of the industry moving forward now and for the next-generation workforce.”
THE BIG M will feature a variety of new and popular workshops, keynotes,
exhibits and other interactive activities, including:
- M | Build Workshop — Led by Joe Justice,
creator of eXtreme Manufacturing, and sponsored by Kelly Engineering Resources,
participants will team up to assemble a running car in one day over the course
of four, 60-minute “sprints.” The exercise will take place June 2 and will introduce
participants to Scrum, a manufacturing method designed to add energy, focus,
clarity and transparency to project planning and implementation.
- M | Conference
Keynotes — Talks from Autodesk, ExxonMobil, Google, The Institute for Applied
Creativity and Vocademy: The Makerspace will offer insights into how these
leaders are advancing the industry through innovation, investment in talent and
the application of high-tech manufacturing design and production solutions.
- M | Exhibits — Interactive product
displays, demonstrations and technologies from across the manufacturing
enterprise provide opportunities to connect with with more than 175 exhibitors — including AAM, Capture 3D, GE, SpaceClaim and the University of Michigan — on the show floor.
- M | Factories — Find automation tools
and resources in the on-site Siemens Digital Factory and learn how connecting
equipment, factories, workers and products will increase capacity and
efficiencies while reducing costs.The
Autodesk® MSV Innovation Factory showcases how to use modeling, simulation and
visualization (MSV) to reduce engineering time, increase productivity and
innovate the way things are made.
- M | Exchange — Engage with industry
experts and displayed parts in THE BIG M’s on-site resource centers for
additive manufacturing/3D printing and advanced materials and lightweighting.
Attend special presentations on manufacturing in “the cloud,” energy management
and the impact 3D printing has on manufacturing processes.
- Big Idea Boulevard — Located on
the exhibit floor, stop by and be a part of The Next Big Thing conversation. Technology fosters innovation and sharing ideas drives strategic
- Student Summit — Students and educators will also be able to explore new
technologies on the exhibit floor, meet industry experts, network with
potential employers and participate in hands-on activities such as a
wind-turbine design challenge featuring 3D-printed materials and daily
workshops where they can build an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV).
Registration is still available for the M | Build Workshop sprints, but
spaces are limited. Visit bigmevent.com for more information
on all aspects of the event, including pricing and registration.
About THE BIG M
THE BIG M, produced by SME, is designed to convene
manufacturers around industry's most vital issues and leverage the power of
industry leaders to collaborate and address them. This event demonstrates that
manufacturing professionals and companies can shape the future by creating a strong
path forward together, connecting people with technology and expertise,
affirming the importance of manufacturing, speaking in a unified voice to
policymakers and proving that manufacturing is a knowledge industry where
creativity is sought and valued. THE BIG M is proud to partner with the
following sponsors: Michigan Economic Development Corp.; Automation Alley; AAM;
Autodesk; Consumers Energy; General Electric; ITC Holdings Corp.; Kelly Engineering
Resources; Licon; Materialise; Michigan Office Solutions; Plex Systems; PTC; Siemens;
Square One Education Network; Stratasys; and Uber. Follow @bigMevent on Twitter or facebook.com/bigmevent.
SME connects all
those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a
nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators,
government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80
years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and
development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the
advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for
the industry. Follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or facebook.com/SMEmfg.
Manufacturing Opportunities Report – How advanced manufacturing is helping U.S.
companies compete globally, SME, Advanced
Manufacturing Media, March 2015.
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