This presentation shows numerous charts related to economic and industry indicators for U.S. forming and fabricating trends. Full recovery from the 2009 recession by end of 2013 is expected to be followed by a decade of expansion for U.S. manufacturing, including forming and fabricating, in transportation and energy markets. The F&F community needs to acknowledge and adapt to the revolution of new, often nonmetal, materials and innovative joining technologies in traditional segments of manufacturing such as aerospace and automotive. New welding technologies and processes are also gaining acceptance.
The SME Forming & Fabricating Technical Community (FFC) focuses on key metal forming and fabricating technologies. The community also engages members as technical experts and manufacturing practitioners to support the sharing of manufacturing knowledge and solutions through professional networking. There are specialized tech groups on welding and cutting, stamping, tool and die, simulation, and tube and pipe. Networking events and student programs are offered annually at FABTECH, and the community sponsors a technical paper award and a variety of webinars presented by industry professionals. Find more information at www.sme.org/ffc.
Presented at: SME Annual Conference, June 2-4, 2013, Baltimore, MD.