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Co-Located Conferences Explore the Opportunities and Challenges of Micromanufacturing and Nanomanufacturing

DEARBORN, Mich., February 16, 2011 — Once believed to be limited to the electronics industry, micro and nano manufacturing are now making an enormous impact in almost all areas of manufacturing. From new medical devices to creating precise, less expensive and flexible materials, these two technologies are changing the way we manufacture.

To help practitioners understand the implications of these minute processes in their industry, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers is presenting the MicroManufacturing Conference & Exhibits and NanoManufacturing Conference & Exhibits, in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill, April 5-6, 2011. Registration includes admission to both events.

"The possibilities that micro- and nanomanufacturing offer are so unbelievable, it is hard to wrap your mind around it," said Lauralyn McDaniel, conference manager. "These technologies will be able to solve problems that we can't even imagine right now."

A primary concern of those involved in micro and nano technologies, however, is the lack of knowledgeable professionals with the abilities to envision the possibilities and to bring them to fruition. From the MicroManufacturing Fundamentals pre-conference workshops to the in-depth conference sessions and keynote, these events will provide valuable skills and knowledge that benefit both the individual and his/her company.

Presentations will discuss how micromanufacturing can improve part quality and lower production costs, sharing real examples that not only illustrate how to use the technologies, but also what not to do. Attendees can network with experts and peers in these fields, have specific problems solved by industry experts and find solution vendors for nearly every micromanufacturing challenge.

This year's event features an Emerging Technology and Application area that will feature polishing, deburring, creation of surface structures and drug-delivery micro devices.

The NanoManufacturing Conference will highlight the current, near-term and future applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming the way products are manufactured. Attendees can discover the latest nanomanufacturing applications and trends in top-down fabrication and bottom-up assembly, learn how to integrate nanomanufacturing into existing products, and understand the benefits of the technologies' high throughput, low cost processing. Participants also can network with experts and manufacturers from different industries including sensors, catalytics, medical/bio, aerospace and defense, and coatings while they explore the closing gap between nanomanufacturing and micromanufacturing.

For more information, visit www.sme.org/micro or www.sme.org/nanomanufacturing.

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