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Registration is Open for 2014 AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition

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Keynote panels on cybersecurity, 3D technologies announced

DEARBORN, Mich., August 29, 2013 – Registration is open for AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition, which takes place on February 25–27, 2014 at the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention Center.  Attendees can expect to hear top industry insiders give their take on issues vital to the future of aerospace and defense manufacturing during keynote addresses and panel discussions, according to SME.

AeroDef will feature dozens of technical sessions, interactive learning opportunities, keynote speakers and panel discussions over the course of three days. Panel discussion topics include cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the aerospace and defense manufacturing supply chain, with a focus on current and emerging solutions. Another panel, and complementary learning opportunities, will explore the current state and transformational potential of 3D technologies like additive manufacturing, 3D printing, modeling and simulation and design engineering.

Keynote addresses and panels, and entry to the exposition floor, are complimentary to attendees who register in advance of AeroDef Manufacturing at www.aerodefevent.com. Keynotes take place in The Deck, a central part of the exposition floor designed to reflect the collaborative nature of AeroDef.

AeroDef is produced in partnership with leading OEMs to bring together the supply chain in order to find integrated solutions to complex manufacturing challenges. Executive committee members include senior manufacturing professionals from Bell Helicopter/Textron, Boeing, EADS, Lockheed Martin, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.

The exposition floor is arranged by technology zones: composites, metals & advanced materials; contract manufacturing services; digital & additive manufacturing; finishing & coatings: extreme environments & survivability; integrated assembly & robotics; precision machining & tooling; and quality, measurement & inspection.

Join our Twitter group @AeroDefMfg and our LinkedIn group to learn details about AeroDef as they unfold, including keynote speakers, panelists and sponsorship opportunities for exhibitors.

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About AeroDef Manufacturing Summit and Exposition
AeroDef Manufacturing is the leading technical conference and exposition for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Produced by SME in partnership with leading industry OEMs, its mission is to foster innovation across the extended enterprise to reduce costs, expedite production times and maintain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

About SME
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 shares knowledge to advance manufacturing. At SME, we are making the future. Together.

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