ImplementAM acquired by Society of Plastics Engineers

October 11, 2023

ImplementAM, a provider of educational one-day workshops focused on Additive Manufacturing technologies, has been acquired by the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE). This acquisition marks SPE’s second venture into the Additive Manufacturing field, following its purchase of 3Dnatives earlier this year.

ImplementAM specialises in educating manufacturing professionals about the problem-solving potential of Additive Manufacturing to revolutionise and expedite their processes using digital tools. Additionally, ImplementAM presents a range of collaborative case studies and exercises.

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“ImplementAM, SPE, and 3Dnatives align seamlessly in their mission to inform, educate, and advance the Additive Manufacturing industry,” shared Patrick Farrey, CEO of SPE. “Our stakeholders recognise the growth in Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing’s importance in processing and production operations. ImplementAM offers vital educational opportunities to explore this industry and its impact.”

The ImplementAM workshop series was created by David Tucker and Kristin Mulherin, industry veterans who met during their time at HP 3D Printing. They believe that in order for Additive Manufacturing to thrive, companies need to have a strong technical foundation and a deep understanding of the design and business aspects that ensure its successful integration.

“The integration of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing does not replace traditional manufacturing; instead, it enhances it through innovation and streamlining processes,” noted Mulherin.

Empowering traditional manufacturers

ImplementAM connects traditional manufacturers through interactive programmes. These programmes emphasise the development of products that combine traditional manufacturing principles with digital components, using hybrid design approaches. Through the workshops, ImplementAM empowers individuals and companies to create products that offer improved user experience, reduced waste in production, faster development cycles, and greater proximity to end users.

“Our goal with ImplementAM is to bring in-person workshops to the regions where people work and live,” explained Tucker. “Our day-long workshops are often hosted at local breweries to facilitate networking and an overall sense of fun. They include facility tours and hands-on exercises, as well as expert presenters who share their experiences, challenges, and successes. We strive to offer a dynamic learning experience.”

Taking it global

In addition to upcoming workshops in Charlotte, North Carolina (October 19), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (November 2), Phoenix, Arizona (December 7), and Austin, Texas (January 17), ImplementAM, in collaboration with 3Dnatives, will also expand its presence beyond the United States. Workshops for European audiences are already being planned for 2024.

“ImplementAM is the perfect addition to SPE and 3Dnatives portfolio of services towards the manufacturing world,” stated Alexandre Martel, Director and Founder, 3Dnatives. “With our extended network, we are more than ever on a mission to empower industry professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to unlock the full potential of 3D printing technologies.”

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