Protolabs‘ InspirON series to connect manufacturers with industry experts

April 18, 2023

Protolabs, headquartered in Maple Plain, Minnesota, USA, has launched a new series of events in an effort to drive innovation and create conversation across the manufacturing industry. The InspirON exchange series aims to bring together a community of like-minded individuals to discuss the latest trends, challenges and opportunities within a production environment and how innovative technologies can deliver results in real time.

The close-knit nature of the events is expected to enable attendees make meaningful connections through focused discussions on topics relevant to them. Ideas and opinions from manufacturers and global industry experts are encouraged, to gain a comprehensive view of innovation, design and engineering, providing valuable insight for attendees while expanding their professional network.

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“InspirON exchange, in the purest sense, is about conversation,” stated Peter Richards, VP of Marketing & Sales at Protolabs Europe. “We decided to create intimate events that would stimulate conversation. Large-scale events offer great value but can often be one-way streets for gaining insight. InspirON allows industry peers to exchange information, gathering and sharing their expertise to accelerate growth in the industry.”

The inaugural InspirON exchange event was held on March 23, 2023, at IET Birmingham, UK. Steve Lewis-Brammer, Protolabs Northern Europe Sales Director, and Christoph Erhardt, Customer Projects & Additive Design Manager, chaired the discussion, which was centred around different Additive Manufacturing technologies and the benefits they bring to specific industries. Attendees also discussed how to reduce the risk of failure, improve production speed and get ahead of future trends using AM.

Dr Sven Knowles, Knowledge Transfer Manager for Industrial Technologies & Manufacturing at Innovate UK KTN, commented after the event, “My aim was to develop my understanding of how Additive Manufacturing is currently impacting manufacturing as a whole, as well as how it will shape the future. I was particularly impressed by the interactive nature of the event, and the Q&A session led to some fascinating points that I can now share with the industrial partners I support in my role.”

Protolabs will roll out the InspirON exchange series across Europe, with the next event planned for Summer 2023.

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