Just Hit Print: Rapid 3D Manufacturing Comes of Age

Technically known as rapid prototyping or additive fabrication, high-end
medical, aerospace and automotive designers have used the process for
nearly two decades to develop small thermoplastic prototypes and models
for research and development purposes. Thanks to recent advances,
however, the process is now both refined and cost-effective enough to
create finished goods, including manufacturing tools, jigs and
fixtures—not to mention end-use parts.

High-School Engine Builders Go Head-to-Head for $10,000 Automotive Scholarship

Providing young automotive enthusiasts with an opportunity to develop
and showcase their talents while being exposed to the automotive
aftermarket industry, Hot Rodders of Tomorrow launched in 2008 at the
Race & Performance Expo in St. Charles, Illinois, and has been
invited to compete at the SEMA Show every year since its inception.

SEMA Members Meet With Potential Customers in China, Witness Growing Demand First-Hand

A group of SEMA-member manufacturers recently descended on the Chinese capitol of Beijing, for the second annual SEMA China International Auto Parts Expo
(CIAPE) China Business Development Program—an intensive three days of
networking and one-on-one meetings with Chinese buyers from 24 cities
throughout China.

Disaster Recovery: SEMA Member Shares a Hard-Learned Lesson

They say that hindsight is 20/20. The March 2011 issue of SEMA News
featured a Best Practices article on the how and why of disaster
planning, calling special attention to acts of God and other sudden
business interruptions (see callout box). Now, several months later, ATC Composites COO Chris Ripper strongly encourages SEMA News readers to revisit that article—and with good reason.


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