PT Columnists Bozzelli and Sepe Headline New SPE Conference

Design for Injection Molding and 3D Printing technical conference slated for March in Illinois.

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Product Design and Development Division (also known as PD3), Bethel, Conn., has created a new technical conference which will focus on plastics design for injection molding and 3D printing. “Successful Plastic Part Design”, which will take place March 6-7, 2018 in Gurnee, Ill, at the Holiday Inn Gurney Convention Center, will be headlined by two key industry pros and Plastic Technology columnists.

PD3 organized the conference in collaboration with the Society’s Chicago and Milwaukee Sections. As noted above, John Bozzelli and Michael Sepe will lead a series of in-depth sessions that will address all aspects of the design process for injection molding.

John Bozzelli is a graduate of Marietta College (BS) and Ohio University (MS). Twenty years with Dow Plastics provided extensive experience in polymer synthesis, development, production, and processing. Competent in part design and resin characterization, his specialty in practical, hands-on injection molding training and troubleshooting. His frequent PT columns have highlighted the concept of “Scientific Molding.”

Michael Sepe has worked in the plastics industry since 1975 in both manufacturing and research and development. He is an independent consultant based in Arizona with clients throughout North America. Sepe assists clients with material selection, design for manufacturability, process optimization, troubleshooting, and failure analysis.

The conference will feature seven sessions on injection molding, and four on 3D printing (additive manufacturing):

  • “Simulation Driven Design for 3D Printing”—Scott Ziemba, Altair Engineering, Inc.
  • “Additive Manufacturing with Polymers: Beyond the Prototype”—Duann Scott, Autodesk, Inc.
  • “Production Using 3D Printing”—Mike Roosa, Midwest Prototyping, LLC
  • “Design for Manufacturing for Additive Manufacturing”—David Tucker, HP, Inc.

“Improvements in 3D printing technology and the introduction of new industry suppliers now enable plastics part engineers and designers to consider using this process to manufacture production parts with confidence,” said conference chair Al McGovern.