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NMW 2016: Innovation + new tools = ideas boom

24 March, 2016

With the Australian Government investing $1.1BN to bring about an 'ideas boom' by 2020, the next four years are likely to be a powerhouse period for innovations such as 3D printing which, quite literally, brings an additional dimension to new ideas.

Against this backdrop, this year's National Manufacturing Week (May 11 - 13, Sydney Showground - Sydney Olympic Park) will be a vital forum for people who are seeking new ideas to help their business grow.

Australia's largest, longest-running manufacturing event, National Manufacturing Week (NMW) is the event that brings industry together to see, touch and discuss solutions that can open up new horizons for businesses.

NMW will present hundreds of products and services from around the world, laid out in 12 Product Zones - ranging from Digital Manufacturing to Engineering and Advanced Materials - focusing on the drivers of business transformation. NMW 2016 will be co-located with the Sydney edition of Inside 3D Printing, the largest 3D printing event worldwide. The event has been designed to showcase 3D printing capabilities that can open up new opportunities in product development, medicine, automotive, technology, software, and broader industry sectors.

The core theme of generating new ideas will also feature in NMW 2016's highly topical seminar program. Taking place on the NMW exhibition floor, this program will inspire visitors with case studies, analysis and discussions of the opportunities for 3D printing in additive manufacturing.

Among NMW Seminar Theatre speakers will be Sam Bucolo, Professor of Design Innovation at UTS. Professor Bucolo is a passionate advocate for business growth through Design-Led Innovation: that is, a company culture that can routinely produce innovations to products, services or business systems that are of value to customers.

In his NMW presentation, Professor Bucolo will share his insights into how design has become a driver for economic growth: a topic that should inspire visitors from a broad range of industries to consider how 3D printing can help their businesses move forward.

In a separate NMW Seminar Theatre session, Lester Miller and Tracy Yu from legal firm, Allens will focus on the vital topic of protecting your innovations and intellectual property (IP) in 3D printing.

3D printing will have a strong presence within several Product Zones including Digital Manufacturing and Advanced Materials. A solid core of 3D printing companies - Konica Minolta, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing Systems, 3D Printing Studios and Sydney 3D Printing - as well as industry suppliers including Hoganas AB and more have already committed to taking part, ensuring there is plenty for visitors to see and learn about 3D printing's future.

NMW, held only once every two years in Sydney, will take place from May 11 - 13 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park. Entry is free for trade visitors. Registration for NMW 2016 is now open at By registering now, you'll access a range of services, including updates via the NMW website for this year's game-changing event.

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