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World Model Expo 2017   | 7-9 July 2017  |  Chicago, IL

World Model Expo Comes to Chicago July 7-9, 2017

The World Model Expo 2017 will be held at the Chicago Hilton Hotel at 720 South Michigan Avenue from July 7-9, 2017 welcoming miniature figure artists from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Europe, South & Central America, Asia Australia and beyond.

Held every three years under the umbrella of the World Model Soldier Federation, the World Model Expo is the largest gathering of miniature artists from around the globe.  After the last three expos in Europe, the 10th triennial event returns to the USA for the first time since 2005.


For general information about this upcoming international show, visit


To register works as an artist, reserve space in the vendor area, inquire about sponsoring the show or to make room reservations at the expo hotel, visit:


The World Expo 2017 thanks its sponsors, sponsoring clubs and media for all their support and who can be found at


To sign up up for the email list and receive information about the expo, send a message to: 


To join the Facebook group, World Expo Chicago 2017, visit:

Those wishing to volunteer to help with the expo's operation can visit the following link for more information at:

Information about the hosts, the Military Miniature Society of Illinois (founded in 1952) or their 43rd Annual Show in October, 2017 you can visit:

For More Information, contact: Jim DeRogatis at
(or Mark at


Wohlers Associates
   | 18 April 2017  |  Fort Collins, CO, USA

Wohlers Associates to Partner with Materialise on a Design for Additive Manufacturing Course in Belgium

Wohlers Associates, Inc., a consulting firm focused on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide, today announced a three-day course on design for additive manufacturing (DfAM). It is being held in collaboration with Materialise, an industry-leading provider of 3D printing software and services. The course is May 31 – June 2, 2017 at the Materialise headquarters location in Leuven, Belgium. Wohlers Associates has twice offered a similar course for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, which received high marks for its effectiveness.
“We are very happy to collaborate with Materialise, a company with an outstanding reputation and extraordinary track record,” said Terry Wohlers, principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates. “Designers, engineers, and managers wanting to learn how to design products for AM will benefit from more than 55 years of combined company experience at Materialise and Wohlers Associates.”
The course will provide expert instruction on methods of DfAM, such as the consolidation of many parts into a fewer number of them. This can result in significant savings in manufacturing processes, part numbers, assembly, labor, inventory, and certification paperwork. The course will also include topology optimization, which is a technique of letting mathematics decide where to place material to optimize the strength-to-weight ratio. It can produce organic and “bionic” structures that reduce material and weight by up to 60%, while preserving strength.
The image below shows a hydraulic manifold for an Airbus A380 spoiler, a wing device that slows or causes an airplane to descend. The version on the left is a conventionally-machined manifold. The one on the right was redesigned using methods of DfAM and produced by additive manufacturing. It flew on the A380 in March 2017. The AM version reduced weight by 55%—a significant benefit in aircraft manufacturing.
Participants will gain valuable hands-on experience by designing parts using CAD and special software tools for additive manufacturing. Some of the designs will be built on industrial AM equipment at Materialise so that attendees can evaluate the results. 3D scanning for custom product development will be included as an exercise that was popular among the NASA engineers.
Associate consultant Olaf Diegel, PhD, will serve as the lead instructor. His rare combination of experience with both conventional design and manufacturing and DfAM makes him one of very few people capable of leading quality DfAM instruction and hands-on learning. “Olaf has created more than 80 commercial products and is an engaging instructor, making him ideal for the course,” Wohlers stated. “The people at NASA had great things to say about him.”
Details on the course are available at
Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and rapid product development. Wohlers Associates has completed consulting projects for more than 250 client organizations in 25 countries around the world. The company has also provided detailed advice to more than 175 companies in the investment community. For 22 consecutive years, the company has published the Wohlers Report, the undisputed industry-leading publication on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide.

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Wohlers Report 2017   | 3 April 2017  |  Fort Collins, CO, USA

Report Shows Vibrant New Business Activity in 3D Printing with Softened Growth Worldwide

Ninety-seven Manufacturers Produced and Sold Industrial Additive Manufacturing Systems in 2016


Wohlers Associates, Inc., recognized widely as the leading consulting firm and top authority on additive manufacturing and 3D printing worldwide—terms that are used interchangeably—today announced the publication of the Wohlers Report 2017. This edition marks the 22nd consecutive year of the undisputed industry-leading report.


According to Wohlers Report 2017, 97 manufacturers produced and sold additive manufacturing (AM) systems in 2016. This is up from 62 companies in 2015 and 49 in 2014. These manufacturers are providing interesting products and unprecedented competition in the AM industry. This wave of development and commercialization is putting pressure on the established producers of AM systems.


The AM industry grew by 17.4% in worldwide revenues in 2016, down from 25.9% the year before, according to the new report. Much of the downturn came from declines by the two largest system manufacturers in the business. Together, they represent $1.31 billion (21.7%) of the $6.063 billion AM industry, according to Wohlers Report 2017. If these two companies were excluded from the analysis, the industry would have grown by 24.9%.

Each year, the Wohlers Report is anticipated by industry insiders and knowledgeable observers because the analysis it provides is based on many years of data. For Wohlers Report 2017, input was collected from 100 service providers, 61 industrial system manufacturers, and 19 producers of third-party materials and low-cost desktop 3D printers.


Separately, 76 experts and organizations in 31 countries contributed information and insight to the new publication. No other published analysis of the AM industry is supported by so much hard data, coupled with such a strong group of specialists worldwide. Together, they form the basis for computing growth, analyzing trends, and forecasting the future.


Wohlers Report 2017 is an excellent learning tool and a powerful reference. It provides an in-depth review and analysis of growth, competitive products and services, and the future outlook for the industry. It covers the technology's history, applications, materials, processes, and equipment manufacturers. The report documents R&D, investment, and activities in government, academia, and industry. It brings to light the changing range of AM technologies, markets, and business models.


Associate consultants and principal authors Ian Campbell, Olaf Diegel, and Joseph Kowen were a big part of the core team that shouldered large and important parts of this report. “It would not have been possible to produce it without them,” said Terry Wohlers, principal author and president of Wohlers Associates. “They are central to our network of colleagues and contacts—the largest and most developed, we believe, in the AM industry. This network has resulted in a publication that offers an unparalleled window into AM and 3D printing.


The 344-page Wohlers Report 2017 includes 28 charts and graphs, 26 tables, and 232 photographs and illustrations. It also includes more than 160 pages of supplemental online information that is available to buyers of the report.


Wohlers Associates is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, market, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and rapid product development. Wohlers Associates has completed consulting projects for more than 250 client organizations in 25 countries. The company has also provided detailed advice to 175+ companies in the investment community.


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3D Printing in Healthcare Conference  | 20 - 21 October 2016  |  


3D Printing in Healthcare Conference
, organized by MnM Conferences, scheduled on 20 - 21 October 2016 in Amsterdam, Netherlands aims at providing platform to experts from hospitals, academia, and government institutions discussing the innovations, challenges, and future aspects of 3D printing technologies in healthcare.  


Contact: Ajay Nimbalkar,


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