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Designers and Manufacturers Can See 3D Printing Firsthand as All NPE Attendees Will Have Access to NPE3D Exhibits and Demonstrations

WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., September 23, 2013: A technology for producing three-dimensional prototypes, mold components, and even finished parts direct from digital files will be the focus of a new annual exhibition called NPE3D: The Manufacturing Industry’s Global 3D Conference and Solutions Fair, it was announced today by SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association.

The first NPE3D will be held in conjunction with SPI’s NPE2015: The International Plastics Showcase and will be open to both badge holders and the general public. NPE2015 will take place March 23-27, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Thereafter, for years when the triennial NPE is not held, SPI will announce a location and schedule for NPE3D.

NPE3D will present exhibits and educational demonstrations of 3D printing, a technology that recent advances are rapidly making more accessible to designers, toolmakers, and processors in sectors as diverse as automotive, consumer products, medical devices, and packaging, according to Gene Sanders, SPI’s senior vice president of trade shows and conferences.

“NPE2015 will be the perfect inaugural setting for a learning fair about 3D printing, providing a built-in exhibitor base and an audience of more than 60,000 industry professionals, many of whom have an intense need to know about this trailblazing technology,” said Sanders. “The sheer diversity of the plastics industry assembled at NPE2015 will make NPE3D an ideal platform for discussion and debate, with input from an enormous range of markets and perspectives.”

During NPE2015, NPE3D will take place in a nearby common area with public access to all. More information about NPE3D is available at


Founded in 1937, SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association promotes growth in the $380 billion U.S. plastics industry. Representing nearly 900 thousand American workers in the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry, SPI delivers legislative advocacy, market research, industry promotion, and the fostering of business relationships and zero waste strategies. From resin suppliers and equipment makers to processors and brand owners, SPI is proud to represent all facets of the U.S. plastics industry. SPI also owns and produces the international NPE trade show. All profits from NPE are reinvested into SPI’s industry services. Find SPI online at and