National Manufacturing Week (NMW) will provide spectacular opportunities for 3D printing professionals to inspire Australia's manufacturing industry, this May. Against a backdrop of industry growth - with this month's AI Group figures showing that Australian manufacturing is at its strongest point this decade - many businesses will be considering new investments, which will help build a buzz of energy and interest at the event.

NMW (May 11 - 13, Sydney Showground - Sydney Olympic Park) is the event that brings industry together to see, touch and discuss innovative products and services for manufacturing.

This year's event takes place alongside Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, the Sydney edition of the world's largest 3D printing event. Together, the two events will provide a clear focus on opportunities for using additive manufacturing to meet industrial and commercial needs across all industries.

A key element of NMW will be a showcase of the latest capabilities from Konica Minolta, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, 3D Printing Systems, 3D Printing Studios and Sydney 3D Printing, as well as suppliers including Hoganas AB and more.

Alongside these will be a seminar program, featuring industry leaders discussing how 3D printing is helping create new markets and opportunities.

Among confirmed speakers is James Novak, PhD Candidate and Lecturer at Griffith University, sharing his insights into 'gamifying' CAD. Building on his recent exhibition at Design Philadelphia, James will outline a methodology that employs electronic sensors in game-like experiences, with the end result that consumers - even those with no CAD expertise - can help design complex, 3D printable products.

In a separate session, Ian Gibson, Professor of Industrial Design at Deakin University, who has been working with 3D printing for more than 20 years, will introduce the University's Centre for Advanced Design and Engineering Training which aims to revolutionize the education of engineering students.

Other speakers will outline real-world case studies of how 3D printing can help ignite new potential in existing markets.

NMW and Inside 3D Printing will also co-locate with the Safety First Conference & Expo, Australia's only one-stop safety event. Safety First will broaden the combined event's reach, by drawing in safety and management leaders from a cross-section of Australian industry.

Taking place at Sydney Showground - Sydney Olympic Park,  the combined NMW will bring together hundreds of products and services from around the world, as well as thousands of industry visitors who are looking for opportunities to advance their operations.

"One of the real advantages of being at NMW," comments Richard Denmead, Director of Cryonomic, "is that you get to see new and innovative technologies in action."

Richard comments, "Being able to see and touch the machines really does give you an insight into how they might help your business. Beyond that, NMW is such a large melting point that you just never know who you're going to bump into - which is why it's important to be there."

NMW is held in Sydney once every two years, and entry is free for trade visitors. Don't miss out! Register now at to save the date, and access - via the web - updates on this year's game-changing event.


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