“Additive manufacturing and 3D printing is an enabling technology for manufacturers,” said Todd Grimm, president of T A Grimm & Associates. "WESTEC 2013 is a great opportunity for companies to learn how they can best utilize 3D printing today, while thinking about how to implement this technology in the future."

The resource centre will serve as a convening location for new technologies and information. On display will be parts representing major additive manufacturing technologies, including stereolithography, laser sintering and fused deposition modelling. The Additive Panel Discussion will take place on Wednesday, 16 October, at 12:15 p.m. and will address various questions surrounding the future of the technology.