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Three Things to Know about the Additive Manufacturing Conference


Well, maybe four things. The first is the date: October 20-21, 2015.The other three key facts are 1. It’s designed exclusively for industrial applications. 2. The acclaimed Oak Ridge National Laboratory will be part of the event. 3. Several presenter slots on the program are still open. Abstracts for consideration are welcome.

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December 2014 Metalworking Business Index (MBI) at 52.1


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