Carol Stream, IL, U.S.A., June 15, 2021 . . . The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Thermoforming Division has announced a call for entries in its biennial Parts Competition, including a new category that will feature innovations in production parts from 3D-printed tooling. The submission deadline is August 20, 2021.
Competition entries will be displayed on the exhibit hall floor during the 28th SPE Thermoforming Conference®, which will be held September 20-22 at DeVos Place and the JW Marriott Grand Rapids Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Awards for winning parts will be presented during the SPE Thermoforming Awards Dinner on Tuesday, September 21, at the Hotel.
Competition entrants may submit parts in five categories:
“While 3D printing was initially considered a competitor to thermoforming by some, the advantages of this technology offer new applications in our field,” said Travis Kieffer, 2021 SPE Thermoforming Conference Parts Competition Chair. “We are seeking part entries that decrease lead times for prototypes and low run production of parts, and streamline the end product’s development time.”
Guidelines for Competition entrants and the required product entry form are posted online at https://thermoformingdivision.com/parts-competition/guidelinesentry-form/. All product images and descriptions must be emailed to Travis Kieffer at firstname.lastname@example.org by the August 21 deadline.
Full information on the Parts Competition and the SPE Thermoforming Conference is available at https://thermoformingdivision.com or by contacting Lesley Kyle at 1-914-671-9524 or email@example.com.
THE SPE THERMOFORMING DIVISION is a technical division of the Society of Plastics Engineers, based in Danbury, CT. The Thermoforming Division’s mission is to facilitate the advancement of thermoforming technologies through education, application, promotion and research. The Division hosts a biennial educational conference and publishes an award-winning technical journal, SPE Thermoforming Quarterlyâ. The Division has also funded over $275K in equipment grants and tens of thousands of dollars in undergraduate scholarships since it was first formed. For more information, please visit https://thermoformingdivision.com.