SME Public Relations
SMEs NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibits, March
27-28, Boston, will highlight the current and near-term
applications of nanotechnology and how they are transforming
DEARBORN, Mich., January 17
Nanomanufacturing is no longer the next frontier.
Its in action today, and it is improving products and processes
and saving manufacturers money along the way.
This March, nanomanufacturing experts will be gathering in
Boston to share their knowledge with other manufacturing
professionals at the
NanoManufacturing Conference and Exhibits
organized by the
Society of Manufacturing
In addition to discussions on mid- to long-term applications of
this smallest of technologies, there will be information on how
it is already impacting the industry as evidenced in these five
Materials Nanotechnology is creating exceptionally light,
yet extremely tough, materials, such as graphene.
Nano composites are uniquely customizable to adhere to other
They are currently used in golf clubs and tennis rackets, with
expectations that they will transform the aerospace, defense
and transportation industries in the not-too-distant
Coatings Nanotechnology is enabling coatings to have
numerous beneficial properties that are proving very
Nanocoatings are known to be a thermal barrier, flame
retardant, ultraviolet resistance, self and easy cleaning, wear
resistant, friction reducing, corrosion resistant, anti-scratch
resistance, antibacterial and anti-fingerprint. They can even
be self healing. Nanocoatings are used in myriad industries
including automotive, defense, household cleaners, construction
and exterior protection, with a very promising future in many
Energy Collection and Storage Surface-to-volume ratios
give nano particles most of their power.
For example, a golf ball by volume equals the surface of a
That same golf ball by nano particles has a surface area
equivalent to four football fields.
These particles use light more efficiently which is improving
cost of solar panels.
Lighting Quantum dots are nanoparticles of a
semiconductor material with unique optical and electrical
A manufacturer can precisely control the size of a quantum dot
to determine the color of light emitted.
In addition to enabling the manufacturing of LED lights,
quantum dots are used in electroluminescent displays and
Manufacturing Processes Self-assembly is a branch of
nanotechnology in which objects, devices and systems form
structures without external prodding.
Biological systems use self-assembly to construct various
molecules and structures.
Think of it as LEGOS® that assemble themselves.
This process is currently being used in computer chips, and has
potential benefits for water purification, sanitation,
agriculture, alternative energy and medicine.
More than 1,300 products have already made it to market
using nanotechnology, with many more in the pipeline, said
Lauralyn McDaniel, the conference manager.
This conference provides an opportunity for manufacturers from
almost any industry to either be introduced to nanomanufacturing
or discover the latest advances in the technology.
The NanoManufacturing conference is co-located with
MicroManufacturing Conference and Exhibits
Both events have been designed based on feedback attendees have
given that the most valuable part of attending an SME conference
is the people they meet and the resources they gain.
To encourage the synchronistic collaboration, the sessions are
shorter and breaks are longer, the exhibits have been arranged in
the round to promote discussion, and the Conversation Connection
areas are ideal for having in-depth conversations with
Attendees of either conference can go back and forth between the
two and tailor this event to their own interests and needs.
sessions cover a broad range of topics including, metrology
because if you cant measure it, you cant make it, nanostructure
manufacturing techniques, the future applications of graphene in
every day products, occupational and environmental health and
safety concerns and antimicrobial technologies for medical
Additionally, a panel of nanomanufacturing leaders will
address moving from the research and development phase and
prototyping to the commercialization phase and volume production.
The event concludes with the annual p
eek into the nanocrystal ball in an
attempt to predict what the next five years will bring to
For those who are new to the technology, need a refresher
or just want to explore the topic in more depth,
pre-conference workshops and tours to iRobot® and the Center for
High-rate Nanomanusturing/Kostas Nanomanufacturing Research
Center are also available.
For more information, visit
or for the MicroManufacturing Conference and Exihibition,
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Lori Ann Dick, APR
Society of Manufacturing Engineers