Web Links

American Mold Builders Association
AMBA represents the moldmaking and mold building shops of North America through networking, lobbying, and support. Their Web site offers books, reports, training materials, a calendar of events, and business forecasting data. Also offered are extensive member databases and a "Buyer's Guide" — they offer contact with the vast moldmaking community that AMBA serves.

AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Online home to the Premier Manufacturing Association. Parent organization of IMTS Isn't that enough?

CADCAM-E.COM provides translators — loads of 'em — in an ASP model. Register on this site, pay up (with a credit card, thank you very much), download their connectivity software, and you're playing quarterback in the Translator Bowl. There are several combinations of translators across numerous 3D CAD systems, including CATIA, Pro/Engineer, MasterCAM, Unigraphics, Solid Edge, and others. These folks have really pressed the "agility" button hard with this site; by offering more translators and more mature rental menu (i.e., hourly, daily, weekly, etc.), this site just might give shops a glimpse of what will become commonplace sooner—rather than later. this is a great example of how ASPs can effectively address a shop's needs at very granular levels. Simple to use and understand.

Eureka Ranch International
Using Scientific Methods to help Business Leaders FIND, FILTER & FAST TRACK innovations that are meaningfully unique vs. competition.

The Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations (GARPA), and its annual meeting, the Global Summit, were formed to encourage the sharing of information on rapid prototyping and related subjects across international borders. As a part of this sharing, GARPA members from around the world participate in activities that include technical presentations at industry conferences, the publication of application case studies, business meetings, social events, and the formal and informal exchange of information.

The Management Roundtable (MRT)
The Management Roundtable is the leading knowledge and networking resource for product developers. Practitioner-oriented and unbiased, our focus is on providing actionable information about new strategies and processes that enable speed, innovation, profitability, and overall competitive advantage.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership
MEP provides companies with services and access to public and private resources that enhance growth, improve productivity, and expand capacity. We work with companies willing to invest in their future, to make improvements in the short term, and position themselves to be stronger long-term competitors both domestically and internationally.

Supplier Excellence Alliance (SEA)
The Supplier Excellence Alliance is a collective of aerospace, defense, and space primes/OEMs, major subcontractors, and suppliers working together to improve capabilities and ensure American competitiveness. Think of this organization as a commune for the supply chain – and if you’re reading this, you’re part of a supply chain. There are numerous resources to help your business on this site, whether you’re outsourcing work or doing it for someone else. SEA’s focus on lean alone is worth a visit. SEA appears committed to improving each link in the chain; or at least your performance in it. Strong medicine, this site.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers
An outstanding organization with a big, big site; books and other technical materials are available — most are for sale, with reduced rates for SME members. Other features included in this information-rich site: several excellent publications, membership information (and privileges), information for (and from) their substantial exposition schedule, and the Global Manufacturing Network.

SME Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Community
Offers news, forum, job listings, and certificate program. Parent organization of RAPID, the annual rapid manufacturing conference and exposition.

T.A. Grimm and Associates
T. A. Grimm & Associates offers marketing services to small and mid-sized companies with technical products or services as well as consulting services for rapid prototyping and related technologies.

The TCT Magazine (Europe)
TCT is Europe’s leading publication serving the rapid product development and rapid manufacturing sector. Parent organization of TCT Live.

Wohlers Associates, Inc.
Wohlers Associates, Inc. is an independent consulting firm that provides technical, marketing, and strategic advice on the new developments and trends in rapid product development and additive fabrication.

The Worldwide Guide to Rapid Prototyping, CASTLE ISLAND
The source for complete, up to date information on every facet of rapid prototyping, rapid tooling and solid freeform fabrication. In-depth Coverage of technology, patents, and products and has one of the most complete listings of rapid prototyping service bureaus.

The independent resource for users of rapid protoyping, rapid manufacturing and 3D Printing.

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