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Posted by: Angela Osborne 15. February 2019

Additive Manufacturing Conference Seeks Presenters

The Additive Manufacturing Conference taking place August 27-29 in Austin, Texas, is seeking presenters. The expanded event focuses on industrial applications of 3D printing technologies for making functional components and end-use parts.

The deadline for papers is April 19, and abstracts can be submitted online at

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The Kokomo Area Career Center’s Advanced Manufacturing program in Indiana has added new technology for its manufacturing students in grades 8-12, including a powder coating area that officials are calling a “rarity at high school facilities.”

The Kokomo Area Career Center provides career and technical training for students in grades 8-12 from four counties and nine school districts. Students have options to earn more than 165 college dual credits, and the career center offers 10 career clusters and pathways, including manufacturing.

According to the Kokomo Tribunethe new equipment includes a plasma table (that cuts to precision) as well as a powder coater.

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Here is your top news from the finishing world for the week of February 13, which includes the Products Finishing 40-Under-40 award nominations now open, Harley-Davidson approving Asterion’s Technibrite alkaline and acid zinc systems, the California Metal Finishers Association holding Legislative Action Days March 18-19, National Surface Finishing Day on March 6, our On the Move segment highlights Vitracoat Americas adding two to its leadership team, our Technical Tip of the week is the Effect of Pretreatment on Appearance of Anodic Coating, and the Innovation of the week is Technic's Goldeneye Nickel EF. You can read all these stories at You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter that will bring all of the latest finishing news and information to your inbox each week.


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Dustin Kaehr, director of Lippert Components, will kick off the Powder Coating 2019 technical conference on Wednesday, April 3, with a talk titled “From Surviving to Thriving: Changing Your Corporate Culture.”

Prior to LCI, Kaehr was a retail consultant for Do it Best Corp. for nearly 13 years. He worked with nearly 60 independent hardware stores and home centers in northern Indiana and Michigan. Most recently, he owned his own consulting firm working with retailers throughout North America providing training sessions and store evaluations. He’s been a keynote speaker covering topics including the customer experience, leadership, team development, and personal development. He also published a book entitled, “Retail is … 50 Thoughts, Ideas, and Conversations to Make Your Business Better.”

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Chemetall will acquire the automotive paint detackification business of Polymer Ventures, including all of its shares of Galaxy Chemical Corporation.

The paint detackification technology is a process used to capture and neutralize paint overspray, and the company says it complements Chemetall’s surface-treatment products which are designed to prepare metal surfaces for the painting process and ensure proper coating adhesion.

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