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Experts on medical 3D printing, autonomous vehicles to deliver keynotes at PLASTEC Minneapolis

Michael McAlpine
Michael McAlpine from the University of Minnesota will discuss the role of 3D printing and imaging in the development of multifunctional devices; Phil Magney, an advisor on autonomous vehicle technologies, will explore the future of automated driving.

Organizers of the Midwest’s largest annual design and manufacturing event, which comprises six co-located shows including Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) and PLASTEC Minneapolis, have announced this year’s keynote speakers: Michael McAlpine and Phil Magney.

Michael McAlpine

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, McAlpine’s name will be familiar to anyone who follows developments in medical 3D printing. His most recent project involved a 3D-printed, implantable device that could one day help patients with long-term spinal cord injuries. PlasticsToday reported on this breakthrough research earlier this month. During his keynote at MD&M/PLASTEC Minneapolis, McAlpine will share information about this and other recent research undertaken by his team at the University of Minnesota, and discuss opportunities in applying 3D printing and imaging to the development of a variety of multifunctional devices. McAlpine will speak at 1 PM on Oct. 31 at Engineering HQ (booth 232).

Phil Magney

On Nov. 1, same time and place, the keynote topic shifts gears to explore the technologies driving autonomous vehicles. During his keynote presentation titled, “The future of automated driving,” Magney will draw on more than 25 years of experience in active safety systems, automated vehicle systems and telematics to paint a picture of mobility solutions that are just down the road. The founder and Principal Advisor of VSI Labs, Magney provides engineering and research consulting on autonomous vehicle technologies. Magney will deliver his keynote address at 1 PM on Nov. 1, also at Engineering HQ (booth 232).

MD&M and PLASTEC Minneapolis, alongside four other co-located events dedicated to embedded systems development, automation, packaging, and design and manufacturing, come to the Minneapolis Convention Center on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2018. The event is organized by UBM, which also produces PlasticsToday.

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