IMTS 2018 Conference: The Next Step: Taking 3D Printing from Prototyping to the Production Floor

IMTS 2018 Conference: The Next Step: Taking 3D Printing from Prototyping to the Production Floor

Manufacturers must consider suitable strategies to implement 3D printing into production

Plan to attend The IMTS 2018 Conferences to gain deeper insights into new manufacturing technologies and ideas!

About the topic

After many years of unrealized potential, 3D Printing is poised to disrupt how traditional manufacturing gets done. While it has been adopted across numerous industry verticals, utilization has largely been limited to prototyping, providing the tools necessary to accelerate product design and time to market, reduce costs and waste, and increase flexibility to create more complex designs.

Recent technological advances are pushing 3D Printing’s evolution from research and development out to the production floor, offering seemingly limitless applications to expand to mass customization, as well as compete and integrate with traditional manufacturing.

Before manufacturers can realize this promise, they will have to overcome significant obstacles and go beyond the 3D printing technology itself to incorporate supporting strategies, such as workflow automation, workforce education, and big data, to get the most out of it.


This session will:

  • Identify the key challenges to expanding 3D printing’s production capabilities
  • Discuss the automation processes needed to support the transition from prototyping to manufacturing of parts
  • Explore the ways that data derived from 3D printing can be used to drive operational improvements
  • Explain why open collaboration is needed to build upon 3D printing’s recent advances
  • Describe the various considerations and strategies manufacturers must take into account before transitioning from prototyping to production

Registration is now open, so check out the IMTS 2018 website for more information. 

Meet your presenters

Joe Gemma has more than 30 years of experience in the automation industry, with 12 years working for a System integrator and the last 20+ years working for a Robotics OEM. Strongly supporting the industry by participating on the RIA Board of Directors as second vice chair and currently as the president on the Board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR.) Appointed as CEO of KUKA Robotics Corp. U.S. in October 2014 and in August 2016, was promoted to CEO while serving as the Chief Regional Officer of KUKA Americas robotics operations. Gemma was previously CEO of the Stäubli Group for four years, where he held the North and South American business portfolio of the Swiss technology company. For more than 15 years he promoted the business development at Stäubli sites in France and the USA. Until 1997, he worked for the US enterprises, Advanced Technology Systems, Crellin Technologies, and Corner & Lada, working in engineering, project management, business development, and sales management.

Gemma currently serves on various committees of the Robotic Industries Association, which covers the North American automation industry. Before being elected President of IFR, Gemma assisted his predecessor as Vice President, a role he held for two years. Gemma is committed to working to gain broader visibility of both the automation industry in general, and KUKA Group specifically.


Scott Schiller is the Vice President and Global Head of Market Development at HP 3D Printing.