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Seminar to Assist Manufactures,
Tooling Companies in Going Global

Monday, September 22, 2003
The Tooling & Manufacturing Association (TMA) has teamed with the International Trade Club of Chicago to conduct a five-part seminar series designed to assist U.S. manufacturing and tooling companies in competing in the global marketplace. The series, Discover the Keys to Competitive Manufacturing: Global Success in the 21st Century, will be held on October 7 and 21, November 4 and 18, and December 2, 2003, at the TMA conference center in Park Ridge, IL. It will present case studies and testimony by 12 companies that compete successfully in the global arena, according to organizers. The program also will present successful collaborative strategies between U.S., European and Asian businesses, and explore considerable and largely untapped competitive resources available to U.S. manufacturers at little or no cost. For registration details, visit or contact Aldo Caronia of ITCC at 312/368-9197.

Bel Air Plans One-Day Mass-Finishing Seminar

Friday, September 19, 2003
Bel Air Finishing Supply Corp., Warwick, RI, will hold a one-day seminar/workshop covering all phases of mass finishing. The event will take place Saturday, November 15, at the Sheraton Providence Hotel in Warwick. Topics to be discussed include types of finishing equipment, media, compounds, process technologies and wastewater processing. The goal of the event, according to Steve Alviti, Bel Air president, is to show manufacturers and mass finishers how to save time and money using equipment that they have inhouse. Guests planning to attend the seminar are invited to send the company their most difficult mass-finishing challenges in advance, and Bel Air will finish sample parts and provide information on how such finishing was accomplished. For more information or to register, visit or call 800/781-4408.

QuickQuote Add-In Certified for Autodesk Inventor

Thursday, September 18, 2003, an online source for custom-manufactured rapid prototypes and low-volume metal and plastic parts, announced that its QuickQuote Add-In for Autodesk Inventor has been certified for Autodesk Inventor 6 and Autodesk Inventor 7 3-D mechanical-design software. With the add-in, when designers select the Buy Your Part Button in Inventor, the native CAD and STL data transmit over a secure connection to servers. From there, users can complete the order or choose to e-mail, print or save quotes. The software and linkup allow design engineers to make live changes to Inventor models and gain immediate feedback on project costs, thereby “saving time in the quoting process and reducing the time to deliver products to market,” according to Barrett Kamille, partner applications manager for the manufacturing division at Autodesk. For more, visit


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