EastPack venue packed with technology, robots and surprises

By Packaging Digest Staff in Packaging Education and Training on May 22, 2017

We unpack some of the fun, free and forward-thinking activities that are part of the package deal you’ll find on-site in New York City June 13-15 during the EastPack/Advanced Design & Manufacturing show.

 

The New York City Advanced Design & Manufacturing (ADM) event will be brimming with an array of fun features, hands-on workshops and "3-D printed" pancake pops that move well beyond the booth to enhance the on-site experience for attendees across the spectrum including those specializing in packaging and innovation. 

Here are some expo highlights:

 

Keynote Event: A Conversation with Steve "Woz" Wozniak

Tuesday, June 13, 12-1 pm

Visionaries with big ideas backed by the brains to make them realities are the lifeblood of the advanced design and manufacturing industry. That's why UBM is proud to feature Apple co-founder and icon of innovation Steve Wozniak at the East Coast's largest industry event in what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking keynote event: A Conversation with Steve Wozniak. Complete with an opportunity for audience Q&A, Wozniak will cover topics at the intersection of his passions and trends in the advanced manufacturing industry, including innovation and creativity, robotics and automation, wearables, Big Data, the Internet of Things and more.

As an aside, moderator Suzanne Deffree will live out her dream fully enabled with Woz facts and arcane details that may work their way into the proceedings.

 

Build Your Own Pick-and-Place Robot

In small groups, build a robot arm with 5 degrees of freedom and a gripper. The first team to construct the arm wins a prize! Space is limited to 24 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to secure the spot.  This 1-hour activity will take place in The Robot Building Lounge, found at Booth #2145, at 11am.

 

Robot Building Challenge & Bot Battle

Meet new people while showing off your engineering prowess in this exciting two-part free activity. In Part 1, participants are put into small teams to collaboratively build a robot in record time while Part 2 then pits the robots against each other in a series of head-to-head battles at Center Stage with teams vying for a grand prize. Space is limited to 50 participants on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to secure your spot. Runs daily from 1:30-3 pm in The Robot Building Lounge at Booth #2145.

 

Part 2 Bot Battle is preceded at Center Stage by a special guest...

Meet SubZero from BattleBots

Don't miss the chance to get up close and personal with a TV star. Learn about the engineering and design that goes into developing a rough-and-tough bot for combat and hear tales from the arena in this Center Stage presentation from 12:30-1 pm on Wednesday, June 14. Plus, see the bot's battle scars up close at Booth #1984.

 

Other highlights:

The World's First 3D-Printed Electric Vehicle

Don't miss the world's first 3-D printed electric vehicle on display in the event lobby. The byproduct of an open-source contest and pure innovation, the Strati, courtesy of Local Motors, was manufactured after just 44 hours of additive manufacturing on a large 3-D printer, 10 hours of subtractive milling and assembly of less than 50 components. See this manufacturing marvel in person and behold the future of the automotive industry.

 

The Museum of Interesting Things

Marvel at the treasure trove of bygone technology that makes up the Museum of Interesting Things. Let nostalgia wash over you as you explore antique and obsolete technologies that paved the way for modern advancements in this interactive exhibit and associated Center Stage presentations.

 

Nerds and prizes: Geek Trivia

Let your geek flag fly high and join us at Center Stage on Tuesday, June 13, at 2 pm, to show off your superior nerd knowledge. Question topics run the gamut from famous innovators to sci-fi to engineering. Win valuable prizes and bragging rights!

 

3D-Printed Pancake Pops

Start your day off right by picking up a "3D-printed" pancake pop in the lobby as you head into the expo halls. See the artistic flair and additive process of the PancakeBot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVUtOindQBo

 

Workshop: Build a 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand for Charity

Make connections while making a difference and put your engineering skills to work for a good cause while meeting new people in this free and fun hands-on workshop. Using provided instructions, you'll collaborate in small teams to build a fully functional 3D-printed prosthetic hand. All hands are customized to recipients and will be donated to children in need through the charitable e-NABLE movement.

This 90-minute free workshop, produced by Corporate Motivation, runs daily from 1:30-3pm in the Hands of Gratitude 3DP space at Booth #329. Space is limited to 40 participants per session on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to secure your spot.

 

For more information on all of the above and more, visit http://eastpack.packagingdigest.com.

 

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