Inventors Council of Central Florida

Trade Shows

 Part of being an expert in your field is knowing what everyone else is doing.  Trade shows are a great way to find out what is going on in your industry.  It is also a good way to find out how to manufacture and market your invention.  We suggest you attend each show as a guest before making the financial commitment to being an exhibitor.  Most times you have more opportunity to learn as a guest anyway.

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Inventors Digest Logo Inventor's Digest Trade Show List - Here is a list of all kinds of trade shows. The trick is to find the shows in your field of invention. Go to the show as a spectator first to get a feel for it. Come back as an exhibitor if you think you can make it work for you.

AmCon Logo AmCon - American Contract Manufacturers - If your idea needs to be manufactured this is the place to find out how much it will cost. AmCon comes to Orlando in the spring (2019 Maarch 6-7, OC Convention Center) and it is FREE (Parking is free too.). It has machined parts, injection molding, blow molding, vacuum forming, rapid prototyping, onshore and offshore manufacturing, labels, packaging, etc. It also has free seminars about various manufacturing processes. You cannot afford to miss this.

Design 2 Part Logo Design 2 Part - This manufacturing trade show Often comes to Orlando (In 2023 May 2-3) is geared more toward machined parts and electronics. Here is where you can find out how much it will cost. It is nearly FREE (There is always parking).

Design & Manufacturing Logo Design and Manufacturing South - This manufacturing trade show Often comes to Orlando(In 2014 April 15-16 in Atlanta). It is geared more toward the manufactures themselves but you can still learn a lot about Manufacturing and make contacts in your field. They have medical manufactures, CAD, Rapid Prototyping, Product Engineering, Electronics, Plastics, and a slew of other stuff. Registration is free online. There will be a charge for parking at the convention center.

ISSF Logo ISSF Inventors' EXPO - This has grown to a good sized annual event. This year it is February 15th 2014 at the Palm Beach Convention Center. It is a free expo where inventors can show their products to the public and potentially, investors. They usually have a raft of speakers to help you understand marketing. Check their website for details. Be sure to sign up early by clicking here.

NPE Logo National Plastics Expo The Plastics Show provides exclusive access to the people, processes, science and ideas that are shaping the future of plastics. It happens every 3rd year. (Next date May 6–10, 2024) Build connections, exchange ideas and explore the largest concentration of machinery, tools, technology and professional training available in today’s industry marketplace.

Join 65,000+ professionals from 128 countries and from every aspect of the industry and its vertical and end-user markets—and experience the future of plastics for yourself. This is not a free show but once you get yourself on their lists you will start getting solitations from various vendors, some of them will offer free show access. Here is a link to one of those from Proto Labs for 2018.

Rapid 3D Logo Rapid 3D - May 20-23, 2019, at Detroit, MI. The RAPID event plays a vital role in defining additive manufacturing. As the leader and authority figure in 3D technologies, RAPID attracts buyers, sellers, and end-users of design, prototyping, tooling, and direct digital technologies to the preeminent event for discovery, innovation, and networking. Consult with industry experts before you make equipment decisions.
Visit hundreds of 3D technology manufacturers in one room.
Network with thousands of attendees and see how they’re addressing challenges.
Learn how to use 3D technologies to revolutionize your product design, reduce time to market, cut costs, eliminate tooling, and much more.
Experience the largest, most respected additive manufacturing conference in North America.
Check their website for details. In 2018 the basic admissiion fee is $75. Be sure to sign up early by clicking here.

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