Next SPE Carolina Event

Discovery Place Science Museum SPE Event

February 13 @ 12:00 pm3:00 pm


Please come join your SPE colleagues for a special gathering at Charlottes’ Discovery Place Science Museum.

Lunch will be served at The Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery at 12:00pm at 401 North Tryon St in Charlotte which is right next to Discovery Place. Lunch will  not be included in the event price for Discovery Place.

After lunch, we will leave for Discovery Place at 1:00pm and be guided on a 1 hour tour of all the science events and special showings. Two IMax Movies will be showing in the afternoon, at 2:00pm and 3:00pm (I-Max movies are $5.00 additional cost)

The cost of the event will be $25.00.

Please make your reservations through our website using the Events and Conferences Registration Form or call Daeng Hawkins at(704) 602-4100 or send her and email ( regarding the Discovery Place Event.

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The President’s Corner

Presidents Message January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!

As we start the New Year we hope that the membership will become more involved with our Section as we provide an interesting array of technical and social meetings.

We also encourage our membership to step forward to serve on our Board, it can be rewarding and certainly involve one in many other ways in our industry. One might be very surprised at the opportunities that crop up during that participation.

 Our meeting at 3D Systems, Inc. was excellent. If you missed this one, you really missed a great program and a really great discussion by the people at 3D. Many thanks to Doug Dolan and the folks at 3D for an interesting talk and tour.

Doug Dolan is the Business Development Manager for “On Demand Manufacturing” which means that 3D will “custom print” to your needs, that means that they will do the one of a kind thing. That in itself is pretty interesting since I thought that you could simply buy a machine and have at it. They can actually make some pretty large, complicated and intricate parts, like a replica of a human heart (which we saw being made). They also had a 3 D print of the battleship Arizona.

Maybe if the demand is there we can visit with them again one day in the future. It is that worth while!

Next month we travel to downtown Charlotte for a tour of Discovery Place. After the tour one can take in the IMAX theater (billed seperately), or have a free run of the place until closing.

If you have program ideas, don’t hesitate to give me or any Board member a call or drop us an e-mail. We look forward to hearing from you!

I hope your New Year is filled with blessings for you and yours.

All the best,

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Membership Chairman’s Monthly Report

Dear Membership,
201Membership Chairman's Monthly Report5 was a good year and we made money again for our education fund and to keep us going. Thank you for your help and support! However, the greatest gift is having you participate in person. We have 261 active members and if you live in or around Charlotte, there is no excuse not to come! 41 members that are, or were associated with us are from Charlotte, 3 from Concord, 5 from Fort Mill, 3 from Pineville and 5 come from out of state, Rock Hill in South Carolina, including me.

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Technology and Business Articles

Syracuse University Plastics Museum

The Plastics Collection includes books, periodicals, manuscripts, and over 2,500 plastic objects produced from the late-19th Century to the present day that represent facets of the development of the plastics industry. The collection includes papers related to individual plastic innovators and to companies, both exceptional and representative of developments in plastics production, design and marketing. Continue reading “Technology and Business Articles”

Volunteerism: You often receive more than you give

April 21, 2016 By Harvey Mackay

Years ago, my father sat me down and gave me what was some of the best advice I have ever received. It had nothing to do with making money but everything to do with getting ahead in the world. It was self-help advice that really focused on helping others.

He told me I would never have any trouble finding opportunities. And he told me that 20-25 percent of my time should be devoted to this pursuit.

“Volunteer,” he said. Not exactly music to the ears of a broke, fresh out of college, aspiring millionaire. But as I have come to appreciate, he was dead-on right – AGAIN.

Volunteering has made my life so much better, and I suspect that anyone who has become passionate about a cause will tell you the same thing.

You often receive more than you give

Link to Volunteer

The Future is Now: 3-D Printers are Poised to Disrupt the Economy

3D Printing
MultiBriefs: Ronnie Richard, May 16, 2016

It’s Monday morning. Your alarm goes off, and you slowly spill out of bed. You shuffle along to the kitchen and pour a fresh cup of coffee in your favorite mug — all set to start a new work week.

But as you reach for some sweetener to add in, your arm knocks the mug off the counter, shattering it on the floor. How do you replace it?

Not long ago, the only solution would be to go back to the store where you bought it and hope they have another one. That mug from your vacation eight years ago is out of stock? You’re out of luck.

Today, you can search online at any number of retail websites — type “coffee mug” into Amazon, and you get 4.6 million results — but you still have to wait at least a couple of days for it to be delivered.

Ten years from now, you may simply fire up your 3-D printer, download an electronic file and make a new coffee mug in your home.

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Edcational Support Programs for Junior High & High Schools

Kasey Britt from Mount Gilead, NC won the “Wonder of Plastics” Essay Contest

Plastics Innovation in Sports

What is innovation? To me, innovation is change in a new, more creative perspective. An innovation enhances the world around us and is involved in everything we do. An example of an innovation is plastic. In particular, plastic is involved in most sports and has caused a revolution to the sporting world. Plastic is contained in most safety materials and is also in most sporting
goods such as running shoes, hiking shoes, clothing, and drills equipment. Plastic is also contained in sports-related venues such as tracks and stadiums.

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