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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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 (2013 February 19-20, OC Convention Center)and it is nearly FREE (There is always parking). 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
- This manufacturing trade show Often comes to Orlando (In 2013 April 2-4 in Atlanta) 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 and Manufacturing South
- This manufacturing trade show Often comes to Orlando(In 2013 March 6-7). 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 Inventors' EXPO - This has grown to a good sized annual event. This year it is February 16th 2013 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.