The Laser Institute of America (LIA)—the professional society for lasers, laser applications, and laser safety worldwide, announces two events taking place at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, IL, USA, conveniently located near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport.

The LAM® conference (March 27-28) will feature presentations on where and how to apply additive manufacturing concepts, with a distinct focus on laser technology. Several trending topics will be covered this year, notably Additive Manufacturing Applications, Selective Laser Melting, Laser Metal Deposition, Design for Additive Manufacturing, Process Monitoring, Metal Feedstock, and 3D Software Tools.

LME® (March 28-29) offers an interactive exhibit featuring laser specific solutions brought to you by field experts, who will be available to answer questions.  The experts can share up-to-date insights as well as provide demonstrations for both individuals and companies who may be new to laser technology, or, are interested in new equipment for their manufacturing needs. Participants can opt to attend a complimentary education track offered as part of the exhibit.  This year’s focus will include 3D printing, Additive Manufacturing, Cutting, Drilling, Marking, and Welding. Attendees will also be invited on an exclusive tour of the TRUMPF Smart factory, which is just a short distance from the convention center.

Registration is now open! For the latest information about these two events, visit and, respectively.

LME’s “Ask the Experts” booth #101 to the left of the main entrance of the exhibit floor–is the place to go for guidance.  According to Neil Ball, President of Directed Light and organizer of the “Ask the Experts” networking opportunity: “Stop by and introduce yourself to various industry experts–from the top laser makers and system integrators—who will offer proven suggestions to increase efficiency and profitability. With dozens of LME exhibitors at your disposal, the experts in the booth will be able to point you in the right direction, allowing you network immediately with the people you need to meet to successfully expand your business.”