SGIA opens registration for its second annual FP3 Conference

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA, Fairfax, Virginia) has opened registration for its second annual FP3 Conference titled Functional Printing, Process & Products to be held May 5–7 in Itasca, Illinois. Earl-bird discount registration is available to Friday, February 15. SGIA’s Industrial Applications and Printed Electronics Committee designed the FP3 event for business leaders who want to learn more about the scope of the functional printing marketplace, grasp the latest industry and business trends, and understand how to capitalize on them.

“FP3 gives attendees a number of ways to examine the world of functional printing,” said Joyia Marshall, Community Development Manager at SGIA. “Our conference sessions will explore topics applicable to printed electronics, industrial applications and business. The Sponsor Showcase will be an opportunity to connect with industry-leading suppliers, and we’ll create multiple networking opportunities so attendees can connect with thought leaders and peers.”

Don McMillan.

Don McMillan, the engineer-turned-comedian who emceed the organization’s 2018 FP3 conference, will reprise his role and keep attendees laughing. “Fun is a key component of adult learning, and Don will definitely bring that element to the conference,” Marshall added. Registration will include a welcome reception with exhibitors, all general sessions and breaks, breakfast and lunch. Add-on events for the 2019 FP3 Conference will include the Executive Leadership Workshop: Persuasion and Storytelling, led by featured speaker Colby B. Jubenville, Ph.D., a Western BBQ dinner and a Dinner & Casino Night. 

“The return on my investment from this conference was the knowledge that I gained by better understanding innovative industrial technologies that I wasn’t aware of….that’s learning,” said 2018 attendee Chris Eckhart, President of Eckhart & Co. Inc.

Registration for FP3: Functional Printing, Process & Products is available online at


Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.