Two ESD Tours Coming Up — The Internet and 3D Printing

SOUTHFIELD — It’s last call for the latest exclusive Engineering Society of Detroit members-only tour — “Bringing the Cloud Down to Earth” with in Southfield, Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The tour begins at 3 p.m. with registration and networking and wraps up by 4:30. is located at 24700 Northwestern Highway, Suite 700, in Southfield.

Seems like everyone is talking about gigabit connectivity these days, but do Michigan engineers and entrepreneurs really understand fiber, how it works and why it’s important? And do people understand the physical infrastructure of the internet — and as data becomes an increasingly important business asset, should they?

With the tour of, you can better understand how the internet really works.

Despite all the conversation about “virtualization,” the internet is, in fact, a very tangible thing. At 123.Net, participants will see one of the state’s most connected buildings, a place where a massive data center connects to a state-wide fiber network and numerous wireless Points of Presence. The building is also home to the Detroit Internet Exchange, and sits on top of Michigan’s most connected intersection — M-10 (the Lodge Freeway), 10 Mile Road and and Evergreen Road.

The tour is $25 for ESD members; non-members can join ESD for $75 (a 25% discount) and attend the tour for free. (This offer is for new, first-time members only.)

Call 248-353-0735, ext. 222, to register by phone.

The next ESD tour, “The Cutting Edge of 3D Printing & Beyond,” will be held at Troy’s Altair Engineering on Wednesday, March 9, with registration and networking at 2:30 p.m. and the tour from 3 to 4 p.m. Altair is at 1820 E. Big Beaver Road.

Altair is a global leader in simulation, virtualization and engineering. The tour will visit the garages where Altair Engineering is working on the next generation of bus design, labs where Altair develops the next generation of 3D modeling and simulation software, product engineering and industrial design, and check out the latest in 3D printing technology. Founded in 1985, Altair now operates in 22 countries and has more than 2,000 employees.

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