Additive Manufacturing for Production
If your business is applying or evaluating 3D printing technologies for production, then the Additive Manufacturing Conference is for you. You will experience a combination of educational sessions and business networking all focused on industrial applications of additive manufacturing technologies for making functional components and end-use parts. The event covers additive manufacturing design, processes, applications and materials in order to deliver attendees practical knowledge on how to implement AM in their facility.
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It's about making parts.
As the first and only event focused exclusively on additive technologies for industrial part production, the conference takes a practical, applications-based look at the machines, materials and methodologies being used to create end-use tools and components. The event is designed for owners, executives and engineers at contract manufacturers, as well as OEMs involved in durable goods manufacturing.
Join the Additive Manufacturing team and the top names in production 3D printing to discuss what’s
next for additive technology. Each session will feature a real-world application of industrial additive technology and share the successes and speed bumps it took to get it up and running. Get the latest on DFAM, Processes, Applications, Materials, Implementation Strategies and more!
If you are working with 3D printing technology, developing your AM for production plan, or just trying to figure out how not to get left behind, then join us for AM In-Depth. Register for Free Here
Mon | Sept 21
09/21 12:00pm CDT | From Challenge to Challenger: Your Path to Additive Manufacturing Success
How can your organization approach additive manufacturing (AM) in the best way possible? The simplest answer is to embrace AM as a massive opportunity for growth instead of a challenge that needs to be addressed.
After all, the goal of any AM initiative shouldn’t be to “catch up” to competitors that may already be using AM. The goal is to become an innovator in your space -- the leader that your competitors are scrambling after. Getting there involves overcoming the challenges that practically every organization faces at the outset of their AM journey. This webinar will explain how to work past those roadblocks, how to explore the full potential of AM from the ground up, and how to become a true innovator in your industry.
The first step requires looking inward at your organization. It involves an end-to-end rethinking of your design process, your manufacturing philosophy, and your entire value chain. You’ll need agile teams that aren’t bound by traditional ways, and your organization must be set up to nurture and optimize that agility. With the right organizational groundwork, you will create new opportunities for your products and your business that will grow more powerful over time.
In this presentation, we will discuss:
Why a “wait and see” approach to AM can be dangerous for your business
How you can begin your AM journey with low risk and minimal investment
How to lay the groundwork for long-term AM success
How modest AM projects can evolve into transformative business opportunities
Real-world examples of the many paths you can take on your AM journey
Where the future of AM can take you
09/21 01:30pm CDT | The Journey Toward Additive Manufacturing for Serial Production of Polymer Parts: Opportunities and Challenges for an Automotive Lighting Supplier
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Wed | Sept 23
09/23 12:00pm CDT | Advancing Production with HP Metal Jet. How Customers Are Reinventing with HP 3D Metal Jet Printing Technology
09/23 01:30pm CDT | DFAM Beyond the Basics: How Engineering Teams Learn to Think Differently About Design to Realize the Full Benefits of AM
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Too much freedom is not always a good thing. Designers are used to working within a given set of constraints, including what can and can’t be fabricated by conventional means. Additive manufacturing (AM) removes many of the manufacturing limitations that designers have spent years learning, and they are told they can now design anything they want. While this newfound freedom excites many people, it often paralyzes others as they uncover the opportunity to think differently about what—and how—they design. Design principles, guidelines, and rules provide a starting point to change their mindset, but a layered approach that fosters both the restrictive and opportunistic aspects of AM is needed for mastery. Research conducted with engineering students and experiences teaching industry practitioners will be discussed to highlight the opportunities and challenges of teaching people to be creative with AM.
Moderator: Stephanie Hendrixson
Fri | Sept 25
09/25 12:00pm CDT | Additive Manufacturing Collaboration Maximizes Thruster Performance for Spacecraft Propulsion
09/25 01:30pm CDT | Building Mission Critical Parts with Metal AM
Presented By: Mike Corliss, Knust-Godwin
Moderator: Brent Donaldson, Additive Manufacturing
Mon | Sept 28
09/28 12:00pm CDT | How AM Helped Solve Age-Old Injection Molding Problems
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09/28 01:30pm CDT | Benchmarking: The Key to Repeatable Quality in Production AM
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Machine performance is a key indicator of part quality in Additive Manufacturing (AM). Repeatability from build to build and from machine to machine can only be achieved when machine performance is understood and controlled. Hardware can degrade, causing build problems which may be hard to detect and/or diagnose. Therefore, it is necessary to monitor characteristics of the printer which can impact material performance. In a production environment, equipment understanding is vital to repeatable quality. Metrics like gas flow, platform heating, and recoating mechanisms have substantial impacts on performance. Similarly, geometry capability is a critical element to understand in the production of AM parts. Minimum feature size, overhang angle, and as-printed tensile properties are important to understand in order to minimize support structure and maximize part quality through surface finish and mechanical properties. Understanding baseline capability will also be necessary in order to validate performance improvements as a process matures.
Presented By: Brenna McCornac, Cumberland Additive
Moderator: Stephanie Hendrixson, Additive Manufacturing
Wed | Sept 30
09/30 12:00pm CDT | How a Pandemic Pushed 3D Printing to New Dimensions
09/30 01:30pm CDT | Designing from Nature: Modeling Biological Structures and Applying Them to Human Products through 3D Printing
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With the prevalence of engineering design and materials development at the forefront of additive manufacturing, there is still a lot to learn from nature when it comes to the design of advanced components. When accounting for strength-to-weight ratio, biological structures often vastly exceed impact resistance even when compared to the most cutting-edge research out there. The structural principles that define these biological "armors" are profound and groundbreaking. But there is a modeling limitation on these structures - how do you utilize current tools to define these structures in 3D for use? Up until now, researchers have used computational modeling to evaluate certain biological structures, but usually, this is for a one-off test or visualization. The use of such structures as applied to commercial applications has been limited by the current software and modeling technology. This presentation steps through several biological armor examples – the telson armor of the mantis shrimp, the specialized bones of the bighorn sheep, and more – and analyzes their structures, then moves into the complex computational modeling of these structures as periodic (i.e., repeatable) implicit elements that can be readily used to fill 3-dimensional spaces (such as football helmets, body armor, etc.) at any scale – without sacrificing speed of use or quality. They also account for a wide range of user inputs so as to be infinitely controllable. The presentation finishes with some finite element analysis of the structures to show their superiority over commonly used 3D lattices.
Presented By: Matthew Stomper, Tangible Solutions
Moderator: Brent Donaldson, Additive Manufacturing
Fri | Oct. 02
12:00pm CDT | From Powder to Performance – Metrology and Characterization Across the Additive Manufacturing Process Chain
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Presented By: Dr. Pradeep Bhattad, ZEISS Industrial Quality Solutions