Every year the International Conference in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing selects only a handful of speakers from submitted abstracts to supplement a carefully selected line up.
The conference has undergone a natural organic evolution from year to year and despite this we have always tried to maintain the essence of our original mission (and not allow it to transform into something that already exists elsewhere in the AM & 3D Printing conference calendar). Whilst we do have a trade exposition, our focus is and always has been to deliver the very best conference agenda for our delegates from the foremost academic and industry voices across the AM ecosystem. Our aim has always been to deliver the credible voice on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing, cutting right through the hype, to provide independent insight into cutting edge developments and to provide the backdrop for our delegates and thought leaders of our industry to discuss the future directions of the technology and its applications.
This year is perhaps our best line up yet with a broad array of speakers from truly global institutions, representing the innovators and early adopters of AM & 3D Printing. Our high profile line up for the UK Research and Innovation day on the 12th July is paralleled in kind with the 11th International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing agenda. From NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre (MSFC), Deputy Manager Dr Raymond “Corky” Clinton will give delegates the opportunity to see how AM & 3DP is being utilised to advance ‘In Space Manufacturing’. This follows the first successful technology demonstration of 3D printing on the International Space Station (ISS). The results of these initial experiments will be discussed, as will be the lessons learned from NASA’s perspective, which are now forming the basis for the development of the next generation 3D printer for the ISS. Clinton will also summarise NASA’s lean rocket engine development programme. In 2015 the MSFC successfully test-fired a liquid fuelled breadboard engine in which 75% of the components were produced by AM.
From GlaxoSmithKline, Martin Wallace will be setting the outline of Additive Manufacturing as a future platform for pharmaceutical manufacturing. With AM & 3DP comes a technology which can facilitate the promise of personalised medicine. As the Director of Technology Seeking within the Advanced Technology Group in GSK R&D, Martin is well placed to deliver a roadmap for the technologies that will transform pharmaceutical manufacturing in the future. With the recent launch of Spritam from Aprecia Pharmaceuticals it is clear AM&3DP has the potential to offer significant benefit to patients and as such Martin will present GSK’s perspective on how AM will change the pharmaceutical space in the years to come.
Mark Swan, Principal Investigator for Additive Manufacturing at AWE Plc will be delivering a talk on approaches to deliver large and small problems with additive manufacturing for the defence industry. AWE has been exploring the AM space to establish a focussed programme to realise the potential of AM. Mark’s talk will cover the different approaches that the programme has adopted in addition to the technical and business element of AWE’s investigations.
From the University of Nottingham’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing, Professor Ian Ashcroft will present the latest developments in the deployment of computational techniques for AM, specifically in the analysis by computational mechanics, in modelling for AM processes, the design and optimisation of designs for AM, and also in the post manufacture analysis of in-service part performance. Ian will discuss various strands of work in which computational mechanics are being used to support AM research.
Providing a different perspective on design for AM & 3DP, co-founder and CEO of Gravity Sketch Daniela Paredes will explain how she is trying to democratise the 3D revolution through innovative tools to create digital 3D content. Gravity Sketch is a simple software platform to create 3D models from the ground up using touch input, a simple but empowering concept for CAD. It is defined by the desire to allow creative disciplines such as designers and architects to transfer their skills with the pen and paper into physical objects, Gravity Sketch facilitates the natural progression of 2D design into 3D content.
In the closing talk on the first day, Professor Phil Dickens and Terry Wohlers will be taking our delegates on a whistle stop tour of the very latest developments from the industry over the past year. Phil is a true old hand of AM having been involved in 3D printing since back in 1990 as an early pioneer of rapid prototyping. Phil is now an EPSRC foresight fellow at The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Additive Manufacturing and co-founder and co-director of Added Scientific Ltd. Phil is actively involved in establishing a UK national strategy for AM & 3D printing. Terry is the principal consultant and president of Wohlers Associates Inc. and is undoubtedly one of the foremost recognisable names in the business having provided consulting to more than 240 organisations across the world. With AM and 3D printing expertise derived from more than 20 years’ experience each they will jointly discuss the latest commercial developments, business and research activity, and new technology and material advances; providing unrivalled insight and analysis on the very latest industry. This is not to be missed!
Of course the line-up is jam-packed with even more excellent speakers and information on the full line-up can be found on the conference website. With the conference less than a week away we’re very excited to welcome our delegates to the Belfry hotel, Nottingham for what promises to be a great couple of days.
You can still register and find out more at www.am-conference.com