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Young Professionals' Event
3D Printing - the future of manufacturing?
Thursday 24 October 2013 | Royal Institution, London, UK
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing as it is often termed, is now beginning to gain traction in both the public's imagination as well as becoming a seriously considered and implemented manufacturing tool by leading industry.
The lecture will explore why additive manufacturing has the potential to disrupt current thinking in the context of:
· Its role as the enabler for low volume production and the democratisation of manufacturing
· The dramatic increases in design complexity & flexibility that are afforded by taking an additive approach
· The cost effective product personalisation and customisation possibilities
· The reduction of the environmental burden of manufactured goods
· The potential for new business models and supply chain realignment
· Increased part functionality today, and multifunctionality in the coming years
The lecture will draw on real world industrial and consumer examples as exemplars and will also review the leading research that is being undertaken in the area.
About the speaker
Richard Hague, Professor of Innovative Manufacturing, Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Nottingham, Head of the Additive Manufacturing and 3D-Printing Research Group (3DPRG), Director of the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing
He has been working in the AM field for 20 years and has a background of leading and managing large multi-disciplinary, multi-partner research projects.
Prof Hague’s research interests are focused on AM specific processes, materials and design / design systems across a wide spectrum of industrial sectors with a particular interest in design / design systems; current research programmes are focused on the design and production of multifunctional additively manufactured devices.
He is also Chair of the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing and active within the ASTM F42 AM Standards initiative.
The IET have teamed up with the EPSRC Centre for Additive Manufacturing to offer one winning entrant the chance to have their design 3D printed and the final product to keep for free!
We are welcoming submissions that explore the design freedom and capability of additive manufacturing whilst generating a product that can perform a useful function. Entrants will need to submit a STL files for consideration, designs need to be 100 x 100 mm3 and entrants also need to agree to the copyright clause.
3Doodler is the world's first 3D printing pen, allowing limitless design possibilities and presenting a new future for the accessibility and approach to 3D creation.
"It's a pen that can draw in the air! 3Doodler is the 3D printing pen you can hold in your hand. Lift your imagination off the page! As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. This allows you to build an infinite variety of shapes and items with ease! Most people will instantly be able to trace objects on paper, and after only a few hours of practice you will be able to make far more intricate objects".
If you want to find out more or register your FREE place to attend, then visit us at www.theiet.org/yp-event