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Tuesday, August 6

8:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast
Metal 3D Printing: An Overview of Trends and Processes
A perspective on trends regarding metal 3D printers and how they are being utilized today, and a high-level overview of the most common metal-printing processes, with commentary on process tradeoffs.
Cullen Hilkene, CEO, 3Diligent
Metal AM Powder Development for the Automotive Industry

John E. Barnes, Founder & Managing Director, The Barnes Group Advisors, CEO TBG Training
10:15 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Identifying Parts for AM—a methodology to identify suitable applications for AM, from a technical and economical perspective
Kyle Adams, Application Engineer, SLM Solutions, and Jaideep Bangal, Business Development Manager, Altair Engineering
11:30 a.m. Transitioning From Polymer to Metal AM
Howard Kuhn, Retired, Adjunct Professor at University of Pittsburgh
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. An Analysis of Metal AM Capabilities—Design Constraints, Economics and Scalability, and Their Impact on Production Applications
Alex Huckstepp, VP, Business Development, Digital Alloys
2:00 p.m. Advanced Transportation: The Next AM Revolution
Everyone within the 3D-printing community understands and is familiar with why the aerospace and medical markets are ideal for AM. They produce relatively low part volumes, have high part costs, and use exotic materials. With unique challenges relating to cost per part, limited availability of accepted industry materials, and volumes not previously thought possible with AM, the automotive segment is succeeding against all odds. This presentation will guide conference attendees on a journey explaining what economic and technical changes have occurred to spur this transformation. This presentation will explain which "non-traditional" auto materials are being chosen and why, which styles of machines are being used, and the use cases currently in production. The customers highlighted in this presentation will include Daimler-Benz, BMW Group AG, GM, and Volkswagen Group AG.
Jon Walker, Automotive Specialist and Business Development Manager, EOS North America
2:45 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Quality Assurance in Metal Additive Manufacturing
Monitoring and inspection during the build; post-process dimensional inspection of AM-built parts; required integration of metrology into processing of AM parts; and a discussion on production concerns that remain top of mind in the automotive community.
Kevin Brigden, Additive Manufacturing Applications Engineer, Renishaw
4:00 p.m. X-ray CT Technology for Quality Assurance of Metal-AM Parts
This talk explains why high-resolution 3D imaging is needed to find even small voids in complex additive-layer manufactured parts, in which defects in small structures can lead to costly failure, and explains how X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) can provide this, as well as a comprehensive dimensional check.
Andrew Ramsey, X-ray/CT Specialist, Nikon Metrology
4:45 p.m. Networking Reception
6:00 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, August 7

8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Exhibits Open
8:30 a.m.

Buses Leave for Experience Tours
The Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center reserves the right to deny tour access for any reason.

Bus 1

  • 9 a.m.—Arrive at Linear AMS, 12163 Globe St., Livonia, MI 48150
  • 10:15 a.m.—Depart Linear AMS for Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center, 25111 Glendale, Redford Charter Twp., MI 48239
  • 10:30 a.m.—Arrive at Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center
  • 12 p.m.— Depart Ford AMC for hotel
  • 12:15 p.m.—Arrive at hotel

Bus 2

  • 9 a.m.—Arrive at Ford Advanced Manufacturing Center, 25111 Glendale, Redford Charter Twp., MI 48239
  • 10:30 a.m.—Depart Ford AMC for Linear AMS, 12163 Globe St., Livonia, MI 48150
  • 10:45 a.m.—Arrive at Linear AMS
  • 12 p.m.— Depart Linear AMS for hotel
  • 12:15 p.m.—Arrive at hotel
12:30 p.m.
Lunch, Roundtable Discussion
1:30 p.m. Adjourn
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