Medical and general manufacturing themes dominate the agenda on Monday, April 11. Included is a talk on intellectual-property-protected 3D-printed electronics, by Sharon Flank, PhD, CEO of InfraTrac. Closing the day’s conference will be keynoter (and 3D Metal Printing columnist) Terry Wohlers, whose presentation is titled: The Next Frontier in 3D Printing. “Interest and excitement surrounding additive manufacturing and 3D printing—terms that are used interchangeably—are at an all-time high,” he says. “Countless corporations, government agencies and investors are hard at work trying to predict where it is headed.” Wohlers will share his thoughts on the topic.
Metal Krack Kicks Off
The metal track at Inside 3D Printing kicks off on the morning of Tuesday, April 12 (from 9 to 9:45 am), when researcher Spencer Wright presents a detailed case study showcasing the state of the art in using lattices to create lightweight parts optimized for manufacturability. Wright is vice president of product at nTopology, a company that builds lattice-design software for industrial additive manufacturing. By showing the full workflow—from mechanical CAD through generative design, build preparation and manufacturing —he will demonstrate the complexity and opportunities available to manufacturers when using lattice structures for part production with metal additive manufacturing. Attendees will leave with practical knowledge of how to use lattices, and a broad understanding of how lattice design fits into and compares with other generative techniques.
Following Wright’s presentation will be a panel discussion on 3D metal printing. Panelists include Geoffrey Doyle, president, FIT West Corp. (moderator); Ric Fulop, founder and CEO, Desktop Metal; and Winthrop Sheldon, west region sales manager, SLM Solutions.
Later that morning, at 11 a.m., Rachel Gordon, a technology analyst with the global independent market-research and business-intelligence firm IDTechEx, takes the metal-additive reins to present her firm’s recent research related to metal-additive manufacturing. She will provide an overview of new and existing technologies for 3D printing in metals, including available alloys, technical requirements of metal powders and other feedstock; the current and potential applications; insights from end users; and trends in the industry including global market forecasts.
Afternoon sessions include a talk (beginning at 4:30) on 3D printing for aerospace applications, presented by Mark Walluk, mechanical design and analysis engineer at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Walluk will discuss how numerous aerospace applications are benefitting from 3D metal printing, including the creation of prototype components that may be used in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). He’ll explain how material properties and design aspects are being investigated for direct metal laser sintering, in an effort to reduce volume and weight onboard the airframe. Then he will share with attendees work underway at RIT in material testing and in developing design-build concepts for 3D metal printing, along with results of projects focused on 3D printing of UAV components.
The agenda features additional sessions on metal printing; visit the event website regularly for updates, and for registration information: www.inside3dprinting.com/new-york/2016/. 3DMP
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