3D Imaging / Scanning: CT Scanning and Surface Scanning
For additively manufactured parts to replace conventional parts in production applications, it is necessary for the industry to be able to demonstrate their dimensional integrity. The very freedom to design complex shapes that comes with 3D printing ironically make the task of measurement more challenging. These presentations address ways in which this challenge can be met.
Academic Research I, II
This session provides an opportunity to learn about and experience the current and future trends in materials development and multi-material approaches, system stability and in-situ monitoring advances and predictive algorithms for manufacturing.
Applications I, II
Industry experts present various case studies and novel practices facilitated through additive manufacturing. See how additive technologies have enhanced tooling, assisted those with disabilities, optimized part design, and more
Business & Economic Considerations I, II
These tracks will provide a forum for exploring strategic planning around making money with additive manufacturing. Hear firsthand from those that have already been through the process, and explore topics that impact the business model such as utilization methods, volume considerations, market shifts, safety, post processing, data management and data protection.
Casting I, II
As 3D printing technology matures, the casting world finds more and more cost-effective applications for this technology. This session will give insight into some of these applications, including applications for lost foam, core printing and sand mold printing.
AM Design Considerations
As additive manufacturing continues to develop, so have the tools that designers and engineers have at their disposal. This track will cover both the considerations that engineers are faced with throughout the design process, as well as advances in numerous software tools. For instance, newer topology optimization packages to yield more realistic solutions and CAD software with added functionality to aid engineers in the process of designing for additive manufacturing. Hear about examples of parts and systems that are now reasonable designs thanks to these tools that are in development.
Protecting data is important when your entire product can be floating in the cloud. Managing cybersecurity and intellectual property rights is a real challenge. Learn how to address these digital thread challenges and find out how consensus based standards is a challenge for the next evolution of manufacturing to really take hold. Using the information age to accelerate best practices enables rapid advancement of advanced manufacturing practices. Power up your approach to addressing all of these important issues.
Direct Write Printed Materials / Electronics
This session focuses on advances in multi-material 3D printing technologies. Novel uses of processes and materials along with interesting end-use applications are presented.
DoD Additive Manufacturing of Radiofrequency Devices and Systems
To reduce size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-c), military platforms have been evolving towards a more integrated design approach that efficiently utilizes all available space. In fact, to accommodate limited space constraints many commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) systems will need to be replaced by custom designed and fabricated systems. In the case of radiofrequency (RF) antennas and electronic systems, this will require exploring innovative design methods, new materials and novel manufacturing approaches to realize cost-effective, customizable and conformal RF systems that do not rely on standard COTS technologies. Additive manufacturing is potentially an attractive solution to this challenge but new advances in printing systems, functional materials and design methodologies are first needed. This session will present on the current state-of-the-art in the additive manufacture of RF devices and systems.
Final Part Production
The use of 3D printing/additive manufacturing to produce parts for final products continues to follow a decade-long growth trend and is growing in several diverse market segments. Learn how industries like aerospace, defense, automotive, medical and otherers are utilizing additive manufacturing and transitioning from prototype to production of final parts.
Learn about the new and innovative ways to use additive manufacturing. Learn how we move from the ideas of next generation manufacturing, through 3D printing in schools, to functionally graded materials, metal meshes, sports rings and space applications.
Material Properties I, II
Experts provide discussions about material testing procedures and results, metallography, fatigue and fracture mechanics. Learn about the influence of powder characteristics and take a look into machine parameter development, influence of ageing, and chemistry. Gain an understanding on final material properties, new materials, microstructure improvements and the effects of helium on final material properties. Experts also discus ceramics and Alnico Magnets.
Materials I, II
Materials used in additive manufacturing are ever changing. Experts discuss how both polymers and metals are utilized in a variety of additive manufacturing technologies. Learn about processing parameters, typical defects you find in metals, aluminum, super alloys and many things in between.
MMI: Clinical Applications I, II
From creating anatomical models to patient-matched devices and more, point-of-care manufacturing is a quickly growing area for additive manufacturing. These sessions will explore some of the latest applications and processes used in a clinical setting.
Additive manufacturing of materials to be used inside the body holds much promise for implants, tissue regeneration, drug delivery, and more. This session covers some of the latest materials, their applications, and the processes enabling their use.
Whether using additive manufacturing for serialized implants or patient-matched devices, the quality, process validation, and technology considerations are critical. Attend this session to hear the technology and process improvement.
MMI: Personalized Prosthetics
Combining 3D imaging with additive manufacturing allows therapists and other professionals to design assistive devices and prosthetics for each patient. Attend this session to understand how technology, process improvement, design freedoms, and artistry combine to improve care.
New Processes I, II
This session contains an interesting mix of concepts and capabilities supporting new processes with a primary focus on metal and hybrid machines. Hear about high volume and large build volume printers, liquid metal and composite 3D printing. This session will also focus on smaller less expensive metal printers with a glimpse into the next generation of manufacturing.
Part Inspection & Certification
Taking advantage of the manufacturing technologies gets complicated and accelerated when you apply hybrid and emerging technologies together. In this session, you will learn how application of these technologies needs to be considered as early as the design phase.
This session will give attendees an overview of post processing for both metal and polymer AM post processing. Key takeaways include the business impact of post processing, an overview of several key techniques, and a deep dive into several polymer and metal post processing methods.
Process Monitoring, Control & Qualification
Experts explain case studies and provide findings from their research and investigation. Discover what to control, monitor and inspect and the tools to use. Presentations cover in-situ and post-build qualification for both metal and plastic AM.
Software & Modeling
Experts from industry, research and academia, present software, simulation, and modeling technologies that support additive manufacturing developers and practitioners. Hear how additive manufacturing leaders are applying these technologies to solve real-world problems and optimize their additive manufacturing processes.
Additive manufacturing has captured the imagination and interest of manufacturers and the public at large. From schoolchildren creating toys, to manufacturers producing everything from aerospace nose cones, to the tiniest medical device, additive manufacturing is attracting a greater share of modern manufacturing. In this session, delve into strategies and tactics to ensure that manufacturers will have ready employees to fill the ever-widening pool of jobs in this exciting—and evolving—technology.