If you’re looking for new technologies or processes, partnership opportunities with startup companies or researchers, investment opportunities, or companies with an innovative product to sell, then you need to attend the Innovation Auditions! This session will take place Tuesday, May 9 from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.

Qualified innovators selected by a panel of industry experts and investors will audition for you during one 60-minute session. Each innovator will have no more than 5 minutes to get your attention and share why their innovation could make a difference.

At the session, we’ll provide you with an innovations list to make notes and use like a sushi order list to select the ones of interest. Then connect with the innovator at the end of the session to get details on how it works.

The auditions will also include a panel of investors and technology experts to provide feedback after the auditions. The panel will also select one outstanding innovation that will be announced at the Wednesday morning keynote session.


Interested in participating?

If you have a new additive manufacturing technology, process, or product to showcase, then you’ll want to submit your application for the 2017 Innovation Auditions. Submission deadline: February 1, 2017.



What is an INNOVATION?

Technology, material, process, machine, tool, or software that improves quality, lowers overall cost, improves product performance, and/or allows for new products that better meet a customer needs.


Individuals, organizations, labs, universities, start-up companies and more where new technologies and unique applications are developed. While these groups tend to have limited resources, they also tend to have more freedom to try new things. They will audition their innovation, providing enough information to help understand what’s in it for you.


2016 Innovation Auditions Winner

nScrypt NovaCentrix 3Dn PulseForge
Kenneth Church

The most advanced 3D printer on the market, the nScrypt 3Dn 500, was integrated with the most powerful photonic sintering tool, the NovaCentrix PulseForge.  Using multi-heads, this system can print the widest range of materials more than any commercial system and now can sinter conductive or even ceramic materials in situ.  Using a single button push it is possible to print and entire working circuit without any post processing.


2016 Innovation Auditions Participants

3D Digital Image Correlation for holistic measurement of material strength
Trilion Quality Systems
John Tyson

3D Digital Image Correlation (3D DIC) is the ultimate tool for understanding the quality of materials and structures.  Think of 3D DIC as Finite Element Measurement, where you can fully understand the quality and strength of each article fabricated.  3D DIC testing of witness specimens provides complete understanding of the 3D build results and holistic validation of final products.  This presentation will also discuss the current ASTM standards and the development of new standards.


3D Metal Printing Device and Process
Western Michigan University
Pavel Ikonomov

To achieve the quality of subtractive manufacturing (machining) and the flexibly and easy usage of AM/3D printing we propose 3D metal printing/machining system that combines the advantages of both systems. While there are industrial grade machines and examples of laser sintering and subsequence machining process available for high end manufacturing, the cost of such machine is so high so make it practically inapplicable for common company and user. Proposed system is using the flexibility of 3D printing by applying two well-established technology, welding and Computer Numerical Controlled machining to create a fully functional finished metal products.



Unique One-Button Automation for 3D Scanning & Inspection
Laser Design
C Martin Schuster

The CyberGage360 is a high-precision automated 3D scanning system which greatly facilitates quality assurance of incoming parts inspection and in process inspection of components on the manufacturing floor, lowering customers’ cost of quality and speeding product to market.


Chemical anti-counterfeiting for 3D printing
Sharon Flank PhD

Chemical IP protection for 3DP: InfraTrac protects against counterfeiting with cyber-physical security. Patented tagging creates covert chemical fingerprints, controlled by software and detectable with a light. Instant authentication with a pocket spectrometer does not require access to the secret coding: both secure and cost-effective. In the dawning era when anybody can replicate anything, manufacturers will need to ensure validity. Protect brands from unauthorized copying, aerospace and automotive from rogue spare parts, patients from bad medical devices.


Faster than real-time physics based simulation of DMLS
Brent Stucker

Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies have the potential to disrupt nearly every manufacturing sector where high quality part production is required. AM practitioners, however, spend tens of millions of dollars every year generating the experimental data needed to develop process understanding for part qualification.  Our physics-based software provides the fastest simulation framework available. Our tools support both metal AM production and research environments. Benefits include:

  • Optimized support structures to reduce build failures
  • Distortion prediction
  • Identification of cost saving opportunities by investigating new processing strategies
  • Enhanced innovation by replacing long-lead-time empirical testing with rapid simulation


Advanced materials and printers to match injection molded parts performance
Essentium Materials LLC
Blake Teipel

Our novel additive manufacturing technology provides a total solution for industrial components that rival the performance of injection-molded parts.  For the first time, engineers, designers, and manufacturers can count on uniform properties from Material Extrusion 3D printing. Our Mikro-WeldTM process combined with our innovative FuseTM filament produces high-strength and high-stiffness parts for industrial and commercial applications. We have developed an industrial-scale ME printer that welds adjacent polymer layers together, thereby creating a stronger component than traditional ME printing has been capable of. This technology enables additive manufacturing to provide innovating solutions to new markets and applications not previously accessible. At Essentium, we’re bringing the next generation of essential materials to additive manufacturing.


Advanced Pediatric Prosthetic Design and Construction
The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
Aaron Chow

We are creating a generation of pediatric prosthetics that are enhanced much further than anything on the market today. The pediatric market for prosthetics is often overlooked because of the short lifetime of prosthetics due to growth of the patient and the need for a new prosthetic every few months. We are designing a scalable pediatric prosthetic. As a computing platform, not only will it grasp and hold objects like a human hand does, but it will also be a toolbox, outfitted with modules to enhance the user’s capabilities. Additionally it will have a sensor system to gather data of the use of the device.