Located on the show floor in booth #2321, the Theater is where you can explore the latest advancements in 3D technologies. You’ll hear from additive manufacturing’s brightest leaders on where the industry is headed next in medical, materials, and other hot topics.


Tuesday, May 9


Tech Briefing: Fundamentals of 3D Scanning

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Giles Gaskell, Wenzel America Ltd



11:30 am – 12:30 pm

America Makes and the Youngstown Business Incubator are presenting a series of short presentations (5-6 minutes each) from various regional Additive Manufacturing organizations. Each presenter will focus on “Why the Cleveland to Pittsburgh TECH-BELT Corridor is the nation’s hub for 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing”. A panel discussion will follow to allow for questions.


Innovation Auditions

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


ITEAM Launch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm


Tech Briefing: Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Graham Tromans, GP Tromans Associates


Technology LaunchPad

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm


Wednesday, May 10


Tech Briefing: Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Graham Tromans, GP Tromans Associates


Additive Manufacturing: Where To Next?

11:30am – 12:30pm


Professor Milan Brandt
RMIT University, Australia
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Milan Brandt is a professor in Advanced Manufacturing in the School of Engineering, Technical Director Advanced Manufacturing Precinct and Director Centre for Additive Manufacturing, RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. Professor Brandt is the leading Australian researcher in the area of macro machining with lasers and has conducted work over the last 30 years in laser cladding, cutting, drilling, welding and more recently additive manufacturing. This has resulted in technological achievements, patents, research papers and commercial products, which have been recognized internationally and nationally in both scientific and industrial circles. Professor Brandt is an executive member and fellow of LIA, honorary fellow of WTIA and Professorial Fellow department of Medicine, Melbourne University. He is also the senior editor of the Journal of Laser Applications.



John E. Barnes
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John Barnes is the Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing & Strategy at Arconic Titanium & Engineered Products . He helps shape the R&D budget and activities across manufacturing operations and influences future business. Previously, he was Director of the High Performance Metal Industries Program for CSIRO, the national science agency for Australia. There oversaw the R&D and Commercialization activities and investments in the program’s two principal areas: Metal Production & Interface Design and Additive Manufacturing.His aerospace background includes lengthy positions at AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) Engines where he supported gas turbine Advanced Technology and was Program Manager of Marine Engines programs and as Senior Manager for Manufacturing Exploration and Development at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works. At Lockheed Martin, he was responsible for developments in advanced polymers, composites, carbon nano tubes, novel titanium production and processing, additive manufacturing of both polymer and metallic systems and low observable manufacturing methods. Primarily, John has a background in materials performance and processing relationships, but has led groups to develop low emission combustors, advanced polymers and low observable technology.John has 3 US patents, 6 International patents pending, has more than 80 invited presentations is published internationally. In 2014 he was awarded Purdue University’s Outstanding Materials Engineer of the Year and was given an Adjunct professorship at RMIT. In 2015, he became an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University. John holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.
Richard Grylls
SLM Solutions NA, Inc
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Richard Grylls was educated in England, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science from The University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in Metallurgy from The University of Birmingham. In 1996, Richard moved to the U.S.A., and joined The Ohio State University as a post-doctoral researcher, working on a variety of high-temperature materials development programs. While at Ohio State, Richard became the first user of the newly-commercialized Optomec LENS metal 3D printer. In 1998 Richard joined GE Aviation in the turbine airfoil materials development group, and became responsible for single-crystal nickel-base superalloy development, as well as materials development for airfoil repair. Richard led a multidisciplinary team developing next-generation turbine engine alloys and coating systems.
Gene Kulesha
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Gene Kulesha has been part of the Stryker organization for 20 years. He started off in manufacturing, where he developed, scaled, and oversaw various metal and bio-ceramic coating and raw material fabrication processes for Stryker plants globally. He then led the product development, and marketing of various allograft tissue and synthetic bone products. For the last 10 years he has lead the research and development of various orthopaedic tissue fixation technologies. Currently he is the Senior Director of Platform Technology Engineering where he and his team are responsible for the research development of novel materials and implants using conventional, as well as next generation additive manufacturing processes. He has engineering and science degrees in Materials Science from Stevens Institute of Technology.
Kirk Rogers PhD
GE Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA)
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Kirk Rogers is Technology Leader, Additive Manufacturing at the GE Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA), in Pittsburgh, PA. He has used additive technology to solve manufacturing problems since 2010. Prior to CATA, Kirk spent a short time outside of GE, proceeded by 15+ years at GE Healthcare, Refractory Process Innovations. Dr. Rogers has 25 years of experience in materials processing, primarily powder metallurgy. He has also done research on novel joining methods, novel molybdenum and tungsten alloys, recycling and sustainable manufacturing. Kirk obtained his B.S. Materials Engineering from Case Western Reserve University, and masters and Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering from Purdue University. He completed postdoctoral work at Ohio State University, and is a certified Six Sigma Blackbelt.
Mihaela Vlasea
University of Waterloo
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Mihaela Vlasea is a new faculty member at the University of Waterloo. She has over eight years of professional and academic experience in designing and building complex mechatronic systems for additive manufacturing applications. Vlasea has helped developed a new powder bed binder-jet system capable of fabricating products ranging from bone and dental implants to lightweight porous materials for aerospace uses for University of Waterloo as well as a laser powder-bed fusion system for the National Institute of Standards and Technology. One of the most exciting projects she is currently involved with is a collaborative venture with researchers, pathologists and orthopaedic surgeons from Mount Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo in manufacturing of bone substitute implants that can be seeded with live cells, and post-implantation, are replaced with the patients’ own tissue.

Today, additive manufacturing is playing an ever-increasing role in a range of industries globally such as the aerospace, automotive, medical and defense because of the many benefits it offers compared to traditional subtractive technologies.

The first 3D printers were used in the 1980s to make plastic prototypes, so that the engineers and designers could see and touch a full-size model of what the actual device would look like. Since then, the field of 3D printing has exploded and transformed from prototyping into manufacturing. Today, there are arrays of different types of 3D printers working with plastics, metal and ceramic powders, biological and organic feedstock.  The technology is evolving rapidly with new 3D concepts, machines and suppliers entering the market almost on a monthly basis. The recent acquisition by GE of Arcam and Concept Laser is said to further accelerate the growth and adoption of Additive Manufacturing technology globally.

A panel of experts will examine and explore current trends and future opportunities for AM technology globally.


Medical Manufacturing Innovations Presentations

12:30 pm -1:30 pm

MODERATOR: Lauralyn McDaniel, SME


SME Medical Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Workgroup: Addressing Challenges

12:30 pm -12:50 pm

Lauralyn McDaniel, SME

The SME Medical AM/3DP workgroup includes professionals from research, clinical, device manufacturing, and technology development to identify challenges to increasing applications in medicine. The combined perspectives enable the development of resource tools and collaborations to support anyone using the technology. Join us for updates and projects including file format, standards, and online tools.


Standards, Quality Metrics, and Innovation with the FDA / CDRH

12:50 pm – 1:03 pm

James Coburn, FDA

The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) at the FDA extensively uses medical device standard test methods and metrics.  In addition to consensus standards and test methods, proven best practices, clinical standards, and other metrics for quality are often used to facilitate review of emerging technologies such as 3D printing.  We will highlight the FDA’s perspective on and research relating to standards, CDRH resources available to medical device innovators, and programs to help develop the quality ecosystem for 3D printing.


3D Printing in Medical Imaging Standards

1:03 pm – 1:16 pm

Allan Noordvyk, Change Healthcare, and Justin Ryan, Phoenix Children’s Hospital

In January 2017, DICOM (Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine) launched a new activity by Working Group 17 (WG-17) 3D Manufacturing to extend and promote the use of the DICOM standard for the creation, storage and management of 3D printing models in a healthcare setting. Join Co-chairs Allan Noordvyk and Justin Ryan to learn about WG-17’s work item.


Special Interest Group for 3D printing within the Radiologic Society of North America to Advance Medical Applications

1:16 pm – 1:30 pm

Jonathan Morris, MD, Mayo Clinic

In 2016, the RSNA created its first special interest group (SIG) to address the rapidly expanding uses of 3D printing for medical applications. RSNA is the largest society in the world for radiologists, medical physicist, nuclear medicine physicians and radiology scientists. With patient-matched 3D printing beginning with medical imaging, radiology plays a critical and unique role in advancing the technology across all subspecialties of medicine and surgery. This presentation will highlight the role of the SIG in advancing 3D printing for patient care. With the need for radiology and 3D printing professional to work together, opportunities to get involved will be shared. Finally, potential collaborations with the SME and RAPID + TCT will be discussed.


Crowdsourced Content

Additive Manufacturing Materials

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Robert Carter PhD, Chief, Materials Manufacturing Technology Branch, U.S. Army Research Laboratory
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Dr. Carter serves as the Weapons and Materials Research Directorates’ lead in advanced materials manufacturing research. In this area he has two roles: Chief of the Materials Manufacturing Technology branch (MMTB) and Director for the Center for Agile Materials Manufacturing Science (CAMMS). As the chief, he leads a group of 34 researchers, technicians and assistants in developing advanced manufacturing technologies for novel materials and material systems with a focus on technology transition. The researchers in MMTB execute a variety of internal and external programs to elevate manufacturing readiness levels in support of affordable technologies for the Soldier. Dr. Carter is also the Director for the Center for Agile Materials Manufacturing Science where he is responsible for the development of a public-private partnership for agile manufacturing technologies. The center focuses on maturation of materials and manufacturing science to permit agile and expeditionary manufacturing capability to produce tailored parts and components. Dr. Carter has been a researcher at the Army Research Laboratory since 2002. He received his B.S. (1993), M.S. (1996) and Ph.D. (2001) degrees in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Tech. His areas of research have been manufacturing of advanced materials and structures, mechanics of composite materials (both polymeric and metallic), multifunctional materials, and probabilistic design methodologies. He has three patents and over fifty technical publications on advanced materials and mechanics.


Additive Manufacturing Applications

Reducing Build Failures Through Predictive Simulation

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Brent Stucker, CEO, 3DSIM
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Brent Stucker, Ph.D. is Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of 3DSIM, LLC, a provider of physics-based simulation tools for the additive manufacturing industry. He has been a leading researcher in additive manufacturing for more than 20 years, with projects ranging from new materials development for biomedical implants and aerospace/defense structures to multi-scale modeling and control of additive manufacturing machines. He was a professor from 1997-2015, with various appointments at the University of Louisville, Utah State University, the University of Rhode Island and VTT Technical Research Center, Finland. Brent led the establishment of the ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies in 2008 and was the first Chairman from 2009-2014. He was elected to the ASTM International Board of Directors in 2015. His awards include: the 2016 International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence Award; the 2015 Additive World Conference Industrial Impact Award; the 2012 Industry Achievement Award from the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the 2010 Robert J. Painter Memorial Award from ASTM and SES for his leadership in the area of international standards, and the SLS Dinosaur Award from the SLS Users Group (now known as the Additive Manufacturing Users Group) in 2005. Brent co-authored a textbook entitled Additive Manufacturing Technologies: 3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping and Direct Digital Manufacturing which is utilized by AM practitioners and educators around the world. He has numerous patents, has authored more than 200 technical publications and has presented more than 150 technical talks related to AM.

Tim Gornet, Manager of RPC Operations, University of Louisville


A growing community of users is beginning to rely upon physics-based process simulation tools to provide insight into metal additive manufacturing processes. Predictions of residual stress, distortion, supports, thermal history, microstructures, porosity, and more is now possible. By understanding the complex correlations between build orientation, support strategy, machine settings, powder type and part geometry, users can more quickly optimize their process to enable part qualification and to achieve build success. During this presentation, a series of case studies will be used to illustrate the power of predictive simulation tools. Specific examples will include the use of 3DSIM’s exaSIM software tool to predict optimized support structure distributions, residual stress and part distortion for different build orientations and part assumptions; and the use of 3DSIM’s FLEX software tool to predict the thermal history of parts based upon scan strategy and laser settings, and how that thermal history is linked to build defects and part microstructure.


Tech Briefing: Fundamentals of 3D Scanning

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Giles Gaskell, Wenzel America Ltd


Technology LaunchPad

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm



Thursday, May 11


Tech Briefing: MMI

10:15 am – 11:00 am

Andy Christensen, LimbForge



11:00 am – 11:30 am


Technology LaunchPad

11:30 am – 12:30 pm