Not attending the RAPID + TCT conference? At these educational sessions just off of the show floor, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from industry experts on the latest applications, processes, and research in additive manufacturing. Presentations are labeled novice, intermediate, and expert, allowing you to maximize your time and attend the presentations that best fit your needs and skill level. Presentations are complimentary for all RAPID + TCT attendees.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
10:30 AM – 10:55 AM
History and Philosophy of Additive Manufacturing (Expert)
We will give a history of 3D printing with a description of the major processes, including Fused Deposition Modeling, Stereolithography, Binder Jet Printing, Selective Laser Sintering, High Speed Sintering, Polyjet, Composite Based Additive Manufacturing, and Binder Jet. We will describe the theory and philosophy of these methods and their advantages and disadvantages. We will start with the philosophy of these methods and the various approaches that have been used over the years. We will point out that additive manufacturing is a fundamentally a material science problem and will describe the different materials that are use and the methods by which these materials are produced and the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches and materials. We will also show how the methods have improved over the years to provide an approach which produces strong parts at scale and with multiple materials. We will describe the areas where 3D printing can be improved.
- Understand the history of 3D printing – the advantages of and disadvantages of conventional processes and what are the likely improvements in present methods
- Understanding of the underlying philosophy of 3D printing
Founder – Chairman
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM
Weld Formation of Amorphous and Semi-Crystalline Polymers During Material Extrusion (Novice)
Material extrusion (MatEx) additive manufacturing (AM), after several decades of development, is now an established production method for small volume or highly complicated parts. While MatEx has transitioned from prototyping to end use production, little is known about the mechanisms that dominate strength development between layers. Previously we reported on a framework for determining weld time and weld strength of thermoplastic MatEx processed welds, comparing those results to traditional polymer-polymer weld formation. Here we extend that work by studying bisphenol-A-polycarbonate (PC) and polylactic acid (PLA). In the PC system we vary the molecular weight and compare the welding time and strength with scaling relationships from reptation theory. In the PLA system we investigated changing in crystallization kinetics induced by the material extrusion flow field, comparing to continuum modeling and crystallization theory. The resulting weld formation will be discussed in the context of traditional polymer-polymer welding and weld thickness (inter-penetration depth) during the unique shear and thermal history produced by the MatEx process.
- Identify how weld strength is created during thermoplastic material extrusion
- Describe how molecular weight effects weld strength in thermoplastic material extrusion
- Describe how crystallization kinetics are changed during thermoplastic material extrusion
National Institute of Standards and Technology
11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Scaling into Mass Production with Metal 3D Printing – Technology Differentiation & Applications (Novice)
The field of metal 3D printing has been confined to high value and low volume applications, restricting the wider implementation of metal additive manufactured applications within cost conscious market segments.
In 2018, HP introduced Metal Jet technology, which builds on HP’s legacy of innovation and leadership in the 2D and 3D printing space by providing an additive manufacturing solution that is competitive with analog technologies. Leveraging metal powder and sintering technologies from the existing and proven Metal Injection Molding (MIM) industry, the HP Metal Jet printing solution has been developed to quickly manufacture samples and scale up to mass production with confidence. The conference will use HP’s Metal Jet technology as an example to show how metal 3D printing can be a very good option for mass production.
By using a digital manufacturing processes to produce both prototypes quickly and then production parts economically, it is possible to reduce the current development time dedicated to re-design for and re-validation of a separate manufacturing process and iteratively designed tooling. Attendees of this presentation will learn about the core technologies and early applications for the HP Metal Jet system, as well as the keys to unlocking AM for cost and time critical applications.
- Learn about the core technologies and early applications for the HP Metal Jet system
- Identify keys to unlocking AM for cost and time critical applications
3D Metals Technology Program Manager
12:00 PM – 12:25 PM
Surface Finishing of Additive Manufactured IN-625 Components (Intermediate)
The rich and complex surface texture characteristic of AM components hampers their applicability. AM-built components show a surface with many defects and near-surface defects, that affects the mechanical properties of the component and their performance under stress conditions. A robust and definitive surface finishing process will remove and remediate these surface and near-surface defects. The extent of these defects in many cases is located within 0.02″ (0.5 mm) from the surface, hence a surface finishing technique capable to remove this amount of metal in a fast and efficient way will be studied. In this presentation, we are going to showcase three different types of surface finishing processes capable to remove fast and efficiently 0.02″ from the surface of IN-625 AM components. Chemical milling, electropolishing and chemical accelerated vibratory finishing, and the combination of them on different order will be performed on IN-625 dog-bone test specimens built by powder bed fusion and direct energy deposition. A full characterization of the specimen before and after the finishing operation will be presented, including blue light 3D-scan, micro X-ray CT-scan, and surface profile. In addition, mechanical testing of tensile and fatigue (high-cycle and low-cycle) will be performed for each of the surface finishing permutations.
- Understand the benefits of surface finishing (post-processing) and the impact that it has on mechanical performance
- Understand new technologies in surface finishing (post-processing); specifically designed for AM produced parts
- Determine which surface finishing (post-processing) is needed for several applications and how to plan for it before building
Lead Additive Manufacturing Scientist
REM Surface Engineering
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM
The Art of Additive Manufacturing and Industrialization (Intermediate)
Metal additive manufacturing has become an indispensable part of today’s highly competitive product development and manufacturing production process. In the AM process, material’s property and parts dimensional accuracy are all evolved during the printing process. Although, post printing processes may improve and enhance them, but the initial printing has profound impact on defining what’s can be improved. On the material’s property side, while in many alloy systems, printing initial convertible microstructure is critical in producing homogenize and isotropic materials with properties that can rival that of its equivalent forged material. In certain unique alloy systems such as the solid solution strengthened and high entropy alloy systems, the 3D printed version has demonstrated far superior materials properties comparing to the wrought equivalents. On the application side, on one hand, robust production level of success has been demonstrated and certified for mission critical components on manned spaceflight but on the other hand reaching consistent quality is still a challenge in the metal 3D printing industries. The critical part for implementing an AM production strategy is ensuring a consistent and robust AM process capable of delivering high quality AM hardware that is well characterized and defects free. This presentation will cover from the process fundamental, impactful factors, process controls to achieve reliable and consistent product quality in the production manufacturing environments.
- Understand AM process control and achieve Qualified Metallurgical Process in AM production
- Take advantage of the AM process and apply it to mission critical applications
- Evaluate and select the most fit AM processes for productions
2:30 PM – 2:55 PM
3D-Painting: A Materials-centric Approach to Additive Manufacturing – From Tissues to Metals, Graphene, Ceramics and More (Intermediate)
This talk will focus on describing the emergence and current uses of a new, advanced manufacturing technology – 3D-Painting – a materials-centric approach to additive manufacturing. Current approaches to AM rely on creating new hardware that is compatible with a given material. But what if one could additively manufacture with nearly any and every material, from biological tissues to metals and ceramics, on a singular machine? This is the 3D-Painting technology, so called because; 1) 3D-paints are defined by their comprising powder (biological tissue, metal, alloy, graphene, etc.), just as paints are defined by their comprising pigment; 2) you don’t need to change the way you manufacture just because you change the material, just like you don’t change the way you paint just because you change the color you are using; 3) all the 3D-paints are co-3D-printing compatible, just as an artist can paint with any variety of colors on a single canvas; 4) all 3D-paints can be mixed prior to or during 3D-printing, resulting in compound materials (i.e. complex biological tissues, alloys, etc.). 3D-Paints can be 3D-printed via simple room temperature extrusion, with no need to wait for drying, no powder beds, no support materials, no curing or cross-linking. Beyond 3D-printing, they may also be utilized for coatings, actual painting, foaming, and textiles/weaving. This talk will highlight the 3D-Painting technology, now commercialized through Dimension Inx and will give attention to several distinct 3D-paint material systems and their applications (medical uses will be focused on in the MMI session).
- Understand that nearly any type of material can be designed to be additive manufacturing compatible, rather than needing to design machines around types of materials
- Expand your imagination on what can be done with additive manufacturing technology now that so many materials are additive manufacturing compatible
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer
3:00 PM – 3:25 PM
Machine Learning to Link Processing Parameters, In-Situ Data, Material Properties and Performances in Powder Bed Fusion AM (Expert)
This presentation showcases an ongoing STTR Phase II project funded by the Navy. The technology that is being developed is a data-driven machine learning algorithm with key capabilities that will enable AM users to reduce the time, cost, and resources required to characterize AM materials and AM processes. This presentation will focus on showing the results of our work, with a focus on 3 particular areas:
(1): the ability to understand relationships between process parameters and material performance (e.g., how do laser power, speed, and hatch spacing affect ultimate tensile strength), with a quantification of confidence; (2): the ability to extract features from in situ monitoring data and correlate irregularities detected in situ to porosity detected in X-ray computed tomography (CT) scanning, microstructure, and material performance; and (3): the capability that guides AM users in collecting data, called Data Collection Protocol. This capability evaluates reliability of the current model, and then suggests where additional data should be collected for the maximum improvement in model reliability.
The presentation will conclude with an overview of future work followed by a vision for how the Navy intends to use this algorithm to assist in developing statistically substantiated material properties in hopes of reducing conventional material characterization and testing that is needed to develop design allowables.
- Understand the basics of how machine learning can be applied to AM and what are some of the capabilities that are enabled by the machine learning algorithm
- Understand a framework with which to analyze the relationships between process parameters, process signatures, material properties, and mechanical performance of metallic components
- Understand the capabilities of the algorithm that is being developed for the Navy STTR and how the Navy and other AM users intend on using the algorithm
3:30 PM – 3:55 PM
Additive Manufacturing of Spinal Implants – A Clinical and Manufacturing Perspective (Intermediate)
Additive manufacturing (AM) has steadily been enabling more complex medical devices to be conceived. By reducing constraints on design, it enables clinicians and medical device manufacturers to cater for more complex conditions, match devices to anatomy, and in many cases promote osteointegration.
Spinal implants have benefited from AM, enabling a larger surface area to volume ratio for implant osseointegration, a greater number of sizes as tooling costs are reduced, and production can be more flexible allowing for multiple design types per build.
The presentation aims to introduce the clinical benefits of implants that have been designed with the patient in mind as well as the addressing challenges such as preparing AM products for the clinical environment.
- Understand why complex lattices are key to osseointegration of implants
- Describe why AM is the only viable process to produce such implants types
- Understand the testing techniques used to ensure this new technology is suitable for surgical application.
Director of AM Applications
Chief Medical Officer
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
10:30 AM – 10:55 AM
Metal Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Components (Novice)
As metal additive manufacturing adoption continues to expand from prototyping and demonstrator components to production components, the ability to scale is key. With the aerospace sector being one of the most predominant users of producing components with additive manufacturing with the need to scale to very large parts that are often several feet or more in size, technologies that can offer higher deposition rates are required. The current state-of-the-art methods for fabricating full-size aerospace components, such as heat exchangers, typically require the use of forgings, which often possess lead times of 5-6 months. To achieve the end product, these forgings still require difficult post-processing with the required cooling channels, which adds to the total lead-time and increased the risk of errors. Laser-based directed energy deposition (DED) or laser metal deposition (LMD) is an alternative, single-step method for producing complex, multi-material, dense or porous, near net-shape parts that out-perform their traditionally manufactured equivalents with enhanced properties. This presentation will review LMD/DED technology as an alternative method for producing complex near net-shape parts, review the laser metal deposition process used to build a rocket nozzle demonstrator component for NASA, discuss the enhanced properties that can be achieved with the process, and display a sample rocket nozzle demonstrator component for participants to view and touch.
- Describe the laser metal deposition process, key process steps, and applications
- Identify the advantages and challenges of a laser deposition process as compared to other manufacturing processes
- Determine the initial feasibility of producing specific components with metal additive manufacturing methods
Formalloy Additive Manufacturing Technologies
Formalloy Additive Manufacturing Technologies
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM
Additive Manufacturing Part Redesign in the Aerospace Industry (Novice)
Additive Manufacturing offers multiple ways to improve designs in the Aerospace Industry. Some of these benefits are but not limited to: Part count reduction, achieve complex geometries, and weight reduction.
However, because of the complex certification process, it is not always possible to take advantage from all these benefits especially when you are trying to redesign a part that is already flying. For example, a slight change on the weight of a component, even if it is a weight reduction, may change the dynamic response of the whole system.
There are also some components where part of the geometry can’t be changed, or at least not in a short period of time, because it will require to recalculate several things around the part. This is the case of ducts where the internal surface and routing should remain the same (or very similar) to avoid changing the flow and/or pressures.
This presentation will talk about those benefits and limitations we have when redesigning a part for AM in the aerospace industry.
Replacing parts that are non-additive with parts that are manufactured by AM is not always as easy as it looks like and there are many parts that must be involved.
- Describe what are the main limitations of using AM in the Aerospace industry.
- Define where AM can be applied in their current products/processes.
Additive Manufacturing Tech Lead
UTC Aerospace Systems
11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Laserflex Conflux: 3D Multi Metal Printing (Intermediate)
By laser melting of a liquid dispersed metal powder instead of a conventional dry powder bed, direct precision printing of multiple and functional graded metals is reality. Metal powders used in current SLM processes need tight controlled specifications. Packing factor and flowability are important characteristics essential to obtain a dense and evenly distributed powder bed. By using a slurry, handling of widely distributed, non-flowable and multi modal powder is possible resulting in an optimized powder stacking of the powder bed. By applying droplets of different metals, multi metal materials can be created in three directions in one process step.
The LASERFLEX Conflux upgrades the current Powder Bed Fusion (PBF) process to provide a safer process, better material quality, finer features and handling of multiple materials, keeping the advantages of a direct product generation process, without additional sintering or annealing steps.
Currently, the process and material quality is demonstrated on stainless steel (316L) and Inconel 625. A 3D workpiece containing both materials have been successfully made. Both high melting temperature materials such as Tungsten and more oxygen sensitive materials as Titanium are currently under investigation.
- Understand the advantages of using a slurry instead of a powder in 3D printing metals
- Print multi materials of high quality in a one step process
12:00 PM – 12:25 PM
New Filament Composition Enables High Speed, Accurate Polypropylene FDM Printing (Intermediate)
Additive manufacturing by Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) printing is limited to a handful of commercially available polymers due to issues with dimensional stability, warping, interlayer adhesion and filament ovality. The polymer choices tend to be expensive engineering plastics such as ABS, PA, PEEK, PC/ABS and PEI. Commodity plastics like PP and PE are desired for cost and other physical properties like low surface energy and impact strength, but due to strand manufacturing and printing issues, are either not used or have limited penetration. Using hollow glass microspheres (3M Glass Bubbles) as a filler, low surface energy, commodity plastics have been made into filaments that have excellent ovality and printing performance. These strands can be used on either closed or open source printers. The presentation will show pictorial improvements in ovality, printing acuity, dimensional stability, printing speed and warpage. Data in graphical form will depict improvements in interlayer adhesion and defects.
- Imagine FDM printing with new strand materials
- See the benefits of hollow glass microsphere addition in FDM strand making
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM
Laser Scanning from Macro to Micro – What to Use, Where and Why (Novice)
I recently had the privilege to participate in the SME “3D in the D” Scanning event in Detroit, Michigan. This event highlighted the diverse landscape of scanning challenges and the technologies that allow us to capture reality in the form of a 3D point cloud. This hands-on opportunity spoke to the larger question of “what is the correct technology that I should use and why?” It occurred to me that in today’s constantly evolving measurement industry filled with different types of scanners, I probably wasn’t the first person to ask this question.
In this presentation, I will share my experiences covering the different technologies used to scan items of varying size and detail, such as a 1920’s era movie theater and a modern-day production vehicle. I will highlight why each scan was done with the corresponding technology and expand into other potential solutions could have been chosen for the task at hand. My presentation is designed to shed light on why all these different scanning solutions exist, and when and why they should be used.
- Have a good grasp of the real-world usage of scanners
- Understanding the specifications required to choose the right scanning tool
- Understand the end result of each scanning technology
Laser Tracker Product Manager
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence
2:30 PM – 2:55 PM
Spare Parts Use Case (Novice)
As it becomes practical to make spare parts via additive manufacturing, issues of intellectual property protection and authentication have become important. We describe how this innovative major manufacturer has embraced security planning, protecting the digital file and also incorporating chemical taggant into the build process. Even the most metal-focused industries use some polymers, and, while the tagging has been proven on metals, it is easier and cheaper to test on polymers. We jointly selected a first polymer part for security tagging, to show how practical it would be to generate scalable validation for distributed manufacturing of spare parts. Best practices include the use of a multi-material printer so that taggant can be inserted during printing, to minimize process disruption. Optimization software (such as Materialise Magics) can select non-structural locations to hide taggant. To permit detection with a pocket-size analyzer, the taggant spot was placed less than 2mm from a testable surface, i.e. a surface not hidden in an inaccessible inner portion. Since the taggant is intended to be covert, some degree of color-matching was needed: it does not work to “hide” a spot of black material inside a clear part. The taggant needed to be detectable via instrument but not visible, so glass was a good choice for invisibility but failed the instrument detectability test. Once successful taggant mixes were chosen, parts were tested for quality attributes, to ensure that security tagging protects against bad parts, whether rogue, made of bad materials, or substandard in any way.
- List security issues and possible mitigation approaches for additive manufacturing
- Describe key lessons learned from a security tagging and authentication pilot
- Define spectroscopic non-destructive evaluation
3:00 PM – 3:25 PM
Accelerating Hardware Design with Agile Development
Agile is an iterative approach to project management (seen commonly in digital product development) that helps teams deliver products faster and with less headache to all stakeholders. At its core, an agile development process revolves around work set up in small, but consumable, increments as opposed to a “big bang” all-or-nothing approach. These increments are evaluated continuously so designers and engineers can respond to the change quickly and adapt new solutions accordingly.
For hardware developers including industrial designers and mechanical engineers, combining an agile approach to hardware can be the first step in unleashing their full product design potential. By iterating quickly and often— with the aid of rapid prototyping—these professionals are not only able to arrive at a better design solution but do so in a way that’s manageable and reduces risk.
In this Presentation, attendees will learn the background and methodology of agile best practices—both from a traditional project management perspective and through successful software case studies—and learn how to use the same methods in SolidWorks with their existing design or engineering processes.
- Understand how industries are shifting to bring products to market faster than ever before
- Identify how this pressure impacts their own industry or business
- Implement an agile design process to counteract the increased pressure to bring products to market faster
Vice President of Engineering
3:30 PM – 3:55 PM
Understanding the Applications and Limitations of the World’s Largest Open-Atmosphere 3D Metal Printing Technology
Various metal deposition processes have been used for the additive manufacturing (AM) of metals for more than a decade now. However, there is still a need for an economically viable AM technology which can offer good mechanical properties, flexibility in terms of material compatibility, and a viable path towards scaling up to meet the demand of manufactures who want to print real-big, real-world, parts. With few exceptions, most melt-based metal AM processes require the use of some combination of a powder bed, vacuum chamber, and/or inert environment. As the size of the parts scale up, the cost associated with making them increases at a rate that is often the death knell of the application; if the process is even physically capable of scaling up to larger part fabrication. The MELD process is the world’s largest open-atmosphere 3D metal AM technology offering unrivaled deposition rates and industry-leading flexibility in material compatibility. A solid-sate technology, MELD fabricates metal parts without melting, avoiding melt-based issues such as porosity and hot-cracking, and yields fully-dense parts without post-processing. Because the MELD process is solid-state the resultant printed parts exhibit little-to-no signs of residual stress which often plague larger scale parts made via metal AM. This presentation will review real-world examples of large-scale part fabrication and repair via MELD and explore the advantages and potential disadvantages of large-scale part fabrication via MELD. The audience will gain insight into the evaluation of parts to be MELDed, including an understanding for the best-practices when designing for MELD.
- Have a basic understanding of the limitations facing the application of AM technologies for large-scale part fabrication
- Understand how the MELD process can be used to fabricate large-scale parts
Director of Technology
MELD Manufacturing Corporation
Thursday, May 23, 2019
10:30 AM – 10:55 AM
The Relevance of X-ray CT Scanning Technologies in the Evolution of the 3D Printing (Expert)
One of the challenges to the assessment of additive manufactured parts is that many will have internal features, these are generally inaccessible from the outside to vision and contact-based inspection techniques for quality control. While destructive methods can be used to extract measurements, dimensional information from the disassembled state of a product may differ from the actual geometrical dimensions in the original assembled state. This paper describes some of the main issues associated with the measurement of additive manufactured parts and some future trends for the development of alternative techniques for measuring complex shaped additive manufactured parts. Along with a brief discussion of limitations of traditional inspection technologies, such as coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) and optical-based systems, the case of X-ray computed tomography as a technology to support additive manufactured inspection and development is discussed. The benefits of X-ray computed tomography for the assessment of the structural integrity of additive manufactured parts and deviations typically encountered in additive manufactured dimensional geometry when compared to reference/nominal geometry will be considered.
- Understand benefits of X-ray computed tomography for the assessment of the structural integrity of additive manufactured parts
- Understand benefits of X-ray computed tomography for studying deviations typically encountered in additive manufacturing dimensional geometry when compared to reference/nominal geometry
- Understand some of the main challenges of the assessment of additive manufactured parts
X-ray CT Metrology Specialist
Nikon Metrology Inc.
11:00 AM – 11:25 AM
Technical Challenges in Scaling Binder Jet 3D Printing (Novice)
Though binder jet 3D printing has been used to produce metal parts for over 20 years, it only recently gained significant traction as a production technology. In addition to established companies like Digital Metal and ExOne, Hewlett-Packard, Desktop Metal and General Electric have all announced their intention to build a binder jet 3D printer. The new excitement in binder jetting is in part being driven by the similarities with a proven manufacturing technology called metal injection molding (MIM). ExOne utilizes powders and furnaces that are traditionally used in the MIM industry. By using MIM powders, binder jetting can leverage the supply chain and sintering knowledge of a more established industry. This has allowed parts to be produced that exceed MPIF Standard 35 properties with surface finishes as fine as 3µm Ra in materials such as 316L and 17-4PH.
Despite the success in producing parts on small printers, there is a need to scale the technology to be able to print larger parts for molding applications and large quantities of smaller parts. While the MIM and powder metallurgy industries can assist in the sintering of these parts, the printers themselves need to be optimized to print repeatable and consistent parts. This presentation will highlight some of these challenges including a discussion on optimizing spread speed vs green density, uniformity vs green density, experimental spreading and compaction techniques and novel jetting approaches.
- Define the current capabilities of binder jet 3D printing
- Understand the challenges associated with scaling the binder jet process
- Describe ways in which the printing process can be optimized
Director of R&D
11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Photopolymer Material Development & Sustainable Post-Processing Technology (Intermediate)
Light curable silicone liquid materials, which are capable of cross-linking when subjected to ultraviolet (“UV“) or visible (“VIS“) light, is the next generation of elastomeric toughened materials for three-dimensional printing by Stereolithography (SLA) or Direct Light Processing (DLP) printing techniques. These photo reactive silicone liquid adhesives resolve the current material limitations with 3D printing in order to move from prototyping to actual production of a complete three dimensional designed and printed object. A unique light cure silicone technology allows for the combination of high strength and toughened elastomeric material properties in a low viscosity resin in order to be printable by these additive manufacturing processes that utilize light curable “layer to layer“ printing techniques.
High performance and sustainable post-processing technologies are clustered in seven segments: bonding, coating, cleaning, infiltration, impregnation, surface treatment, and equipment. The usage of non-flammable, non-hazardous cleaners, and equipment solutions enable cleaning SLA & DLP parts in a sustainable manner; including surface coatings and surface smoothening with surface protection and impregnation of metal printed parts for porosity sealing. In this talk, you will learn how Henkel’s additive manufacturing product line, LOCTITE®, provides customers with an innovative portfolio of photopolymer materials for true functional parts and sustainable post-processing solutions.
- There is a limited number of choices in 3D printing today with toughened silicon material for vat photopolymerization process (SLA/DLP/CDLP, etc.)
- What are some of the applications that can be addressed if such material existed? What are some of the applications that provide the most value?
- Best practice techniques for printing and handling silicone elastomer objects together with post-processing cleaning solutions for SLA/DLP and metal printed parts
Director Global New Business
Director Global Post Processing
12:00 PM – 12:25 PM
Technical Analysis of Additive Manufacturing Execution Systems (Intermediate)
Many industries, including Aerospace & Defense, Automotive and Industrial are utilizing additive manufacturing for distributed manufacturing. A digital strategy to centralize ordering, ensuring a single source of truth across all machines, materials and post-processing parameters is important for production. Link3D will dive into how OEMs and/or Tier 1 Service Bureaus are designing their supply chains to support spare-parts management, data analytics, reporting of KPIs traceability, yield management across vendors, proof of concept, building, scaling, to achieve repeatability.
The majority of these large industries using additive manufacturing include C-Level executives, Directors/Managers and Technicians/Procurement/Application engineers to streamline their daily activities. Link3D can deliver a talk that describes the OKRs, KPIs and metrics involved in an OEMs day-to-day operations for making better decisions to drive economics considerations to optimize the bottom line. Link3D will share the types of reporting requirements a C-Level, Mid-Level and individual contributing employee must observe to help them make better decisions to drive business and operational decisions for connecting the Digital Thread and maintaining the integrity of the Digital Twin.
Link3D will focus on software solution that enables manufacturers to connect the Digital Thread and maintain the integrity of the Digital Twin and achieve distributed manufacturing.
- Understand metrics that drive operational efficiencies.
- Understand the importance of a centralized additive manufacturing workflow solution and how OEMs adopt 3D printing to optimize production.
- Identify key industries and how each one utilizes / can utilize additive manufacturing processes.
Co-Founder & CEO