Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017 preview

Tarsus Group is gearing up to host Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017, its latest event dedicated to 3D printing and additive manufacturing (AM), taking place at the Pasadena Convention Center in California, USA, on December 6-8, 2017. The event has been developed to support the business opportunities that continue to emerge around AM and as such focuses in on three key vertical sectors, specifically aerospace, automotive and medical/healthcare.

Additive Manufacturing Americas will follow a tried and tested format with an exhibition running alongside a specially curated conference over three days. At the exhibition, visitors will be able to view a range of additive manufacturing hardware and materials from a broad range of exhibitors, which include, notably GKN Powder Metallurgy, LPW Technology, Matsuura and Stratasys, among many others.

Indeed, a particular highlight will be the introduction of the Matsuura LUMEX 3D Printer Hybrid Series of AM machines to the North American market by Matsuura Machinery USA. The Matsuura LUMEX Advance Series, comprising the Matsuura LUMEX Avance-25 and Matsuura LUMEX Avance-60 machines, combines selective laser sintering (SLS) and high-speed milling (HSM) and is intended for the manufacture of highly complex, integrated dies, molds and parts in shapes and configurations previously not attainable using traditional milling methods.

The range of products and services on show covers the broad spectrum of AM processes for plastic and metal materials that enable industrial applications of AM and 3D printing for prototyping, tooling and production across the different vertical sectors. In addition, visitors will also be able to explore some of the ancillary equipment required to implement AM in a real production environment, a subject often overlooked in the excitement around AM.

The conference will be fully dedicated to one vertical sector on each of the three days, namely healthcare on day one, aerospace on day two and automotive on day three. The organizers have lined up some intriguing keynote presentations on each day.

Dr. Samir Mardini, M.D., surgical director at the Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery of the Mayo Clinic, is providing the first of the keynote addresses. Dr. Mardini recently led a team of nine specialists to complete a rare face transplant with the aid of 3D printing. The presentation, titled ‘Personal Approaches to Additive Manufacturing through Your Consultant’, will give visitors a unique perspective of the complexities of custom-made 3D printing for surgical procedures and the technology’s ability to help change a patient’s outcome. Dr. Mardini will also present face and hand transplant case studies.

The keynote speaker on day two is Dr. Raymond ‘Corky’ Clinton, associate director in the Technical Science and Technology Office at NASA. Dr. Clinton will discuss the use of AM in NASA’s manufacturing initiatives and how it can help optimize in-space manufacturing (ISM) as well as its use in the manufacturing of liquid rocket engine components and impact on quality standards for spaceflight hardware. In addition, Mark Kasprzak, chief industrial engineer at Boeing, is presenting the role of AM as a driver of innovation, agility and efficient business models.

Natalie Tamiollo, conference manager at Additive Manufacturing Americas, commented: ‘All presentations will discuss the ways in which AM can help optimize the design to manufacturing process and, through the use of case studies, will provide information on practical use to attendees. The conference focuses on insight from manufacturers that use the technologies for specific business outcomes.’

While Lisa Milburn, managing director, further added: ‘Additive manufacturing is an exciting growth area and recent developments in equipment and software are providing plenty of opportunities for real world applications. With Tarsus’s experience of running large, industrial shows around the world, we look forward to working with our partners to deliver events for this sector.’

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