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NAMRC Research Event Upcoming June 8-12


By Ellen Kehoe
Senior Editor

Session schedules and activity details are taking final form for the North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), the flagship annual event of SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institution (NAMRI/SME). NAMRC and the Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC) of ASME’s Manufacturing Engineering Div. are hosted together June 8-12, 2015, at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Check back at for registration details and the complete conference lineup.

Keynotes and several hundred papers across the scope of manufacturing are slated for presentation and discussion. The 2015 program also includes expert panels, student poster presentations, an exhibition of industry partners and an early career forum. A hallmark of NAMRC since its inception in 1973 is the interaction and networking of global academic and corporate leaders to advance research and industrial applications.


Best Papers

At each annual conference, outstanding papers are recognized. The 2014 best papers, all of which are in press for SME’s peer-reviewed journals, explore the effects of fiber orientation angle on machining of unidirectional CFRP laminated composites, drop-on-demand e-jet printing and multiphysics modeling for laser microtransfer printing.

S.M. Wu Research Award

Research presented at NAMRC is often implemented in industry with significant impact. Concepts such as geometric dimensioning and tolerancing, finite element modeling of sheet metalforming and open-architecture control were first presented at NAMRC. The NAMRI/SME S.M. Wu Research Implementation Award has honored the originators of several of these innovations.

The 2015 Wu Award will recognize Dr. John S. Agapiou of General Motors R&D (Warren, MI) for patented and commercialized innovative holemaking tools to reduce the number of passes required to drill and finish complex bores in powertrain components. The four-flute and modified three-flute solid carbide drills were developed with the sole purpose to produce top-quality bores in one or two passes as opposed to the traditional three to six passes.

Agapiou’s paper, “An Evaluation of Advanced Drill Body and Point Geometries in Drilling Cast Iron,” presented at NAMRC in 1991, describes the design of these two drills and discusses the major technical challenges in complex part configurations. The technology has been disseminated throughout the holemaking processes in powertrain components. Thousands such tools have been used in production for two decades, with sizable savings in cycle time, investment cost, tooling and maintenance.

For a copy of the three best papers from the 2014 NAMRC or Dr. Agapiou’s 1991 NAMRC paper, contact Senior Editor Ellen Kehoe at

Published Date : 2/26/2015

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