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Smart Mfg Seminar Series

Additive Manufacturing - June

Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing: Transition to Production

June 1:   June 2:  


461 Burroughs St.
Detroit, MI 48202

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Opportunities and challenges abound in moving additive manufacturing technology to full part production. Hear how experts in additive manufacturing facilitated their transition from prototype to full production volumes. Materials, processes and quality will all be discussed. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view product demos throughout the day.

Additive Manufacturing - June 2 Seminar

Why Attend?

  • Get direct access to AM/3DP technology and expert advice
  • Hear first-hand what works and what doesn’t
  • Make new connections and build relationships with partners and peers
  • Experience a dynamic mix of learning and hands-on demonstrations

Who Should Attend?

Individuals interested in learning more about the opportunities additive manufacturing provides.

Cost to Attend

Pricing Information SME Members Non-Members Academia Government/Military*
(15% discount as shown below)
Full-Time Students**
(50% discount as shown below)
Tutorial $200 $250 $170/$212.50 $100/$125
Seminar $595 $695 $505.75/$590.75 $297.50/$347.50
Seminar/Tutorial Package $695 $820 $590.74/$697 $347.50/$410

*Academic, Military & Government Pricing: To qualify for the reduced rate you must submit a letter on appropriate military/government letterhead signed by your Commanding Officer or supervisor to the SME Registrar. Educators may submit either a letter on university letterhead signed by the dean or registrar confirming status or a class schedule inclusive of the institution/year/instructor.

**Full-Time Students: To qualify for student rates, submit a letter on university letterhead signed by the dean or registrar confirming full-time student status or provide a copy of your student I.D. to the SME Registrar.

Event Agenda

Tutorial: Making the Business Case for Additive Manufacturing

Wednesday, June 1

1:00PM – 4:00PM

Jim Joyce Jim Joyce
Deloitte Services, LP

  Mark Vitale Mark Vitale
Deloitte Services, LP

Applications of additive manufacturing (AM) continue to expand into diverse industries – far beyond the technology’s rapid prototyping roots. Company leaders are rightfully concerned with making the correct choices about when and how to invest in AM capabilities. This workshop will offer an overview of how to think about the comprehensive business case for AM. Beyond simply evaluating a financial model for “a machine,” we will look at the diversity of AM technologies available, along with frameworks for understanding the business impact that AM can have, and the broad considerations managers must keep in mind for building AM capabilities and integrating into their overall “digital thread.”


Learning objectives:  

  • What is AM? Developing a high-level understanding of the diversity of AM technologies
  • How does it apply to my business? Understanding and applying a strategic framework to determine AM impact on the business
  • Tracing the Digital Thread. Identifying where AM fits into the “digital thread” of the company, including aspects of design systems, simulation, production, quality, and field use
  • What is AM worth to me? Gaining insight into the financial drivers of AM cost justification including traditional Return on Investment (ROI) and Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) perspectives
  • Considerations for implementing AM: Intellectual Property (IP), Quality Assurance (QA), supply chain, workforce development, cybersecurity, governance and performance management


Seminar: Additive Manufacturing & 3D Printing: Transition to Production

Thursday, June 2

7:15am - 8:15am
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

8:15am - 8:45am
Keynote Presentation: The Impact of Additive Manufacturing on Traditional Manufacturing

Rich Lonardo Rich Lonardo
Youngstown Business Incubator
 Youngstown Business Incubator

Advancing the adoption of technology innovation in Additive Manufacturing (AM) is a key part of the overall mission of America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. America Makes’ approach in answering this charge is by collaborating with nationally recognized leaders. One such leader, the Youngstown Business Incubator, has recently finished a collaboration project titled, “Accelerated Adoption of Additive Manufacturing Technology in the American Foundry Industry.” The goals, objectives, and results will be discussed as a real-world use case and in context of the America Makes mission.

9:05am - 9:30am
Additive Manufacturing at Ford Motor Company: Past, present, and future

Joy Forsmark
Joy Forsmark
Ford Motor Company Research and Advanced Engineering
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Ford Motor Company has been using additive manufacturing technologies to support product development, prototyping and manufacturing operations at locations around the world for almost three decades. Many of the recent innovations in AM materials and processing equipment offer even more opportunities for expanded use of these technologies. This talk will discuss the history of AM at Ford and explore the future opportunities and challenges for 3D printing for the automotive industry overall.

9:35am - 10:00am
Current Landscape and Future Challenges of 3D Printing IP in the Automotive Industry

Mark Harper
Mark A. Harper, PhD
Dinsmore & Shohl

Dinsmore & Shohl

From raw materials to show room floor, the automobile is one of the most complex and yet cost sensitive manufactured machines produced today. Tenths’ of cent can determine whether or not a new component design and/or material make into next year’s model. Accordingly, the automotive market could be the grand test for 3D printing. With this viewpoint, the current IP landscape and future challenges (aka “opportunities”) with respect to 3D printing IP will be discussed.

10:15am - 10:40am
3D Printing: A Game Changer for Manufacturing

Steve Griffiths
Steve Griffiths
Materialise USA


3D Printing is not only changing the way parts are manufactured, but also changing the manufacturing processes used to produce them. Hear how 3D printing and 3D printed fixtures are helping manufacturing companies reduce lead times and tooling costs, and helping to improve quality.

10:45am - 11:10am
Bridging the Knowledge Gap between Additive and Mainstream

John Oney
John Oney

The focus of this presentation will be on bridging the gap between additive and mainstream manufacturing. You will learn how conventional post-process system will be as affective for additive as they have been for mainstream manufacturing. The presentation will cover part quality needs for end-use components, cleaning, finishing, eliminating post-process bottlenecks that will be hands-free or completely automated, and allow entry into mainstream for production DDM end-use components. Mechanical treatment used on mainstream parts that will be effective on additive, including smoothing, deformation, removing the natural porosity of additive components, for application needs or requirements will be discussed.

11:30am - 11:55am
Scanning for AM: Making the Physical Reality Digital

Michael Raphael
Michael Raphael
Direct Dimensions Inc.

Direct Dimensions

The technology for 3D scanning has evolved dramatically over the past 20 years. Today there are dozens of different scanning technologies, scores of different scanning systems, and hundreds of amazing scanning applications. Scanning has become critical in the fields of aerospace, automotive, architecture, art, medicine, as well as many other industries. As the manufacturing world continues to drive demand for 3D content to leverage additive manufacturing, 3D scanning will play an increasingly important role in the digitization of legacy parts, assemblies, tooling, and other things in our physical world. Using a series of compelling case studies, this presentation will highlight the evolution, current capabilities, and future possibilities for realizing the potential of 3D scanning for additive manufacturing. Discussion will also include background and observations on the business of 3D scanning and clues to leveraging the explosion in the industry as well as other downstream design, analysis, and 3D visualization demands.

11:55am - 1:15pm
Lunch and Exhibits

1:15pm - 1:40pm
Additive Manufacturing to Produce Near Net Shape Metal Parts (Castings)

Steve Murray
Steve Murray
Hoosier Pattern Inc.

Hoosier Pattern Inc

Which of the seven Additive Manufacturing (AM) processed are available to be used to make castings? What cast metal alloys can be produced using AM? Learn what you need to get started, how to work with a service provider, and how AM equates to new product design possibilities.

2:00pm - 2:25pm
Leveraging Additive Manufacturing for Low Volume Prototype Tooling

Carl Dekker
Carl Dekker
Met-L-Flo, Inc.

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Prototype tools direct from the machine or silicone molds produce castings from various materials. These are excellent for producing product for testing and pre-production applications. See how these technologies have been applied to various applications for solid and hollow parts with clarity, durability, and high temperature.

2:40pm - 3:05pm
Additive Manufacturing Repair within the ARMY

Mike Nikodinovski
Mike Nikodinovski

U.S. Army

The use of AM as a repair process has been around in the DOD for at least 20 years. Early applications at the Army's Anniston Army Depot showed great potential, but the technology ran into obstructions that halted its implementation. One reasons include the lack of a submission‐evaluation-implementation process within the program management offices that were responsible for each vehicle platform. At this moment, there is no authority process to allow AM repair parts to be used within the ground system community. An effort is being led by the Army's RDECOM community to develop this process, where the correct procedural steps, approval authorities, documentation and technical data requirements will be identified to allow AM repair. A sample part from the M1 Abrams AGT1500 engine and suspension arms will be the first to undergo the new process.

In between presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the latest products available. Time for hands-on demos will also be provided.

3:25pm – 3:35pm
Closing Remarks
Rich Lonardo

3:35pm – 4:00pm
Exhibitor Open House & Networking Opportunities

Interested in sponsoring or speaking at the event? Contact Carl Mitroff, Event Development Leader, at 800.733.3976 ext. 3157 or

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