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Additive Manufacturing Applications: Innovations for Growth

October 19, 2016
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

461 Burroughs St.
Detroit, MI 48202

Secured parking is available off Burroughs St. (between 2nd Ave and Cass). Parking Fee of $7.50. Click here for directions.

Opportunities and challenges abound in moving additive manufacturing technology to full part production. Hear how companies like Lockheed Martin, SLM Solutions, and more are leveraging additive manufacturing into their production strategy. Materials, processes, quality, and future technologies will all be discussed with opportunities for engaging Q&A sessions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view product demos throughout the day.

Why Attend?

  • Get direct access to AM/3DP technology and expert advice
  • Hear first-hand what works – and what doesn’t – when it comes to transitioning AM/3DP from prototype to production
  • Make new connections and build relationships with partners and peers

Who Should Attend?

Individuals interested in transitioning the use of additive manufacturing from prototypes to full production volumes.

Event Agenda

Check-In & Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM
Opening Remarks/Session Chair

Carl Dekker
Carl K. Dekker
Met-L-Flo, Inc.
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The 5 P’s of Additive Manufacturing at Lockheed Martin

Robert Ghobrial
Robert Ghobrial
TLS Advanced Manufacturing Technology Lead
Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Training
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Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. As a global security, innovation, and aerospace company, the majority of Lockheed Martin's business is with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Federal Government agencies. Lockheed Martin is organized into several business areas Aeronautics, Missiles and Fire Control, Rotary and missions systems, and Space Systems with operations in 590+ facilities and 125,000 employees. This talk will provide an overview of how Lockheed Martin is leveraging Additive Manufacturing in the context of a typical DoD program lifecycle and will provide some examples across the various business areas.

Design for Additive Manufacturing Applications


Value in additive manufacturing is driven by design optimization.

3D Systems will lead a technical, in-depth discussion on how designers and engineers can reconfigure their approach to problem solving through the physical expression of complex geometry. 3D Systems will provide industrial examples of how parts can be optimized and applied to real world applications.

Looking to the future, this presentation will focus on the emergent automation of this process through high frequency recursive simulation, yielding parts that allow for step changes in performance for a wide range of applications, including structural, thermal and signal amplification and absorption.

The Five Keys to Additive Manufacturing (AM) Success

Bob Henderson
Bob Henderson
Additive Manufacturing Director
Linear AMS
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Linear AMS

With over a decade of experience in metal additive manufacturing (metal AM), Linear AMS proposes to present on “Metals: Not Just for Prototypes – Real Parts for Real Applications.” We will share our experience with working with companies interested in metal parts and material development including the control of multiple variables like parameter sets, material characteristics, testing/quality control procedures, powder storage & maintenance, different equipment, et al issues designed to enhance their products in prototyping and/or production. Specific examples will be shared from in-house trials and outside customer and university material development in metals, which is now backed by the strength of multi-billion-dollar engineering leader Moog, Inc., all aimed at making metal AM reliable, repeatable and verifiable throughout the production process for the benefit of Linear AMS’ customers.

Metal 3D Printing in Production – Opportunities and Challenges

Richard Grylls
Richard Grylls, Ph.D
Technical Director – North America
SLM Solutions
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Selective laser melting of engineering metals is currently being evaluated as a manufacturing process by many leading engineering organizations, and is moving into production applications at an increasing pace. When used for prototyping, the quality of the metal parts produced is of lesser importance, and material defects or inconsistencies can be largely tolerated or ignored. When used for manufacturing end-use metal components, the consistency, repeatability, reproducibility and reliability of the components produced by SLM are of significant importance. This presentation will highlight some of the challenges overcome by OEMs and suppliers across many industries as they successfully work to qualify and certify the SLM process to manufacture critical end-use parts.

From Yoda Heads to Functional Parts: AM Blazing a Trail for Tooling

Michael Cao
Michael Cao
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Prototype Tooling and low volume replacement parts are often a distraction for a busy fab shop. It takes time and resources to craft one off parts and tools. AM is getting faster, larger, cheaper and more viable as a path to rapid tooling. Learn how IC3D is pushing the boundaries and exploring the limitations of AM for tooling.

3D Printing of Multi-Functional Structures

Eric MacDonald
Eric MacDonald, Ph.D.
Youngstown State University
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In the last decade, research has focused on 3D printing for not only creating conceptual models but functional end-use products as well. As patents for 3D printing expire, new low cost desktop systems are being adopted more widely. This trend is leading to products being fabricated locally and improving supply chain logistics. However, currently low cost 3D printing is limited in the number of materials used simultaneously in fabrication and consequently is confined to fabricating enclosures and conceptual models. For additively manufactured end-use products to be economically meaningful, additional functionalities will need to be incorporated in terms of electronic, electromechanical, electromagnetic, thermodynamic, and optical content. Research has recently focused on embedding electronic components and electrical interconnect into 3D printed structures either by interrupting the process or by inserting the additional content after the structure has been built. However, only until recently and with an investment from the presidential initiative on Additive Manufacturing – America Makes – has there been a concentrated research focus on developing technology that provides multi-functionality. This presentation will review work in multi-process 3D printing for creating structures with electromechanical actuation and electro-propulsion.

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)
Seminar $595 $695 $505.75/$590.75 $297.50/$347.50

*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.

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