Conference Sessions

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Material Development

Raw materials selection in both conventional manufacturing and AM is not trivial and it involves consideration of numerous variables. The complexity of the process is compounded in AM, as it introduces other concerns including reactions that occur far from equilibrium, highly transient heat fluxes, rapid solidification, and numerous factors that stem from the quality of metal powder feedstock. This session focuses on reducing metal powder cost for AM, development of novel alloys for LPBF, LBF and binder jet systems, metal powder recycling and life cycle assessment etc.

Advanced Process Modeling

The sheer number of interdependent process parameters in AM significantly limits the efficacy of a conventional trial-and-error approach to process optimization and design. Recently, advanced multi-physics numerical models of various AM technologies have started to appear to optimize AM processes. This session focuses on the challenges of process optimization through micro/meso/macro-scale modeling of metal AM processes, accelerated real-time simulation algorithms, pre-processing for optimization of AM, design for AM etc.

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Process Monitoring and Control

The finished part quality roadblock, low process repeatability/reliability, high cost, and low productivity due to random and environmental disturbances are some of the challenges that inhibit industry use of AM in part manufacturing. Disturbances are mainly associated with the laser beam quality, powder characteristics, energy distribution, non-linear thermodynamic properties of material, motion systems, and plasma formation. This session focuses on solutions, protocols and quantifiers to aid in the creation of a “Certify-as-you-build” AM-platform.

Innovative AM Processes and Products

Current metal AM processes suffer from low speed, high cost and reliability issues. Innovative AM processes/systems capable of addressing these limitations will effectively facilitate the industry adoption of AM. This session focuses on novel AM systems with improved performance, hybrid AM systems, innovative functionally-graded structures, digital manufacturing, innovative architectural/cellular/lightweight/smart products etc.

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