AM Conference: Replicate, Adapt and Optimize for Additive Manufacturing

Dr. Timothy Simpson discusses how manufacturers can take a crawl-walk-run approach to design for AM at the 2018 Additive Manufacturing Conference. 


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Companies that adopt metal-based additive manufacturing tend to start by replicating an existing part, as a way of understanding the technology’s costs and capabilities. Then, they begin to adapt their designs for AM and to reap more of its benefits. Finally, after developing confidence in the process, these companies transition into optimizing for additive manufacturing. Provided that expectations are managed at each stage, this crawl-walk-run approach is an effective way to integrate AM into an existing business. 

Dr. Timothy Simpson, Paul Morrow Professor of Engineering Design & Manufacturing at Penn State University and co-director of its Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D), will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of each stage in a presentation at the 2018 Additive Manufacturing Conference. (Dr. Simpson is a regular contributor to this website, and you can find his work here.) Learn more Wednesday, September 12, at 9:30 a.m. 

Register for the Additive Manufacturing Conference here and use code AM20 for a discounted rate. Already registered? Follow @LearnAdditive on Twitter for the latest updates, and use #AMCIMTS to join the conversation.