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Tue Sep 13
  • Conference

Conference: Additive Manufacturing Conference at IMTS 2016

  • Conference

UL - Booth 16

The focus of the Additive Manufacturing Conference is on industrial applications of additive technologies for making functional components and end-use production parts. It will cover the processes, applications and materials to give you practical knowledge on how to implement AM in your facility.

In 2016 the AMC will be co-located with the International Manufacturing and Technology Show in Chicago, IL, at McCormick Place. IMTS is North America's largest gathering of the people, processes and technologies that are moving manufacturing forward.  Your AMC registration will include full access to the more than 2,000 exhibitors that will be on display.


AM Training: Beyond the Machine

Tuesday September 13, 3 - 3:30 pm

Speakers: Paul Bates UL

Significance: As the additive manufacturing industry grows rapidly, the demand to develop a knowledgeable and effective workforce increases at an equally fast pace. Not only is it a question of how manufacturers are going to educate their workforce, but what exactly do they need to know to safely maximize AM within their operation. Description: You’re responsible for bringing additive manufacturing (AM) into your organization. Along with the numerous considerations to be successful, what type of training will you need? Certainly, training specific to the selected machine technology is a must, but what else? Paul Bates, General Manager of the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center, will discuss the training your organization needs to optimize its investment in AM. Spanning facility set-up and safety, material selection and handling, to design strategies, post processing, and part quality and safety considerations, the breadth and depth of training required for an effective AM workforce is slowly being recognized.

Benefits / Takeaways:
An educated workforce that is knowledgeable about the holistic AM operational environment adds more value, mitigates risk and is more capable of advancing innovation within an organization. With many manufacturers new to AM, required operational knowledge extends beyond a specific machine type. Facility set-up and safety, material selection and handling, and all facets of the AM process, including part quality and safety must be considered. Experienced AM manufacturers can compare their operational competency against the advancements in industry education and identify improvement opportunities.
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