April 19, 2017
RAPID 2017 is here! As you’re putting the final touches on your schedule, be sure to visit with the UL AM team to learn what’s new from the recognized leader in safety science. There are multiple ways to meet the UL AM team at the show.
1. VISIT THE UL AM TEAM BOOTH ON THE EXHIBIT FLOOR
The UL AM team will be available during exhibition hours at Booth 940 as well as throughout the conference, but now you can schedule an appointment that fits your itinerary. Timely topics include:
- The new UL “Blue Card” Program for 3D printing materials
- Developing and/or optimizing your AM workforce
- AM facility safety
- Equipment compliance
- And more!
2. ADD UL PRESENTATIONS TO YOUR RAPID SHOW ITINERARY
The Impact of 3D Printing on Part Performance
Tuesday, 5/9, 11:45am – 12:45pm
Speaker: Tom Fabian, PhD
Existing standards are sufficient for traditional manufacturing materials and techniques, however, they do not address the risk variables that are introduced with advanced technologies. Additive Manufacturing (AM) industry leaders have recognized the inherent variability within the technology’s processes and materials. This variability produces uncertainty in part quality which, in turn, creates an increased need for process control and reliability.
During the past two years, UL has studied the challenges in AM and identified key gaps in material and process characterization. Based on internal research specific to polymers (both consumer and industrial), This presentation will provide insights on the effects of 3D printing on the flammability, ignition, electrical and thermal distortion material properties critical to product design and highlight an approach to address the gap in performance between 3D printed parts and conventionally manufactured parts.
Metal AM Processes & Facility Safety: Are you prepared?
Wednesday, 5/10, 11:45am – 12:10pm
Speakers: Paul Bates & Norm Lowe
The introduction of metal Additive Manufacturing technologies has the potential to transform modern industrial production, but it also brings new considerations for manufacturers and their employees. These considerations include potential safety risks associated with metal AM production processes, facilities, equipment and materials. The introduction of metal AM capabilities can be particularly complex in existing production facilities with established safety management practices. This presentation will discuss the principle sources of risk associated within a metal AM ecosystem and then share an approach for mitigating specific risks as well as the establishment of a safety management system or modification of an existing system. Recommendations on the development of safety assessments for metal AM operations will also be discussed.