The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will hold its Leadership Forum, ‘Preparing for the Additive Disruption’, during LiveWorx18 at Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. The half-day event is set for June 19, 2018, and aims to help technologists and business executives understand how to prepare for the potential influence of Additive Manufacturing on the US economy.
“Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, has grown faster, better, and cheaper,” states the ASME. “For multinational companies— and even small and mid-size organizations— the technology is reshaping business models and forcing change.”
The Leadership Forum will be moderated by Terry Wohlers, of Wohlers Associates, Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado, USA, publisher of the annual Wohler’s Report, a leading global report on the state of the Additive Manufacturing industry, and will feature speakers from organisations including Boeing, GE, Stryker, UPS, the U.S. Marine Corps and Stratasys.
Discussions during the event will cover:
- Supply chain consolidation: How Additive Manufacturing enables companies like GE to consolidate more than 800 parts into just 12 and reduce cost and weight— while eliminating 10-15 suppliers
- Rethinking maintenance: How UPS is preparing for a future in which warehouses will stock fewer materials and companies fabricate repair parts on demand
- Decommoditisation: Using Additive Manufacturing to redesign old products for niche markets that were otherwise uneconomical to enter
- Unexpected competitors: How AM users’ simplified production process will enable them to compete with established companies in businesses ranging from printed circuit boards to tools and dies