The Enlighten Conference, to be held in Coventry, UK, October 11-12, 2017, will for the first time feature a programme dedicated to metal Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing), the organisers have announced. The yearly event comprises a series of one and two-day conferences, one-day meeting programmes, training/educational seminars and tutorials on technology and application advances, innovations and emerging technologies.
Taking place on October 11, the one-day programme, ‘Metal Powder-based Additive Manufacturing’, aims to provide a forum for the technical discussion of areas related to metal powder based AM and to encourage better communication and co-operation between leading and upcoming academics and industrialists in the field.
The programme is arranged by Professor Ian Ashcroft, University of Nottingham, UK, and Professor Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, RWTH Aachen University. It is supported by EPIC and AILU. It will be open to all metal powder based AM processes, including selective laser melting, electron beam melting and direct energy deposition.
Leading groups and scientists will speak as part of the programme, including Dr Son Pham, Imperial College London, UK, Dr Alessandro Fortunato, Università di Bologna, Italy, Dr Ahmed Hussein, HiETA Technologies, UK, Dr Ir. Wessel Wits, University of Twente, Netherlands and Professor Maurizio Vedani, Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy.
Laser stability and control are central to recent advances in metal AM machine speed and the quality of resulting parts; taking advantage of a number of co-located laser-based events at the conference, an added aim of this programme is to encourage greater interaction between those involved in laser systems, optics and laser powder interactions and those applying such laser systems in AM processes.
To enable more individuals to become directly involved in the discussion, a poster session will be held during the event. Posters can be submitted via the event website.