The keynote speakers and conference topics have been announced for the Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017 event being held at the Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, California, USA, December 6-8, 2017. Among the programme’s highlights will be presentations from the from the Mayo Clinic, NASA and Boeing, states Tarsus Group, the event’s organiser.
Dr Samir Mardini, M.D, Surgical Director at the Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery of the Mayo Clinic, will open the conference with his presentation titled ‘Personal Approaches to Additive Manufacturing through Your Consultant’, which Tarsus says will give visitors a unique perspective on the complexities of custom made additively manufactured implants, and the potential of AM to change patient outcomes. Dr Mardini recently led a team of nine specialists to complete a rare face transplant with the aid of Additive Manufacturing, and will present case studies of hand and face transplantation during the keynote.
A further keynote address will be given by Dr Raymond Clinton, Associate Director in the Technical Science and Technology Office at NASA. Dr Clinton will discuss the use of AM in NASA’s manufacturing initiatives and how it can help optimise In Space Manufacturing (ISM), as well as its use in the manufacturing of liquid rocket engine components and quality standards for spaceflight hardware.
Mark Kasprzak, Chief Industrial Engineer at Boeing, will also give a presentation on the role of Additive Manufacturing as a driver of innovation, agility and efficient business models.
Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017 will be dedicated to the use of AM in three key sectors — healthcare, aerospace and automotive — and will feature a series of seminars and discussions on the show floor, focused on AM uses and the allied ecosystem of advanced design and manufacturing technologies. Presentations will be given by industry experts and users of the technologies who will provide practical and beneficial information.
Natalie Tamiollo, Conference Manager at AM Americas, explains the focus of the conference: “Each day of the three-day conference at AM Americas will focus on the use of AM in one of the key sectors for AM — day 1: healthcare, day 2: aerospace, and day 3: automotive. All presentations will discuss the ways in which AM can help optimise the design-to-manufacturing process, and through the use of case studies will provide information of practical use to attendees. The conference focuses on insight from manufacturers that use the technologies for specific business outcomes.”
In addition to the conference at Additive Manufacturing Americas, visitors to the show floor will be able to see live demonstrations of the latest machinery. Here, they will also be able to access a free series of seminars and discussions on the use of AM within the context of the allied ecosystem of complementary technologies.
“Many people lose sight of the fact that AM and 3D printing do not exist in isolation,” explains Tamiollo. “There are an array of upstream and downstream software and hardware solutions that along with the use of AM technologies optimise the entire design and manufacturing process. On the show floor, attendees will be able to access hands-on practical information about the use of AM and allied technologies completely free of charge.”
The full conference program will be announced at a later date.