Plenary speakers announced for second Asia-Pacific Additive Manufacturing conference

April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019

The organisers of the 2nd Asia-Pacific International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (APICAM 2019) have announced the six plenary speakers for the event, which will be held at RMIT University in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, June 30–July 3, 2019. APICAM was created with the aim of providing an opportunity for industry professionals to share knowledge and engage in the type of networking that the organisers stated they believe is vital to the furthering of the Additive Manufacturing industry.

Throughout the conference, speakers from the US, Germany, China, Japan, Australia and other countries will give presentations on pressing issues and the ways in which innovations in AM can navigate challenges. Important areas such as Additive Manufacturing in the automotive, biomedical, defence and aerospace industries are expected to be covered by experts from each respective field.

The plenary speakers for APICAM 2019 are as follows:


Professor Tresa Pollock – ‘Structure Evolution Across Build Layers in EB Additive Nickel Alloys’

Dr Pollock is the Alcoa Distinguished Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She graduated with a PhD from MIT in 1989, and was employed at General Electric Aircraft Engines from 1989–1991. Prof Pollock was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2005, is a Fellow of TMS and ASM International, Principal Editor of Metallurgical and Materials Transactions and was the 2005-2006 President of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society.


Yathiraj Kasal – ‘Production level Additive Manufacturing – 5 Tips for Success’

Yathiraj Kasal leads AddWorks team of GE Additive for the Asia-Pacific region. He has more than twenty-one years of industry experience and has led a number of projects for AM parts productionisation, new material development, parameter optimisation, prototyping and tooling. At GE Additive, he is responsible for the acceleration of AM adoption for GE’s customers in the APAC region, which encompasses additive design, materials, industrialisation consulting, low rate production, production qualification, part qualification and prototyping.


Prof Christoph Leyens – ‘Recent Developments in Additive Manufacturing in Europe’

Dr Leyens is a Professor of Materials Science at the Technische Universität, and the Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Materials and Beam Technology, both located in Dresden, Germany. He has covered a wide range of research topics with a focus on high-temperature and lightweight materials, functional materials, surface technology, coatings and Additive Manufacturing. He has published more than two-hundred papers, seven books and holds eleven patents.


Professor Huiping Tang – ‘3D Printed Orthopaedic Implants in China’

Dr Tang is a Professor and Director of the State Key Laboratory of Porous Metal Materials, at the Northwest Institute for Nonferrous Metal Research in Xi’an, China. Her research includes metal Additive Manufacturing Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (EB-PBF), porous metal materials and Powder Metallurgy. Since 2001, she has led a team focused on metal powder production for AM, EB-PBF technologies, and the manufacture of orthopaedic implants.


Professor David L Bourell – ‘Polymers for Powder Bed Fusion’

Dr Bourell is the Temple Foundation Professor of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr Bourell’s areas of research include particulate processing with emphasis on sintering kinetics and densification, and materials issues associated with laser sintering. Dr Bourell has worked in the area of advanced materials for laser sintering since 1988 and was the lead author on the original materials patent for the technology.


Ingomar Kelbassa – ‘I AM SIEMENS – Industrialized Additive Manufacturing by Siemens’

Ingomar Kelbassa has studied mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Germany and has worked in the field of Laser Material Processing at Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT and served as the Chair for Laser Technology LLT, RWTH Aachen University from 2000–2016. From 2006–2016, he was Deputy Director of LLT, RWTH Aachen University and Department Head at Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, Germany. Since February 2016, Ingomar Kelbassa has been working for Siemens AG, Power and Gas Division (PG) as Department Manager Manufacturing Development and Industrialization MDI. In May 2017, he was announced as Head of Siemens AG’s Company Core Technology Additive Manufacturing CCT AM. He is is also Director of Siemens PG’s Enabling Technologies ET.

The main features of the conference will include presentations by experts as well as workshops designed to help attendees improve their skills and gain the knowledge to pass them on to other industry professionals.


Call for papers

Abstract submissions are currently open for APICAM 2019, and will close on the extended deadline of May 1, 2019. Submissions are invited on the topics of:

  • Additive Manufacturing of concretes and ceramics
  • Additive Manufacturing of metals
  • Computational modelling of thermal processes for metallic parts
  • Failure mechanisms and analysis
  • Mechanical properties of additively manufactured materials, process-microstructure-property relationships
  • New frontiers in additive manufacturing
  • Process parameter and defect control, testing and qualification
  • Additive Manufacturing of polymers
  • Advanced characterisation techniques and feedstocks


Further information on abstract guidelines and submissions is available via the conference website.

April 4, 2019

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