Industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing: From Concept to End Product - 07/06/2016

On Tuesday 7th June 2016, Andrew Patterson, Engineering Capability Lead for Concept Design at the NCC, attended the Industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing event at CFMS.

This event brought together materials and equipment suppliers, along with end users and software developers to discuss the use of additive manufacturing in industry. Delegates were provided with a tour of HiETA's facilties and recieved presentations from the following companies: 

  • Past, present, future in additive manufacturing: a commercial view from an early adopter - G. McFarland, Group Engineering Director – Renishaw
  • Maximising the Potential of Additive Manufacturing  - R. Jones - President, Altair
  • Turning the Optimum for Additive Manufacturing - M. Adams - CEO, HiETA
  • Mega Trends in Simulation: Multiscale Materials Modelling - D. Standingford - Lead Technologist, CFMS
  • Industry Case Study 1 - R. Sharman - Global Head of Additive Manufacturing, GKN
  • AM in the Aerospace Industry – B. Peterson, Bristol Aero
  • Simulation Driven Design and AM Freedom in the production of a Military Aircraft Camera Bracket  - S. Barnes - BAE Systems
  • The Latest Research into Additive Manufacturing  - R. Hague - Professor of Innovative Manufacturing - Director, EPSRC Centre for Additive Manufacturing - Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham
  • Addressing the Challenge of Test and Certification – Airbus
  • From Concept to Reality - CFMS, Altair and HiETA
  • How you can Leverage Additive Manufacturing - CFMS, Altair & HiETA

Through the presentations and individual discussions, a background of the development and future direction of additive manufacturing was presented by Renishaw. Altair’s optimisation tools were demonstrated to show how additive manufacturing can create organic and efficient structures. Materials technology was discussed by GKN and  University of Nottingham and simulation throughout the design and verification process was highlighted as an area of further research and development by HiETA, CFMS, BAE Systems and Airbus. An interesting case study discussed at the event was the Robot Bike Company, who used additive manufacturing, carbon tubes and optimisation algorithmsto create bespoke mountain bike frames. This technology should be considered for composite joints in conceptual design, but design and simulation tools need further development.

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