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  Fabrication: IMTS
 AM Conference Offerings
The IMTS 2018 Conference pro- grams includes numerous AM- related presentations, including the following:
• The Next Step: Taking 3D
Printing from Prototyping to the
Production Floor. Ramon Pastor, vice
president and general manager of
HP 3D Multi Jet Fusion Business, HP
Inc., and Joe Gemma, president and
chief executive officer of Kuka
Robotics Corp., discuss overcoming
obstacles to AM and supporting the transition from manufacturing prototypes to fin- ished products.
• Maximizing Manufacturing Productivity in the Information Age. Dan Skulan, gener- al manager of the industrial metrology group at Renishaw Inc., describes techniques and tools that increase the productivity of manufacturing operations.
• Redefining the Future of Manufacturing with Metal 3D Printing. Jonah Myerberg, chief technology officer of Desktop Metal, discusses the future of 3D metal printing, and the kind of game-changing advances that will turn manufacturing on its head.
• Process Monitoring and Control in Metal 3D Printing: How to Tame the Tiger. Dr. Richard Grylls, technical director at SLM Solutions N.A., leads a talk on how recent developments in laser-power and metal-pool monitoring can be used to monitor and document production processes for transparency and repeatability.
• Metal Additive Manufacturing Myths: The Truth About Powder Reuse and Its Effect on Mechanical Properties. Andrew Carter, processing and manufacturing engineer at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing, discusses research conducted by Stratasys showing that the reuse of AM powder is a viable and economical option for production.
• AM Is Not Just for Rapid Prototyping Anymore. Dr. Greg Hyatt, senior vice presi- dent and chief technology officer at DMG Mori reviews strategies and specific exam- ples from Virgin Galactic and NASA that show how these AM solutions allow for ideas that previously were impossible to manufacture.
• Selective Laser Sintering (SLS): Additive Manufacturing with Polymers Is Closer Than You Think. Donnie Vanelli, chief operating officer of EOS North America, discusses key factors in new material development, specific advances in hardware and software and resulting examples of cost-per-part achievements in polymer SLS manufacturing.
• Opening Up Design Freedom and Mass Customization Through 3D Printed Lattices. Phil Desimone, vice president of business development at Carbon Inc., describes how printing complex geometric structures can open up design possibilities for AM, such as in the 3D-printed, lattice-structure sole of the Adidas Futurecraft 4D shoe.
 pavilions at the show. The groupings consist of abrasive machining/sawing/ finishing, additive manufacturing (AM), controls and CAD/CAM, EDM, fabri- cating and lasers, gear generation, metal cutting, machine components/ clean- ing/environmental, quality assurance, and tooling and workholding systems.
Robust Conference Offerings
Attendees can register for several conference sessions throughout the show, including the IMTS Conference, which comprises nearly 70 55-min. educational sessions offering tangible insights from experts within the IMTS exhibitor community.
“Contracted exhibitors present on a variety of topics that cover industry needs and breakthroughs,” says Bill Herman, director of international exhi- bitions and sponsorship for AMT. “These aren’t product pitches. Confer- ence sessions are technical deep dives that apply directly to the daily activities of engineers.”
Conference topics include:
• Manufacturing Process Innovations • Alternative/Additive Manufacturing • Plant Operations
• Quality/Inspection/Metrology
• Systems Integration/Industry
A one-day IMTS Conference pass
costs $275, a four-day pass is $475 and conference registration includes exhib- it-hall access for all six days of the show.
AM Showcased
As it reaches the mainstream in manufacturing circles, AM makes a splash at IMTS 2018. The show’s AM Emerging Technology Center will wow and inspire visitors with demonstra- tions and insights into how the field is growing to better serve projects big and small. In 2014, the world’s first AM-produced vehicle was built at IMTS.
“To obtain a true sense of what is possible today and in the future, IMTS 2018 offers an unprecedented concen- tration of AM resources,” says Peter R. Eelman, vice president of exhibitions and business development for AMT.
The IMTS conference schedule includes numerous presentations relat- ed to AM. See the AM Conference Offer- ings sidebar for details on some of these presentations. In addition, the co-located Additive Manufacturing Conference, presented by Gardner Business Media, will be held September 11-12. Dedicated to additive technolo- gies for industrial-part production, this conference covers multi-jet fusion, safety, materials, large-scale 3D print- ing, and the combination of additive and subtractive manufacturing.
While featuring the latest here and now in AM, along with other part-pro- duction technologies, IMTS 2018 also looks to the future via its Student Smart
Summit. The summit will promote the manufacturing industry to prospective students from elementary to post-sec- ondary institutions through hands-on displays, challenges and learning labs. Students can experience interesting aspects of metalworking along with the latest technology in robotics, machining and AM. Among the activities offered to students: the 3D-printed air-rocket challenge, where they can design and print their own model rocket to test in a special flight- test silo.
Learn more about IMTS 2018, including conferences and special offerings, and register to attend, at MF
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