Th three-day conference kicks off on Tuesday, 11th July, when the Nottingham Belfry will open its doors to the AM community. The line up of the 12th annual additive manufacturing international conference includes 36 prominent industry speakers promises to deliver thought provoking insights, explore the latest developments in AM and highlight the successes and challenges of the industry – from developing Chris Froome’s Tour de France handlebars to driving truly design-led manufacturing and exploring 3DP applications in orbit; just to name a few!
These are the speakers for the pre-conference Industrial Realities Day and the main conference. The agendas have been designed to help new and experienced users of AM keep in touch and stay up to date with what’s happening in AM and also to learn how AM can enhance commercial success and to explore new avenues of research.
To ensure all of delegates get the most out of their conference experience, the show’s organizers from the University of Nottingham and Added Scientific built in regular networking breaks to maximize opportunities for peer interaction and plenty of time has been set aside to visit the specialist exhibition – open to registered delegates only. The exhibition includes 30 leading companies from across the sector who will be on hand to offer useful advice and services throughout the event.
One of the premier events in the AM and 3D Printing conference calendar
The conference is all about AM academic and industry experts getting together to share their knowledge and ideas. Organizers provide the setting for both new and experienced users of AM to keep in touch and stay up to date with the latest developments in AM, to enhance commercial success and explore new avenues of research.
Now in its 12th edition, this series of technical conferences began in 2006, well before Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing became ‘buzzwords’. Over the years the name may have changed, reflecting the advances in technology and descriptive terminology, but the vision remains the same; to provide a constructive and independent forum for those who are driving the industry forward to debate and shape the future direction of research and development AM.
In recent years the confrence has featured pre-conference events, each with a specific and relevant focus complementary to the main event. In 2016 we hosted a UK Reserach and Innovation day which provided a platform for the very best of UK based research in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. The event say speakers from Universities and Research Institututes across the length and bredth of the UK with topics ranging from large scale metal AM through to biological and regenrative medical applcaitons of 3D printing.
The conference is led by The Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham; a nucleus of research activity focused on next-generation multi-material and multifunctional AM technology. The CfAM works closely with businesses in tackling major research challenges, aiming to keep the UK at the forefront of AM and its industrial applications. Successful commercial exploitation of the Centre’s research in order to meet industrial and national needs for cutting-edge, low-carbon manufacturing technologies is a key priority. As of 2016 the AM Conference has been organized in partnership with Added Scientific, an official spin-out company from the CfAM who have taken over the day-to-day running of the conference administration.
The conference program is not aimed at the masses, but at those innovating and steering the industry – whether they’ve been in it for 30 years or just two. By gathering together for a few days at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, the aim is to stimulate and challenge the industry, providing a platform to discuss what’s happening, what needs doing and where AM is going in the next five, 10 and even 20 years.