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Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Organisers release programme for TCT Live 3D printing conference

Author / Editor: Eric Culp / Stéphane Itasse

The TCT Live 2012 Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Conference programme features sessions about the additive technology’s role outside the laboratory and its past, present and future, according to organiser Rapid News Communications Group, who said the conference is free to attend.

On the first day of the conference, scheduled for 25-26 Sept. at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, Todd Grimm of T.A. Grimm & Associates, is scheduled to present the keynote address titled “Additive Tech — Challenges and Opportunities in the Real World”. The organiser said the presentation will look at how far additive technologies have come, their amazing capabilities for a wide range of applications, and how they fit into the manufacturing landscape.

On the final day, Phill Dickens, professor of manufacturing technology at Loughborough University, is scheduled to present the keynote address. Entitled “Developments of Additive Manufacturing and Its Future”, Dickens is set explore the origins of additive manufacturing, present predictions made over the last 20 years, and assess how accurate they were. He will also update these predictions for the next 10 years, while taking a look at some of the most pertinent issues facing the industry, such as intellectual property and materials development.

Other speakers include Paul Doe, lead engineer at Prodrive BMW Mini Team; Sean Horning, project engineer, Burton Snowboards; Stuart Burns, technical director, Rotite Technologies; Anthony Reeves, lead engineer, GlaxoSmithKline; and Dan Johns, process & technologies engineer, Bloodhound SSC. Presentations will cover a number of specific business applications of additive manufacturing and 3D printing as well some of the latest developments across the industry.

This year is to see the introduction of a dedicated jewellery session to examine the use of additive manufacturing and 3D printing in the sector. Chaired by Frank Cooper, technical manager at the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, this session aims to give jewellery designers, manufacturers and silversmiths an opportunity to hear how peers are applying the technologies. This year’s conference also seeks to provide attendees with clear insight into the latest additive manufacturing developments with gold. Session speakers include Joerg Fischer-Buehner, Legor Group SpA; Mark Bloomfield, Electrobloom; Luke Orford, Grant Macdonald; Silvia Weidenbach, Weidenbach; and Lena Thorsson from Cookson Precious Metals Ltd.

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