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TCT Introducing Stage

TCT Introducing Stage

TCT Introducing Stage 2018 programme

TCT Show Introducing Stage will feature talks on the latest developments in hardware, software, materials, and services. It is an ideal stopping point to find out more about additive manufacturing technologies, inspection, metrology and beyond. The 2018 streams will include:

DAY 1: 3DP AND AM MACHINES & MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS

DAY 2: MATERIALS & DESIGN AND CAD/CAM SOFTWARE

DAY 3: INSPEX (INSPECTION AND METROLOGY)

 

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11:30
  1. H50
    20 mins
    This session will examine the do’s and don’ts of metal 3D printing (SLM, DMLS, and DMP). The presentation will discuss when this technology should be used and outline its strengths and shortcomings. The talk will evaluate design rules to get the best possible part out of the process. It will also present case studies of failed metal 3D builds and successful redesigns.
11:50
  1. H50
    20 mins

    As additive manufacturing moves from prototyping, into serial production, efficiency becomes critical. Companies have to consider the cost of high-performance AM parts, labour, and materials.

    Many innovations, however, can boost the productivity of AM. Multi-laser processing, for example, increases the return on capital, allowing AM to be involved in more production applications. Automated powder handling also reduces operator's touch time and enables more recycling and reduces process waste. This presentation will discuss Renishaw's RenAM 500Q, a new multi-laser system which addresses a broader range of AM components.

12:10
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Over the past two years, metal 3D printing has been maturing rapidly from prototyping applications to full scale, industrial manufacturing. This additive manufacturing method brought significant changes to the users and the suppliers of AM systems across various industry sectors. This presentation will highlight the potential of the laser metal fusion technology and examine successful case studies.
12:30
  1. H50
    20 mins

    Additive manufacturing has been around for decades, but only recently it has moved beyond simple prototyping to having the capacity to engineer functional parts for tooling, fixtures, and end-use products. This presentation will discuss the advances in 3D printing technology and real-world applications that herald the arrival of the next industrial revolution.

12:50
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Metal 3D printing technology has the potential to profoundly change the way companies produce metal parts and to become the cornerstone of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Until now, 3D printing systems have been too expensive, too slow, and required extensive safety measures due to dangerous lasers and metal powders. This presentation will explore the current state of the industry and discuss the advancements in metal 3D printing which make it safe and affordable. The session will also examine how Desktop Metal is driving the vision to redefine manufacturing.
13:10
  1. H50
    20 mins

    Many well-known manufacturers have been using additive manufacturing for more than twenty years. But even so, there remain many un-touched areas where 3D printing can provide significant added-value. AM technologies can drive efficiencies at virtually every step of the enterprise product development cycle – resulting in better products, delivered faster and within budget. This presentation will examine the application of 3D printing at various stages of the product development lifecycle, including design concept and ideation, RP shop, functional prototyping, low-volume investment casting, and final production.

13:30
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Additive Manufacturing (AM) is not yet mature enough for broad use in serial production. When comparing AM to injection molding, AM still has a substantial way to go. Progress has been made, however, by Farsoon Technologies and their new Continuous Additive Manufacturing Solution (CAMS) concept. The CAMS concept enables high productivity, continuous operation, increased reproducibility and processing of industrial materials with high-temperature requirements such as PA6. It also allows the operators to use optimal parameters for the targeted applications and apply powders from various suppliers. This ‘Open for Industry’ business philosophy advances the AM competitiveness. This presentation will discuss the development of CAMS system and the aspects needed to industrialise the AM processes.
13:50
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Inkjet is a cornerstone for the expansion of 3D printing into high volume manufacturing. This scalable technology brings many significant and unique benefits but has productivity and fluid limitations for direct material jetting applications. This presentation introduces Xaar's latest innovation, High Laydown Technology, which can greatly increase the work rate of inkjet-based systems and open up the usable fluid portfolio.
14:10
  1. H50
    20 mins
    As additive manufacturing world moves towards industrial production, the demand for speciality materials continues to grow. Some niche areas of AM include printing with carbon fibre, glass fibre, iron or boron carbide. These materials are, however, quite demanding and regular nozzles lose effectiveness after printing a few hundred grams. The solution, in many cases, is to use an abrasive resistant nozzle with a ruby tip. This presentation will evaluate its benefits and discuss the value of employing radiation shielding or electrical conductivity and provide guidance on optimal print performance set-up.
14:30
  1. H50
    20 mins

    As the additive manufacturing industry continues to evolve, questions have arisen regarding the legal challenges facing manufacturers and users alike. Are the current intellectual property laws adequate to meet the demands of modern AM technologies? Are manufacturers and users at risk of losing control over their intellectual property? What can be done to provide IP protection for innovators and can IP rights co-exist with open source collaborative platforms?

    Jason Teng, Patent Attorney at Potter Clarkson LLP, will provide an overview of the specific IP challenges facing AM businesses, users, technology partners and supply chains. He will discuss how these companies can protect their innovations and not fall foul of third-party proprietary rights. The presentation will also set out the best practices in implementing a cohesive and robust intellectual property strategy that meets business goals.

14:50
  1. H50
    20 mins
    When it comes to FFF serial production, all printed elements have to be uniform and be of the same quality. It’s not always been possible to control the throughput of filaments to meet these requirements. This presentation will introduce BigRep’s Meter Extruder which helps to create parts with dimensional repeatability, consistency and stability.
15:10
  1. H50
    20 mins

    Industrial gases in the additive manufacturing value chain are a crucial process parameter that affects the final printed part. They can alter the chemical composition and morphology of metal powder particles during the productions stages and provide a safe environment for AM shielding. Industrial gases also help to eliminate ignition of the powder, especially Ti64 or AlSiMg, oxidation of the melt pool and fumes from the process envelope and are present in the post-processing stages. This presentation will introduce the latest solutions for the front-end powder production and 3D printing. It will outline the necessary post-treatment steps and evaluate which gases improve AM processes and reproducibility.

15:30
  1. H50
    20 mins
    There is a growing need for robust and efficient post-processing powder handling technology in the additive manufacturing industry. Regardless of the AM technology used, as the 3D printing world advances, consideration of up-and down-stream processes for powder management are becoming more of a focus. Equipment manufacturers and end-users are keen to find out about the latest manufacturing solutions for product wastage, operator safety, powder conditioning and traceability. This presentation will examine how to reclaim powders after the build is complete. It will also evaluate a range of recent post-production powder handling developments, powder quality and transfer methods as well as the safety of operators.
15:50
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Additively manufactured titanium components may exhibit internal defects due to the layer by layer build process which can be reduced, using hot isostatic pressing (HIP). This talk will provide a metallurgical evaluation of HIP's possibilities. It will examine samples where the defects have been diminished and will present recommendations for processing 3D printed titanium components. The session will evaluate Bodycote's comprehensive set of post-processing operations which support AM part builders.
16:10
  1. H50
    20 mins

    Additive manufacturing (AM) has the potential to revolutionize the future of manufacturing. As for the production of plastic parts this means not only challenging, but keeping up with the status quo, injection moulding. In order to achieve this, AM has to change for the better along its whole value chain and improve data preparation/part design, part building and part finishing. DyeMansion delivers the last mile already today by providing the finishing touch for high-volume AM applications. How? The company from Munich, Germany offers a variety of high-volume finishing systems that turn 3D-printed raw parts into high-value products, while reducing manual work, lead times and costs. Their DyeMansion ‘Print-toProduct’ workflow combines all three major post-processing steps for 3D-printed polymer parts, such as cleaning, surfacing and coloring and delivers customers an industrial and automated end-to-end finishing solution for their raw parts.

    In his presentation, Felix Ewald, co-founder and CEO of DyeMansion gives exciting insights into the development, applications field, utilisation possibilities and roadmap of DyeMansion technology by telling the founding story of his company and showing thrilling case studies like automotive spare-parts or luxury eyewear, which were enabled through DyeMansion’s finishing touch.

     

11:30
  1. H50
    20 mins

    Regardless of the industry sector in which they operate, manufacturers are increasingly seeking ways to create reliable parts more quickly and cost-effectively than traditional methods allow. From aerospace to automotive, the value of using robust, yet lightweight, 3D printed carbon fibre materials continue to gain recognition among manufacturers large and small. This presentation will explore how Stratasys’ recent material advances are enabling manufacturers to 3D print carbon fibre-filled thermoplastics that are strong enough to meet the high requirements of many industrial applications. This session will look at how the impressive mechanical properties of Stratasys’ FDM Nylon 12CF enables engineers to explore the opportunities of utilising 3D printed plastic composites.

11:50
  1. H50
    60 mins
    This presentation will examine the latest AM advancements in real-life car manufacturing applications. The talk will focus on a recent case study where RPS supported Oxford Brookes Racing students to develop 3D printed air inlet plenum, using the HP Multi-Jet Fusion 4200. David Storey will also discuss the advantages of NEO800 stereolithography system for carbon fibre tooling and how Nylon 12 is used in part production. The session will introduce the current isotropic laser sintering materials like the ALM HP 11-30.
12:10
  1. H50
    20 mins

    Direct precision printing of multiple and functional graded metals is a reality thanks to laser melting of a liquid dispersed metal powder. Metal powders for SLM processes, however, require strict specifications. Packing and flowability, for example, are essential characteristics to obtain a dense and evenly distributed powder bed. It is possible to achieve an optimized, powder stacking of the powder bed by using slurry for the handling of widely distributed, non-flowable and multimodal powder. Multi-metal materials can also be created in three directions in one process step by applying droplets of different metals.

    The LASERFLEX Conflux enhances the current powder bed fusion (PBF) process, provides better material quality and features and enables the handling of multiple materials. It has the advantages of a direct product generation process but does not require additional sintering or annealing steps. This presentation will examine LASERFLEX Conflux as well as Stainless Steel 316L and Inconel 625. The talk will also introduce high-melting and oxygen sensitive materials such as Tungsten and Titanium.

     

12:30
  1. H50
    20 mins

    As metal additive manufacturing is moving towards mainstream production, the need for repeatable build quality is paramount. With an increasing number of metal AM machines coming into the market, attention is now rightly turning to the consistency of the metal powders.

    It is possible to have accurate powder-part traceability, and the confidence in metal AM production reliability. The integration of metal powder handling systems, which deliver the material directly into AM machines, makes it a reality. PowdeEye and PowderSolve can also offer ongoing data collection which enables real-time interrogation of results throughout the entire AM process.

    This presentation will examine how AM metal powder atomisation can minimise the need to handle the metal powder through direct feed into AM machines. The session will also discuss how to improve the user's health and safety and how to reduce the introduction of contamination in the manual processes.

12:50
  1. H50
    20 mins
    3D printing pushes production limits, and ceramics are no exception to this rule. This presentation will introduce 3D Ceram’s technology which is now available to a wide spread of professionals. The talk will share the maker experience, propose the smart design for multi-functional parts and the 3Doptic system for space application. This session will discuss the company’s multi-material solutions and the H2020 and Cell3Ditor projects. It will also review the new Ceramaker Hybrid. This printer is able to print several materials at the same time and manufacture smart design parts.
13:10
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Fillamentum is a world leader in hi-quality filaments for 3D printing. After the successful IPO in the Prague stock exchange, the company is expanding and introducing a sub-brand, Fillamentum INDUSTRIAL. The new division will continue to support the requirements of industrial customers. This session will discuss the new venture and present the company’s well-known ASA, nylon, TPU, and copolyester materials. It will also examine the recently developed, water-soluble filaments like BVOH and PC-ABS.
13:30
  1. H50
    20 mins

    This presentation will examine why integrating blockchain technology with software for additive manufacturing is necessary for industries wishing to adopt 3D printing practices. Shane Fox will illustrate how LINK3D is building software to optimize the workflow between business and 3D printers to produce large-scale products. This session will give attendees the opportunity to understand blockchain, as a general concept, and how it merges with industrial AM. It will demonstrate an overarching sense of excitement for the future of 3D printing and the next industrial revolution

13:50
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Additive Manufacturing has the potential to revolutionise aerospace manufacturing, however, scaling up AM technology is causing more challenges than expected. Primes and tier 1s are proving out and standardising best practice processes for structural and mechanical components. However, in order to scale-up volume production, primes and tier 1s must cascade these standards and proven methods to an approved sub-tier network. But what will the supply chain look like? Will it be AM specialists with minimal experience of the aerospace sector? Or will it be established aerospace suppliers with minimal experience of additive manufacturing? Aerospace supply chains technology expert, Tom Dawes, builds on experience working in OEMs, and running aerospace manufacturing businesses to discuss the work his company, Valuechain, are doing with leading aerospace manufacturers, to embed best practice, and help scale additive manufacturing throughout the supply chain. 
14:10
  1. H50
    20 mins

    Simulation is a valuable tool in detecting early build problems in 3D printed metal parts. Applying simulation in the current design and engineering AM processes, however, is a time-consuming activity. Designers must first acquire a specific set of skills and spend considerable time comparing simulation and AM data. The market has not yet got a solution capable of full integration with AM processes. Today’s products are not able to simulate support structure crashes which is a crucial matter in maintaining printing quality standards. To address the gap in the market, Materialise collaborated with Simufact, and this presentation will review the results of the partnership. The talk will examine the smart module in Materialise Magics Software which promises to improve the usability of simulation in AM. Manuel Michiels, Innovation Manager at Materialise, will address how this intuitive, and attractively priced, platform can reduce trial and error and the scientific approach behind it. The session will also consider the learning curve for users eager to adopt simulation into their production process.

     

14:30
  1. H50
    20 mins

    The shift towards Industry 4.0 has opened up new and exciting possibilities for additive manufacturing. However, as the demand for AM grows, companies face the challenge of how to effectively manage their AM operations, particularly as they shift from single machines to multiple, connected workstations. The result to date is highly inefficient processes that rely on manual labour and disconnected systems -which are ultimately impossible to scale effectively.

    The vital missing link is AM Automation Software (AMAS). AMAS uses advanced digital automation technologies, big data and AI to manage and connect every stage of the AM ecosystem, from production to the wider supply chain. Using of machine learning and advanced data reporting systems, manufacturers can achieve greater traceability and efficiency along their AM production process.

    This presentation will examine how AMAS transforms current systems, business models, supply chains and, ultimately, takes AM to the next level. It will also look at how companies can prepare for this new frontier.

14:50
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Clement Moreau, the CEO of Sculpteo, drives the we-based 3D printing applications to improve additive manufacturing processes. With two factories, located in Paris and San Francisco, he quickly identified the organisational AM challenges and sought to develop the tools to overcome them. He created a full CAM system for repairing files, optimising machine efficiency and scheduling, tracing parts, and managing the entire AM workflow. This presentation will examine how Fabpilot, computer-aided manufacturing software, can help AM labs all over the world.
15:10
  1. H50
    20 mins

    Additive manufacturing qualification and certification requires extensive measurements and characterisation.  Accurate, digital twin and thread also need AM data connectivity for design and simulation.

    The access to the data, generated during the qualification process, its analysis and traceability can, however, be challenging. Data-intensive tests are also required for various builds and parts but can be expensive.

    Furthermore, data from AM machines, powders and builds need to be captured to enable the complete process traceability and to establish single-source access to the AM knowledge.

    The digital twin, a virtual representation of products performance, and the digital thread, which connects all aspects of the product lifecycle, require instant access to relevant data from the entire AM process chain.

    This presentation will discuss data requirements for the digital thread and digital twin. It will also examine the methodology to efficiently capture the AM data, data analysis, and process traceability.

15:30
  1. H50
    20 mins

    The next stage of manufacturing has arrived. Dynamically generated 3D models can now be directly connected to 3D Printers using software platforms. A whole new class of products are hitting the market based on this intersection of parametric design and industrial 3D printing. It is called Agile Manufacturing because leverages the same principles of agile software development that have helped software revolutionizing every industry.

    This presentation will detail the effect of that Agile Manufacturing is having on Product Lifecycles and walk through real-world use cases of the principles being put into practice for logistics and inventory management. You will learn how to fuel your company’s next growth cycle by connecting data from multiple and varied streams - to create a truly agile manufacturing process. Join us!

11:30
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Additive manufacturing is an innovative technology, offering endless design possibilities for functional, end-use products. 3DP and AM allows aerospace and automotive companies to create parts with hi ...
11:50
  1. H50
    20 mins

    When it comes to product design, the critical part of success is to obtain an accurate CAD-model as quickly as possible. Existing parts and objects, in small to large sizes, are also a crucial starting point in product development, part replacement, retrofitting or visualisation. 

    Modern reality capture technologies offer enormous potential for process acceleration in reverse engineering. This presentation will introduce FARO’s Scan-To-CAD solutions which enable industrial designers to incorporate real-world geometry and freeform surfaces into established digital engineering processes.

    The talk will examine Scan-To-CAD’smain features and how they accelerate design iteration and product innovation. Si Horton will discuss parametric solids, simulation, and engineering tasks which help to create surface meshes for documentation, 3D printing, and AM processes.

12:10
  1. H50
    20 mins
    When it comes to line production, selective laser manufacturing is entering a new stage. Although having one good part is sufficient for testing new prototype designs, serial products need to be identical in their characteristics and their performance. Every single layer has to be perfect to ensure the overall quality of each component. This presentation will, therefore, address the reproducibility issue. It will also examine new measurement methods which can help to deliver the desired laser beam parameters.
12:30
  1. H50
    20 mins
    Several processes, including SLS and SLM, use granular materials. Powders, however, have to be evenly sprayed during the recoater operations as electrostatic charges may appear and lead to the formation of agglomerates. Moreover, the knowledge about the electrical charges is key-parameter for the quantification of powders reusability. Therefore, a new instrument, the GranuCharge, was developed to measure the ability of a powder to create electrostatic charges during a flow in contact with selected materials. Its measurements are highly sensitive to grains surface states like oxidation, contaminants, and roughness. In this presentation, a Stainless-Steel powder 316L (provided by Höganäs, Düsseldorf, Germany) will be analysed in its virgin version and after undergoing SLM process. The talk will also evaluate the electrical charges build-up after a flow in contact with SS316L and Aluminium pipes. Those measurements will be coupled with Carbon, Oxygen, Sulphur, and Nitrogen content analysis, using the CS744 and ONH836 LECO instruments.

 

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Tuesday 25 Sept  9:30 - 17:00
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