11 January 2013 | IMS Attends NAMII Supported Event for Additive Manufacturing at PSU: “Technology Showcase on Additive Manufacturing”

Sponsored by the Center for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D) at Penn State and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), a United States PPP, the event was organized to acquaint industry and government representatives with the broad capabilities of additive manufacturing, as well as providing an introduction to CIMP-3D and NAMII. Although the event organizers expected 75 attendees, over 300 attended indicating the high level of interest in this field.

The meeting started with a welcome by Dr. Hank Foley, VP Research at Penn State University, followed by PSU’s Drs. Rich Martukanitz and Tim Simpson, Co-Directors of of CIMP-3D giving an overview of current research and the new facilities. Mr. Ralph Resnick, Acting Director of NAMII, gave an overview of the new Private Public Partnership (PPP) created for additive manufacturing, financials, membership, and the upcoming calls.

Dr. Irene Petrick from PSU College of Science and Technology gave a forward view of how additive manufacturing may change the landscape for large and small manufacturers. She predicted how supply chains may be impacted, trending toward local manufacturing, and challenges that the technology may present.

Mr. Brian Rosenberger from the Lockheed Martin Corporation presented how AM is being incorporated into production, and how future technologies could be revolutionary. He also discussed the difficulties in meeting regulatory requirements with this new technology, as well as gaining internal confidence in the products.

Dr. Craig Blue, Director of Additive Manufacturing at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, discussed their extensive facilities and capabilities, as well as their efforts to train people for this field.

Mr. Robert Cohem, Sr. VP of R&D at Pipeline Orthopedics, showed the state of the art hip replacement using AM to created a bonelike structure to vastly improve attachment of bone to titanium to the point of being stringer than bone at the attachment point, and greatly reduce time to full recovery.

The day ended with tours of PSU’s AM laboratories, and participants were allowed to interface with researchers and see demonstrations of current work.