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TWI Holds Successful Additive Manufacturing Symposium Online

Mon, 30 November, 2020

This year’s Additive Manufacturing Symposium was held as an online event on 26 November 2020.

Despite the restrictions placed upon us by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the event attracted over 600 registrations, with 384 attendees joining us remotely from 31 different countries on the day.

The event was opened by TWI Technology Group manager, Rob Scudamore and included presentations from industry representatives and TWI experts.

Tim Minshall, the head of the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing provided a talk on ‘The Future of Manufacturing: Making Sure We Build Back Better,’ before EWF’s deputy director, Eurico Assuncao provided details of ‘International Additive Manufacturing Qualifications.’

Sarah Baker and Rebecca Mangham of DSTL then provided a discussion of ‘Research and Development in Additive Manufacture in UK MOD,’ before TWI’s Tyler London spoke on ‘Modelling of AM Processes and Materials: A Review of TWI Activities and Projects.’  This was followed by a talk titled ‘From Powder to Wire: A Review of TWI Laser Additive Strategy and Projects’ from TWI Section Manager and Technology Consultant for Laser Additive Manufacturing, Carl Hauser.

A short survey was conducted during the break in proceedings before the attendees reconvened to hear Andy Norman of the European Space Agency speak on ‘Additive Manufacturing For Space Applications: On Earth, In Orbit and On Planet.’ This highly engaging talk was then followed by Darren Beckett, CTO of Sigma Laboratories, who presented on, ‘Metal Additive LPBF Melt Pool Monitoring of Radiated Spectral Emission using Co-Axial Photodetector Sensors with Applied Planck Thermometry.’

Authentise’s CEO, Andre Wegner offered a presentation on ‘The Digital Thread in Additive Manufacturing: How to Capture and Use It,’ before Rolls Royce plc’s Manufacturing Innovation Engineer, Hollie Baker offered some industry perspective with her discussion of ‘The Role of Additive in Sensing Advanced Structures.’

The final presentation of the day came from HBM Prenscia’s Application Engineer, Rob Plaskitt, who spoke on Fatigue Performance Evaluation and Enhancement in Selective Laser Melting (SLM).’

The successful and well-attended virtual event was rounded off by a presentation of survey results and final comments from Rob Scudamore.

We would like to thank everybody who presented at the event as well as those who took the time to attend. You can find out more about additive manufacturing at TWI here.

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