26 March 2009

AILU workshop: Additive layer manufacturing: laser techniques and opportunities

  • Sector: Laser Additive Manufacturing
  • Location: Airbus UK, Bristol (Filton)
  • Attendees: All welcome



AILU one-day technology workshop with presentations, an exhibition and tour

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About this workshop

Additive layer manufacturing (ALM) is an exciting new concept for the direct production and repair of components. The ALM concept produces metal parts through the deposition of material in incremental stages using one of a variety of techniques. Many of these are based around laser technology. Find out about the different processes and what their capabilities are, including latest developments in commercially available systems.
The ALM concept potentially allows large improvements in performance, reduced cost and material consumption in the production and repair of high value components. This means that the scope and breadth of applications is extremely wide. Applications range from simple cladding for improvement in performance of pipes through to direct manufacture of highly complex engineered structures. Applications also include the salvage and repair of high value in-service components. Find out about these applications and see where and how ALM can be exploited. Identify potential commercial, technological and environmental benefits for your company.
Due to the high potential of the ALM concept it is the subject of extensive research and the UK has a thriving community generating technological capability. This event will provide an insight into some of the current developments in the laser based ALM research field and will highlight what impact they may have in the future.

Chair: Stewart Williams, Cranfield University

An Opportunity

One of the key features of an AILU workshop is the opportunity it provides for networking and for discussing technical matters: a comfortable environment, generous lunch and refreshment breaks, an exhibition and a clinic.
This workshop also provides an ideal opportunity to visit the Airbus Composites Structures Development Centre (CSDC), which incorporates the Additive Layer Manufacturing Centre. The CSDC is the first of a small number of specialised centres around the UK, each focusing on a specific aspect of technology, all drawn together through the Government, industry and academia-backed National Composites Network (NCN).

Who should attend?

The workshop is valuable to anyone with an interest in laser material processing, especially:

  • Engineers and managers from manufacturing industry looking to enhance production capabilities or simply to keep abreast of the latest developments in manufacturing
  • Job shop owners looking for new technology pathways and new opportunities in services such as tool and die repair, or small batch manufacturing runs for the engineering sector.
  • Researchers in laser materials processing.


09:00 - 09:40 Registration and refreshments

09:40 - 11:10 Session 1

Dan Johns Airbus UK
Sustainable Technologies for EADS
Ian Risk Airbus UK
The application of laser metal deposition and powders in turbine component repair
Phil Carroll LPW Technology
Laser additive laser manufacturing applications
Rob Scudamore TWI

11:10 - 11:40 Refreshment break

11:40 - 12:55 Session 2

Design for additive layer manufacture
Helen Lockett Cranfield University
Cladding process and applications
Paul Goodwin Laser Cladding Technology
Laser assisted cold spray
Andrew Cockburn University of Cambridge

12:55 - 14:00 Lunch & EXHIBITION

14:00 - 14:50 Session 3

Rapid manufacturing by laser cladding: the CLAD® process
Didier Boisselier IREPA LASER, France
Equipment and applications
Juergen Metzger TRUMPF, Germany

14:50 - 15:10 Refreshment break

15:10 - 16:00 Session 4

Quality assurance in laser additive layer manufacture
Otto Märten PRIMES, Germany
Use of diffractive optics in laser additive layer manufacture
John Tyrer Loughborough University

16:00 - 17:00 TOUR of the Airbus Composite Structures Development Centre


As a delegate you are required to:
(i) Provide the AILU office with your nationality and date and place of birth by 18 March latest (this is required by Airbus security);
(ii) on the day of the event, bring with you photographic ID which must include your date and place of birth.
Upon arrival at reception, you will be given a visitors badge which must be visible at all times and returned to reception at the end of the day.

Workshop Information

The workshop will be held in New Filton House (conference rooms A, B and C) on a secure part of the Airbus (UK) site.

After signing in, you will be directed to a car park near New Filton House. At the venue you will receive essential notes for the day, together with a CD of key slides or presentation notes. A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) will also be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.

The exhibition, together with lunch and mid-morning and afternoon refreshment breaks, will take place in conference room A adjacent to the rooms (B & C) where the presentations will take place. Access to the site is available from 07:30. Temporary parking is available outside New Filton House for loading and unloading. You can bring your own display stand and backboard; otherwise a limited number of tables will be provided. Limited 240V mains power will be available.

To satisfy Airbus security requirements, all delegates are required to return the registration form (or otherwise provide the AILU office with the information requested i.e., nationality and date and place of birth by email to by 18 March.
AILU members and members of supporting organisations for this event receive a registration discount. Delegates who pay the full price and who decide to join the Association within 10 weeks of the event will receive this discount on their first year’s corporate membership subscription. For further information on membership go to and look for the link to ‘about us’.

As part of the mission of the Photonics KTN, AILU Secretary Mike Green will be available throughout the day to arrange informal introductions with appropriate experts at the workshop, for discussions on any technical or business matters that delegates would like to raise.

Full address: Airbus (UK), New Filton House, Golf Course Lane, Filton, Bristol BS99 7AR
Air: The nearest airport is Bristol Lulsgate Airport, 15 miles from Filton
Rail: The nearest railway station is Bristol Parkway, 2 miles from the site
Car: The site is 3 miles from Jn.16 of the M5 motorway or from Jn.19 of the M4

Hotels in closest proximity to Airbus: the Express By Holiday Inn Bristol North T: 0871 4234876; the Aztec Hotel and Spa T: 01454 201090; the Hilton Bristol Hotel T: 01454 201144; and the Forte Posthouse Filton T 0870 4009014.

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Composite Structures Development Centre
including the
Additive Layer Manufacturing (ALM) Centre

The Airbus Composite Structures Development Centre (CSDC) is the first of a small number of specialised centres around the UK, each focusing on a specific aspect of technology, all drawn together through the Government, industry and academia-backed National Composites Network (NCN).

This 4,500 m2 facility forms the ‘hub’ of a regional alliance of companies, universities and colleges in the South West, who together offer a world-class capability in the field of composites technology. It will keep Airbus at the forefront of technologies key to successful development of future generations of aircraft, as well as providing capacity for development work for other sectors – including automotive, marine and construction.
The focus of the centre’s activities include the development of low-cost technologies for wider structural applications of composite materials. The facilities at the centre will include: a clean room with laser positioning capability; autoclaves; a hot press; an automatic ply cutter; hot de-bulking facilities; a 5 axis router; a high temperature batch oven and supporting NDT equipment.

Within the CSDC, Airbus has established a leading international centre of excellence in polymeric and metallic ALM technology capability and a world class team. The core focus of the team is to create ‘industrial ready’ applications and build the research program for next generation platform technology. It has already established a European network of partnerships and, with EADS (European Aeronautic Defence and Space) Innovation Works, it now coordinates the Strategic Agenda for the EADS Corporation in this field of technology.
With over 50 Industrial partners and 30 global academic partners, the ALM program is now operating over 20 collaborative projects across National and International funding agencies.

Registration Fees

* AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 142 plus VAT
* Non members: GBP 175 plus VAT
* Concessions: GBP 65 incl VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 40 incl VAT (full time students)
* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): GBP 135 plus VAT
* Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 175 plus VAT
* Exhibitor/delegate discount: GBP 50 plus VAT

Fee includes a delegate pack.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

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For more information please contact us.

AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates.

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