3 October 2018

Laser Additive Manufacturing: Overcoming the Barriers to Wider Adoption

  • Sector: Laser Additive Manufacturing
  • Location: AMP Technology Centre, Rotherham
  • Attendees: All welcome

Presentations, Networking, Exhibition


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Laser Additive Manufacturing is a topic that AILU has highlighted since the application first became a topic for academic and industrial research.  Now, the technology is rapidly advancing in terms of throughput, precision and capability. 

Growing fast, at a rate close to 50% year on year, the applications of Laser Metal Deposition (LMD) and Selective Laser Melting (SLM) are coming out of research and into mainstream manufacturing.  But what barriers need to be overcome before the process is adopted more widely in industry? 

This workshop seeks to address the issues of processes, hardware and software, materials, modelling, certification and testing.  Alongside the programme will be an exhibition and a vendor forum where the latest innovations will also be presented, and more detailed discussions can be held.

AILU delivers a unique opportunity for researches, manufacturers, users and the supply chain for additive manufacturing to network and discuss the state of the applications today.

Workshop Chair: Paul Goodwin, Principal Project Leader, TWI Technology Centre (Yorkshire)



08:30 - 09:15 Registration and refreshments

09:15 – 11:00  Session 1

Welcome & Introduction: Paul Goodwin (TWI)

Opportunities in Laser-based Additive Manufacturing Beyond Structural Applications
Moataz Attallah (University of Birmingham)

Medical device Prototyping to mass manufacturing, when AM is best
Alex Berry & Thea Partridge (Sutrue)

Taking the plunge with Laser Metal Deposition – has it been worth it?
Peter Brown (Laser Additive Solutions)

Where Additive Manufacturing has taken us – the journey of an SME
Neil Burns (Croft AM)

11:00– 11:30  Refreshments and Exhibition

11:30 – 12:30  Session 2: Vendor forum (updates from major equipment suppliers including TRUMPF, Renishaw, Laser Lines).

12:30 – 13:30  Lunch and Exhibition

13:30 – 14:50  Session 3

Alloys-by-Design: Application to the design of Nickel-Base Superalloys for Additive Manufacturing
Andre Nemeth (Oxmet)

Understanding metal AM from the perspective of the powder to control build quality
Joseph Roddis (LPW Technology)

Using simulations to improve the quality of metal additive manufacturing 
Tyler London (TWI)

Reducing costs and speeding up the validation of AM parts for serial production 
Luke Ambrose (Materialise)

14:50 - 15:20  Refreshments and Exhibition

15:20 - 16:20  Session 4

Deploying process control in an AM production environment
Richard Proctor (Sigma Labs)

Non-destructive testing and inspection of AM parts
Ben Dutton (MTC)

Achieving certification of AM parts
David Hardacre (Lloyds Register)

16:20 - 17:05  Tours (optional) Details to follow



Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) Technology Centre
Brunel Way
S60 5WG

See here for Google Maps and here for site maps.



Prices below exclude VAT @ 20%

  AILU Members Non-Members Full-time students
Delegate only £160 £195 £45
Exhibitor only £155 £195 NA
Delegate & Exhibitor* £265 £340 NA

*includes £50 discount from combined delegate & exhibitor cost


Fee includes a delegate pack, access to PDFs of key slides, lunch and refreshments. Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

For more information please email or phone the AILU office (+44 (0)1235 539595).


Information for Exhibitors

  • There is a dedicated exhibition area in which refreshments and lunch will be served.
  • Set up will be from 07:30 on Wed 3rd October. Please park in the car park (see map here) and report to Reception. Staff will be available to advise where to unload.
  • A 1.4 m (4' 7') table will provided – these have a white surface, please bring your own table cloth if you prefer.
  • There is space behind the table for one pull-up banner (800mm width) and the stand will come with a chair. Exhibits must fit on the table top, please do not bring anything to go beside or in front of the table.
  • Power will be available (standard socket for laptop etc) – please bring your own power cable. It would be advisable to bring an extension lead.
  • Break-down will follow the final refreshment break (15:20).


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