May 8-10, 2018 | Connecticut Convention Center | Hartford, CT
Electroplated Selective Laser Sintered Polyetherketoneketone (PEKK): A High Temperature, High Strength Metal Coated Composite
Sean Wise, President, Repliform Inc. and Larry Varholak, P.E., General Manager, Aerospace & Industrial, Oxford Performance Materials, Inc.
This study looks at the combination of a new high temperature thermoplastic resin for SLS systems and high strength copper and nickel coatings. Electroplated coatings make 3D printed plastic parts stronger and more durable but most are limited by temperature. However, when applying these coatings to SLS processed PEKK resin substrates, you get a system that is stable to temperatures in excess of 350F.
Using Additive Manufacturing Techniques to Shorten the Development of Point of Care Diagnostic Products
Leanna Levine,PhD, President, and Stefano Begolo, PhD, ALine, Inc.
Point of care (POC) diagnostics are critical in triage situations that require actionable information on environmental hazards or wounded personnel. These products are equally important in an emergency room or for routine patient care. Developing POC products requires complex engineering to integrate numerous components to achieve complete function. Many iterations of the microfluidic design and materials are required. Fluid control to effect metering, mixing, debubbling, and dispensing are often required to perform a multistep biological assay. Being able to rapidly prototype the fluidic design using a combination of techniques including 3D printing and additive processes accelerates product development.
Is Automation Right for your Company?
Craig Salvalaggio, Vice President of Engineering, and Director of General Industries, Applied Manufacturing Technologies
This presentation will share five key areas you need to review when approaching automation and will break down the top business requirements to take into consideration. Business requirements tied to metrics and process complexity will decide the appropriate level of automation that’s required and can be supported by your facility and organizational talent.
Designing for the DMLS Process
Jonathan Bissmeyer, Senior Quality Engineer, Additive Manufacturing Proto Labs
Direct Metal Laser Sintering is an emerging additive manufacturing technology that has great potential to change the way parts are manufactured. To achieve this, it will be necessary to put aside some of the conventional manufacturing design rules, and look for ways to take advantage of the additive manufacturing process. Some benefits of AM, such as reduction of components, can lead to reduction of weight and quicker assembly times. Complex features and internal channels that are impossible to machine can also be created. It is important to first understand the limitations of the process in order to design accordingly. Knowing how to work around limitations will open up many new design opportunities.
Characteristics of New Hybrid Additive & Subtractive Machine Tool Technology
Robb Hudson, Vice President, Mitsui Seiki USA, Inc.
A new hybrid approach to machining — technology that applies both advanced additive and subtractive methodologies — is a viable, practical solution to certain applications in aerospace. This presentation will cover what lies beyond the traditional powder bed systems for both polymer and metal applications. It will provide the answer as to whether a hybrid machining system — combining additive and subtractive capabilities — has a place in aerospace manufacturing. It will describe how components made of expensive alloys can be manufactured more cost effectively by using additive & subtractive methodologies on one machine tool.
Metal Additive Technology 101: Technology Choices and Applications
Jeffrey Crandall, Additive Manufacturing Research and Applications Senior Engineer, Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc.
The Latest Innovations in Laser Processing Technologies
Brett Thompson, Sales Engineer, TRUMPF Inc.
Over the last 2 decades laser processing technologies have dramatically advanced to offer customers productivity and flexibility. Learn about how smart functions allow insight into the condition of machines and components, and new technologies that enable the use of the laser in new ways. New solutions for the laser in welding enable manufacturing firms to weld geometries previously not possible using existing processes, while reducing rework requirements. With the next industrial revolution upon us, Industry 4.0 will allow, intelligent connectivity between machines and the systems that manage manufacturing companies.
Manufacturing Automation for Firearms to Medical – From One Extreme To The Other
John Lucier, Automation Manager Methods, Machine Tools Inc.
Firearms manufacturing is typically characterized as having large lot sizes and the need to manufacture quickly while minimizing labor. This is what automation was designed for. Medical manufacturing on the other hand, couldn’t be more different – numerous and variable part numbers, very small lot sizes and extensive tracking are commonly required. Surprisingly however, medical is still a great candidate for automation.
This presentation will discuss the difference in machine tool automation strategies used in the high volume/low mix type of machining that firearm and other higher volume industries require vs. the low volume/high mix machining requirements in medical and other lower volume parts sectors.
How to Realize the Value of a Machine Monitoring System
Josh Davids, President & CEO, Scytec Consulting, Inc.
This presentation will cover a variety of topics relating to the benefits of machine monitoring, approaching to rolling a system out, and how to achieve the desired results. Topics covered will be the reasons why Cloud based machine monitoring is a great opportunity for manufacturing companies, and how the Cloud strategy fits in with companies that want to use On-Premise solutions. In addition integration with other systems will be discussed along with an overview of MTConnect and why it should be used.
Near Net Shape Cast Metal Parts
Steven Murray, Foundry Additive Rep., Hoosier Pattern
Legacy aerospace near net shape metal parts can be produced using additive manufacturing. This same technology can be used to for prototype and low volume cast parts. Suppliers of near net shape cast metal parts for defense have the same need and use for this technology. How to best use this technology and what you need to know to be successful in procuring near net shape cast metal parts using the technology will be the primary focus of this presentation.
Manufacturing Intelligence on the Shop Floor
Bruce Shibuya, Senior Director, Global Quality Engineering & Innovation, Jabil
Predictive analytics is often misunderstood in the quality manufacturing world so many companies are hesitant to implement a program. However, if big data is properly aggregated and modeled, big data analysis can take businesses to the next level by improving supply-chain, production lines, quality, cost-efficiency and most importantly, customer satisfaction. But where do you start? We’ll look at how global companies are paving the way for effective predictive analytics to demonstrate how it works, how it’s changing the manufacturing process and how it can benefit your end-to-end business model.
Automation with Abrasives for Aerospace Applications
Philip Varghese, PhD, Group Leader, Saint-Gobain Abrasives
The growth in robotic manufacturing is driving the development of abrasive products that are custom-made for robotic material removal. For aerospace components such as blades and blisks, loose abrasive polishing typically is done through processes such as chemical vibratory polishing or abrasive flow machining. These processes suffer from disadvantages such as low efficiency due to long set-up and cycle time, high waste of materials and pollution to the work environment. With these processes it is also difficult to control the form and accuracy of complex features on components by maintaining uniform cutting or polishing action. Therefore, a fixed abrasive solution that eliminates these disadvantages would often be preferred.