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Metal Powder-based Additive Manufacturing

Wednesday 11th October

For the first time, this year’s Enlighten Conference will feature a programme dedicated to metal powder-based additive manufacturing (AM). The aim of the programme is to provide a platform for technical discussion of areas related to metal powder based AM processes and to encourage better communication and co-operation between leading and upcoming academics and industrialists in the field. The programme is open to all metal powder based AM processes, including selective laser melting, electron beam melting and direct energy deposition.

Laser stability and control are central to recent advances in metal AM machine speed and the quality of resulting parts; thus an added aim of this programme is to encourage greater interaction between those involved in laser systems, optics and laser-powder interactions and those applying such laser systems in AM processes.

The programme will aim to bring together users of metal AM from both industry and academia for a day of talks and discussion, with a poster session on metal AM research in the afternoon.

The following will be highlighted:

Machine and process development in Selective Laser Melting, Direct Energy Deposition and Electron Beam Melting.
Laser-powder interactions and analysis of the process zone.
Alloys and powder feedstock for metal AM and investigation of process-microstructure-property relationships.
Computational simulation of processes and application.
Application of metal AM in an industrial/business context

The meeting comprises a programme of invited and contributed oral papers and a poster session and time will be allowed for networking with other delegates.

An evening dinner opportunity will be offered to delegates on the Wednesday.

What to do next:

  • Send this information to colleagues and associates who may also be
  • Register yourself for the meeting as an attendee as soon as possible


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This is a free conference.

The 2017 Conference and Industry Programme, run by Enlighten Meetings with its partners, covers application and technology advances, innovations and emerging technologies.

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Prof. Ian Ashcroft (Co-chair)
University of Nottingham

Prof. Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum (Co-chair)
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology, RWTH Aachen University


Dr Wilhelm Meiners
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology

Dr Christian Hinke
RWTH Aachen University

Dr Wessel W. Wits

University of Twente

Dr Alessandro Fortunato

University of Bologna

Ian Brooks

Moog Inc., UK.

Prof. Iain Todd

University of Sheffield

Dr David Brackett

Manufacturing Technology Centre

Dr Adam Clare

University of Nottingham

Prof. Chris Tuck

University of Nottingham