Changing the design mindset with 3D Printing. Examples from the UK National Centre for AM – Presented by Miguel Fernandez-Vicente, National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (The MTC)

Miguel Fernandez-Vicente, National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (The MTC) will hold his presentation at 3D Printing Design & Engineering Conference on April 16, during the 3D Printing Event at Brightlands Chemelot Campus in The Netherlands.

Design for Manufacturing, Design with Manufacturing, Design thinking? The development of final components by 3D Printing, or Additive Manufacturing (AM), requires a different approach from the design point of view. This presentation will provide some insights on how the designers at the UK National Centre for AM approach the design of components for AM.


What drives you?

Help the industry in design using 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing innovate to new levels.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?

The UK NCAM is a hub of design innovation for additive manufacturing with contact with companies from various sectors and using a wide range of technologies. This presentation will show some of the projects done/ongoing that will inspirate the attendees in their own projects.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?

Multiobjective optimisation and volume modelling tools.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?

They will change the way we design and deal with design problems

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?

Qualification of processes for critical applications

“Special Quote”

Blur the boundaries of the engineering restrictions and change the design mindset

About Miguel Fernandez-Vicente

Miguel has a broad experience in product design and rapid prototyping, from the concept creation to manufacture, focused on Design for AM within the within the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the MTC.

A member of ISO standardization committee, he has published in academic journals, presented at international conferences and supervised undergraduate and MSc students, and is about to complete his PhD in the process characterisation and design for additive manufacture with polymer extrusion-based systems. His research interest lays in the design.

About National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (The MTC)

The National Centre for Additive Manufacturing (NCAM) is here to accelerate the uptake of Additive Manufacturing (AM) by developing the technology and systems required to address the key challenges within the AM value chain.

As part of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), we’re also proud to be home to The European Space Agency (ESA) AM Benchmarking Centre (AMBC).

About 3D Printing Event

On April 16 and April 17, 2019, Brightlands Chemelot Campus in Sittard-Geleen, The Netherlands, will host a two-day 3D Printing Event focused on the entire 3D Printing manufacturing value chain from design to end product.The event will include five dedicated conferences and an exhibition.

  • April 16 – 3D Printing Materials Conference – topics: polymers (new materials), metals and multi materials used in 3D Printing
  • April 16 – 3D Design & Engineering Conference – topics: 3D design & 3D engineering tools / Visualisation tools, Reverse engineering, Value Engineering / Virtual Engineering, Topology Optimization, Blockchain & more
  • April 17 – 3D Printing Post-Processing Conference – topics: All actions that are performed after parts are removed from a 3D printer – issues, solutions & future trends.
  • April 17 – AM Integrated Factory Conference – topics: Hybrid manufacturing, Implementation of AM systems as part of an end-to-end production workflow, Implementation of AM systems in the ‘traditional’ production processes
  • April 17 – 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference – topics: 4D Printing from idea to full functionality, Smart materials, Applications & opportunities for designing and engineering
  • April 16-17 – Exhibition – Companies active in 3D Printing related fields will be present to showcase the latest developments.

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