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3D Systems announced that it will host an Aerospace and Defence Practicum for Direct Metal Printing (DMP) with industry leaders and Department of Defence experts at Pennsylvania State University, June 21 – 22, 2016.

This two-day, hands-on workshop and demonstration is designed to educate existing and potential customers on the unique challenges of supporting the aerospace and defence sector while introducing them to new industry-specific tools currently under development. A growing number of aerospace and defence manufacturers are turning to DMP to reduce part weight and count through innovative design enhancements that were previously impossible using traditional processes.

As an industry sensitive to obtaining high quality parts for demanding operating conditions, the aerospace and defence sector is characterised by stringent regulations and qualification processes that serve as de facto barriers to entry for suppliers. In close collaboration with leading experts and standards bodies, 3D Systems’ metal engineers will offer hands-on training on the company’s DMP technology, and provide guidance on best practises and protocols in industry specific metal applications. Additionally, 3D Systems will showcase an upcoming print process management tool for workflow management in DMP and the company’s latest advancements in in-situ monitoring for precise print outcomes. These new capabilities offer 3D Systems’ DMP users software strategies for optimised printer operation as well as novel non-destructive methodologies for evaluating and qualifying prints inside machine build chambers.

The practicum will feature talks by experts from leading aerospace and defence manufacturers and suppliers, including:

  • Jared Blecher, Aerospace & Defence Engineer, 3D Systems
  • William Brindley, Technology Manager, Manufacturing and Aftermarket Technology, Pratt & Whitney
  • Matthew Donovan, Staff Engineer – Additive Manufacturing, United Technologies Aerospace Systems
  • Bob Markley, President & Chief Executive Officer, 3rd Dimension
  • Rich Martukanitz, Director of DARPA’s Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Facility, Pennsylvania State University’s Centre for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition (CIMP-3D)
  • Sung Park, Manager, Advanced Materials & Process Development, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
  • Sandeep Rana, Vice President DMP Product Management, 3D Systems
  • John Schmelzle, Additive Manufacturing and Model Based Definition Initiative Lead Mechanical Engineer, Naval Air Warfare Centre Lakehurst, U.S. Navy
  • Jonas Van Vaerenbergh, Chief Engineer, Direct Metal Printing, 3D Systems

“DMP technology offers the aerospace and defence sector high strength and low weight production,” said Neal Orringer, Vice President of Alliances and Partnerships, 3D Systems. “However, we recognise that our customers require more than that: they need to be armed with quality control protocols and tools that ensure repeatability, productivity, and precision. We’re combining our in-house metals expertise with the insights of industry leaders and partners to drive innovation and adoption in this key area for additive manufacturing.”

3D Systems is a partner of Penn State’s CIMP-3D, the official Additive Manufacturing Demonstration Facility for the U.S. Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). As a strategic facility for the aerospace and defence sector, CIMP-3D houses two of 3D Systems’ DMP 3D printers, the ProX DMP 200 and ProX DMP 320.

For more information on Penn State’s Centre for Innovative Materials Processing through Direct Digital Deposition, visit: http://www.cimp-3d.org/