The Industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing from Concept to End Product

The Industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing from Concept to End Product: 07/06/2016, CFMS, Bristol & Bath Science Park

The Industrialisation of Additive Manufacturing from Concept to End Product

Hosted by HiETA, CFMS, Altair at The Bristol & Bath Science Park, 7th June 2016

The Centre for Modelling & Simulation played host in partnership with HiETA and Altair, to a packed house of high-value design and manufacturing innovators (as well as just the AM/3D-curious!) this week at the Bristol & Bath Science Park – the widely renowned South Western technology hub.

Major manufacturing players including GKN, Airbus, BAE Systems, The MTC, Assystem and esteemed academics from around the UK filled the halls, and presentations, which kicked off with Renishaw’s Group Engineering Director, Geoff McFarland presenting “The Past, Present and Future of Additive Manufacturing:  A Commercial View, from an early adopter”.

As an early pioneer of AM in the mid ‘70’s, Renishaw shared its unique perspective on the evolution of AM and 3D Printing from its foetal beginnings to the groundbreaking achievements today; of note in the fields of medical and dental applications, right up to the company’s most recent collaborative partnership in developing and launching its first ever commercial project : The R160 Robot Bike, unveiled to an unsuspecting public early in May this year.

The engaging line up of speakers included Royston Jones from Altair who’s talk, “Maximising the Potential of Additive Manufacturing”, intriguingly illustrated through the company’s own software.  HiETA CEO, Mike Adams, gave a compelling presentation on “Turning the Optimum for Additive Manufacturing”, covering the full gambit of concept to end product; illustrating the fit for AM in the manufacturing supply chain, including a case study on an Innovate UK (IUK)-funded project which demonstrates how HiETA has been able to cut the end-to-end manufacturing time and cost of an AM-produced component. CFMS’s David Standingford brought the morning session to a close in detailing the “Mega Trends in Simulation: Multiscale Materials Modelling” and showcasing their HPC capabilities.

Delegates were then treated to three industry case studies presented by GKN’s Rob Sharman, Steve Barnes from BAE Systems and a fellow collaborator Brett Peterson from @BristolAer. All presenters gave compelling insights into how Additive Manufacturing is being used and adopted in varying parts of the aerospace industry, what is working for them and their vision for the future (near and far!).

After an enjoyable and busy networking lunch, guests were given a presentation from Richard Hague, Professor of Innovative Manufacturing – Director, EPRSC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing of Nottingham University; bringing us up to date on the university’s latest research into Additive Manufacturing and referencing a future IUK project on which HiETA is a proud collaborator.

Closing the day, Mikhail Boudalovski from Altair provided deeper insight into the company’s software ‘Inspire’.  Altair’s Paul Kirkham closed the proceedings with an exciting presentation and video of Robot Bike Co; the new revolutionary ‘bespoke’ mountain bike design design and manufacturing collaboration from Renishaw, HiETA and Altair using AM-printed titanium lugs, proprietary carbon fibre components and tubing and a double lap joint bonding concept – fittingly illustrating the day’s theme of “AM from Concept to Reality” with one of the R160 bike frames on display for popular inspection!

Meeting the demand for an ‘encore’, HiETA arranged for some 25 delegates to tour its new Technology Centre located next to CFMS in the Bristol and Bath Science Park, providing 1-2-1 answers on questions concerning concept, design, metallurgy, manufacturing, post-production through to QA and testing.

Some presentations and images from the day are now available on request!