Information Management Institute

Development of Functional Materials
3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

April 28-29, 2014

the Saugaro Scottsdale
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona


sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

3D printing has caught the world by storm to the extent that it is suggested that the second industrial revolution is underway. 3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. It is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes and is unlike traditional techniques, which mostly rely on the removal or subtractive processes of material.

While 3D printing technology has been around since the 1980s, it was not until the early 2010s that the printers became widely available commercially. Since then, there has been a large growth in the sales of these systems and their price has dropped substantially. According to Wohlers Associates, the market for 3D printers and services was worth $2.2 billion worldwide in 2012, up 29% from 2011. McKinsey lists 3D printing as one of the 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformation and disruption in the coming years.

3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction, industrial design, automotive, motorsport, aerospace, military, engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewellery, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.

IMI's Development of Functional Materials for 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Course provides an introduction to both 3D printing and additive manufacturing. It reviews all of the recognized techniques used and captures the types of materials that can be used or developed. It provides attendee an understanding and an ability to recognize what is possible in the near term and where the limits of the technologies currently are and to appreciate the breakthroughs that maybe necessary to bring about future predictions. In particular, the course will reveal the advances being made with ink jet and fluid developments.


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Development of Functional Materials
for 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Course

April 28-29, 2014
the Saguaro Scottsdale
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

Course Schedule

  Monday, April 28, 2014

  11:00 a.m.Registration

  1:00 p.m.Opening Session

Welcome & Introductions
Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Course Leaders:
Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director and Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK
Hannah O'Brien, Independent Consultant, Cambridge, UK

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology

Hannah O'Brien, Independent Consultant

3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Techniques

  • Course Overview

  • Review of 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Techniques
    - Fused Deposition
    - Electron Beam Fabrication
    - Laser Sintering/Melting
    - Laminated Object Manufacturing
    - Stereo & Step Flash Lithography
    - Digital Light Processing
    - Ink Jet Printing

Markets, Applications & Trends

  • Review of 3D Printing Applications

  • Market Size

  • Emerging Applications for 3D Printing & Resulting Opportunities

  • Future Applications & 3D Printing Benefits

  • Transforming Design & Product Development

  • Challenges & Barriers to Reshaping Supply Channels & Re-shoring Manufacturing

  5:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Tuesday, April 29, 2014

  8:30 a.m.Session 2

Functional Materials Development

  • Review of the Range of Materials that can be 3D Printed.

  • Examples include: Thermoplastics, Resins, Powders, Metals, Alloys, Edibles, Photopolymers, Biological & Ink Jet Fluids

  • Challenges for Material Development of 3D Printing for Manufacturing

  • Properties and Limits on Material Development

  • Examples of Recent Developments

UV Curable & Pigment Dispersion Development

  • Two Key Technologies Driving Ink Jet 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing
    - UV Curable Technologies
    - Pigment Dispersions

  • Theory of Creating Successful Functional Fluids based on Pigment Dispersions

  • Application of UV Curable Technology with Ink Jet

 12:00 Noon Session 3

Integration & Application Development

  • Creating a Printing Solution is a Complex Process

  • Requires a Range of Disciplines to Work Together

  • Engineering Compromises Used to Manage Deposition Reliability

  • Typical Issues in Developing Printing Systems for Specific Applications

  • Developing Collaborative Partnerships to Deliver Success

Commercial Consideration & Development Partners

  • Overview of Main Players in 3D Printing Market

  • Print Service Providers

  • Printer Manufacturers

  • Holistic Approach to Finding Partners & Creating Solutions

  • Developing Collaborative Partnerships
    - Cost Savings
    - Added Value Propositions

 5:00 p.m. Adjournment

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Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director and Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Alchemie Technology Dr. Hudd is Director and Founder of Alchemie Technology Ltd. Alchemie is an independent contract development and consultancy company to the industrial ink jet industry. Dr. Hudd is also a Director of Inkjet Partnership, a specialized company involved in ink jet conferences, Ink Jet Academy and inkjet training programs. A particular research interest is the development of how ink jet can play a role in providing sustainable energy solutions.

Dr. Hudd was a founder of Xennia Technology and Managing Director from 1996 to 2012. During this period, he built Xennia to become a world leading Ink jet developer and solutions provider to industrial ink jet markets.

In 1987, Dr.Hudd joined Domino Printing Sciences and spent eight years as the Fluids Technology Manager, developing a wide range of ink jet ink for diverse applications and is credited with a number of patents and significant innovations within the industrial ink jet industry. Prior to Domino, he spent almost eight years with the Ministry of Defence and Royal Ordnance in the UK, developing new solid polymer rocket propellants for air to air missiles.

Dr. Hudd graduated with B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry and Physics, M.Sc and Ph.D research degrees in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.

Hannah O'Brien, Independent Consultant, Cambridge, UK

Hannah O'Brien, Independent Consultant Ms. O'Brien has nearly a decade of experience in the industrial inkjet and additive manufacturing sectors, most recently as Sales Director at Xennia Technology Ltd, a UK based industrial inkjet integrator. She currently provides industry consultancy and market development support to technical companies interested in developing growth through the adoption of sustainable additive manufacturing processes. Ms. O'Brien has been involved in over 100 inkjet development programmes working with customers to support them in the implementation of inkjet into production line environments. She has first-hand experience of creating business development strategies to support the implementation of disruptive technologies for sustainable manufacturing.

Product Demonstrations & Free Displays

Printer and other product demonstrations/displays by both conference speakers and registrants are encouraged. IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the conference breaks. There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display table. Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers' Forum presentation slot by registering online and check off the box indicating your participation OR complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 OR send an email to

Alvin Keene, IMI


Information Management Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has commissioned I T Strategies of Hanover, Massachusetts to prepare a confidential study report entitled "The Numbers - Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report" for distribution to all registrants to IMI's programs.

This exclusive market report is updated on an ongoing basis and provides a source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure. The report authors, I T Strategies, generate this report from their worldwide model of the printer industry.

All registrants to the Development of Functional Materials for 3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Course on April 28-29, 2014 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "The Numbers - Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report."

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