Information Management Institute

Emerging Technologies Academy
3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Course

September 5, 2014

Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, North Carolina

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Information Management Institute


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Course Focus

IMI's 3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges 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.

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.

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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, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.

Understanding the fundamentals is a prerequisite to entering 3D Printing or undertaking any development programs. But assessing and entering the 3D Printing World presents considerable technical challenges and barriers to commercial success. So getting up to speed is not easy. Until now!

IMI's 3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Course provides a program and format to get an expert start in 3D Printing, to get an update or to open up new opportunities for successful development.

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3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Course
September 5, 2014
Hilton Charlotte University Place
Charlotte, North Carolina

Program & Topic Coverage

  Friday, September 5, 2014

  8:30 a.m.Course Registration

  9:00 a.m.Session 1

Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director and Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK
Hannah O'Brien, Consultant, Alchemie Technology, 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 or Melting
    - Granular & Powder Bed Melting or Sintering
    - Laminated Object Manufacturing
    - Stereo & Step Flash Lithography
    - Digital Light Processing
    - Ink Jet Printing

Markets, Applications & Trends

  • Market Size & Overview of 3D Printing Applications
  • Emerging Applications for 3D Printing
  • Identifying Real Opportunities
  • Future Applications
  • Transforming Design & Product Development
  • Challenges & Barriers to Re-shaping Supply Channels & Re-shoring Manufacturing

  12:00 Noon Lunch

  1:00 p.m.Session 2

Functional Materials Development
  • Materials Development Key to Success for All Technologies
  • Review of the Range of Materials that can be 3D Printed.
  • Challenges for Material Development of 3D Printing for Manufacturing
  • Review of Current Materials Used
    - Thermoplastics (e.g. PLA, ABS)
    - HDPE
    - Eutectic Metals
    - Edible Materials
    - Rubber (Sugru)
    - Modeling Clay
    - Plasticine
    - RTV Silicone
    - Porcelain
    - Metal Clay (including Precious Metal Clay)
    - Metal Alloys
    - Powders & Resins
    - Ceramic Powders
    - UV Curable & Photopolymers
    - Ink Jet Fluids

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 to Deliver Success
    - Cost Savings
    - Added Value Propositions

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 4:00 p.m. Adjournment

IMI Conferences in September 2014

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2014
September 3-4, 2014

Emerging Technologies Academy Short Courses

3D Printing - Opportunities & Challenges Course

High Speed Ink Jet System Design & Process Development Course

Printhead Selection and Evaluation Course

Color Management for
Successful Ink Jet System Implementation Course

September 5, 2014

IMI Completed Conferences on this Topic

Development of Functional Materials for
3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

April 28-29, 2014

23rd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
February 5-7, 2014

22nd Annual Ink Jet Printing Conference
January 30-February 1, 2013

Ink Jet Technology Showcase 2012
September 5 - 6, 2012

A Complete Listing of IMI Completed Programs


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
Hannah O'Brien is Sales & Marketing Director at Alchemie, an independent consultancy company to the industrial inkjet sector and associated markets. Ms. O'Brien has over a decade of experience in the additive manufacturing and industrial ink jet sectors. Hannah currently provides industry consultancy and business development to companies interested in creating growth through the adoption of sustainable additive manufacturing processes.

Prior to Alchemie Ms. O'Brien worked as Sales Director at Xennia Technology Ltd, a UK based industrial ink jet integrator and was responsible for global sales and marketing activities. She was responsible for delivering significant sales growth through the exploitation of Xennia's digital technology for the decoration of ceramic tiles.

Ms. O'Brien has been involved in over 100 ink jet development programmes working with customers to support them to implement additive manufacturing techniques onto production line environments. Projects included developing ink jet processes for the building of 3D structures and deploying ink jet for additive manufacturing applications in sectors as diverse as pharmaceutical/healthcare, food, consumer goods, automotive, textiles and construction.

Hannah has first-hand experience of developing business development strategies to support the implementation of disruptive technologies for sustainable manufacturing and a proven track record in delivering rapid business growth through installation of digital print systems onto production lines across global market places.

Ms. O'Brien has worked with key players from all aspects of the supply chain from end users to technology providers and has a solid understanding of how to translate technologies into tangible benefits for customers. She has a background in marketing and technical sales and has strong application knowledge across a range of industrial sectors.

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

IMI has chosen Charlotte, North Carolina for its central location and great travel connections from within the USA and beyond as well as its strong economic climate. Charlotte is known as the International Gateway to South and Charlotte's Douglas International Airport is the sixth busiest airport in the world. It serves over 40 million passengers per year with competitive fares and convenient fight schedules from more than 140 nonstop destinations. Nearly 60% of the US population is within a two hour flight of Charlotte.

Charlotte is the center of the United State's sixth largest urban region with 7.3 million people living in a 100-mile radius. Charlotte is a major Southeastern US hub with major manufacturing, energy, healthcare, educational and financial facilities. More than 270 Fortune 500 companies have facilities in the Greater Charlotte metro area. Charlotte is a major manufacturing force - Mecklenburg County has 1,150 producers generating an annual payroll of $3.1 billion. Charlotte serves as headquarters for many major national and international companies. During the past ten years, nearly 7,000 firms have invested $12 billion in new Charlotte area facilities.

Charlotte offers major and unique attractions including the following favorites:
NASCAR Hall of Fame:
U.S. National Whitewater Center:
Billy Graham Library:
Levine Museum of the New South:
Discovery Place:
and Much More!

The Numbers: Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report
Provided to all Registrants

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 Emerging Technologies Academy Courses on September 5, 2014 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "The Numbers: Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report."

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