Frontiers of 3D printing and additive manufacturing explained

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01 March 2018

The outstanding potential of additive manufacturing to transform production in many industries will be the topic of Geelong’s first “Clever and Creative” lecture.

3D printers are so much more than the low-end plastic or resin devices you can buy in chain stores, claims Deakin University’s Professor of Additive Manufacturing, Ian Gibson.

“Most people are unaware of the advanced manufacturing technological processes that involve additive manufacturing today,” said Professor Gibson, one of the world’s foremost experts in 3D printing and additive manufacturing.

Professor Gibson and Arno Held, Director of Business Development at AM Ventures Holding (Germany), will share their knowledge about the frontiers of 3D printing and additive manufacturing in a public lecture next week. The lecture will be the first in the 2018 Clever and Creative Deakin Lecture Series, supported by Deakin and the City of Greater Geelong. It will be held on Thursday 8 March, 6pm – 7.30pm in the Costa Lecture Theatre at Geelong Waterfront Campus.

Professor Gibson and Mr Held will outline how 3D printers and additive manufacturing can be used to create complex shapes and overcome problems faced by aerospace engineers, automotive designers, medical practitioners and other creative innovators of new technology.

“The type of high end production available today is allowing companies to achieve cost reductions, optimise and customise products that would not feasibly be available any other way,” said Professor Gibson.

“For instance, the Geelong start-up Conflux Technology, which is supported by AM Ventures, has used 3D metal printing to create a sophisticated heat exchange device that is being applied in multiple industries including Aerospace, Automotive, and Oil and Gas.  It derives its superior performance from a physical geometry that can only be produced by way of Additive Manufacturing or industrial 3D printing.”

In 2017, Professor Gibson became the first Australian academic to receive the prestigious International Freeform and Additive Manufacturing Excellence (FAME) Award, in recognition of his lifetime contribution to 3D printing. His career achievements include: co-authoring the seminal 3D printing textbook “Additive Manufacturing Technologies,” which has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide; establishing the “Rapid Prototyping Journal,” the main academic journal, which has been operating for 25 years; and leading community engagement through the establishment of the Global Alliance of Rapid Prototyping Associations and similar initiatives.

Arno Held studied Industrial Engineering and Management in Karlsruhe (Germany), Shanghai (China) and St Gallen (Switzerland). He is co-founder of two companies and has been supporting start-ups to successfully enter the world of 3D printing since 2008. Today, he is in charge of the venturing activities at AM Ventures Holding, sister company of EOS and the world-leading strategic investor, focusing on industrial 3D printing. His team manages a portfolio of 18 companies in seven countries. AM Ventures provides a globally-unique access to funding, technology and world-leading expertise in additive manufacturing hardware, software, materials and applications.

2018 Clever and Creative Deakin Lecture Series: Additive Manufacturing

  • When: Thursday 8 March, 6pm – 7.30pm
  • Where: Costa Lecture Theatre, Geelong Waterfront Campus
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The lecture will be the first in the 2018 Clever and Creative Deakin Lecture Series, supported by Deakin and the City of Greater Geelong.

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