By Geoff Giordano
Record attendance and spirited discussion from beginning to end marked the most successful Laser Additive Manufacturing (LAM®) Workshop to date. LIA’s sixth annual LAM spotlighted a multitude of promising developments in AM research, materials and processes, and previewed progress on the horizon.
Organized into two educational tracks, showcasing powder-bed processes March 12 and powder-fed technology March 13, LAM 2014 brimmed with case studies and highlights from around the world. More than 200 attendees traveled to Houston from more than a dozen countries, drawn not only by a wide-ranging slate of presentations but also the opportunity to talk directly with suppliers of AM solutions. [click to continue…]
Two weeks ago today, the sixth-annual Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop opened in Houston with a riveting keynote by GE Aviation’s Todd Rockstroh. Setting an attendance record, LAM 2014 closed the following day with a lively Q&A session on the qualities and varieties of AM alloys for powder-bed and powder-fed applications.
It’s always illuminating to go back to your notes a few days after an intensive conference and re-examine the “takeaways.” Several things stood out at LAM 2014: the increased presence of key industry players; the importance of data management to refine additive processes; the energetic efforts around the world to fund AM research and expand AM capabilities; and the work and personnel yet required to transform more exploratory concepts into established, repeatable — and commercially successful — parts and products.
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