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The value of additive manufacturing: future opportunities

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Imperial College London's Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering (IMSE) and Additive Manufacturing Network invite you to the launch of their latest briefing paper, on the College's new White City Campus.

Please join us to learn about ongoing challenges in the 3D printing industry, and how Imperial researchers are tackling these barriers.

The keynote talk will be given by Dr Ajit Panesar (Department of Aeronautics), and will be followed by a research and facilities showcase, and drinks reception.

Registration will be open from 14.00.

We will be offering guided tours of the Hackspace facilities during the drinks reception (from 16.00), which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to sign up for the tours at registration, so please arrive promptly!



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14.00 Registration

14.30 Welcome from IMSE Co-directors Professor Claire Adjiman (Department of Chemical Engineering) & Professor Nicholas Harrison (Department of Chemistry)

14.45 Additive Manufacturing at Imperial College London, Dr Billy Wu & Dr Connor Myant (Additive Manufacturing Network)

15.00 Keynote talk by Dr Ajit Panesar, The role of computer methods in additive manufacturing: where we are and where we ought to be

16.00 Research/facilities showcase and drinks reception



Keynote talk abstract

With the emergence of additive manufacturing (AM) as a mainstream manufacturing process, the realisation of high-performance parts become feasible. Remaining challenges, however, include the need to re-think the way we conceptualise parts, to incorporate a new set of manufacturing constraints and, importantly, to consider computationally efficient approaches for modelling/simulations.

This talk will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art implementations and developments for underpinning computer methods, which have the potential to bring about a step change in how we design for AM.

The role of numerical methods in the realisation of: (i) multimaterial 3D-printed smart structures that embed system componentry; (ii) novel, optimised microstructures for multifunctional fibre-reinforced polymer composites; and (iii) efficient design tool for lattice generation, will be discussed.

Lastly, the landscape of computer methods that can help facilitate the exploitation of nascent research areas (e.g., 3D printing of composites) and a greater adoption of more-established AM processes, will be explored.

About the keynote speaker

Dr Ajit Panesar, Lecturer in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, has more than 10 years’ experience in applying computer methods to progress two of the most promising and innovative manufacturing technologies of our age – additive manufacture (AM) and composite tow steering.

Dr Panesar holds a PhD in aerospace engineering from the Advanced Composites Collaboration for Innovation and Science (ACCIS) at the University of Bristol. He conducted his postdoctoral research within the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) – formerly known as the AM&3DP group – at the University of Nottingham, where he developed the area of design-optimisation for multifunctional AM.

The core of Dr Panesar’s research so far has been the use and development of optimisation algorithms and numerical methods, to establish a framework for novel design tools that exploit the opportunities offered by innovative manufacturing techniques. He is currently working to integrate the manufacturing simulation of the processes within the framework, to better predict the performance of manufactured parts in high-performance applications.


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