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Manufacturing Measurement Network

The Next Manufacturers Measurement Network (MMN) event entitled ‘Additive Manufacturing’ will take place on 16th January 2018 at NPL’s North of England at usual venue 3M Buckley in Huddersfield. For the first time MMN event will be organised together with Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance.

Additive manufacturing processes (often referred to as “3D printing”) offer a great deal of potential to manufacturers by opening up new possibilities, rapid prototyping, greater product design flexibility and increased product personalisation. Some industries have already adopted these processes, especially where design is more important than safety or functionality. However, the new freedoms created by additive manufacturing also mean new challenges with regards to product validation and assessment.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) machines are popping up all over the place in a vast range of industrial processes and it seems that new ideas about what can be made are rapidly outpacing the rate at which we are able to manage these processes to produce conforming products or to produce systems able to validate the quality of these products. Many challenges face us when considering metal AM parts, including the effects of powder quality, the ramifications of powder re-use, validating internal geometry and surface finish and understanding and validating component physical properties. Much work is being done in research institutes and in large manufacturing businesses to ensure that AM can be adopted safely and economically, but how does this apply to SME manufacturer’s?

Speakers include:

  • Stephen Crownshaw, Am Business Manager at Renishaw
  • Ben Hawksworth, CEO and Founder of Hawk 3D Proto
  • David Butler, Science Area Leader- Advanced Manufacturing at National Physical Laboratory
  • Robert Woollin, NPL North of England Strategic Business Development Manager

Join us at this event to find out more about the current state of play in Additive Manufacturing and hear from people who are already working in this environment and meeting these challenges daily.