16 March 2010

The Route to Mass Adoption of Additive Manufacture in Metal Component Fabrication

  • Sector: Laser Additive Manufacturing
  • Location: Hilton Hotel, Pinchington Lane, Newbury, RG14 7HL
  • Attendees: All welcome



AILU one-day additive manufacturing technology workshop with presentations, an exhibition and tour

Chair: Rob Scudamore (TWI)

About this workshop

The UK has a thriving community in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and this event will provide an insight into current developments in research and their future impact. 

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08:30 - 09:20 Registration and refreshments

09:20 - 11:00 Session 1

Chair: Rob Scudamore, TWI

Keynote Presentation:

Roadmap to mass adoption of additive manufacture in metal component fabrication
Rob Scudamore TWI

Additive manufacture using arc + wire: status, benefits and limitations
Stewart Williams Cranfield University

Validating the use of laser melted titanium for automotive hydraulic systems
David Cooper University of Warwick

11:00 - 11:30 Refreshment break and exhibition

11:30 - 12:45 Session 2

The role of novel beam shaping for improving metallurgical quality in additive manufacture
Matthew Gibson and John Tyrer Laser Optical Engineering

The future of DMLS as a manufacturing technology

Ian Halliday 3T RPD

The selection and specification of powders for additive manufacturing
Richard Alexander LPW Technology

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch & EXHIBITION

13:45 - 15:20 Session 3

Keynote Presentation:

Gas atomised powders designed for rapid manufacturing
Keith Murray and Martin Kearns Sandvik Osprey

Low carbon additive manufacturing - results from the TSB ATKINS project
Richard Hague Loughborough University

How collaborative funding helps you transform technology barriers into commercial success
Robin Wilson Technology Strategy Board

Technology barrier brainstorming (open session)

15:20 Departures and travel to 3T RPD
- only 5 minutes drive from the hotel

15:30 - 16:30 Tour of facilities at 3T RPD

3T RPD Ltd is a market leader in rapid product development providing rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing services to a diverse range of industry sectors. They provide fast and accurate production of complex and functional prototypes, aesthetic models and low volume production components to clients in many industries, including Aerospace, Architecture, Automotive, Dental, Medical, Defence and Pharmaceutical.

3T RPD supply metal and plastic parts using Additive Manufacturing (SLS and DMLS) throughout the UK and Europe. Engineers, architects and designers are using these technologies to revolutionise the speed at which products can be brought to market.
Address: Fulton Court, Wofford Way, New Greenham Park, Newbury RG19 6HD.

Clcik here for directions to 3TRPD Ltd.

(Note: 3T RPD Ltd is a market leader in Rapid Product Development providing Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Manufacturing services to a diverse range of industry sectors, including Automotive, Aerospace, Dental, Medical, Architectural, White Goods, Marine, Defence and FMCG. read more -

About this workshop

The UK has a thriving community in Additive Manufacturing (AM) and this event will provide an insight into current developments in research and their future impact.

For metal component fabrication, AM potentially offers large improvements in performance and reduced cost and material consumption, and the scope and breadth of applications is extremely wide. The AM concept for metal parts involves the deposition of material in incremental stages using one of a variety of techniques; many of which are based around laser technology.

This event addresses the route to mass adoption of AM and as such it will highlight the current technical barriers to successful commercialisation; restrictions relating to the form and composition of available materials; the energy sources (laser, electric arc, e-beam) used for melting the added material; design constraints and the properties/composition of the fabricated component.

To do this we have brought specialists in materials together with commercial users and researchers in laser and non-laser AM technologies, and the day will include lots of opportunities for discussion and questioning. Delegates will be able to assess the different processes, latest developments in commercially available systems, the products and applications for which AM can be exploited and the potential benefits of AM technology to their organisation in addressing today’s manufacturing challenges.

Rob Scudamore Workshop Chair

Rob Scudamore joined TWI in May 2000 and is the Technology Group Manager for the Lasers and Sheet Processes Group, and the Group Manager of TWI’s Yorkshire facility. He has managed projects involving laser deposition, laser welding, hybrid laser/arc welding, and transmission welding of plastics. He is currently involved in laser deposition of various metals, including high temperature materials for repair and original build.

Who should attend

One of the key features of the annual AILU AM workshop is the opportunity it provides for delegates to meet with the presenters and with one another: a comfortable environment, generous lunch and refreshment breaks, a table top exhibition and a clinic service.
Delegates to this workshop will include industry specialists, users and researchers in additive manufacturing and attendance will be valuable to anyone with an interest in material processing, especially:

  • Engineers and managers from manufacturing industry looking to enhance production capabilities or simply to keep abreast of the latest developments.
  • Job shop owners looking for new technology pathways and new opportunities in small batch manufacturing runs for the engineering sector.
  • Researchers in materials and in laser materials processing.


The workshop will be held in the Lambourn Suite of the Hilton Newbury Centre Hotel Pinchington Lane Newbury Oxfordshire RG14 7HL.


On arrival you will receive a delegate pack containing a name badge and essential notes for the day, including a detailed programme and a delegate list. The pack will also include a name and password for downloading PDFs of the presentations, which will be made available on the AILU web site as soon as possible after the event.

A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) will be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary needs.


The exhibition, refreshment and lunch breaks and the presentations will all take place in the Lambourn Suite.

Access to the exhibition area is available from 07:30 on the day. The hotel reception desk will provide directions to temporary parking by the side fire exit adjacent to the Lambourn Suite for unloading large/heavy items. You can bring your own ‘pop up’ display (ceiling height 2.9 m) or backboard. A table (120 x 60 cm) will be provided on request. 240V mains power will be available.


To register for the event AILU members need only give their name by phone or email ( Non members should complete the registration form attached and post/fax it to the AILU office.

AILU members and members of supporting organisations for this event receive a registration discount. Delegates who pay the full price and who decide to join the Association within 10 weeks of the event will receive this discount on their first year’s corporate membership subscription. For further information on membership go to and look for the link to ‘about us’.


As part of the mission of the Photonics and Plastic Electronics KTN, AILU Secretary Mike Green will be available throughout the day to arrange informal introductions with appropriate experts at the workshop, for discussions on any technical or business matters that delegates would like to raise.


The venue is close to Newbury town centre.
Air: Heathrow and Southampton airports are closest, about 45 miles away.
Rail: Newbury station is only a few minutes away by taxi or 25 minutes on foot.
Car: The site is close to the intersection of the M4 motorway (Jn 13) and the main A34 road.

Click here for full directions to the venue and a map

Click here for directions to 3T RPD LTD


Accommodation at the venue (the Hilton Newbury Centre Hotel), has been held until 16 February at a special rate of £95 B&B. Please Phone 01256 316975, ask for Fran or Dan and quote ref: AALUA.

Click here for a comprehensive list of hotels in the area.

Registration Fees

* AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 142 plus VAT
* Non members: GBP 175 plus VAT
* Concessions: GBP 65 incl VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 40 incl VAT (full time students)
* Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): GBP 135 plus VAT
* Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 175 plus VAT
* Exhibitor/delegate discount: GBP 50 plus VAT

Fee includes a delegate pack.

Cancellations will be accepted up to 1 week before the event; otherwise the full fee may be charged.

To book (we will invoice, send no money) e-mail:

For more information please contact us.

AILU reserves the right to alter the programme or cancel the meeting at short notice and accepts no responsibility for the views expressed by the speakers or delegates. 

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