1 April 2014

Metal Additive Manufacturing: opportunities in applications and improvements in process technology

  • Location: Copthorne Hotel Sheffield
  • Attendees: All welcome



This meeting is being held at the Copthorne Hotel Sheffield, just 6 miles from the TWI Technology Centre in Rotherham. See below for more details.

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Chair: Rob Scudamore


 Additive Manufacturing (AM), increasingly referred to as 3D Printing, has seen a meteoric rise in recent years. From White House funding programmes in the USA, press reports of AM handguns to ‘Print me a Stradivarius’, it seems that anything is possible with this technology. Certainly, AM potentially offers large improvements in performance through enhanced design capability, combined with reduced cost and material consumption. Whilst the Aerospace and Medical sectors are leading the way in metallic AM, applications are being exploited in almost every industrial sector.
The UK has a thriving AM community and for this event we have brought together academic specialists and researchers with commercial users in AM technologies to present their current views and their latest work. The scope of the workshop will reflect the broad skills base needed to exploit AM, which spans materials, material testing, processing knowledge, design, CAD and mechanical engineering. It will also reflect the variety of techniques used to add material to create components layer-by-layer, many of which are based around laser technology. Areas will include: technology development regarding processes; up and downstream factors; technical areas that are a commercial reality; case studies of AM successes; strategic development of the technology in research and industry.
We cannot promise all the answers, but through this exploration of AM reality delegates will be better able to separate fact from over-sold fiction and will gain a better understanding of what is happening and how it could impact on their business. They will be able to assess the different processes, the latest developments in commercially available systems and the products and applications for which AM can be exploited.
The day will include lots of opportunities for discussion and questioning and will end with a tour of AM activities at the nearby TWI Technology Centre.


09:00 - 09:55 Registration and refreshments

Rob Scudamore, AM SIG Chair

10:00 - 11:20 Session 1

Commercial exploitation of AM through technical development

Stephane Abed, Poly-Shape, France

Design and Dirty Secrets - Getting the best out of AM
Robin Wilson, Technology Strategy Board

Additive Manufacturing in the Medical Sector
Edward Draper, JRI Orthopaedics

A view on the industrial exploitation of AM
Neil Burns, Croft Engineering

11:20 - 11:45 Refreshments and exhibition

11:45 - 12:45 Session 2

An industrial perspective on AM

Neil Mantle, Rolls-Royce

Update on Additive Manufacturing within the HVM Catapult
David Wimpenny, MTC

Industrial applications and development in LMD and SLM
Sozon Tsopanos, TWI

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch and exhibition

13:45 - 14:45 Session 3

Residual stress and distortion control in large scale Additive Manufacture

Stewart Williams, Cranfield University

DLD of Large Structures: Current Research and Technology Roadmap
Moataz Attallah, Birmingham University

Additive Manufacturing of ferrous and non-ferrous alloys using modulated lasers
Ravi Aswathanarayanaswamy  Renishaw

14:45 - 15:00 Refreshments and exhibition

15:00 - 15:55 Session 4

Part production using SLM
Trevor Illston, Material Solutions

DMLS - Is it a done deal?
Phil Kilburn, 3T RPD

Quality control measures critical to the adoption of sustainable Additive Manufacturing component production
Ben Ferrar, LPW

15:50 End of workshop

15:55 - 17:00 TOUR

Travel to TWI (15 mins) and tour (45 mins)

Who should attend

One of the key features of AILU workshops 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 tour of a research facility.
The wide scope of this event means that there is something for everyone in the laser user and supplier community, or who simply have an interest in material processing. Delegates will include:

  • 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 opportunities in small batch manufacturing runs for the engineering sectors.
  • Researchers in materials and in laser materials processing wishing to keep up to date or looking for new research opportunities.


On the day delegates will receive a name badge, a list of delegates, essential notes for the day and a password for accessing the key presentation slides, which will be made available on the AILU website shortly after the end of the event. A buffet lunch (including vegetarian options) will also be provided together with refreshments throughout the day. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements.


Delegates and exhibitors who are AILU members need only phone or email their names; otherwise the registration form on this flyer should be completed. 

AILU members and members of supporting organizations receive a registration discount. For delegates who pay the full price and who decide to join the AILU within 10 weeks of the event, the member discount will be deducted from their first year’s corporate membership subscription. For more information about membership go to and take the ‘about us’ link.


The table top exhibition will be held, together with lunch and refreshment breaks, in the spacious Yorkshire 1 room of the Copthorne Hotel, with the presentations taking place in the adjacent Yorkshire 2 room. Tables (6 ft) will be provided, with white linen covers if required. Backboards are not provided but exhibitors can bring their own banners and pop-up stands and there will be 240 V mains power available. Please let us know well in advance if you require significant power.

Access to the exhibition area will be from 07:30 on the day. Please use the hotel car park and report to Reception who will advise on the best entrance to use to access the first floor conference suite. A lift is available for heavy items. The allocation of tables is ‘first come first served’

Registration Fees

  • AILU and supporting organisation members: GBP 160 plus VAT
  • Non members: GBP 195 plus VAT
  • Concessions: GBP 65 plus VAT (retired, unemployed); GBP 45 plus VAT (full time students)
  • Exhibitor (AILU and supporting orgiansation member): GBP 155 plus VAT
  • Exhibitor (non-member): GBP 195 plus VAT
  • Exhibitor+delegate discount: GBP 50 plus VAT

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

You can register on line by credit card at Alternatively, with the option of being invoiced and paying later, you can complete the registration form on the flyer or contact the AILU office (T: 01235 539595; E: Members of AILU and/or the AM Special Interest Group need only give their name by phone or email.


This AILU Meeting is being held in the Copthorne Hotel Sheffield - Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU, UK (T. +44 (0) 11 4252 5480; F. +44 (0) 11 4252 5490; Accommodation is available at the workshop venue, the Copthorne Hotel, at a special delegate rate of £80.00 b&b. The code you will need to quote to the reservations team is TWI/310314.

The Copthorne Hotel in Sheffield is conveniently located immediately adjacent to the Sheffield United Football Club stadium south of the city centre and only 6 miles (15 minutes drive) away from TWI Technology Centre - Yorkshire.


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By car

The closest motorway junctions are Jn 33 and 34 of the M1. Approach by the A61 - see map

Sat.Nav - S2 4SU

Parking: There is plenty of parking at the hotel.

TWI suggests that you arrange taxi travel with RCA Taxis - Phone: 0114 239 3939

By Rail

Sheffield railway station is 2 minutes by car or 18 minutes walking

Arriving by Air

Robin Hood airport near Doncaster is the closest airport (40 minutes from the venue by car & 7 miles from Doncaster railway station, for a train to Sheffield).


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