Workshop to discuss growth and opportunities in additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing (AM), also referred to as 3D printing, may revolutionize the way we design and manufacture components and their constitutive materials. This innovative technique is poised to improve performance and conserve use of energy and materials. The technical challenges associated with manufacturing a component layer-by-layer (as is done in additive manufacturing) are significant and interdisciplinary, from material science, to advanced sensor technology.
You may work in a relevant field and not even know it. And that could mean your program can help advance this new technology while tapping new funds from government agencies and industry.
In the last few years, many government departments and agencies have offered multi-million dollar funding calls in this area, including the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Manufacturing Office, the DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, as well as others.
Industry has also been partnering with national laboratories to benchmark additive manufacturing materials and deposition processes. The industry could grow from its current value of $6 billion to $10.8 billion by 2021, according to the Wohlers Report.
This potential growth is rooted in the scientific discoveries that will lead to broadening its use beyond the current high end and custom products. Argonne scientists will gather to brainstorm opportunities to use Argonne’s core capabilities to capture funding for additive manufacturing at an internal workshop from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in the Building 402. Lower Gallery.
At the workshop, hosted by Argonne Design Works, about 10 Argonne speakers will highlight current additive manufacturing work at the laboratory in metal, polymer and composite materials, with a focus on growth and new programs. Everyone is welcome even if you are not currently working in AM or aren’t sure how your work would fit into the AM research space. There will be more than an hour for discussion and for the audience to highlight related work that is not covered in the planned talks. Please come prepared to share your ideas.
A similar workshop in late 2015 launched the cross-divisional metal AM program at Argonne. The program has grown to attract funding from Argonne’s Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) program and program development rotation. It has also spurred collaborations with other government laboratories and universities, leading to new funding and several more proposals.
Additive manufacturing offers huge opportunities to engage in challenging science that has significant potential to reduce global energy consumption and material waste. It also offers new research funding opportunities.
Register here for the workshop and for updates on future AM activities and funding opportunities.