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LAM Technology, Opportunities and Challenges

Thu, Jan 12, 2017 1:00P EST


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This webinar will provide you with a foundation of knowledge in laser additive manufacturing (LAM) and 3D printing, including advantages, possibilities and challenges. Wayne Penn, applied physics consultant and former president of Alabama Laser Systems, will begin with a look at the technology on which laser additive manufacturing (LAM) processes are based. He will review specific LAM processes, including free form, powder bed, hybrid additive manufacturing, and welding.

A disruptive technology, LAM is one of the breakthrough technologies facilitating the transition from traditional subtractive machining to 3D printing. Penn will discuss the impact of LAM on 3D printing design and provide a brief look at 3D printing materials, cost, and benefits associated with using this technology.

The next portion of the webinar will focus on the practical application of LAM manufacturing and repair in a variety of industries including energy, oil & gas, aerospace and other developing applications. Penn will look at the challenges of LAM and 3D printing, such as quality control and cost, as well as the challenges relating to the evolving nature of the technology. He will conclude with a brief look at new technologies and future “disruptive” improvements to LAM and 3D printing, that may help alleviate implementation challenges.

Wayne Penn Alabama LaserWayne Penn has over 40 years of experience with lasers. He graduated from the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977. During the 70s, 80s and 90s he did laser and applications R&D and business development. Additionally in the 80s and early 90s he did laser systems and applications research and development for NASA. He was president of Alabama Laser Systems from 1997 to 2016. Penn’s current focus includes the R&D of metal deposition and bonding with an emphasis on additive manufacturing.

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