Thu, Jan 12, 2017 1:00P EST
- Laser Additive Manufacturing
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Wayne Penn, applied physics consultant and former president of Alabama Laser Systems, will provide an introduction to laser additive manufacturing (LAM) and the open source world of 3D printing.
Penn will discuss the challenges of additive manufacturing (AM), including quality control, and the role of laser welding and cladding technology in AM. He will present examples of industrial applications showing the use of laser welding, cladding and rapid manufacturing techniques in AM, and conclude with a look at future initiatives in the area of LAM.
LAM will play a critical role in producing the next generation of aircraft jet engines, rocket motors and other complex machinery across a range of industries. It enables a design-driven manufacturing process, and can be used in areas where conventional manufacturing methods have reached their limits. Additive manufacturing technology expressed as 3D printing enables a business to directly manufacture complex parts that cannot be built by conventional subtractive machining. Parts printed using 3D technology can incorporate internal channels, pockets and structural features using advanced materials, resulting in high performance parts that would be very difficult to make using traditional methods.
Penn has over 40 years of experience with lasers. He graduated from the School of Physics at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977. For more than two decades he did laser business development and applications research and development for NASA. He was president of Alabama Laser Systems from 1997 to 2016. His current focus includes the R&D of metal deposition and bonding with an emphasis on additive manufacturing.