More than 120 attendees, including affiliates from over 50 industrial and 9 academic institutions, attended the daylong event and toured Lehigh laboratories.
Additive manufacturing, popularly known as 3d printing, refers to processes used to create three-dimensional objects in which layers of material are formed under computer control to create it. Objects can be of almost any shape or geometry and are produced using data from a digital 3D model. Manufacturing through the additive process can use less material than conventional techniques and can produce more complex and customized products using various materials including metals and biomaterials.
“AM is an area of strong interest to Lehigh and many of our technology partners, especially with our deep background in materials development and applications of research to industry needs” explained Gene Lucadamo, LETN chair.
The aim of ATB 2017 was to establish connections for learning and collaboration, recognize opportunities, challenges and resources for implementing AM, highlight recent innovations and evolving markets, and learn about technologies and intersecting interests.
“Looking forward,” continued Lucadamo, “we will be able to identify regional gaps that we can address together through future events, collaborations and investments.”