Metal Additive Manufacturing – Maturation of the Laser Powder Bed Fusion Technology and Today’s Industrial Applications

MIchael-Wohlfart Senior Additive Manufacturing Consultant EOS North America

Michael Wohlfart

Senior Additive Manufacturing Consultant,

EOS North America

Time:

Friday, January 20, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

(1-hour seminar, followed by a sandwich lunch)

Location:

In Person: Room 151, Chrysler Center, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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Title:

Metal Additive Manufacturing – Maturation of the Laser Powder Bed Fusion Technology and Today’s Industrial Applications

Organizers:

Miki Banu | ISD Associate Chair for Doctoral Education and Research

Collegiate Research Professor | Mechanical Engineering

Judy Jin | ISD Manufacturing Program Director | Professor of IOE

Abstract:

Would you feel comfortable flying on a 3D printed airplane?

Initially used for rapid prototyping in the 1980s, additive manufacturing (AM) has developed into a proven manufacturing technology. For demanding industrial applications, laser powder bed fusion (LPBF) is now the most established AM technology, and it is also qualified in highly regulated industries like aerospace or medical.

The presentation will give an overview of the development of metal LPBF from prototyping to a mature manufacturing technology. Process capability, reliable and repeatable part properties, will be demonstrated with a machine capability study. Furthermore, the feasibility of distributed manufacturing, one of the big promises of AM, will be proven with a multi-machine capability study including different production sites.

Applications from different industries will be presented and their requirements will be discussed. Tooling for automotive, space and aviation applications, medical implants, gas turbine applications from the energy sector and heat exchangers in electronics are dominant use cases for industrial AM in 2023.

Speaker Bio:

With over 8 years of experience in the AM industry, Michael Wohlfart knows both sides of the business: After being a user of the technology at Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery he joined EOS, a leading AM solution provider.

Having supported strategic customers on their path to serial production in the European Additive Minds and Key Account Management team for more than five years, he joined EOS North America in May 2022. Michael is Senior AM Consultant, helping customers from all different industries to implement additive manufacturing in their organizations.