Choose from several workshops covering concepts that will open your eyes to new manufacturing possibilities and advance your understanding of 3D printing, scanning, and additive manufacturing. The workshops will feature experts in metal additive manufacturing, casting, medical 3D printing, 3D scanning, and business implementation.



Monday, May 8 | 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

(additional fee required; choose only one)


Additive Manufacturing with Metals & Its Impact on Plastic Injection Molding

This workshop introduces participants to how additive manufacturing with metals (aka 3d metal printing) is impacting the plastic injection molding industry. It gives an overview of the 3d metal printing process, how it works and its impact. The instructor will discuss terminology, provide real-world examples, and use case studies to help the participants better understand the significance that 3d metal printing is having on the plastics industry. Along with the learning objectives below, the participants will gain insight into how to apply this technology to improve part quality, reduce operating costs, and increase production capacity.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the current state of the plastic injection molding industry
  • Review traditional manufacturing of plastic injection molds
  • Educate on additive manufacturing in metals and terminology
  • Demonstrate the benefits of using additive manufacturing in plastic injection molding
  • Explore additive manufacturing’s impact on the plastic injection molding industry


Casting Processes and Materials

Metal casting can be one of the most efficient and economical processes to manufacture a metal component. To make maximum use to the capabilities of casting, the design engineer, purchaser, and metal casting facility producing the component should communicate and coordinate design features that improve manufacturability and also consider secondary operations and use. This workshop will provide you with an interactive overview of various metalcasting processes and alloys so that you can make better design and sourcing decisions for your engineered cast components. The application of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping technology to assist in reducing the time and cost to develop new component designs and also examples of conversions from other manufacturing process will be discussed. The goal of this seminar is to inform the designer and purchaser to understand how the proper material/process marriage can unleash the power of metalcasting and how they will be better equipped to create the most cost effective product. Another goal is to present considerations that should be made for both ferrous and non-ferrous parts, show how casting can be used to integrate unique features, and discuss applications. Finally, we will discuss Part Optimization (Inspire Software) by removing ALL current manufacturing constraints that are no longer applicable using AM.

Learning objectives:

  • Educate non-foundry engineers and designers on the various casting technologies
  • Explain how the applications of additive manufacturing technologies in the casting process can reduce time and cost
  • Provide an overview of the various metal casting processes and alloys used in the casting industry to achieve better cast components
  • See how additive manufacturing can be used to improve component design, performance, cost and time to market
  • Speak with the experts to solve your casting problems


Regulatory & Quality System Considerations for 3D Printed Medical Devices

As the number of medical devices manufactured using additive manufacturing/3D printing technologies continues to increase, manufacturers struggle with the quality, validation, and filing processes to have each device cleared for use. This workshop brings together technology and process experts to walk participants through the considerations at every step as it applied to 3D printed devices. Discussion will include device classes, verification, validation, testing, PMA, IQ, OQ, PQ and more.

Learning objectives:

  • Gain insight into FDA’s view of 3D printing as applied to medical devices
  • Obtain an overview of the types of 3D printed medical devices that have been cleared
  • Understand how quality, controls, validation and verification can be accomplished with 3D printing
  • Learn the latest available information on regulatory clearance processes specific to 3D printing


3D Printing in Hospitals: What You Need to Know

Point-of-care manufacturing is increasing the ability of clinicians to educate, plan, and treat patients. The use of 3D printing allows the creation of patient-matched models, guides, and devices to be manufactured within a hospital setting. This workshop will walk through the critical steps to create a 3D printing lab and the many ways it can be used.

Learning objectives:

  • Obtain an overview of what medical applications are active in 3D printing and what applications have potential to benefit from 3D Printing
  • Learn the process from patient to medical scan to 3D printed model and all the important steps to ensure safety and effectivity.
  • Understand what is important from the clinical perspective to bring 3D printing to your institution (big or small)
  • Gain an appreciation for the technical, institutional, and economic impact 3D printing can have within a hospital


Bioprinting Fundamentals

This workshop will review fundamentals on bioprinting processes and technologies and consider recent developments in bioprinting technologies for processing cells, drugs, and biomaterials into artificial tissues as well as drug delivery devices. Several topics related to bioprinting, such as bioprinting technologies and materials for use in bioprinting, will be discussed.  Discussions among the numerous groups involved in the development and use of bioprinting technologies, including equipment manufacturers, bioprinting engineers, and clinicians will be facilitated and support research activities and industry-university collaborations involving the use of bioprinting in medicine, surgery, and dentistry.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn what bioprinting is and how it is similar to and different form 3D printing
  • Explore current applications and development
  • Understand challenges and research being done to address those challenges


Fundamentals of Additive Manufacturing

This workshop introduces participants to the world of 3D printing/additive manufacturing technologies. It covers how the most commonly known technologies work, what is currently available and where each of the technologies have been applied in a wide variety of industrial applications. It also covers some of the downstream processes such as metal casting, and how using the technologies have saved both time and money.

Also discussed are the areas of additive manufacturing where the technologies have been used to produce serial production parts direct from the machines. The workshop is intended to enlighten the participants about the world of 3D printing and additive manufacturing and to form the basis for helping them make decisions about the below learning objectives.

Learning objectives:

  • Decide if these technologies are applicable to specific requirements
  • Learn which technology would best suit particular needs
  • Determine approximate budget requirement
  • Understand effect on designing/engineering the prototype and final production parts


Fundamentals of 3D Scanning and 3D Modeling

This workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to 3D scanning technologies, software, and processes, highlighting the differences among data capture technologies including live hands-on demonstrations of some of the most popular scanning devices. Guest speakers and demonstrators are amongst the world’s most knowledgeable and experienced practitioners in the field.

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the history and context of 3D digital scanning and its use for shape capture and reverse engineering
  • Provide an overview of the available technologies
  • Use practical demonstrations to show the latest developments in both hardware and software


Metal Part Fabrication Using Additive Manufacturing Technologies

This workshop provides a detailed overview of the additive process used for creating metal parts. Methods for metal part fabrication range from casting metal parts from rapid prototyped patterns to directed metal fabrication using lasers, electron beams, or ultrasonic energy. Metal additive manufacturing technology has been growing in the recent years and has been used for final part production for medical and aerospace applications. New advances on machine technologies have made the metal additive manufacturing processes faster, more efficient, and with larger manufacturing capabilities. The future for metal additive manufacturing is very bright and rapidly improving.

Learning objectives:

  • Introduce the general methods for forming metal parts using additive manufacturing
  • Present the newest additive manufacturing metals technology
  • Give multiple examples of each type of method
  • Compare and contrast the methods given


Making the Business Case for Additive Manufacturing

Applications of additive manufacturing (AM) continue to expand into diverse industries – far beyond the technology’s rapid prototyping roots. Company leaders are rightfully concerned with making the correct choices about when and how to invest in AM capabilities. This workshop will offer an overview of how to think about the comprehensive business case for AM. Beyond simply evaluating a financial model for “a machine,” we will look at the diversity of AM technologies available, along with frameworks for understanding the business impact that AM can have, and the broad considerations managers must keep in mind for building AM capabilities and integrating into their overall “digital thread.”

Learning objectives:

  • What is AM? Developing a high-level understanding of the diversity of AM technologies
  • How does it apply to my business? Understanding and applying a strategic framework to determine AM impact on the business
  • Tracing the Digital Thread. Identifying where AM fits into the “digital thread” of the company, including aspects of design systems, simulation, production, quality, and field use
  • What is AM worth to me? Gaining insight into the financial drivers of AM cost justification including traditional Return on Investment (ROI) and Lifecycle Analysis (LCA) perspectives
  • Considerations for implementing AM: Intellectual Property (IP), Quality Assurance (QA), supply chain, workforce development, cybersecurity, governance and performance management