There is a lot of excitement about the potential of smart manufacturing (involving the use of information, automation, computation, software, sensing, and networking technologies) to revolutionize the manufacturing industry, e.g., by boosting manufacturing quality and productivity at low cost. An excellent application for such “smart” technologies is additive manufacturing (AM), another area of manufacturing that is gaining a lot of traction but is plagued by quality, productivity and cost issues. In this talk, Professor Okwudire will share some of his research at the University of Michigan’s Smart and Sustainable Automation Laboratory, aimed at enhancing AM quality and productivity at low cost using smart technologies. Specifically, he will present state-of-the-art research on speeding up 3D printers at low cost using advanced controls and cloud computing. He will also discuss his recent research on SmartScan, an intelligent scanning approach to minimize thermal induced defects in laser powder bed fusion AM. Mr. Thompson will share how his team at Ulendo is translating the research from Professor Okwudire's lab at the University of Michigan to the 3D printing industry, including demonstrations of improved 3D printing speed and quality from some of Ulendo's clients.
- Appreciate the importance of some of the cutting-edge smart automation technologies that are poised to accelerate the growth of the AM industry.
- Appreciate the importance of state-of-the-art research and industry-university collaborations in bringing advanced automation solutions to the 3D printing industry.
- Demonstrate case studies showing the significant impact of low-cost advanced automation solutions on the speed and quality of 3D printing.