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Industrializing Additive Manufacturing to make practical end-use products

Industrializing Additive Manufacturing to make practical end-use products

A Complimentary CIMdata Educational Webinar with James White, Director, Additive Manufacturing Strategy Consulting Practice, CIMdata

December 7 2017
11:00  EST | 08:00  PST | 17:00 CEST

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Do any of the following statements sound a little too familiar?
  • Final Additive Manufacturing (AM) production settings were not recorded last time causing repeat trial and error.
  • Changes to part geometry were made by the machine operator so we don’t have an as-built record.
  • Engineers don’t use Generative Design or Topology Optimization which leads to excessive material being used; parts are heavier and more expensive than need be.
  • Without robust IT security for AM production, we are vulnerable to hacking, losing data.
  • Multiple people make “final” decisions which causes confusion and wasted time to resolve.
  • AM changes aren’t managed by PLM, leading to mistakes and delays due to unforeseen dependencies upon other parts under PLM management.
  • AM parts aren’t strong enough; we don’t know whether to abandon AM or keep trying more materials.
  • We don’t know what kind of material or machine to use for AM production parts.
  • Management believes that AM can cut production cost but we don’t know how to show it.

The days are gone when Additive Manufacturing (AM) was limited to making one-offs, prototypes, and your favorite Disney character. Now, with advances in materials, AM machines, and software, we have the possibility of making practical everyday products. But are factories ready to fully adopt AM into production?

There’s a lot of hype about how AM technology can make anything from human organs, cars, apparel, to even food. It’s true that advances in material science, AM machines, and design software allow us to print things in multi-materials, multi-part assemblies, and multi-color, which is tantalizing because it brings us closer to making actual for-end-use products. But how well are companies prepared for the disruption of AM systems and processes as they incorporate them into the mainstream? Are CAD, PLM, ERP, Supply Chain systems “AM Aware” enough to manage the unique design requirements, workflows, production processes, and procurement to support AM production of real for-end-use production products?

This webinar will evaluate what’s needed and how ready industrial companies are for implementing AM into their mainstream processes.


What will I learn by attending this webinar?
  • You will learn how engineers can use Generative Design and Topology Optimization tools in AM product design
  • You will learn how to find suitable products to redesign using AM
  • You will learn how to use PLM to manage an AM workflow
  • You will learn how to develop an AM ROI business case for upper management
  • You will learn how to ensure IT security for AM workflows to protect data
  • You will learn how to evaluate AM materials and machines to ensure correct choices are made


Join us for this webinar if you want to:
  • Learn how and when to best use Generative Design and Topology Optimization tools in your design
  • Understand more about what systems are needed to manage AM production processes
  • Find out what organizational changes are required to adopt AM into mainstream production
  • How to select the right material and machine for your needs
  • Learn how calculate a compelling ROI for AM
  • Find out how CIMdata can help you Industrialize AM for your company


Who should attend?
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • VP's of engineering
  • VP's of strategy
  • VP's of manufacturing
  • Product planners and managers
  • PLM team leaders
  • CAD department managers
  • Manufacturing engineers
  • Field service personnel
  • Product managers
  • IT leadership, especially supply chain and ERP
  • Manufacturing financial analysts
  • Manufacturing planners
  • Supply chain and procurement professionals
  • CAD/PLM senior management
  • Solution providers
  • Anyone who wants to learn more about mainstreaming Additive Manufacturing

During the webinar you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions about the topics discussed.


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