Friday August 18th, 2023 - Hyatt Regency Milwaukee


8:00 – 8:30 - Continental Breakfast and Networking  

8:30 – 9:30 –  New Hardware Options for Additive Manufacturing from RP America

Presenter:  Matt Zimmerman – Sales Manager Nate Gay – Additive Lab Manager

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RP America was founded in 2012 with the purpose of being the premier service provider in Additive Manufacturing. Initially specializing in stereolithography, we have broadened our portfolio to include industry leading SLA, FDM, SLS, and DLP equipment and material options. We have an open-source material philosophy, complimented by our creative problem solving, service, and expertise. During this presentation we will share the latest offerings in open-source hardware.  

9:30 – 9:45 – Networking Break  

9:45 – 10:45 – DataWrangler – Going Green and Saving Money with Industrial Energy Optimization

Presenter:   Mike Roberts - Director of Energy Innovation

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This seminar will take you on an accelerated journey how DataWrangler by CLOCworks started their business 4 years ago to solve an industry “problem” that most business leaders didn’t know they even had, or at least thought there wasn’t anything they could do about the problem. This Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) platform leverages the latest technologies of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to help you make informed decisions on energy usage and facility optimization. 

During this seminar, you will hear several case studies from various industries on strategies that helped them lower their electric bill costs. You’ll also hear about examples of how the DataWrangler platform helps predict and prescribe equipment optimization commonly found in manufacturing production facilities. 

10:45 – 11:00 - Networking Break

11:00 – 12:00PM – MELD: Advancements in Aluminum and Titanium Alloy Fabrication for Large-Scale Structures

Presenter: Chase Cox – Vice President

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Additive Friction Stir Deposition (AFSD), commercialized by MELD Manufacturing Corporation as the MELD® process, is a bulk-near net shape, solid state, additive manufacturing process where the principals of friction stir welding and severe plastic deformation are leveraged to produce uniform microstructures and isotropic properties on a large scale. Unlike many forms of additive manufacturing which require powder, thin films, or wires for the feed material, AFSD uses commercially produced bar stock. This bar stock is fed through a hollow rotating tool and deposited in the solid state onto a substrate or a previously deposited layer. Current applications of AFSD include production of large scale near-net parts traditionally produced via forging. While the resolution of AFSD is not as refined as other metal printing technologies, the value add of the MELD process is the ability to rapidly produce near-net parts that can enable finish machining saving months or years from the typical production schedule. For this presentation, an overview of the development of the MELD process for aluminum and titanium alloys will be reviewed. Specific activity around the development of Al7075 and Ti64 for structural components, including a discussion on key processing parameters, microstructure, chemical analysis, and mechanical properties, will be discussed. This presentation will conclude with a review of applications where the MELD process is being used to fabricate large-scale (1-10m) structures such as rings, tanks, and nozzles. 

12:00 – 1:00 - Networking Lunch