SME’s Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series – Highlighting Additive Manufacturing (AM) Materials

SME’s Smart Manufacturing Series will feature its second in a series of additive manufacturing (AM) seminars titled ‘Additive Manufacturing Materials’, August 9, 2018, Knoxville, Tennessee. This seminar is intended to help industry users understand what is working in additive manufacturing and what may work in the future

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Knoxville, Tennessee US

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We caught up with Carl Mitroff, SME Event Manager,to talk about the upcoming seminar in an exclusive AMazing® Q&A conversation.


AMazing®: Carl, thank you for your participation. In early June, SME hosted the first in a series of five seminars focused on additive manufacturing (AM) titled ‘Additive Manufacturing Applications’. Please tell us about the event. What topics of discussion generated the most attendee interest?

Carl Mitroff: The event focused on how major manufacturers are cracking the code on metal AM, and how powders continue to innovate and improve. Attendees were interested to learn how the combination of advanced materials and advanced printers is increasing the capability to produce high-quality parts that meet stringent, product-specific performance requirements. They were also interested in hearing how quality and performance continue to improve, and how machine costs are decreasing. They were particularly impresseded by Xact Metal, which is combining metal powder-bed fusion with breakthrough technology to establish a new level of price and performance for AM. To find out more, go to

Photo courtesy of SME

Photo courtesy of SME

AMazing®: The agenda for the upcoming seminar on August 9th includes presentations that range from trends in industry to large scale additive manufacturing. Why more than ever, is it essential for potential and experienced users to stay abreast of the dynamic changes occurring in AM?

Carl Mitroff: AM is profoundly changing the way products are designed and manufactured. Through ability to produce intricate geometries, consolidate components, or utilize new advanced materials, companies that integrate AM into their designs will be vastly more successful than their peers. 3D printing technology is rapidly changing and now is the best time to get in to take full advantage of this disruptive manufacturing process.

AMazing®: It is generally acknowledged that a broader range of materials (polymer, metal powder, composites) that exhibit enhanced material parameters and cost-competitive are needed. What can attendees to the upcoming seminar learn about materials for AM, as well as suppliers that are working on end-to-end supply chain solutions?

Carl Mitroff: A significant amount of R&D is ongoing in academia, government agencies, National Institutes, and private companies. There is a converging consensus that not all materials are created equal nor are all additive processes identical. Attendees can expect to learn the important limitations and opportunities provided by each material and printing platform and match that to their specific need. Closely tied to material and systems is business implications for successful implementation. Additionally, they will be able to hear some of the various business models and strategies taken by suppliers in providing end to end AM solutions.

Photo courtesy of SME

Photo courtesy of SME

AMazing®: As more high-throughput machines are introduced and more users plan for added capacity, qualification and testing of additively manufactured products, will become increasingly complex. What can users to the seminar learn about certification and qualification standards for additively manufactured products?

Carl Mitroff: The need for certification and qualification of AM parts will only grow as capability of machines increases. A few years ago, the idea of printing production parts seemed fanciful so there was no need to discuss qualification and certification. Today, as AM systems are becoming more reliable and new robust materials are being introduced, the need to qualify and certify parts for critical applications is ever more increasing. Attendees can expect to learn the latest news and get updates on current efforts underway to certify and qualify various materials and systems.

AMazing®: On schedule is a tour of the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). What can attendees hope to see and experience at the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility?

Carl Mitroff: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) provides exceptional researchers with distinctive equipment and unique facilities to solve some of the nation’s most compelling challenges. As the largest US Department of Energy (DOE) open science laboratory, ORNL’s mission is to deliver scientific discoveries and technical breakthroughs that will accelerate the development and deployment of solutions in clean energy and global security while creating economic opportunities for the nation. The Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) is the nation’s only large-scale open-access facility for rapidly demonstrating early stage R&D manufacturing technologies and optimizing critical processes.  Attendees will get a chance to see the machines making some of the largest parts in the industry.

This concludes our interview. Carl, thank you very much for your participation. We are very grateful for the opportunity to learn about SME’s upcoming seminar titled ‘Additive Manufacturing Materials’ next month.


About Carl Mitroff:
Carl is the Event Manager for SME’s Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series and RAPID + TCT Conference Manager. He has been with SME since 2016.

About SME
SME connects manufacturing professionals, academia and communities, sharing knowledge and resources to build inspired, educated and prosperous manufacturers and enterprises. With more than 85 years of experience and expertise in events, media, membership, training and development, and also through an education foundation, SME is committed to promoting manufacturing technology, developing a skilled workforce and attracting future generations to advance manufacturing. Learn more at, follow @SME_MFG on Twitter or

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