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Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network and their Special Interest Group in Additive Manufacturing will help kick off this year’s 12th annual International Conference on Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing with a full day event designed to help businesses cut through the hype and grasp the opportunities Additive Manufacturing can offer.

‘The Industrial Realities of Additive Manufacturing’ is a pre-conference session taking place on 11th July and will feature a line of expert speakers and AM practitioners including:

  • Sophie Jones from Added Scientific
  • Phil Reeves of Stratasys Expert Services
  • Frank Cooper from Birmingham City University
  • David Brackett from The Manufacturing Technology Centre


The speakers will discuss the challenges they’ve faced and lessons learned using AM technologies, covering a range of issues such as quality assurance, facility development, training and funding.

“Our conference has always been about delving into the realities of what AM technology can – and, importantly cannot – do. The pre-conference traditionally sets the scene for the main event with a series of in-depth discussions relevant to the industry and this year is no different,” said conference chair, Richard Hague.

“Collaborating with Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network provides us with a brilliant opportunity to address the ‘dirty secrets’ of AM, clearing up misconceptions around the technology and giving us the opportunity to discuss the benefits AM can bring to industry and government with a wider audience. It will set the scene perfectly for this year’s conference.”

The day will also include an afternoon session dedicated to the UK's National Strategy for Additive Manufacturing. This will provide insights into the work being done to support UK industry and details of opportunities available to UK companies.

“We are committed to helping businesses get the most out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, and addressing the realities and pitfalls of technologies is an important piece of this process,” said Louise Jones, Knowledge Transfer Manager - Additive Manufacturing at the Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network.

“We were drawn to the conference’s honest approach to additive technologies as well as its wide range of expert speakers representing innovators in industry, academia and business. This event fits perfectly with our aims as an organization – to embrace ideas and technologies to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives.”

The ‘Industrial Realities of Manufacturing’ event takes place on 11th July, followed by the full 2-day International Conference for Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing on 12-13th July. Both will be held at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel alongside an exhibition with stands from a number of organizations demonstrating their technology, analysis, expertise and products that are helping drive development in AM and wider manufacturing industries.

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