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The trade show organizer Tarsus has announced conference keynote speakers and topics for Additive Manufacturing Americas 2017, taking place on December 6-8, 2017, at the Pasadena Convention Center in California, USA. A surgical director from Mayo Clinic and technology director from NASA are among the conference program highlights.

The three-day conference is dedicated to the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in three key industry sectors, namely healthcare on day one, aerospace on day two and automotive on day three. Dr. Samir Mardini, M.D., surgical director at the Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery of the Mayo Clinic, and Dr. Raymond ‘Corky’ Clinton, associate director in the Technical Science and Technology Office at NASA, have been confirmed as providing the keynote addresses on days one and two, respectively.

Dr. Mardini recently led a team of nine specialists to complete a rare face transplant with the aid of 3D printing. His presentation, titled ‘Personal Approaches to Additive Manufacturing through Your Consultant’, will give visitors a unique perspective of the complexities of custom-made 3D printing for surgical procedures and the technology’s ability to help change a patient’s outcome. Dr. Mardini will also present face and hand transplant case studies.

Dr. Clinton will discuss the use of additive manufacturing in NASA’s manufacturing initiatives and how it can help optimize in-space manufacturing (ISM) as well as its use in the manufacturing of liquid rocket engine components and impact on quality standards for spaceflight hardware.

Also on day two, Mark Kasprzak, chief industrial engineer at Boeing, is presenting the role of AM as a driver of innovation, agility and efficient business models.

Natalie Tamiollo, conference manager at Additive Manufacturing Americas, commented: ‘All presentations will discuss the ways in which AM can help optimize the design to manufacturing process and, through the use of case studies, will provide information on practical use to attendees. The conference focuses on insight from manufacturers that use the technologies for specific business outcomes.’

In addition to the conference, on the show floor there will be live demonstrations of the latest machinery as well as a free-of-charge series of seminars and discussion forums that look at the use of AM and its allied ecosystem of advanced design and manufacturing technologies.

‘Many people lose sight of the fact that AM and 3D printing do not exist in isolation,’ explained Tamiollo. ‘There is an array of upstream and downstream software and hardware solutions that along with the use of AM technologies optimize the entire design and manufacturing process.'

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