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Laser Institute of America (LIA) will host its annual Laser Additive Manufacturing Workshop (LAM®) February 21-22, 2017 in Houston, Texas. As LAM returns to Houston, a brand new set of Workshop Chairs will drive LAM’s focus on leading edge additive processes and their process chain integration by telling success stories of real world industrial applications.

Milan Brandt of RMIT University will lead LAM 2017 as the General Chair, with John Hunter of LPW Technology, Inc. and Minlin Zhong of Tsinghua University serving as the Workshop’s Co-chairs.

As the economy grows so does the need for additive manufacturing and LAM aims to facilitate this growth by encouraging networking and educational opportunities in various industries for anyone interested in utilizing this new laser technology.

"Laser additive manufacturing is now the fastest growing sector of manufacturing globally because of the many benefits the technology offers compared to the traditional subtractive methods,” said Brandt. “LAM 2017 will provide an opportunity for national and international practitioners to discuss and explore challenges and progress in additive technology and applications from design to manufacture in the context of defense, aerospace and medical applications."

LAM focuses on a significant number of additive manufacturing applications, with representation from over a dozen industries involved with this technology. You will hear from companies like Siemens, Stryker and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that maintain marketplace influence internationally in countries like Australia, China and Germany.

A rapidly rising area of laser manufacturing is micro/nano laser additive manufacturing. The 2017 workshop will introduce a new, can’t miss session covering the latest in this emerging area.

Other sessions include:

  • Trends in Laser Additive Manufacturing led by an invited keynote from GE
  • Additive Manufacturing Technology led by keynote presentation from Wayne King of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Designs and Structures for Additive Manufacturing
  • Materials for Additive Manufacturing and more


Following presentations on day one, LIA will give attendees the opportunity to network with experienced laser-industry professionals at the Exhibitor Reception.

“This isn’t just a workshop,” said Jim Naugle, Marketing Director with LIA. “This is an opportunity to establish lifelong business relationships with experts in their respective fields. Our goal is for attendees to leave with more than business cards, we want them to leave with business partners.”

Alabama Laser returns as the Platinum Sponsor for LAM 2017. Other sponsors include Fraunhofer USA - CLA, IPG Photonics Corporation, Laserline Inc., LPW Technology, Inc., Optomec, OR Laser Technology, Inc. and TRUMPF Inc.

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