Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Making it all add up: the future for additive manufacturing in automated metal processing

17 October 2011

James Clayton Memorial Lecture 2011

Additive manufacturing is quickly moving beyond design bureaus and its traditional role in prototyping, to become a viable process for the production of fully functional finished metal components direct from CAD models. However, whilst there is understandable excitement about its potential, can AM really replace subtractive metal cutting machine tools where measurement technologies are continually improving part accuracy, automation and on-machine process control? The presentation will address whether AM truly opens up a world where complexity is free or whether the future will see a combination of the best of both worlds.

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Making it all add up

: Professor Geoff McFarland is Group Engineering Director of Renishaw plc, a FTSE 250 engineering business with interests in metrology and healthcare. After working in the medical device and electronic manufacturing sectors, he joined Renishaw in 1994, and was appointed to Renishaw’s Board in July 2002, where he heads the group engineering function and has responsibility for group IP and patents. Geoff is a visiting professor at Bath University, an honorary professor at Heriot-Watt University, and is a non-executive director of software company Delcam plc.

Duration: 1:20