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Webinar Series

Metal PBF-LB Build Orientation and Supports Considerations

June 02, 2022

About the Webinar

Love them or loathe them, supports are literally the foundation of most LPBF builds. Getting this part of the process right is critical to success.  Unfortunately it seems that recipes for good supports are often learnt the hard way, and may not be formally documented. This is the definition of art vs science.  The webinar will attempt to shed light on the science of supports, by exploring many practical examples of both success and failure.

Topics covered include:

  • (Why) do we need supports?
  • The interaction between orientation and supports, with industry examples
  • A deeper dive into support strategies for medical devices
  • Developing the Goldilocks recipe for supports effectively
  • Support removal, advances in technology
  • Neglected parameters

Registration Fee: $49.00 USD

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

After completing this webinar the attendees will have developed an understanding of:

  • The critical importance of supports
  • Decision making workflows and frameworks
  • Evaluating pros and cons of build layouts
  • How to develop robust support strategies for different components

Who Should Attend

Manufacturing Engineers, Research Engineers, AM Process Engineers,


  • Instructor

    Mark Kirby

    After graduating from MIT in Aero/Astro Engineering, Mark joined Rolls Royce working on air breathing rocket engines, before moving to his father’s machine shop, Jet Blades. Mark worked his way from CAD/CAM programmer to Managing Director, making parts for Formula 1 teams and Rolls Royce jet engines.

    After emigrating to Canada, he provided hands-on coaching for companies introducing advanced manufacturing, as well as teaching Engineering at the University of New Brunswick. Mark joined Renishaw in 2013 to head their new Canadian additive manufacturing business and start up their first North American Solutions Centre. In 2020 Mark moved to the University of Waterloo’s Multi-Scale Additive Manufacturing lab to lead industry outreach and training in additive manufacturing.

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