Last week, hundreds of industry leaders and experts from around the world attended the International Conference on Additive Manufacturing (ICAM 2020). Held virtually Nov. 16–20, the conference was sponsored by the ASTM International Additive Manufacturing Center of Excellence (AM CoE) and a dozen of ASTM technical committees.
Nearly 600 attendees from more than 30 countries took part in ICAM 2020, making it the largest virtual scientific conference for the organization.
ICAM 2020 is ASTM International’s fifth flagship event related to standardization, qualification, and certification with an emphasis on industry-specific requirements addressing the entire additive manufacturing (AM) process chain. Conversations and presentations shed light on the latest developments in the field, specifically the transition from research to application and standardization needs.
The conference included more than 300 presentations and 10 panel sessions that covered AM’s role in aviation and spaceflight, defense, medical applications, transportation, oil and gas, energy, construction, and other major industries.
“This year’s record-breaking participation shows the widespread growth of the additive manufacturing industry,” said Dr. Mohsen Seifi, ASTM International’s director of global additive manufacturing programs and conference co-chair. “With close to 50% industry participation, this conference served as the perfect event for AM experts worldwide to further advance the field.”
In addition to programming, several prestigious awards were presented at the conference. Thomas Niendorf of the University of Kassel was presented the Award of Excellence in Research, Douglas Wells of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center was presented the Award of Excellence in Education, and Benjamin Dutton of the Manufacturing Technology Centre was presented the Award of Excellence in Standardization.
“We were thrilled to recognize the work of these professionals in advancing the additive manufacturing industry,” said symposium co-chair, Dr. Nima Shamsaei, director of Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence, one of the founding partners of the AM CoE. “From seasoned professionals to students, their commitment to expanding the reach of additive manufacturing will ensure the industry continues to grow.”
The Young Professionals Award was also presented to 10 awardees which included: Ole Geisen (Siemens Energy), Joy Gockel (Wright State University), Steven Hall (MTC – Manufacturing Technology Centre), Nik Hrabe (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Jonathan Pegues (Sandia National Laboratories), Jacob Rindler (The Ohio State University), Alireza Sarraf (Lam Research), Christian Seidel (Munich University of Applied Sciences/Fraunhofer IGCV), Shuai Shao (Auburn University), and Ashley Spear (University of Utah).
Finally, out of 55 student presentations, four students were recognized with awards: P.D. Nezhadfar ( Auburn University, USA), Tatiana Mishurova (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung, Germany), and Terrance Moran (Cornell University, USA) and Lukas Haferkamp (inspire AG/ETH Zürich, Switzerland).
During the award ceremony, the co-chairs also announced that ICAM 2021 will be held during November 1–5, 2021.
For more information on the work of the AM CoE, visit www.amcoe.org.
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