Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE - Additive Manufacturing: From Prototyping to Production Parts

On Demand Available until September 29, 2017

Additive manufacturing is gaining steam in the automotive industry, and not just for prototyping parts. 3D printing processes increasingly are being evaluated for production components, with their promise of shorter development times, lower tooling costs, parts consolidation, more dramatic part shapes and sizes, among other benefits.

In this 60-minute Webinar, three experts discuss these benefits as well as implementation challenges. They also detail current additive-manufacturing technologies and applications and offer a vision for what the future could hold for 3D-printed parts in production vehicles.

An audience Q&A follows the speaker presentations.

Dr. Dhruv Bhate, Ph.D., Senior Technologist, Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies Inc.

Dhruv Bhate is a Senior Technologist at Phoenix Analysis & Design Technologies (PADT) where he leads R&D efforts in additive manufacturing, with a focus on high-performance polymers, metals, and biomaterials. Prior to joining PADT, Dhruv spent seven years at Intel Corp., developing several laser-based manufacturing processes, taking them from early-stage research to high-volume manufacturing. Dhruv has a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, where he developed constitutive and failure models for fatigue fracture in ductile metal alloys. He obtained his M.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he characterized and developed models for the prediction of adhesion in MEMS structures.

Dr. Kyle Rowe, Ph.D., Advanced Materials Engineer, Local Motors

Kyle Rowe is an Advanced Materials Engineer at Local Motors, whose research focuses on everything from fundamental materials research to process improvements in large scale polymer additive manufacturing. Kyle graduated from the University of Florida in 2015, where he earned his doctorate specializing in the field of tribology, the study of friction, wear, and lubrication. His current efforts are focused on using additive manufacturing to make functional and efficient automotive structures as well as to rapidly create inexpensive and recyclable tooling for part production.

Jeff Schipper, Global Segmentation Manager, Proto Labs

Jeff Schipper is the Global Segmentation Manager at Proto Labs. He has more than 10 years of experience in the plastics industry, which has led to a specialized focus within key manufacturing segments including the medical, automotive, aerospace, and lighting industries. Jeff has undergraduate degrees in design, manufacturing, and business along with an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management. He has expertise in industry trends, automotive applications, and plastic and LSR materials and tooling.


Lisa Arrigo, SAE International

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