SCI Annual Event 2016
3D Printing – the future of design and manufacture at the National Gallery, London, 9th November.
2016’s Annual event featured speakers talking about 3D printing and design, and provoked much discussion among a full house of members and partners about where the technology might go in the future.
Printing a bridge in steel and revolutionising the way steel-framed buildings are fabricated and erected by exploiting additive manufacturing. Do these examples show us the way forward for pioneering developments in structural engineering?
We also heard a case study on how multi-axis robots with 3D tools and developed software allows 3D printing from a large bridge to a small parts, plus how UK research is investigating how additive manufacturing could revolutionise the design and fabrication of steel joints. We also learned how end-to-end simulation-driven solutions have been developed for addressing key challenges that industry faces.
• The MX3D bridge project in Amsterdam – Olivier Vassart, ArcelorMittal
• Additive Manufacture – Iain Todd, Sheffield University
• Simulation Driven Additive Manufacturing : New technology from SIMULIA-Abaqus – Auday Alrawe, Intrinsys
• Recent research projects from SCI