Aims and Scope of the conference

Aims and Scope of the conference


As Additive Manufacturing technologies are being adopted in more and more industries, the focus of research and development is shifting to the materials in use. Limited processability of high-performance materials restrict the robustness of the process in some cases, while in other cases the best materials for a given application cannot be processed at all. The root cause of the limited processability leading to defects (e.g. cracks and pores) may lie in a number of material behaviours during and after the process such as solidification and other phase transformations behaviour and/or residual stress development. 

On the other hand, an increasing number of researchers in academia and industry realise the potential of Additive Manufacturing to produce materials that were heretofore inaccessible by conventional manufacturing techniques or not economically feasible. Such new materials exploit the unique features of Additive Manufacturing processes and the fact that some of the constraints of traditional manufacturing (e.g. formability requirements) are alleviated. Examples include unconventional composites or materials far from equilibrium.

Symposium scope

The Alloys for Additive Manufacturing Symposium aims to be a venue for the discussion of all these issues by researchers in academia and application. All materials scientific issues pertaining to the additive manufacturing of metals, alloys and composites including a metallic phase fall under the scope of this conference. This includes experimental and theoretical research on powder making, in-process materials behaviour, post-processing and the resulting materials properties. In particular contributions concerning the optimisation of existing alloys for Additive Manufacturing processes and the design of new, tailor-made alloys are encouraged.

Conference format 

Following a successful workshop on the same topic in summer 2016 held at MPIE Düsseldorf, the AAM Symposium 2017 will be organised in the form of a two-day conference at Empa Akademie in Dübendorf, Switzerland (near Zürich) from 11th to 12th September 2017. Both oral and poster contributions are invited.

From 13th to 15th September, the Additive Manufacturing in Products and Applications (AMPA) conference will take place at ETH Zürich. For visitors wishing to attend both conferences, special package prices for registration will be available at both conference websites.

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