Symposium MA04—Advances in Additive Manufacturing—Materials, Processes and Devices
Additive Manufacturing has advanced considerably over the last four decades. Originating from investigations in automated welding, the technology is now capable of fabricating complete devices and resolutions on the order of tens of nanometers. These capabilities promise to significantly reduce the costs, time, and complexity of fabricating devices out of a wide range of materials, including metals, polymers, ceramics, and even living cells. Applications for additive manufacturing include rapid prototyping; microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip systems; stretchable electronics; bio-scaffolding and medical/heath care; metamaterials and optoelectronics; and more.
Due to the breadth of materials, processes, and applications of additive manufacturing, the set of physics, chemistries, biology involved with additive manufacturing continues to expand at an increasing rate. It is planned to dedicate one or two sessions of the proposed symposium to laser-based processing of metals and ceramics spanning the physics involved during the printing process to material microstructure and metrology. Sessions will be dedicated to the latest advances in novel additive manufacturing technologies, including nano-scale printing, printable electronics, and bio-applications. Additionally, the symposium will incorporate topics in designing for additive manufacturing, the reliability of materials printed using these techniques, and STEM outreach opportunities for 3D printing.
Interdisciplinary topics related to chemistry, physics, materials science, and biology will be connected by invited abstracts in order to accelerate the development of this process towards use in real-world applications and devices.