Professor Richard Leach co-chairs ASPE/euspen conference on Precision in Additive Manufacturing
Our founder, Professor Richard Leach, co-chaired this conference (held at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs,CA, USA). The conference absolutely mirrors our belief that precision is critical to the expansion of Additive Manufacturing from being a small-volume or prototyping tool into full six-sigma digital manufacturing. Quoting the foreword to the conference:
“What sets our meeting apart from the plethora of other meetings on additive manufacturing (AM) is our proactive and conscious commitment to determinism and expertise in precision engineering. We might summarize our creed of determinism as the commitment to ensuring results with high certainty by 1) a first principles understanding of performance and error sources; 2) pursuit of repeatability; 3) expressing performance using quantifiable metrics; and 4) the ability to measure and often control these quantifiable metrics. Our precision engineering expertise embodies many tools including error budgets, statements of uncertainty, system modelling, standards, controls, etc. to meet the demands of determinism.”
This is a great summary of our philosophy and vision – that Additive Manufacturing factories should produce parts which are not only “fit for purpose”, but meet the quality and consistency expectations of modern high-volume manufacturing. We’re proud to be working towards Industry 4.0 with both ASPE and euspen.
The next meeting of this group is in Nantes, and after what was a successful conference in California, we’re very much looking forward to it!