Track 4 - Business:
The perception and promise of commercial 3D printing are that it provides a simple, fast and automated digital workflow, a process where complexity is free. That perception is generally accurate up to the point that parts are removed from the 3D printer. But, as soon as parts enter the post-processing phase, the automated, push-button process becomes a manual operation that has a tangible and significant impact on a company's bottom line. Industry expert, Todd Grimm, interviewed six global manufacturers representing the automotive, consumer products, medical devices, sporting goods and architecture industries to learn about their post-processing experiences. Each detailed the measurable impact of post-processing on time, cost, quality, staffing, facilities and operations. In this presentation, Frank will define primary and secondary post-processing, describe the automated, manual and batch post-processing methods of the most common 3D printing technologies and detail Todd's significant findings.
President and CEO