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Metal Additive Manufacturing: Challenges and Opportunities

Distinguished Research Seminar Series

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  • Date

    03 Jan 2023

  • Organiser

    Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, PolyU; Research Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (RIAM)

  • Time

    10:00 - 11:30

  • Venue

    Online via ZOOM  


Prof. Adam T. Clare


Meeting link will be sent to successful registrants

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Metal additive manufacturing (AM) has rapidly become an important research topic, but also an underpinning technology for a range of emergent research fields. From humble beginnings driven by crude machine tools to sophisticated, robotised production systems; metal AM has moved away from a laboratory peculiarity towards an established production technique. So what next?

This talk will explore AM research activity from within my team relating to the key challenge areas in my view (materials, processes and design) which will drive this technology forwards over the next ten years. We will examine the shortfalls in our knowledge and the physical phenomena that must be mastered in order exploit the full potential of these technologies. Through new insight to the processes-material interaction coupled to design and more established technologies there is hidden capability awaiting our attention.

Discussion will conclude with a personal view of the materials and manufacturing challenges that face humanity as developed nations enact ‘net-zero’ manifestos. The role manufacturing technology will play in delivering net zero cannot be overstated as we approach a nexus of excess demand for materials and energy. It is apparent that we are yet to devise the building block technologies that will allow us to thrive under increasingly challenging conditions. We will dedicate some time to consider a vision for manufacturing in 2050 and the level of resilience that will be required to maintain and perhaps enhance our way of life.

Recent publications

  1. A. Speidel, D. Xu, I. Bisterov, J. Mitchell-Smith, A. T. Clare* (2021) Unveiling surfaces for advanced materials characterisation with large-area electrochemical jet machining Materials and Design
  2. A. la Monaca Z. Liao, J. Murray, A. Speidel, D. Ushmaev, D. Axinte, M. Hardy, R. M'Saoubi, A.T. Clare* (2021) Surface integrity in metal machining - Part II: functional performance International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
  3. S. Sanchez, C. J. Hyde, I. A. Ashcroft, R. G. Aswathanaraynaswamy, A. T. Clare* (2021). Multi-laser scan strategies for enhancing creep performance in LPBF Additive Manufacturing
  4. A.T. Clare*, A. Gullane, C. Hyde, S. Sankare, J.W. Murray, W.W. Wits (2021). Interlaced layer thicknesses within single LPBF Geometries CIRP Annals

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Adam T. Clare

Prof. Adam T. Clare

Professor of Manufacturing Engineering, 
Department of Mechanical Engineering, 
The University of British Columbia, Canada.

I am currently a Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at the University of British Columbia and hold the Rolls-Royce/Royal Academy of Engineering Research Chair at the University of Nottingham, UK where I worked since 2010 before joining BC. I have had Fellowships during this time at various research centres of excellence including University of Tokyo, AMRC/MTC and a secondment to Rolls-Royce Submarines. My research focuses on the use of non-traditional manufacturing methods to arrive at net shape while inducing favourable material properties. I am particularly interested in developing new manufacturing methods and materials for use in the high value manufacturing sectors including aerospace, tooling, and biomedical engineering. In these competitive markets product differentiation is often directly linked to additional functionality or performance. Through the development of new manufacturing technologies and materials my team endeavours to deliver this. I currently have Editorial roles with the Journal of Materials Processing Technology (subject editor), Manufacturing Letters (Editorial board) and the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture (reviewing committee).
I am also a Founder, Director and Scientific Advisor to Texture Jet Ltd and Scintam Engineering Ltd which are University spin out companies. Through 'TJ' and ‘Scintam’ we are exploiting technology developed from within our team for customers predominantly in the aerospace sector  

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