SLM Solutions is an integrated solutions provider and metal additive manufacturing partner. The company takes a vested interest in customer’s long-term success with metal additive manufacturing, and its robust Selective Laser Melting machines optimize fast, reliable, and cost-efficient part production. SLM Solutions’ experts work with customers at each stage of the process to provide support that elevates the use of the technology and ensures their return on investment is maximized. A publicly traded company, SLM Solutions Group AG is headquartered in Germany, with offices in Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Russia, Singapore, and the United States.
The aviation market (defense and commercial) is a risk mitigation industry and designers must have material property data (material strength data) so components can be designed without the fear of failure.
This 30-minute presentation will provide a high-level review of why process / material characterization for 3D printing needs to be performed at all elements of the supply chain.
Discussions will be had on the alloys currently in production and what alloys are being considering for production.
The speaker will also address what actions being taken by SLM Solutions in conjunction with North American universities and government agencies to help expedite material characterization for industry.
DONALD GODFREY is employed with SLM-Solutions as Sr. Fellow, Aerospace and Department of Defense Additive Strategy. He is a globally recognized authority on additive manufacturing. Donald spent 11 years at Rolls Royce Aerospace and then 14 years at Honeywell Aerospace and is recognized as the person that led the incorporation of metal printing within that company. He incorporated additive manufacturing technology for Honeywell locations in China, Czech Republic, India, Mexico and three printing facilities in Phoenix, Arizona with one being a reactive metals production facility and another being a nickel alloy production facility.
Donald has spent several years developing the global supply chain for additive in qualifying services providers and powder suppliers in Sweden, Germany, France, Italy, India, The United Kingdom, Norway, Spain, Japan, Canada and The United States.
He is an author having published the book Additive Manufacturing of Metals: The Technology, Materials, Design and Production; Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing; 2017; ISBN 978-3-319-55127-2 ISBN 978-3-319-55128-9
Donald has been awarded nearly 40 patents in the United States related to additive manufacturing and has been awarded a similar number by the European Patent Agency.
Donald has been documented in various publications including C-Net Magazine, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Barons, AM Metal and the Phoenix Business Journal