Inspiring Ideas Webinar Series
The monthly thematic seminars aim to cover the different aspects of Additive Manufacturing (AM), drawing insights from global academic and industry thought-leaders to generate discussion and action on the advancement of AM technology and its integration into the emerging suite of Industry 4.0 digital technologies.
The Future of Manufacturing – Grand Challenges
What does it take for AM to move beyond? The first webinar will explore the grand challenges of AM as a sunrise industry and its potential for growth. There will be three talks followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion will be moderated by Prof Paulo Bartolo, SC3DP Executive Director.
Prof Alain Bernard
Prof Alain Bernard graduated in 1982 and attained in his PhD in 1989. He was appointed Associate-Professor, from 1990 to 1996, in Centrale Paris. From 1996 to 2001, he was Professor in CRAN, Nancy I, and led the “Integrated Design and Manufacturing” team. He was Professor at Centrale Nantes since 2001 and Dean for Research from 2007 to 2012. He was a researcher in the LS2N laboratory (UMR CNRS 6004) and the former head of the “Systems Engineering –Products-Processes-Performances” team.
Prof Bernard’s research topics include KM, PLM, information system modeling, enterprise modeling, systems performance assessment, virtual engineering, additive manufacturing. He had supervised more than 40 PhD students, and published more than 150 papers in refereed international journals and books. He is the Vice-President of France Additive (French Association on Additive Manufacturing) since 1993, Vice-chairman of WG5.1 of IFIP (Global Product Development for the whole product lifecycle) and Fellow member of CIRP. In 2018, he was elected Fellow member of the Academy of Technologies of France.
Prof Gideon N. Levy
Prof. D.Sc. M.Sc. Gideon N. Levy is a long-term Fellow of the CIRP, the International Academy for Production Engineering and a consultant in Additive Manufacturing and Electro Physical & Chemical Presses for Technology Turn Around, Switzerland. Prof Levy’s career comprises simultaneous Industrial and Academic tracks. His activities are mainly devoted to advance R&D in the Mechanical / Electronic / Manufacturing world with leading Swiss machinery industries (EDM equipment, packaging, and welding systems) and academia institutions.
His academic activities disembogued in the appointment as Professor at the University of Applied Sciences St. Gallen. He served as originator and head of the iRPD Institute for Rapid Product Development. Prof Levy was listed in the TCT list of Top 25 Most Influential People in RPD&M. In 2008, he was the first to win the SME Rapid Technologies & AM Industry Achievement Award. Additionally, he holds the International Solid Freeform Fabrication Symposium FAME award, the VRAP Conference Career Award and the AMUG “Dinosaur” Awards. Prof Levy holds over 35 Patents and published over 250 scientific and technical publications. He was responsible for the development of the most used SLS PA-12 materials family and the market introduction of the DuraForm™, DuraForm™ Flex, DuraForm™ HST, CastForm™ and other SLS materials as well as system upgrades (Stable Temp™).
Prof Levy graduated the IIT – Technion, Israel Institute of Technology - (cum laude) in Mechanical Engineering, control engineering and manufacturing technologies.
Dr Vincenzo Belletti
Dr Vincenzo Belletti is the Head of Innovation at CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries and related Manufacturing Technologies. He leads different additive manufacturing (AM) working groups where experts from AM companies and national associations discuss EU policies, industry market uptake, funding opportunities, and raise awareness initiatives and other challenges faced by the AM sector. He has more than 9 years of experience in policy and communication, which he acquired working for industry associations, consultancies, and European public institutions.