<Inspiring Ideas Webinar Series> The Future of Additive Manufacturing – Grand Challenges

10 Dec 2021 04.00 PM - 05.30 PM Alumni, Current Students, Industry/Academic Partners, Prospective Students, Public

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 second webinar will continue to 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 Richard Hague
Professor Richard Hague is Professor of Additive Manufacturing and Director of the Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham. Having worked in the AM field for over 28 years, he is internationally recognized both for scientific endeavour and creating impact though industrial exploitation where he has a background of leading and managing large multi-disciplinary, multi- partner research projects from both EPSRC and industry. Prof Hague's research interests are focused on AM specific processes, materials, and computational methods across for wide spectrum of industrial sectors with current research programmes focused on next generation multifunctional additive manufacturing. Prof Hague has received multiple international awards and honours and is a co-founder and Director of Added Scientific Ltd, a spin out from the University of Nottingham focused on implementing Additive Manufacturing technical solutions to industry.

Prof Brecht Van Hooreweder

Prof Brecht Van Hooreweder received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at KU Leuven in 2013 and leads the KU Leuven Additive Manufacturing group since 2016. The team of about twenty researchers works mainly on laser and powder bed based Additive Manufacturing of polymers, metals and technical ceramics, with a focus on innovations in LPBF machine design, process understanding, new material development and analysis of functional AM part properties. Prof Hooreweder coordinates a unique AM lab (>350m²) with in-house developed and state-of-the-art commercial AM equipment that forms the heart of the AM activities in Leuven. 

The KU Leuven AM team had been pioneering in Additive Manufacturing since 1990, thanks to the work of Prof. Em. Jean-Pierre Kruth. Their work has resulted in two large spin-off companies on AM in Leuven: Materialise NV and LayerWise (now part of 3DSystems).


Dr Adriaan B. Spierings

Dr Adriaan B. Spierings studied at ETH in Zurich in lightweight and aerospace engineering & business administration/marketing. Dr Spierings has been active in R&D fields for over 20 years, with a main focus on metal additive manufacturing since 2005. He holds a PhD in mechanical engineering in the field of metal additive manufacturing, where he researched advanced Al-alloy principles, and basic AM quality management principles.

Main interests in Dr Spierings’ R&D group address the development of a comprehensive quality management system for laser powder bed fusion processes. For this, R&D focuses on the understanding of the individual steps along the SLM-process chain, from materials (alloys for AM, powder qualification), the SLM-process (process window development, process simulation, NDT process monitoring) and the development of advanced AM machine concepts (components and control / AI) and AM-applications (sensor & actuator integration / lightweight engineering).

Dr Spierings is widely networked in academia and industry. He initiated and is vice-president of the Swiss Additive Manufacturing Group SAMG of the Swiss mechanical and electrical engineering association (Swissmem). He is also a member and AM technology platform leader at the Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences (SATW) and board member of the AMX exhibition and fair in Switzerland. He published over 20 journal papers in the additive field, co-authored over 70 publications and initiated 15 patents. Dr Spierings is Editor in the Springer Journal Progress in Additive Manufacturing PIAM.