Honorary Zay Jeffries Lecture April 2014

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Technical Chair: Dr. David Ellis

5:45 Social/Networking
6:30 Dinner
7:30 Zay Jeffries Lecture

Additive Manufacturing: Potential, Reality and Challenges

Prof. James C. Williams

Additive Manufacturing (AM) or 3D printing, as it is often called in the popular press, has become a highly visible and widely touted topic in advanced manufacturing. Presently, however, many of the claimed benefits of AM are unproven, yet there is enormous potential for AM once it becomes a mature technology. The overall intent of this talk is to describe the speaker’s perception of the current situation for AM for metals.

When categorized by feedstock, there are two main AM processes for manufacturing metallic components; wire fed deposition and powder bed methods. Within each of these processes there are variants depending on the heat source use for melting the feedstock. Each of these methods has advantages relative to the other. This talk will describe the main variants of these methods and will discuss the potential benefits and challenges of each.

There are major benefits that can be derived from AM once the technology is mature and a phased maturation process will be outlined. The talk also will discuss the technical and economic barriers that must be surmounted to achieve maturity. To provide a frame of reference, an attempt will be made to compare AM to conventional (subtractive) manufacturing as it has been practiced and continuously improved for the past several decades. The speaker will close by identifying some specific areas where service-ready hardware produced by AM would be of immediate benefit.

Jim Williams is a Distinguished Research Professor (quarter time appointment) at the University of North Texas where he is involved in research and program development activities for the relatively new Materials Department. He also is Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Honda Chair Emeritus atThe Ohio State University. He was Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Honda Chair from Summer 1999 until Fall 2010. He served as Dean of Engineering at OSU from 2001-2004. Until March 1999 he was General Manager, Materials and Process Engineering Department, GE Aircraft Engines (now GE Aviation). Prior to joining GE in 1988 he spent 13 years at Carnegie Mellon University as Professor (‘75-‘80), President of Mellon Institute (‘80-’83) and Dean of Engineering (‘83-‘88). Prior to 1975 he worked for Rockwell as a researcher, Group Leader of Physical Metallurgy Research and a member of the Aerospace Group Corporate Staff managing a large, diverse technology program. Before that, he worked for Boeing in the quality and engineering divisions. His last assignment with Boeing was a Group Leader of a group working primarily on Ti alloy R&D intended for use in the Boeing Supersonic Transport Program.

He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of TMS/AIME and a Fellow of ASM International. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the 1992 ASM Gold Medal, the 1993 TMS/AIME Leadership Award and the 2010 AIME James Douglas Gold Medal. He was inducted into the GE Aircraft Engines Propulsion Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2010 he also was elected an Honorary Member of the Japan Institute of Metals and received the ASTM Committee B10 Russ Ogden Award. In 2011 he was selected to be a Distinguished Life Member of ASM International and received the Henry Marion Howe Medal of ASM International (with A. Pilchak and R. Williams).In 2012 he received the TMS Champion H. Mathewson Award from TMS (with A. Pilchak and R. Williams).From 1989–1995 he was Chairman of the National Materials Advisory Board. He was a member of The Advisory Committee for the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Research Council from 1999-2004, The Materials Science and Technology Division Visiting Committee at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1999-2004 and The Engineering Division Science and Applications Advisory Board at Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1996-2000. He currently is an outside Director of Engineering Systems, Inc. and a Trustee of The Edgar Orton Foundation.

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Crowne Plaza - Independence
5300 Rockside Road
Independence, Ohio
(216) 524 - 0700


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