||The emergence of additive manufacturing (AM) in the past decade has enabled several new and exciting developments in the field of net shaped processing. New and material specific processes are being developed at a rapid pace. This symposium is focused on capturing recent trends and future directions in research and industrial practices of AM processes. The focus is on the use of AM techniques for realizing composites and other complex materials. The vision is what has been termed 3D materials science: Using AM methods for complete spatial control of local material compositions, microstructures and/or properties, and transitions between these.
These topics thus include
* homogeneous composites, via processing of powder mixtures or in-process combination of constituents
* homogeneous multi-phase materials, as above
* functionally graded materials (FGM) of both the above types
* materials tailored to show locally different compositions and/or microstructures
* material integration of 3D structures, such as conductive paths, to endow components with added functionality, including e.g. sensor and electronics integration
The symposium addresses these issues across all matrix materials as well as all AM techniques. Covered are thus
* metal-oriented AM processes like selective laser sintering, selective laser melting, etc.
* polymer-oriented AM processes like stereolithography, fused deposition modeling, etc.
* ceramic-oriented AM processes like 3D printing, laminated object manufacture, etc.
The symposium is not limited to material synthesis, but includes
* modeling and simulation of material performance, specifically when used to realize optimized design of materials
* process modeling and simulation to support complex material synthesis
* development tools (CAD, simulation, optimization) on product level that support implementation of complex material AM technology
* characterization of materials, ranging from structural investigations to mechanical or functional performance evaluation
Contributions that highlight specific application scenarios for composite and complex materials by AM are also invited both on prototype and commercial level.