Laser Institute’s LAM Workshop Explores State of the Art in Additive Manufacturing

Lasers are an integral part of many 3D Printing processes, making it a natural fit that the Laser Institute of America [LIA] annually produces the Laser Additive Manufacturing [LAM] Workshop. This year, on February 21 and 22, 2017 laser gurus will gather in Houston, Texas to explore advanced additive manufacturing technologies and their applications, as well as all that is required to produce parts in this new digital fabrication world.


LAM is not a meeting filled with hype.  The presenters are drawn from the leading universities, institutes and companies working in the AM space, in order to report on the state of the art and predict future breakthroughs.  Attesting to LAM’s importance to the industry, companies such as Alabama Laser, IPG Photonics, American Laser Cladding, LaserLine, Optomec, and Trumpf, to name but a few, are sponsors.

Keynote Describes How GE Is Moving Additive to the Mainstream

In my mind, one of the best examples of 3D Printing’s ability to manufacture complex geometries is an airplane part designed and 3D printed by Morris Technologies, now a part of GE Aviation Additive.

3D Printed part from Morris Technologies for GE

3D Printed part from Morris Technologies for GE

LAM attendees will be lucky to hear AM pioneer Greg Morris deliver a keynote entitled Accelerating the Additive Revolution, in which he will describe the steps GE has taken to reach their pledge of building a $1 billion 3D printing business by 2020. We know a technology is headed to the mainstream market when industry giants like GE are investing heavily in new product development!

In additional keynotes Marc Esformes from Stryker will explain how AM is changing medical implants and Arconic’s John Barnes will describe how AM is About the “making”.

LAM Sessions
LAM Sessions cover a wide range of hot topics including trends, design and structures, materials, sensing, measurement and processes.  Application sessions will include news from the medical, aerospace, gas turbine, and oil/gas industry that is timely but highly accurate without the all too familiar hype.  The exhibit time also allows for informal networking and more in-depth conversations about attendees specific interests.  All in all a full conference!

Fab Lab Hub will be attending LAM and I hope to see you there.  Be sure to sign up today, as registration is filling fast.