The History of the AM Conference

Our series of technical conferences began in 2006, well before Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing became ‘buzzwords’. Over the years the name may have changed, reflecting the advances in technology and descriptive terminology, but the vision remains the same; to provide a constructive and independent forum for those who are driving the industry forward to debate and shape the future direction of research and development AM.


In recent years the confrence has featured pre-conference events, each with a specific and relevant focus complementary to the main event. In 2016 we hosted a UK Reserach and Innovation day which provided a platform for the very best of UK based research in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. The event say speakers from Universities and Research Institututes across the length and bredth of the UK with topics ranging from large scale metal AM through to biological and regenrative medical applcaitons of 3D printing.   


Prof Ricky Wildman opens up the UK Resarch and Innovation pre-conference event 2016

The conference is led by The Centre for Additive Manufacturing (CfAM) at the University of Nottingham; a nucleus of research activity focused on next-generation multi-material and multifunctional AM technology. The CfAM works closely with businesses in tackling major research challenges, aiming to keep the UK at the forefront of AM and its industrial applications. Successful commercial exploitation of the Centre's research in order to meet industrial and national needs for cutting-edge, low-carbon manufacturing technologies is a key priority. As of 2016 the AM Conference has been organised in partnership with Added Scientific, an official spin-out company from the CfAM who have taken over the day-to-day running of the conference adminstration.   



Prof Richard Hague, Director of the Centre for Additive Manufaturing, speaking at the confrence in 2016 

The conference programme is not aimed at the masses, but at those innovating and steering the industry – whether they’ve been in it for 30 years or just two. By gathering together for a few days at the Nottingham Belfry Hotel, the aim is to stimulate and challenge the industry, providing a platform to discuss what's happening, what needs doing and where AM  is going in the next five, 10 and even 20 years. 

We always have great speakers on the agenda all delivering presentations on all aspects of the industry, the technology and the business of Additive Manufacturing. 

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