History

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.  


The event is led by The Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing Research Group (3DPRG) which hosts the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing - a nucleus of research activity focused on next-generation multifunctional AM technology.


Based at the University of Nottingham, the AM & 3DPRG Group 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.


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 – economists, lawyers, academics and practitioners, all delivering presentations on all aspects of the industry, the technology and the business of additive manufacturing.