Attend a seminar on understanding variation in the additive manufacturing process, March 22

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Join the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks as they host Donald Godfrey, global director of business development for aviation and defense at Nikon-SLM-Solutions, for a seminar on the importance of understanding variation in the additive manufacturing process.

Building Confidence by Understanding Variation in the Additive Manufacturing Process
Friday, March 22, 2024
10:30 a.m.–noon
Technology Center (TECH) 162, Polytechnic campus [map]


In the current government acceptance criterion environment, there is a heavy burden on “Performance-Based Data.” However, the cost of “Performance-Based Data” is often in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and frequently exceeds one million dollars for each alloy to achieve “B-Basis.” The current lack of material property data can be addressed by developing modeling software that accurately predicts material properties. A barrier to the adoption of AM is the need to qualify parts on a range of machines across various vendors, and the cost of qualifying each machine type, or sometimes even machine serial number, through qualification builds and testing is burdensome. This presentation will focus on the variances in an additive manufacturing supply chain and the need to minimize these variables for better, more accurate printing in production.

About the speaker

Donald Godfrey is employed with Nikon-SLM-Solutions as the global director of business development for aviation and defense. He is a globally recognized authority on additive manufacturing technology and processes. Godfrey has been awarded more than 70 patents in the United States and Europe related to additive manufacturing. He is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of additive manufacturing and has spoken at numerous public forums on the topic of 3D printing across India, the United States, Australia and Europe.

Godfrey spent 14 years at Honeywell Aerospace and was recognized as the main contributor in the incorporation of metal printing. He incorporated additive manufacturing technology for Honeywell locations ranging from Europe, Asia and North America, as well as developing the global supply chain. Before working at Honeywell, Godfrey was employed for 11 years at Rolls Royce Aerospace, where he was an engineering manager.

Godfrey is passionate about education and is a co-author of “Additive Manufacturing of Metals: The Technology, Materials, Design and Production.” The book has been successfully integrated into engineering schools across North America. He has been documented in various publications, including C-Net Magazine, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, Barron’s, AM Metal and the Phoenix Business Journal.

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