14. - 17.11.2017
Frankfurt am Main
Frankfurt am Main
International exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies
Session Materials & Process - Stage 2
13:45 Tom Mueller, Mueller Additive Manufacturing Solutions
Thursday, 16.11.2017, 13:45 - 14:15 hrs
How will 3D Metal Printing Affect Investment Casting?
In recent years, the number of metal additive manufacturing systems has ballooned. Some studies suggest that metal printing will become the dominant method for producing metal parts across various industry sectors. GE invested more than a billion dollars in this technology and they are touting metal printing as a primary focus in manufacturing their aircraft engines. This presentation looks at the cost and speed of metal printing in relation to investment casting. It identifies the types of parts, and volume ranges, where metal printing may have an advantage over investment casting, both now, and in the future. The presentation also investigates the use of printed investment casting patterns as a lower cost alternative to printed metal parts.
Mueller Additive Manufacturing Solutions, President, Milwaukee, USA
Tom is the founder and president of Mueller Additive Manufacturing Solutions, a consulting company focusing on metal casting applications of additive manufacturing. He has been involved in 3D printing applications for more than 25 years. He led the first beta site for stereolithography at Baxter Healthcare in the late 80s. He then went on to found two 3D printing service companies. One of those companies, Express Pattern, was sold to 3D Systems. He served as Director of Business Development focusing on metal casting applications for 3D Systems and later for Voxeljet as Director of Metal Casting applications. He currently is a consultant on metal casting applications of additive manufacturing. Tom has published more than 50 technical papers and journal articles related to 3D printing applications. He holds BSME and MSME degrees from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.