March 6, 2018

In This Issue


TMS Releases New Study: Harnessing Materials Innovations

An analysis of seven highest priority opportunities enabled by manufacturing breakthroughs is the focus of Harnessing Materials Innovations to Support Next Generation Manufacturing Technologies, a new technical report released on March 1 by TMS. Developed by TMS on behalf of and in coordination with the Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight (MForesight), the report is now available for free download

Drawing on the contributions of more than 40 leading experts who participated in a facilitated workshop in October 2017, Harnessing Materials Innovations specifically proposes and examines the following opportunity areas:
  • Analytics for Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) and Sensors
  • Joining of Dissimilar Materials
  • Machine Learning for Accelerated Materials Discovery and Design
  • Qualification for New Materials and Processes
  • Next-Generation Conductive Materials
  • Materials for Smart Manufacturing & Digital Thread Technologies
  • Smart Materials
"One of the things I found especially valuable from this workshop was the vast experience and knowledge of the participants," said George Spanos, TMS Technical Director, and Harnessing Materials Innovations project leader. "It was truly a 'dream team' of experts who offered incredibly valuable perspectives and insights on the nexus between materials innovations and manufacturing. It was also great to work with MForesight in that they are looking at manufacturing from a broader perspective, and coordinating several such workshops to connect many pieces of the next-generation manufacturing puzzle."

Harnessing Materials Innovations individually explores each of the seven opportunity areas within the context of some example technology breakthroughs for enabling them. Justifications for investment in these opportunity areas and discussion of actionable pathways and/or follow-on studies that will facilitate future research and implementation efforts are also provided.

Noted Spanos, "The report captures some especially promising opportunities specific to the materials innovations piece of the manufacturing puzzle."

Submit Simulation Results for Additive Manufacturing Benchmarks 2018

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites submission of simulation results in response to detailed challenge problems as part of the Additive Manufacturing Benchmark (AM-Bench) test series. The first round of benchmark test challenges was issued in February, covering laser powder bed fusion and individual bare-plate laser traces for metals, along with materials extrusion and selective laser sintering for polymers. View the full list of challenges and instructions for submitting results.

The deadline to submit simulation results is May 18, and the benchmark measurement results will be made public on May 19. 

In June, the benchmark tests and associated simulations will be presented as part of the AM-Bench 2018 conference. The event will also include the Benchmark Measurement and Modeling Symposium; the deadline to submit abstracts for this symposium has been extended to March 23. 

“This conference will provide a forum where modelers and experimentalists can come together to discuss what works, what doesn't work, and most importantly, how we can fix what doesn't work,” write AM-Bench organizers Lyle Levine, Mark Stoudt, and Brandon Lane of NIST, in their March JOM article, “A Preview of the NIST/TMS Additive Manufacturing Benchmark Test and Conference Series.”

AM-Bench 2018 will be held at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, June 18–21, and is sponsored by the TMS Additive Manufacturing Committee, Process Technology and Modeling Committee, and Integrated Computational Materials Engineering Committee, in collaboration with NIST, the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), and the Army Research Laboratory (ARL). 

“Since TMS is recognized as the leading professional society for additively manufactured materials, the organizers of AM-Bench are delighted to partner with this organization so that we can open this important conference series to as wide an audience as possible,” write the organizers.

Participation in the conference is not limited to those who participate in the benchmark tests, but is open to the entire additive manufacturing community. Registration for the event will open soon.
Offshore Technology Conference Celebrates 50 Years

Programming that reflects on the history, the current state of the industry, and what is on the horizon will be a highlight of the Offshore Technology Conference 2018 (OTC 2018), in honor of the event’s 50th anniversary, which kicks off this year. TMS is one of 13 industry organizations and societies sponsoring this conference, which offers key insights by global experts on technological advances, safety, environmentally focused solutions, and economic and regulatory impacts. OTC 2018 will be held April 30-May 3, 2018 in Houston, Texas, USA.

TMS is sponsoring or co-sponsoring the following technical symposia at this year’s event:
  • Positioning a Portfolio for Long-Term Success
  • Reactive and Dissolvable Materials for Downhole Applications
  • Digital Revolution and Data Technology Reshaping Offshore
  • Material Advancement
View the full technical program.

In addition to technical programming, OTC includes an extensive exhibition. View a list of exhibiting companies.

As a sponsoring society of OTC 2018, TMS enables its members to receive discounts on conference registration. Register for the event today and join your colleagues in celebrating 50 years of OTC.