Metamorphic Manufacturing: Robotic Blacksmithing for On-Demand Components Webinar Series

Metamorphic Manufacturing: Robotic Blacksmithing for On-Demand Components Webinar Series

Live Events: July 19 and 20, 2022

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Metamorphic Manufacturing: Robotic Blacksmithing for On-Demand Components

This two-part webinar series will provide an overview of metamorphic manufacturing (MM), which has also been referred to as “robotic blacksmithing” and/or “the third wave of digital manufacturing.” Details on the technological underpinnings of MM, the potential and promising application areas of MM, innovations in incremental deformation supporting MM, hybrid manufacturing involving MM, and more will be discussed by experts in the field. Each session will conclude with a question-and-answer period with the presenters.

This webinar series consists of two sessions, on July 19 and July 20, 2022. Register once for live or on-demand access to all sessions.

What You Will Experience

  • Learn about MM/robotic blacksmithing from experts
  • Obtain a knowledge base of the technological underpinnings of MM
  • Explore the great potential and some promising application areas for MM
  • Ask the panelists your questions about MM


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Live Events

  • Session 1: Tuesday, July 19, 2022, 1 p.m.–2 p.m., ET
  • Session 2: Wednesday, July 20, 2022, 1 p.m.–2 p.m., ET

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Session 1: Metamorphic Manufacturing – An Overview

Glenn Daehn will provide an overview of what MM is, the motivation and application potential, and some of the key technical components behind MM. His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period from the audience.

About the Speaker

Glenn Daehn

Glenn Daehn
Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University

Glenn Daehn is the Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at The Ohio State University where he has been a professor since 1988. He earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University and B.S. from Northwestern University, in Materials Science and Engineering. Daehn’s research, education, and service efforts are all broadly related to the interwoven themes of Midwestern manufacturing revival, through technology development, education, and integration of the university’s mission. His research is focused on novel materials processing with a particular focus on plastic deformation and impulse-based processes. He has been active in the professional development of K-12 teachers through the ASM Materials Education Foundation and its Materials Camps programs. He has also been instrumental in founding several technical outreach organizations including The Ohio Manufacturing Institute, the LIFT Manufacturing USA Institute, Ohio State’s Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence, and the International Impulse Forming Group.

George Spanos

George Spanos (Moderator)
Director; New Initiatives, Science, and Engineering Department; The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society (TMS)

Session 2: Metamorphic Manufacturing – Incremental Deformation and Hybrid Machine Innovations

In this session, Jian Cao will discuss innovations in incremental deformation supporting MM and Tony Schmitz will explore hybrid manufacturing involving MM. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period from the audience.

About the Speakers

John Grandfield

Jian Cao
Cardiss Collins Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University
Director, Northwestern Initiative on Manufacturing Science and Innovation, Northwestern University

Jian Cao (MIT ’95, MIT ’92, SJTU ’89) specializes in innovative manufacturing processes and systems, particularly in the areas of deformation-based processes and laser additive and subtractive manufacturing processes. She founded the university research center on Northwestern Initiative for Manufacturing Science and Innovation (NIMSI)at Northwestern. She has co-authored over 230 journal articles, 20 patents, and several op-ed articles. Cao is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Materials Processing Technology. Cao is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), ASME, CIRP, and SME. Her major awards include ASME Milton C. Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal, SME Gold Medal, DoD Vannevar Bush Faculty Fellowship, Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award from ASME and Pi Tau Sigma, SME Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, ASME Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, and NSF CAREER Award. She served as president of the SME North America Manufacturing Research Institute, chair of ASME Manufacturing Engineering Division, and program director at the National Science Foundation. She is a recipient of the ASME Dedicated Service Award. Cao now serves on the National Materials and Manufacturing Board of the National Academies, Board of Directors of SME, and the Board of mHUB – accelerator for hardtech innovation and manufacturing in Chicago.

Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz
Professor, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Joint Faculty, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Tony Schmitz received his BS in mechanical engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. Schmitz completed a post-doctoral appointment at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and was then employed as a mechanical engineer from 1999-2002. Schmitz accepted an appointment in the University of Florida’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2002 and joined the Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science Department at UNC Charlotte in 2011. Schmitz accepted a Joint Faculty position between the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in 2019. The appointment is a split position between the Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering department at UTK and ORNL’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. His most recent appointment is Director of the Southeastern Advanced Machine Tools Network (SEAMTN), a consortium of companies, colleges and universities, national laboratories, non-profit organizations, and the Tennessee state government that seeks to strengthen the US industrial base by investing in machine tool research and development, education, workforce development, and supply chain support. He continues his manufacturing research in support of the US machine tool industry with an emphasis on machining dynamics, metrology, machine learning, and additive manufacturing.

Glenn Daehn

Glenn Daehn (Moderator)
Mars G. Fontana Professor of Metallurgical Engineering, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, The Ohio State University

Download the Metamorphic Manufacturing Study

Metamorphic manufacturing is a new innovation that combines the incremental deformation of a metalsmith with the precision and control of intelligent machines and robotic systems. TMS released the accelerator study report, Metamorphic Manufacturing: Shaping the Future of On-Demand Components, to help jump-start this potentially disruptive technology. This accelerator study and resultant report were organized by TMS on behalf of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Naval Materials Science and Technology Division’s Structural Metals Program, and the Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) Manufacturing Institute. Download the study at no cost.

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