Rapid Prototyping & Manufacturing Association.
in line with a World Wide initiative to consolidate the layer
manufacturing technologies under one name the Rapid Prototyping and
Manufacturing Association will be relaunched as the Additive
Manufacturing Association (AMA) from the 20th October 2009.
The association will still be promoting the key activities in this
field, design, prototyping and manufacture but with increasing
emphasis on the use of additive manufacturing in the production of
end-use parts. This will be formally announced at the TCT Live 2009 show
at the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry, where the AMA will have a stand,
offering support to delegates and helping to direct them to appropriate
exhibitors at the show.
be launching our new website which will include a new organisation logo
committee meeting held 3 weeks ago it was decided the 2010 events
calendar would start in February with a seminar on Additive
Manufacturing (as our re-launch event) held at Renishaw in
Gloucestershire. The event would include speakers covering Design for
Additive Manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing (case studies) and Post
Processing Techniques. The day will also include a tour of the Renishaw
also planned to re-run the programme at Lancaster University in the
autumn of 2010.
will also be an event concentrating on Concept Modellers in September
2010 at Loughborough University. This is targeted at the smaller low
cost machines that are targeted at design office installation.
events planned over the next 12 months include Rapid Casting, Direct
manufacture of metal parts and direct writing.
association will also be supporting other events over the next 12 months
such as the AM Conference at Loughborough University July 2010 and the
CRDM Conference at Bucks College.
also supporting the Bright Minds UK programme again this year which had
its first event at last year’s TCT Live 2008 event which involved 1
school with approx 6 mentors. This year we have expanded the programme
to 2 schools and included a design competition. The prize for the best
designs that take into account the technology, materials and design
freedom will be a day for one student and one teacher at the Renault F1
factory to see how the technology is applied to F1 race cars.