Event Advisory Committee
The Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Technical (RTAM) Community of SME would like to thank the following individuals for their contribution to the development of this conference as well as their dedication to SME.
Event Advisors have responsibility for assisting SME with total event planning including reviewing the makeup of the technical advisor groups, assisting in speaker and abstract recruitment, evaluating abstracts, and building relationships for the event and RTAM community. They may also advise on various elements of the event such as workshops, tours, technical briefings, keynotes, technical sessions, media partners and the show floor.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
In 1983, Mr. Ayers graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Engineering and joined the FBI as a design engineer. In the late 1980s, he began working with the early additive manufacturing technologies in conjunction with DARPA. In 1993, Mr. Ayers spearheaded an effort within the FBI to use the additive manufacturing processes not only in prototyping but as a tool for the manufacturing of systems to be used as final product for FBI applications. To date, the FBI has manufactured over 15,000 parts using the additive manufacturing processes, most of which are still in service today. Mr. Ayers has served as an industry advisor for RAPID and is a recipient of the SLA Dinosaur Award.
Medical Modeling Inc.
Andy has been in the medical device industry since 1992 and is currently President of Medical Modeling Inc. He has been involved in many thousands of patient cases for surgical planning, implant design and surgical navigation. His company is regarded as a world leader in production of custom anatomical models and patient-driven tools for personalized surgery using the technologies of stereolithography, 3D printing, Polyjet printing and Electron Beam Melting. He holds a small number of patents and has authored many articles and a few book chapters on the use of Additive Manufacturing within the medical industry. He presents at numerous technical and medical conferences around the world. Christensen has been an SME member since 1998 and is the immediate past-chair (2011) of SME's RTAM Steering Committee.
T. A. Grimm & Associates
Todd Grimm joined the additive manufacturing industry in 1990. Today he is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, which offers additive manufacturing and 3D imaging consulting services. Through his roles as author, speaker and industry advisor, he has become an authority on the technologies. Todd is the author of “User’s Guide to Rapid Prototyping” and is a frequent contributor to numerous trade magazines. He has presented at industry and vendor conferences around the world and has keynoted highly regarded events such as RAPID, AMUG’s User Conference and TCT Live. His advisory roles include editorial advisor for trade publications, fifteen years as a RAPID conference advisor and chairperson for SME’s RTAM technical community. Todd holds a Masters Certificate in Rapid Prototyping and was honored as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in RPD&M by The TCT Magazine.
Harvest Technologies Corp.
David Leigh is president of Harvest Technologies, a rapid prototyping service bureau with a core business in functional prototypes and production using the SLS and SLA systems. Leigh graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991 with a BS in mechanical engineering. He worked at DTM Corp. in Austin, Texas, as a co-op student and upon graduation focused on process development and field service. Leigh was on the original team that brought the Sinterstation 2000 to market in the early 1990s. He left DTM and started Harvest Technologies in 1995. Since then, Leigh has been active in the SLS User's group, NASUG, 3DSUG and the 3D System's World Conference. He currently serves on the external advisory council for the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Texas and was recently honored as Outstanding Young Mechanical Engineer by the Mechanical Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni. He continuously works with the department and serves as a resource for continued development and utilization of the SLS process at UT. Leigh joined SME in 1996 and is the chair for the RTAM Community.
Graham Tromans is the principal consultant and president of G P Tromans Associates, an independent additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping consultancy. He has been involved with additive technologies since 1990 when he was instrumental in the development and technology application acceptance with Rover Group, working with companies such as Land Rover, BMW, Aston Martin, Ford Volvo and more recently Bentley Cars, Boeing Aircraft, British Aerospace, F1 racing, NASCAR, Rolls Royce, Perkins Engines, JCB and many others. He was also responsible for setting up the Land Rover facility and was an advisor to Jaguar Cars in the setting up of their facility.
He has represented the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry on Overseas Science and Technology Experts Missions to both USA and Japan, looking at the developments in RP/AM technology and applications. He has presented numerous papers in USA, Japan and Europe. Graham is currently chair of the Additive Manufacturing Association in the UK.
He is editor of the book "Developments In Rapid Casting" which is published by The Institute of Mechanical Engineers in London, and is also a chapter author in the book " Rapid Manufacturing - An Industrial Revolution For The Digital Age" primarily focusing within the book on Automotive and Motorsports applications.
In 2007, Graham became a Master-Level Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Certificate holder, presented by the SME, USA. The first and only person to be awarded it in the UK to date. He has also been awarded the "Double" Dinosaur Award in both SLA and SLS by the 3DSystems Users Group, recognizing his long term contributions to both SLA and SLS technologies. He is an event advisor for the RAPID conference and was 2010 chair of the SME Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing Steering Committee. He is also a conference advisor to the Time Compression Technologies Conference held annually in the UK. TCT Magazine listed Tromans in the 2005 "Top 25 most influential people in rapid product development and manufacturing." He is also the European liaison for the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG).
American Foundry Society
Chrysler Group, LLC
EOS Electro Optical Systems GmbH
RedEye by Stratasys
David Van Ness
Northern Arizona University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Tyco Electronics Canada
Advanced Manufacturing Applications
University of Louisville
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Terry Wohlers, FSME
EOS Electro Optical Systems GmbH
Stephen Rouse, PhD
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Ford Motor Company (retired)