David Belforte & Dr. Shawn Kelly to Deliver Keynote Addresses at LME 2016

LIA lifetime member and industrial laser applications pioneer David Belforte will provide the leading keynote address, a comprehensive overview of the industrial laser market, to kick off the fifth annual Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), at 11:00 AM on April 26 in Atlanta, GA.

Belforte, Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Laser Solutions, who is responsible for introducing high power laser cutting in the United States, has drawn standing-room only crowds at LME in the past. His keynote addresses provide a crucial connection to the real-world applications of the devices and laser systems that attendees will see in the exhibit hall of the Cobb Galleria Centre, and cover various facets of the industrial laser market, like energy generation, medical applications, electronic devices, agriculture, automotive, aerospace and aviation.

“The Lasers for Manufacturing Event is the premier opportunity for manufacturing professionals to explore the laser industry and identify exactly where the innovation and application activity lies today and beyond,” Belforte said. “The breadth of the value of the information at LME empowers anyone in the industry, from the major laser makers to the small job shops, to harness the power of lasers to increase output for their clients.”

Belforte’s data-packed presentation will provide a global overview of several different types of lasers’ roles, and will spotlight this year’s market outlook to define trends and showcase opportunities for the future of lasers in manufacturing.

Advanced manufacturing technology expert and EWI Additive Manufacturing Consortium Director Dr. Shawn Kelly will also provide a keynote address on Laser Technology and Metal Additive Manufacturing at the 2016 Lasers for Manufacturing Event® (LME®), beginning at 2:15 PM on April 26 at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, GA.

Dr. Kelly, whose expertise resides in metal additive manufacturing (AM), material science and metallurgy, will present LME attendees with the truths and myths involved in the additive manufacturing of metal products. The current and future role of laser technology, a key reason for metal AM’s sustained growth, will also be discussed.

“3D printing, and to a lesser extent, additive manufacturing, are now part of the household lexicon; however, these two terms do not have the same meaning,” said Dr. Kelly. “It’s important to bust the variety of myths about the additive manufacturing of metals, especially as they apply to laser technology.”  Many of the same technical challenges facing the adoption of laser technology in manufacturing are also encountered in additive manufacturing. Dr. Kelly will present areas where AM can inform the laser community at large.

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