The 3D Printing Wave

There has been a lot of buzz around 3D printing lately.  Actually, I got involved in this industry in the early days when it was called rapid prototyping and stereolithography was the only technique.  It is great to see the development of this industry and the wide variety of materials now available.

Altair’s OptiStruct technology and 3D printing are becoming great partners.  OptiStruct’s topology optimization creates the most efficient structure for the given loads as recently described in a Forbes article.  It produces organic-like structures that can sometimes be difficult to manufacture.  3D Printing gives us the opportunity to directly print any structure we can imagine so we can now truly manufacture the most optimal design.

At our recent Altair Technology Conference in Turin, Italy, we brought together industry leaders and experts in the use of 3D printing technology to discuss this technology and where it is going.  It was a great session and shows how 3D printing and topology optimization can revolutionize the way we design and build in the future.  You can read more about this session and review the presentations here

Bob Yancey

Bob Yancey

Vice President – Additive Manufacturing at Altair
Bob has degrees from MIT, Virginia Tech, and University of Dayton with a focus on Aerospace Composites. His current role is to define the strategic direction of Altair to meet the growing and changing needs of the Additive Manufacturing market including laminated composites. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington where he teaches on the topic of Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Applications.He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and webinars, and a frequent author of technical papers, articles, and trade publications.
Bob Yancey
Bob Yancey

About Bob Yancey

Bob has degrees from MIT, Virginia Tech, and University of Dayton with a focus on Aerospace Composites. His current role is to define the strategic direction of Altair to meet the growing and changing needs of the Additive Manufacturing market including laminated composites. He is an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington where he teaches on the topic of Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace Applications. He is a frequent speaker at international conferences and webinars, and a frequent author of technical papers, articles, and trade publications.