'Unlocking Additive Technology Opportunities'

Unlimit3D Conference will run alongside Austech and National Manufacturing Week on 14 – 15th May at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Austech will also house an Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing exhibition, running from 14 – 17th May.

Unlimit3D Conference is now closed.

The conference will focus on the industrialisation of additive manufacturing and will feature many speakers that have implemented this technology into their production processes. Their experiences and learnings, the challenges they faced and the benefits of applying additive manufacturing will be fully explored.

3D printing is a game changer. This Conference will assist local companies to innovate, become more productive and excel in future industries. A further opportunity exists post conference to engage with renowned international experts who will hold Workshop sessions the week following the Austech exhibition.

Delegates will hear first hand the trials and tribulations of innovating in this space from companies that have practical “real life” examples.

Delegate packages include:

  • comprehensive full day and a half conference program
  • morning and afternoon tea
  • exclusive networking cocktail function
  • all delegate materials


Eric Barnes is currently a Northrop Grumman Fellow responsible for the Aerospace System Sector Additive Manufacturing (AM) Technology portfolio and integration of Additive Manufacturing across the corporation. Mr. Barnes has led the development, implementation and strategy for polymer and metallic additive manufacturing on multiple air and space programs. Eric has over 30 years’ experience in materials, processes and Manufacturing research and development, implementation, design, and production support. Prior to his current role, Eric was the Sector Manager of Air Vehicle Materials and Processes Engineering, including materials research and development.

Eric has received three additive manufacturing patents and has six AM patents pending.

Mr. Barnes has managed many DoD contracts from AFRL, DARPA, ONR, Army Research Labs and NASA in the areas of additive manufacturing, coatings, polymer composites, automation, drilling, and metals.  In addition to the aforementioned R&D programs, Eric has worked on the F/A-18 E/F, B-2, F-35, NASA Reusable Launch Vehicle, Tri-Service Standoff Attack Missile, Targets, among others.

Mitchell Beness is the regional product manager for HP’s 3D Printing & Digital Manufacturing in Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ).  He is responsible for guiding the product strategy throughout APJ for the complete 3D printing portfolio including hardware, materials, software, services & the Digital Manufacturing Network.

Mitchell has over 20 years’ experience in the design and manufacturing industry, starting his career at an early age in his family’s sheet metal fabrication business in Sydney Australia. He went on to establish a start-up company focused on industrial design consultation for POS products in the FMCG industry. Mitchell then worked as an industrial designer for Australia’s leading industrial design consultancy, where he was involved with the design, prototype & manufacture of multiple Australian International Design Award winning products.

Before moving to HP, Mitchell was employed by the largest 3D printing bureau in Australia, where he was part of the business development team responsible for maintaining the majority market share for Objet Geometries 3D printing technologies and establishing SLM Solutions and Voxeljet in the ANZ region.

Following an acquisition by 3D Systems, he was appointed as the Channel Manager for South East Asia and South Pacific where he successfully launched various personal, professional and production 3D Printing technologies across different material platforms including polymer, metals, ceramics and composites.

Mitchell joined HP’s 3D Print & Digital Manufacturing team, based out of Singapore, in July 2017, where he setup the 3D printing partner network for India, South Pacific and South East Asia before moving to his current position in the category team.

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Design in Industrial design with First Class Honors, and an MBA with sub majors in marketing and international business from The University of Technology Sydney.

Lee currently holds the position of Business Manager – Additive Manufacturing at voestalpine High Performance Metals (Australia).  Lee has over 20 years experience in advanced manufacturing environments, this includes technical leadership roles in the aerospace, defence and automotive industries.  This experience now feeds directly in to his work in the field of additive manufacturing, with a focus on increasing adoption across multiple industry sectors.

John Croft is uniquely well placed to oversee the direction of the AM Hub, having been at the forefront of the adoption of AM technology in Australia for more than two decades. In the early 1990s he launched Interact Plastic Services, the first private company in this country to move into AM, having purchased a Stratasys FDM 2000 3D printer. For John, part of the appeal of his new role with AMTIL has been the opportunity to re-engage with AM and its continuing development.

Led by AMTIL and generously supported by the Victorian Government, the AM Hub has been established to grow and develop additive manufacturing (AM) capability. Its goals are to: promote and market AM capabilities; support the creation of high-quality AM jobs; provide a forum for dialogue and communication for the AM industry, to encourage R&D, innovation, collaboration and provide a strong, cohesive voice on AM sector development.

“I have had to ask myself who in their lifetime gets an opportunity to complete something they started 23 year ago,” he said. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with AMTIL in one of the major technologies that will eventually become the norm for future manufacturing.”

John started his career from humble beginnings, initially working as an apprentice fitter and turner, before moving quickly into the plastics industry, where he accrued many years of experience in plastics toolmaking. His career has seen him closely involved in every aspect of product  development from concept to manufacturing – including design for manufacture – as well as running consultancies on a range of global platforms and industries.

Commercially astute and strategically focused, John has extensive experience of providing solutions to major players in the manufacturing, defence, automotive, medical, pharmaceutical, FMCG, food and agricultural sectors. At Bosch he had an excellent success rate in identifying commercial opportunities, establishing a new division that would become the preferred supplier of medical device assembly equipment for Cook Medical, Fisher & Paykel, ResMed and Cochlear, as well as supplying a range of other industry sectors.

With exemplary technical and cultural expertise in manufacturing, John has a proven track record in driving growth in sales, revenue and customer base, working with stakeholders from across the globe. His ability to build strong relationships at all levels and to work with key business decision-makers will make him a valuable asset to AMTIL and the AM Hub.

Ralf Frowerk is Global Head of Business Development at SLM Solutions Group AG, in Lubeck, Germany.

SLM Solutions Group a leading supplier of selective laser melting machines and the first to offer overlapping multi-laser systems in a range of machine sizes.

Ralf joined SLM Solutions Group in 2015 as Director of Business Development Automotive and Tooling, an area about which he is passionate and where he has assisted in developing ‘trust’ amongst automotive manufacturers in the application of metal-based 3D printing in the additive manufacture of parts. Commencing his current role in May 2015, Ralf has assisted in the rapid growth and expansion of SLM Solutions to become the leading systems provider of metal based additive technology. Today SLM Solutions offers a total solution guided by new unique software capabilities enabling ease of part development and production.

Ralf gained a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Lubeck and commenced his career with Dichtungstechnik G. Bruss GmbH and Co.KG, an international automotive Tier 1 developer and manufacturer of high-performance sealing systems for powertrain applications. In 2011 he moved to MicroPoise Measurement Systems Europe GmbH as Director of Sales and Service and, Purchasing Manager, before moving to SLM Solutions.

Kevin is currently the Head of Research and Development at Conflux Technology, an Additive Manufacturing applications company located in Geelong.

Kevin began his career in 1996 as a mechanical engineering apprentice in the UK and was introduced to the world of Additive Manufacturing several years later. Kevin holds a doctorate that focussed upon the adoption of laser powder bed fusion technology for a medical application.

Skilled in process, material and applications development, the bulk of Kevin’s post-doctoral experience has involved the implementation of Additive Manufacturing technology across a range of market verticals

Alex Kingsbury is an engineer who currently consults to businesses on metal additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Alex advises companies both locally and overseas, providing expert technical advice, business analysis, market assessments, and feasibility studies for additive manufacturing technologies.

Formerly the Director of CSIRO’s additive manufacturing centre ‘Lab22’, Alex understands what it means to meaningfully connect industry to research and development activity. Alex has worked more broadly in metal technologies including additive manufacturing since 2011. Alex is excited by the promise that additive manufacturing holds for the future of Australian manufacturing, and is optimistic about the transition to advanced manufacturing technologies currently taking place in the industry.

Bruce is currently an ADDvisor with The Barnes Group Advisors – an International Additive Manufacturing consultancy based in Pittsburgh in the United States. TBGA helps companies work through their AM adoption strategy via strategy, design, leadership, training, metallurgy, and economics, and is comprised of seasoned specialists with well over 100 years of combined experience in all facets of Additive Manufacturing.

Bruce has broad qualifications and experience in Aircraft Engineering with both the New Zealand and United Kingdom Royal Air Forces – including A&P Mechanic, Aeronautical Diploma, Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a post-graduate Aero-Systems Engineering Degree.

More than half of his 40+ years of professional experience has been in aviation related industries – both military & commercial airline operations, maintenance, repair & overhaul and design.  Additional experience in Global Supply Management of high technology commodities with John Deere Construction & Forestry Division.  More recently development experience with a suite of surface modification technologies associated with thin-film ceramic coatings – PVD/ CVD/ DLC, ion implantation and plasma spray thermal coating equipment development whilst with Page-Macrae Engineering.

Founding partner and the Senior Engineer with Zenith Tecnica in New Zealand since early 2014 to late 2018 led to the successful commercialisation of Electron Beam Melting Additive Manufacturing for the aerospace, space, motorsport, medical and marine sectors mostly exported to a global customer base.

Consequently Bruce has established a worldwide reputation as a technology and industrialisation specialist with Electron Beam Melting Additive Manufacturing technology.

Don graduated as a mechanical engineer in 2009 and has worked for Defence and Defence industry in various roles from maintenance planning to engineering management. In 2016 Don led the establishment of the Navy’s Centre for Innovation at Fleet Base East, a 3D printing lab for prototyping and ideas development. He developed a roadmap for Naval 3D printing technology and applications, linked to Navy’s strategic objectives. Over the last three years Don has led a number of Australian-firsts including 3D Printers successfully deployed in maritime operational environments, replacing obsolete ships parts using metal 3D Printing, expanding Naval 3D Printing capability from plastics to composites and metals, and the development of a secure international digital supply chain for 3D printed solutions.

Don works across Navy and CASG building the systems, policy, processes and technology supporting a comprehensive supply chain revolution and reduced asset lifecycle costs.

Dr Anna Paradowska works as a scientist but is an engineer by hart and education. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Monash University (2008) and an MSc degree in Materials Science Engineering from Wroclaw University of Technology (2001), Poland. She specialised in residual-stress analysis using neutron and synchrotron diffraction with particular focus on welding and advanced manufacturing processes. The primary goal of her research is to relate residual-stresses, mechanical and metallurgical properties to manufacturing procedures and integrity requirements of engineering components.

Currently, Anna is an Industrial Liaison Manager at ACNS, ANSTO. Her goal is to support Australian and global industry through building long-term collaborations and partnerships with universities, other research organisations, and businesses.

She has excellent publication record a book, 2 book chapters and over 150 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings. Anna has received several publication awards and is involved in several industry focus ARC funded research collaborations. She is passionate about building bridges between science and industry; proactively focus on promotion of science. Anna participates in various STEM programs and is an enthusiastic supporter and mentor of women in science and engineering.

Dipl.eng. Stefan Ritt, Head of Global Marketing of 3YOURMIND GmbH, Berlin-Germany, after earning his engineering degree in technical physics from the University of Applied Science in Lübeck, Germany, started his career in RP/AM in 1985 when running a prototype lab in the R&D arm of a coffee and vending machine company. After that, he held positions in QA and product management for mid-sized US ,Dutch and Danish companies.

In 1998, Stefan took on international sales and marketing of RP tooling products for a UK/German joint venture. In this capacity, he was successful in international markets with the development and support of the transition of RPT and metal AM equipment into production equipment. Stefan has also worked for SLM Solutions where he continued his efforts to grow the metal AM market internationally.

Currently, he acts as Head of Global Marketing for the Berlin-based company 3YOURMIND GmbH, which does develop software for AM-production workflows. This will enable the AM-industry to do the next step into commercial series production. He is a part-time lecturer for supply chain management at the technical university of Lübeck and guest lecturer for international business communication in marketing at the Technical University in Hamburg. In 2011, he was appointed as the European liaison officer and global ambassador for AMUG.  In 2015 he was awarded the AMUG-DINO for his continuous support and involvement for the user group and industry.

In Australia he was one of the first supporters and representative of the German partner company in the AMCRC-project which later was renamed to IMCRC. He also could develop a very close partnership to RMIT-university and was part of one of the first 3 D printed implant projects at the Royal Perth hospital already in 2004! He started business relations with Australia already 20 years ago and therefore is a well known and recognized transatlantic business partner for the Australian technical industry.

Robert, Vice President Production, Anatomics Pty. Ltd, has pioneered patient specific technologies since 1995. As a founding employee of Anatomics, he is an experienced manager of production, research and commercial development for new technologies, innovative products and novel materials for surgical applications. Robert works with a multi-disciplinary team in partnership with healthcare professionals, medical device companies and research organisations to develop and provide the highest quality surgical products.

A keen cyclist an engineer in equal measure, James’ passion for innovation has led to the creation and commercialisation of the unique Bicycle company, Bastion Cycles.

Previously a design engineer with Toyota, James and two other ex-Toyota colleagues decided to put their engineering skills honed in the auto industry to good use. Together in their Melbourne factory they craft beautiful, fully customisable, high-end bicycles for a niche, global market.

Bastion Cycles manufactures their bike frames by employing titanium 3d printing and carbon fibre, and has developed an innovative business model to maintain their competitiveness. This frame concept has led to other achievements and James has since collaborated with the Australian Institute of Sport and Monash University to design a hand-cycle for Paralympian Stuart Tripp that helped the Rio silver medallist achieve strong results in 2017.

For more information on the Unlimit3D Conference please contact:
AMTIL Events Manager
Mrs Kim Banks
Email: kbanks@amtil.com.au
Tel:  +61 417 146 102

Sponsors & Supporters

Unlimit3D is sponsored by the Additive Manufacturing Hub, whose mission is to provide an industry driven collaborative network of organisations that will foster and grow the additive manufacturing sector.

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