Information Management Institute

3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing & Digital Fabrication
Status & Potential

May 10-11, 2016

the Saugaro Scottsdale
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

Alchemie Technology

sponsored by

Information Management Institute, Inc.

3D printing has caught the world by storm to the extent that it is suggested that the second industrial revolution is underway. 3D printing or Additive Manufacturing is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. It is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes and is unlike traditional techniques, which mostly rely on the removal or subtractive processes of material.

While 3D printing technology has been around since the 1980’s, it was not until the early 2010’s that the printers became widely available commercially. Since then, there has been a large growth in the sales of these systems and their price has dropped substantially. According to Wohlers Associates, the market for 3D printers and services was worth $2.2 billion worldwide in 2012, up 29% from 2011. McKinsey lists 3D printing as one of the 12 technologies that could drive truly massive economic transformation and disruption in the coming years. 3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction, industrial design, automotive, motorsport, aerospace, military, engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewellery, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.

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IMI’s 3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing & Digital Fabrication Course provides an introduction to 3D printing, additive manufacturing and digital fabrication. It reviews all of the recognized techniques used and captures the types of materials that can be used or developed. It provides attendees an understanding and an ability to recognize what is possible in the near term and where the limits of the technologies currently are and to appreciate the breakthroughs that may be necessary to bring about future predictions. In particular, the course will reveal the advances being made with ink jet and fluid developments.

3D Printing, Additive Manufacturing & Digital Fabrication Course
Status & Potential
May 10-11, 2016
the Saguaro Scottsdale
Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona

  Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  11:00 a.m.Registration

  1:00 p.m.Opening Session

Welcome & Introductions
Alvin G. Keene, President, Information Management Institute, Inc., Carrabassett Valley, Maine

Course Leader
Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director and Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing Techniques
  • Course Objectives

  • Review of 3D Printing Techniques
    - Fused Deposition Modelling
    - Electron Beam Fabrication
    - Laser Sintering/Melting
    - Laminated Object Manufacturing
    - Stereo & Step Flash Lithography
    - Digital Light Processing
    - Ink Jet Printing
    - Others

  • Additive Manufacturing - Industrial Inkjet Dispensing
    - Simplifying Manufacturing Processes

  • Digital Fabrication - Bio-medical and Biological - Complex Functional Parts & Devices
  • Review of the Range of Materials

  • Examples : Thermoplastics, Resins, Powders, Metals, Alloys, Edibles, Photopolymers, Biological & Ink Jet Fluids
    - 3D Printing Materials (Powders, thermoplastics, metals, edibles and uv cure materials)
    - Additive Manufacturing (Etchants, Pretreatments, Coatings and Functional Materials Deposition)
    - Digital Fabrication (Drugs, Medical Devices, Enzymes, Bio-fluids, Metals, UV cure and others)

  • Challenges for Material Development - Powders, Polymers, UV, Pigments, Bio, Metals

  • Properties and Limits on Material Development

  • Examples of Recent Developments

SUPPLIERS' FORUM: : 5-Minute Presentations Related To Technology, Capabilities, Services, New Product Introductions, etc. Suppliers’ Forum is open to all Course Registrants.

  6:00 p.m. Networking Reception in Display Area

  Tuesday, May 10, 2016

  8:30 a.m. Session 2

Applications & Trends
  • 3D Printing Applications

  • Additive Manufacturing Applications

  • Digital Fabrications Applications

  • Emerging Applications & Opportunities

  • Future Applications & Benefits

  • Transforming Design & Product Development

  • Challenges & Barriers to Reshaping Supply Channels & Reshoring Manufacturing

  • Who Will Develop Infrastructure to Capitalize on Digital Manufacturing Opportunities
Development Opportunities
  • Overview of Main Players in 3D Printing Market

  • Print Service Providers

  • Printer Manufacturers

  • Main Players of Inkjet for Additive Manufacturing and Digital Fabrication

  • Market Sizes

  • Challenges and Barriers to Reshaping Supply Channels & Re-shoring Manufacturing

 12:00 Noon Adjournment

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Dr. Alan L. Hudd, Director and Founder, Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

Dr. Hudd is Director and Founder of Alchemie Technology Ltd. Alchemie is an independent contract development and consultancy company to the industrial ink jet industry. A particular research interest is the development of 3D printing of both liquid and powder based jet systems and how ink jet can play a role in providing sustainable energy solutions. Alchemie is currently developing Jetronica, a novel ink jet printhead technology for coatings, adhesives, textile and additive manufacturing applications requiring high volume with consistent coverage. Jetronica FabriCoater technology provides a unique platform for delivery of ‘materials patterning’ at production line speeds. The technology delivers much larger drops at a higher rate than any existing ink jet technology making it suitable for printing a variety of structural features.

Dr Alan Hudd, Alchemie Technology
During this time Dr. Hudd led a number of important projects to jet materials to create 3D printing structures. Dr. Hudd is credited with being one of the pioneers to successfully ink jet print UV curable materials. In one case, high aspect ratio UV curable printing was achieved to create fine 3D tooling for the use of injection moulding. A number of other projects followed that have sown the seeds for many of the current UV cure 3D applications.

In 1987, Dr.Hudd joined Domino Printing Sciences and spent eight years as the Fluids Technology Manager, developing a wide range of ink jet ink for diverse applications and is credited with a number of patents and significant innovations within the industrial ink jet industry. Prior to Domino, he spent almost eight years with the Ministry of Defence and Royal Ordnance in the UK, developing new solid polymer rocket propellants for air to air missiles.

Dr. Hudd graduated with B.Sc. Honours degree in Chemistry and Physics, M.Sc and Ph.D research degrees in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.

Product Demonstrations & Free Displays

Printer and other product demonstrations/displays by both conference speakers and registrants are encouraged. IMI will cooperate with all interested parties to provide appropriate space so products can be displayed and demonstrated during the conference breaks. There is no charge in addition to the conference registration fee to have a display table. Interested companies should contact IMI President Al Keene to ensure that proper arrangements are made for product displays and demonstrations.

You can also reserve your display space and Suppliers' Forum presentation slot by registering online and check off the box indicating your participation OR complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 complete the registration form at the end of this program and fax to +1-207-235-2226 OR send an email to

Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report

Information Management Institute, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has commissioned I T Strategies of Hanover, Massachusetts to prepare a confidential study report entitled "Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report" for distribution to all registrants to IMI's programs.

This exclusive market report is updated on an ongoing basis and provides a source of market information based on a consistent methodology and reporting structure. The report authors, I T Strategies, generate this report from their worldwide model of the printer industry.

All registrants to IMI’s 3D Printing Additive Manufacturing & Digital Fabrication Course on May 10-11, 2016 will receive a complimentary copy of the latest edition of the "Worldwide Digital Printing Market Report."

the Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel Reservations

IMI's 3D Printing Additive Manufacturing & Digital Fabrication Course is being held at the Saguaro (suh-warh-oh) Scottsdale, Scottsdale (Phoenix), Arizona. Hotel reservations are the responsibility of each meeting registrant.

To receive the special meeting rate of $145 for single or double occupancy, you can make reservations online at or by calling +1-877-808-2440 or +1-480-308-1100 (Option 1 for Reservations) and use Group Code 1605INFORM. You may also contact Reservations Supervisor Emily Webster at +1-480-444-0548 (Direct Line) or Early booking is advised as the reduced rate is guaranteed only until April 25, 2016 and will be on a space available basis after April 25, 2016.

Saguaro Scottsdale

IMI’s $145 ($165.18 with tax and fees) rate includes the Saguaro’s resort fee and guest access to complimentary wireless internet access in guest room & meeting space, complimentary parking (self & valet), complimentary use of hotel bicycles, complimentary access to fitness center as well as complimentary shuttle to Entertainment District, Art District, Shopping District & Fashion Square Mall.

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

Saguaro Scottsdale Scottsdale is serviced by Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (PHX) which is approximately 9 miles from the the Saguaro Scottsdale. Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is one of the busiest airports in the U.S. and is served by over 15 domestic and international airlines with convenient and economical nonstop service to over 80 domestic and 20 international destinations.

Super Shuttle is available at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and is located outside the baggage claim areas. Super Shuttle's current price from Sky Harbor Airport to Old Town Scottsdale area is $16 per person each way. Taxi fare should be approximately $25. Door to door limousine service is also available outside baggage claims.

Additional information on Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and available services can be found at

the Saguaro Scottsdale & Scottsdale, Arizona Location

Acquired in early 2011 by The Sydell Group, the Saguaro Scottsdale has been fully renovated into a contextual resort, celebrating its convenient location in the center of Scottsdale adjacent to Old Town Scottsdale's central shopping & arts district and Civic Center Mall. Architects Peter Stamber and Paul Aferiat (known for their bold use of color) recreated the Saguaro around a palette of 12 vibrant tones found in native desert wildflowers in addition to better connecting the hotel to the public plaza next door.

The brilliant colors now adorn each balcony and patio and anchor the guestrooms, while also enlivening the indoor and outdoor public spaces. The color set follows the light spectrum, which in turn creates different perspectives of the hotel according to the time of day.

Saguaro Scottsdale

The Sydell Group wanted the hotel to reflect the friendly hospitality for which Scottsdale is famous and accordingly tapped Joie de Vivre Hospitality of San Francisco, known for their super friendly and all welcoming hotels to oversee the property's operations. Sydell and Joie de Vivre oversaw all aspects of The Saguaro's physical renovation, including a transformed lobby, rooms (now featuring hand-crafted furniture imported from Mexico) and two heated pool areas. New lighting and carpeting for the indoor and outdoor corridors were installed, as were extensive landscaping and garden elements.

the Saguaro Scottsdale is the official spring training hotel for the San Francisco Giants and is located less than ½ mile from Scottsdale Stadium.

the Saguaro Scottsdale has received the following awards since completing its recent renovations:

  • Condé Nast "Hot List" 2012 - Editors' picks of world's best new hotels, restaurants and spas (featured on May 2012 Cover)
  • 2012 Trip Advisor "Certificate of Excellence" Award
  • Condé Nast "Reader's Choice" 2012 - Best in the World List

    Iron Chef Jose Garces, a James Beard Award winner and one of the country's best young chefs, is responsible for all food and beverage services. Garces manages three distinct dining outlets in addition to event catering. Distrito (modern Mexican cuisine focused on diverse street food of Mexico City); Old Town Whiskey (a bar evocative of frontier drink parlors with over 100 tequilas) and Garces Trading Company Coffee To-Go (featuring custom roasted GTC coffees & house baked goods). Awards earned since opening include:
  • Arizona Taco Festival 2011 - Distrito was "Grand Champion"
  • AZ Central's "Best of" 2012 - Old Town Whiskey "Best New Bar"
  • Best New Restaurants of 2012 - Top New Greater Phoenix Restaurants
  • Phoenix New Times "Phoenix Best of Awards" - 7 Honors
  • Scottsdale, Arizona

    the Saguaro Scottsdale plus the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas and the State of Arizona provide excellent opportunities to extend your visit into a memorable vacation experience.

    the Saguaro Scottsdale address is:

    the Saguaro Scottsdale
    4000 North Drinkwater Road
    Scottsdale, Arizona 85251USA
    Phone: +1- 877-808-2440
    Fax: +1- 480-385-4810
    Web Site:

    Information Management Institute

    Information Management Institute, Inc. is a leading worldwide sponsor of conferences designed to assist the digital printing industry in understanding technology developments, markets and applications requirements. IMI conferences offer a unique opportunity for leading hardware, consumables, software and user companies representatives to network and develop a more comprehensive understanding of current as well as future developments in the digital printing industry. Since 1990, IMI has held over 400 programs and each year over 2,000 technical, marketing and management personnel from over 600 companies worldwide attend IMI programs.

    IMI conference programs are designed to enable attendees to obtain the latest technical, market and application information while allowing time to network with other attendees in a time and cost efficient manner. Attendance at an IMI conference enables attendees to meet with the digital printing industry's leading experts in a single location over a short period of time thus maximizing information transfer efficiency and minimizing travel and time expenses.

    For further details, contact Information Management Institute:

    Information Management Institute, Inc.
    1106 Valley Crossing
    Carrabassett Valley, ME 04947
    Phone: +1-207-235-2225
    Fax: +1-207-235-2226
    Web Site:

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    3D Printing Additive Manufacturing & Digital Fabrication Course
    May 10-11, 2016
    the Saguaro Scottsdale
    Scottsdale, Arizona USA

    $795 per registrant
    $995 for each additional registrant from same company when registered as a group

    The registration fee for this course includes attendance at all course sessions, networking reception, coffee breaks and the course reference materials in hard copy and electronic format.

    Dress for IMI’s 3D Printing Additive Manufacturing & Digital Fabrication Course will be casual.

    Cancellations will receive a 100% refund if made 96 hours prior to the start of the program. Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations made less than 96 hours prior to the start of the conference will not receive a refund, but will receive an electronic copy of the conference reference materials.

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