Professor Olaf Diegel, Professor of Additive Manufacturing, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Olaf is both an educator and a practitioner of additive manufacturing (AM) and product development with an excellent track record of developing innovative solutions to engineering problems. In his role as professor of additive manufacturing, at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, he is involved in all aspects of AM and is one of the principal authors of the annual Wohlers Report, considered by many to be the bible of AM. His current main area of research expertise is in design for AM. In his consulting practice he develops a wide range of products for companies around the world. Over the past three decades he has developed over 100 commercialized new products including innovative new theatre lighting products, security and marine products and several home health monitoring products and, for this work, has received numerous product development awards.

Over the last 20 years, Olaf has become a passionate follower of AM. He believes it is one of the technologies that has been a real godsend to innovation as it allows designers and inventors to instantly test out ideas to see if they work. It also removes the traditional manufacturing constraints that have become a barrier to creativity, and allows us to get real products to market without the normally high costs that can become a barrier to innovation. In 2012, Olaf started manufacturing a range of 3D printed guitars that has developed into a successful little side-business.

Professor Akihiko Chiba, Materials Processing and Characterization Division, Tohoku University, Japan

Prof. Chiba and his research group performs research to develop the novel structural metallic materials as well as advanced processing technoogy.

Research focus of Prof. Chiba is on:

  • Development of Novel Infrastructural Materials
  • Development of Intelligent Forging Process
  • Additive Manufacturing using Electron Beam Melting (EBM)

Professor Carolin Körner, Chair of Materials Science and Technology of metals WTM, Germany

Carolin Körner studied physics at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) from 1986-1991. As part of her work as a research assistant at the Department of Materials Science with Prof. H.W. Bergmann, she received her doctorate in 1997 with a thesis on the “Interaction of ultra-short pulse lasers with metals”. She then took over the leadership of the group "Lightweight Materials" at the chair of Prof. R.F. Singer and habilitated in 2007 with a thesis on “Integral foam molding of light metals”. In 2011, she was appointed to the Chair of Materials Science and Technology of metals WTM. In addition, she leads a working group at the Central Institute for New Materials and Process Technology ZMP and at Neue Materialien Fürth GmbH in Fürth. Her main areas of work are additive manufacturing, casting technology, alloy development and process simulation.

Professor Iain Todd, Professor of Metallurgy, The University of Sheffield, UK

Iain Todd joined the department in 2003 from the National Centre for Metals Research (CENIM) in Madrid, Spain. He obtained both his BEng and PhD at Sheffield and has held postdoctoral appointments at Sheffield, the Netherlands Institute for Metals Research (NIMR) at TU-Delft and CENIM in Madrid.

Research group of Prof. Todd is interested both in the development of new alloys and the development of new processes to enable engineering structures to be manufactured from them. Understanding the mechanisms driving the evolution of microstructure during processing is essential to developing new manufacturing processes that are fit for purpose. Our manufacturing research is conducted on the near-industrial scale and much of it is focused on detailed investigations of novel manufacturing routes based on the use of alloy powders and is conducted in close collaboration with industry. Fundamental research on emerging metallic materials concentrates on structural control and the development of new functional and structural properties.