Introduction to Additive Manufacturing and Key Safety Considerations

December 12, 2018, 4:00 PM EDT

Speaker: Paul Bates, Lead Development Engineer, UL Additive Manufacturing

The introduction of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies, also known as 3D printing, has the potential to transform modern industrial production, but it also brings new considerations for manufacturers and their employees. These considerations include potential safety risks and various hazards associated with the Material, Equipment and Facility where parts are manufactured. Further, AM capabilities can be particularly complex when introduced in existing production facilities with established safety management practices.
This webinar will review the seven distinct technologies in AM, common materials and applications and associated risks. Highlighting industry best practices for material handling and storage, equipment safety and PPE, the webinar will address basic considerations for setting up a safe functioning facility while considering the key risks and hazards associated with AM technology.


• Welcome & Intro
• Intro to AM and seven distinct technologies (10 min)
• Common materials and applications for each technology highlighting key risks (15 min)
• Key risks and hazards in AM facilities (10 min)
o Fire and explosion
o Material
o Equipment
• Common mistakes in AM facilities (10 min)

Speaker Bio:
Paul Bates, Lead Development Engineer, UL Additive Manufacturing
Paul Bates is an industry-recognized AM veteran. Bates joined UL in 2014 after serving 20+ years at Reebok where he guided the global athletic footwear leader’s Additive Manufacturing Lab and 3D CAD Team as the Director of Advanced Process Engineering. A 2012 recipient of the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) “Dinosaur” Award, Bates is fluent in numerous AM processes, including DMLS, SLS, FDM, and PolyJet. Paul is a member of SME for the past 16 years. He is the current President of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG).He has a BS degree in Design Technology from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH and a Master’s Degree in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix.


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