Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century – The Role of 3D Printing

Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century – The Role of 3D Printing

Ever thought of using 3D printing to engineer your reactors or labware, but not sure where to start?

Want to ask the experts about your 3D printing experiences?

Or do you just wonder what all the 3D printing hype is all about and whether it has a role in chemistry?

Whatever the questions you might be asking yourself when it comes to 3D printing and additive manufacturing, you should not miss out on this meeting! On 29th April 2014 the Dial-a-Molecule EPSRC Grand Challenge and the IChemE Catalysis Special Interest Group are organising the symposium

Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century: The role of 3D printing

kindly hosted by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing at their facilities in Nottingham, UK.

This one-day symposium provides an opportunity to learn not only about 3D printing technologies and applications both from an engineering and chemistry perspective, but also to discuss issues and limitations to ultimately inspire improvements and novel developments in this area. There will also be an opportunity to tour the Centre facilities at Nottingham and to present posters during lunch.

This symposium will cover:

  • Current ‘state-of-the-art’ in additive manufacturing techniques and equipment
  • The application of 3D printing in (micro)reactor manufacture
  • The application of 3D printing in a chemistry context (labware and catalysis)

Meeting Report:  Click to open in a new window


09:15 Registration with tea/coffee
09:45 Welcome and housekeeping
09:55 Keynote 1: The materials challenges of 3D printing
Mark Miodownik (UCL)
10:35 The need for speed – why current 3D printing methodologies fail to deliver the promise of a revolution
Phil Reeves (Econolyst)
11:00 Coffee/Tea break
11:20 Keynote 2: Multifunctional, multimaterial 3D printing
Ricky Wildman (EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Additive Manufacturing)
12:00 From music to sand painting: a multiple materials additive manufacturing method
Shoufeng Yang (University of Southampton)
12:25 New materials for microstereolithography
Andrew Dove (University of Warwick)
12:50 Lunch, poster session, tour
14:45 Keynote 3: The additive manufacturing of chemistry, design, materials and processes
Steve Christie (Loughborough University)
15:25 3DFD technology for the manufacturing of the structured catalysts
Lidia Protasova (VITO, Antwerp)
15:50 3D printing of chemistry and reactionware to explore synthetic systems
Philip Kitson (University of Glasgow)
16:15 Tailor-made structured reactors made by selective electron beam melting
Florian Enzenberger (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen – Nürnberg
16:40 Discussion and Closing Remarks

Confirmed Exhibitors:  Renishaw, Croft Filters, The Technology Partnership, TTP Labtech, Radleys, iMakr, Materialise Onsite, GPE Scientific and Elsevier.

The Organisers:  Asterios Gavriilidis, Harris Makatsoris, Gill Smith, Simon Kuhn, Steve Christie