Visiting speaker on new manufacturing technologies

03 July 2013

A world authority in additive manufacturing processes such as 3D printing will be speaking at The University of Auckland later this month.

Professor Gideon Levy, who is visiting the University on a Hood Fellowship, has had an extensive career in manufacturing technologies and has been at the forefront of the commercial use of additive manufacturing since its inception.

“Additive manufacturing technologies such as 3D printing open up never seen before potential with an almost unlimited geometrical freedom,” says Professor Levy.

While the use of additive manufacturing for rapid prototyping is well established, industry uptake of the technology for direct manufacture had been limited until recently.

“The industrialisation age of additive manufacturing is now upon us,” he says. “This presentation will describe the state of the art of additive manufacturing as it moves towards industrialisation, including challenges, bottlenecks and success stories.”

Professor Levy was named in the Time Compression Technologies’ List of the ‘Top 25 Most Influential People in Rapid Product Development and Manufacturing’.

In 2008, he won the Society for Manufacturing Engineers Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing Community Industry Achievement Award. He was also the recipient of the 2007 Virtual and Rapid Prototyping Conference Career Award.

The emerging technology of 3D printing is moving away from being a technique for prototyping towards producing functional components. The use of additive manufacturing in New Zealand is limited, but the potential exists to change our manufacturing paradigm, says Professor Xun Xu, Programme Leader of the Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme at The University of Auckland.

 “Professor Levy is well placed to advise not just University researchers, but also the New Zealand manufacturing industry, on how to make the most of this new technology.”

“His visit aligns extremely well with the University’s Innovative Manufacturing and Materials Programme which seeks to provide a single point of contact for New Zealand businesses working in this important area.”

Professor Levy is The University of Auckland Hood Fellow, sponsored by the Lion Foundation.

The lecture is on Thursday 25th July from 5pm to 6pm with an opportunity for networking and refreshments from 6pm to 7pm. It will be held in lecture theatre 439, in building 401, in the Faculty of Engineering at 20 Symonds St, Auckland. Please register for catering purposes. The nearest carpark is under the Owen G Glenn building at 12 Grafton Road, Auckland.