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  • Thu

    NPWG Seminar: National Security Campus on Additive Manufacturing

    5:00 pm 2150 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 230

    Digital Manufacturing at the NNSA’s National Security Campus 

    Authors:  Daniel E. Bowen, Ph.D. and David C. McMindes 

    Abstract:  Additive Manufacturing (AM), in the form of polymer/stereolithography based Rapid Prototyping has been commercially available since the late 1980’s.  More recently, the technique has migrated from a tool primarily for visualization and prototypes to a technology capable of manufacturing tooling, fixtures, and actual parts from a variety of polymers and metal alloys.  This migration has occurred in concert with significant advancements in the capabilities of commercial AM machines, as well as improvements in material physical properties and the understanding of process/physical property relationships.

    As such, Additive Manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing and is a technique taylor-made for early adoption within the Nuclear Security Enterprise in terms of capability, complexity, and production volume.  However, additive manufacturing is critical, even the most critical, but just one aspect within the broader concept of Digital Manufacturing, which also encompasses thinking and designing differently, simulation, and validation.  Without these other aspects of Digital Manufacturing, there is little hope that the speed and cost savings promised by AM will be realized.  This presentation will discuss the mission of the National Security Campus in the context of advanced manufacturing and AM, and expand upon the theme of Digital Manufacturing.

    Picture1Bio: Dan Bowen is a Scientist for Honeywell in Kansas City.  He was recently named a Scientist Fellow, which represents an elite level of technical excellence across Honeywell’s Engineering function.  In Kansas City, Honeywell manages the Department of Energy’s National Security Campus (NSC), which provides diverse engineering and manufacturing services for national security, which includes producing and procuring sophisticated mechanical, electrical, and engineered material components for nuclear weapons. Dan leads the Materials Center of Excellence.  Under Bowen’s leadership, the Materials COE has focused on a wide variety of leading edge materials technologies ranging from polymers, organics, and polymer-based additive manufacturing to ceramics, welding, and metallurgy. Bowen joined Honeywell in 2003 and has held positions as a Senior Scientist, Principal Scientists, and Staff Scientist.  He is best known for his work on silicone materials formulations and processes, and nanofillers and composites research and development with 11 peer reviewed research publications, 33 patents and published applications, over 45 local, national, and international scientific presentations, and numerous individual, team, and customer awards.  He has championed the use of additive manufacturing and led the effort to introduce several materials technologies into production. Bowen has over 20 years of post-graduate experience, including 9 years with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company prior to his 12 years with Honeywell.  He holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry (Organometallics) from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Loras College.

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