Functional Materials Deposition

3D Printing & Additive Manufacturing

Thursday 25 - Friday 26 January 2018

Ayre Hotel Astoria Palace, Valencia, Spain


3D printing/additive manufacturing has taken the world by storm with some suggesting that a new industrial revolution is underway. The utilisation of functional materials (materials that possess native properties and perform specific functions, usually taken to exclude colour) provide the key to additive manufacturing’s growth and success beyond simply producing structural products.

To continue additive manufacturing’s projected growth and realise its full value proposition, functional material developments and deposition methods must be developed to satisfy application performance and functional property requirements.

The Functional Materials Deposition course provides an understanding of what is possible in the near term; the limits of current technologies; and insights into the breakthroughs necessary to achieve ultimate success. The course will reveal the materials advances being made and the increasingly critical need for new materials as the future unfolds.


Thursday 25 January

12:30 - 13:30 Registration

13:30 Course begins

Introduction to additive manufacturing/3D printing

  • Drivers and industrial trends
  • Reshoring manufacturing
  • Technology trends
  • Industrial applications of interest
  • Examples of additive manufacturing/3D printing         

Properties of functional materials for industrial applications

  • Powders and dispersions
  • Structures and conformation
  • Anisotropy, flakes

Types of functional materials

  • Graphene and 2D materials
  • Metals
  • Drugs
  • Electronic
  • Composite
  • Specialities

17:00 Session ends

18:00 - 19:00 Reception

Join us for beers, wines and good company!

Friday 26 January

09:00 Session begins

Applying functional materials

  • Challenges
  • Requirements
  • Application performance

Application techniques

  • Digital revolution
  • 3D printing
  • Inkjet
  • Digital dispensing technologies
  • Hybrid approaches

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 Session begins

Additive manufacturing processes & materials

What can be expected in the next few & ten years?

17:00 Course ends




Dr Alan Hudd, Director and Founder
Alchemie Technology, Cambridge, UK

Dr Hudd is Director and Founder of Alchemie Technology Ltd.  Alchemie is an independent contract development and consultancy company to the industrial inkjet industry. A particular research interest is the development of 3D printing of both liquid and powder based jet systems and how inkjet can play a role in providing sustainable energy solutions. Alchemie is currently developing Jetronica, a novel inkjet printhead technology for coatings, adhesives, textile and additive manufacturing applications requiring high volume with consistent coverage. Jetronica FabriCoater technology provides a unique platform for delivery of ‘materials patterning’ at production line speeds. The technology delivers much larger drops at a higher rate than any existing inkjet technology making it suitable for printing a variety of structural features.

Dr Hudd was a founder of Xennia Technology and Managing Director from 1996 to 2012. During this period, he built Xennia to become a world leading inkjet developer and solutions provider to industrial inkjet markets. During this time Dr Hudd led a number of projects to jet materials to create 3D printing structures. Dr Hudd is credited with being one of the pioneers of inkjet printing UV curable materials. In one case, high aspect ratio UV curable printing was achieved to create fine 3D tooling for use in injection moulding. A number of other projects followed that have sown the seeds for many of the current UV cure 3D applications. 

In 1987, Dr Hudd joined Domino Printing Sciences and spent eight years as the Fluids Technology Manager, developing a wide range of inkjet inks for diverse applications. Dr Hudd is credited with a number of patents and significant innovations within the industrial inkjet industry. Prior to Domino, he spent almost eight years with the Ministry of Defence and Royal Ordnance in the UK, developing new solid polymer rocket propellants for air to air missiles. Dr Hudd graduated with BSc Honours degree in Chemistry and Physics, MSc and PhD research degree in Polymer Chemistry from Manchester University.