Practical Approaches to Management Buy-in for Additive


Date: Thursday, October 06, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time
Duration: 1 hour

In the last of our 3-part series, our panelists will address strategies and tactics for maintaining management support throughout the process of delivering to the promises made when getting buy-in. The central theme is that additive manufacturing implementation is a long-term project that requires a continuous steam of resources that can be jeopardized as delays and setbacks occur.

Building from the experiences of those that have succeeded, and those that have failed, the panelists will share tips, insights and tactics that preserve management support for the initiatives while you are working to deliver the promised benefits and outcomes.

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Ian Halliday
Chairman of the Board

Dr Halliday is a 3D-Printing (AM) pioneer with 33 years’ experience in the field, from Automotive industry Chief Engineer through to 3T AM CEO for 13 years from 2005, providing the vision, strategy and drive to the business. Under Ian’s leadership, 3T grew from small plastic prototyping provider, to become one of the world’s leading Metal and Plastic AM Production companies with a complete service process chain, a successful R&D team, and a profitable bottom line.

Ian has extensive experience as an innovative technology pioneer in setting up and running multiple AM and CNC departments and the successful company, 3T AM Ltd. His strategic insights in the AM industry have helped many OEMs maximise their benefits from AM introduction over the years.

Ian has always been passionate about the potential for AM and related technical innovations, and greatly enjoys helping people through their AM journey. He set up a large and highly capable R&D team at 3T as a pivotal aspect of driving excellence within the company, and in becoming one of the best-regarded AM production companies globally.

Ian has a strong academic background both technically and in business. He has worked in Manufacturing all his career, principally in Aerospace and Automotive, including Rolls-Royce Aero, Rover Group/ BMW Group, MG Rover and as CEO of 3T AM (2005 – 2019). He is currently Chairman of the Board for WAAM3D, an Associate Director of 3D Consultancy, an Advisor to Rivelin Robotics, and an AM Industry Consultant.

Carl Dekker

Carl K. Dekker is the president of Met-L-Flo, a contract manufacturer. Mr. Dekker has presented his work at various conferences globally and has been published in various industry journals. Currently the President Elect of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (past VP and Secretary), Fellow of the ASTM International, Past Chair ASTM Intl. F42 Committee on Standards for Additive Manufacturing, and a Past Chairperson of the SME’s Rapid Technologies and Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Community (formerly the RPA). He is also a proud recipient of the AMUG DINO award.

Bob Markley
Executive Vice President
ADDMAN Engineering

Bob Markley is an Executive Vice President at ADDMAN Engineering. In March 2021, ADDMAN acquired 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing which was founded by Bob in 2013. Bob grew up in central Indiana and graduated from the Purdue College of Technology (now Purdue Polytechnic) before going on to spend 9 years as a race engineer in Indycar, ChampCar, and other racing series. While racing, Bob earned his MBA from Butler University. After leaving the racing industry he worked on advanced projects at Rolls-Royce (Aerospace) and General Motors. 3rd Dimension grew from just Bob and one machine and now under ADDMAN operates a fleet of dozens of metal additive manufacturing machines (3D printers) and hundreds of traditional machining centers across multiple sites and manufacturing technologies. ADDMAN has become one of the industry leaders with multiple clients in the Fortune 500 across multiple verticals. Bob has sat on the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership Advisory Board and led the Metals Track at the annual Additive Manufacturing User’s Group conference. AMUG has recognized Bob as a Distinguished Innovator and Operator (DINO).

Todd Grimm
T.A. Grimm & Associates

Todd Grimm is 32-year veteran of the additive manufacturing/3D printing industry. Todd is president of T. A. Grimm & Associates, an additive manufacturing consulting and communications company. He has also served as an independent director on the board of directors of ARC Group Worldwide (NASDAQ: ARCW).

Todd currently sits on the TCT Expert Advisory Board and is an advisor for the RAPID + TCT conference. He has also served as chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) RTAM community and on the board of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) as its AM industry advisor.
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