Monday, May 13, 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
KEC 1007

Speaker Information

Kenneth Church


Additive Manufacturing (AM) is expanding and making a positive impact in several industries.  Materials for AM are improving and becoming more common which lowers the costs. There are numerous AM tools commercially available and research for new processes is active in universities, government labs and companies. The novel approach to fabricating objects and devices created a hype and rapid growth. Industry is now experiencing the realization that results are not matching the hype. The disappointment in results will typically cause a sharp decrease in funding and a sharp shrinkage in the field. The growth and shrinkage is a normal cycle for all major technologies that are disruptive and if the technology is viable, the cycle dip turns to steady growth and full industry adoption. AM has followed the hype curve but it has also shown to be more resilient and continues to grow in the down cycle. This is due to the number and diverse industries this technology can disrupt. AM is moving from industry to industry and each has its own hype curve. As one industry is shrinking, an industry that has already experienced that shrinkage is growing into a stable market. The advantage of AM is the reach across so many industries. One thing AM cannot avoid is providing real solutions. The novelty of 3D printing is not as important as the product this is printed; it must provide a cost savings, a time savings, a weight savings or a performance advantage. To enable this, next generation AM is combined with other processes and many are state of the art processes. The only requirement in the combining is it needs to be digital and in some manner in situ with printing. This talk will summarize existing AM processes and the combination of processes to create a tool that can do many in an integrated direct digital manner. Direct Digital Manufacturing has the potential to eliminate the need for retooling, saving time and money. Additionally, this can touch a number of industries from structural to electronic to biological and still using the same processes and the same tools. Examples of printed metals, electronics, RF electronics and biology will be given.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Kenneth Church is CEO of nScrypt, a leader in next generation digital manufacturing. nScrypt is a capital equipment company that focuses on motion, dispensing, 3D printing and automation using exceptional precision. He received his B.S. in physics and electrical engineering in 1988 and 1989 respectively and M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering in 1991 and 1994, respectively. He is the founder of Sciperio Inc., a research company for advanced innovation. Sciperio has worked and developed in a wide range of technical areas to include electronics, antennas, tissue engineering, water and sensors. Funding for these efforts have come from a variety of private and government entities. Technologies and companies have spun out of Sciperio which include nScrypt (a capital equipment company) and VaxDesign (a rapid vaccine test company). He is a Trustee for the 1213 Charitable Trust (non-profit organization for disadvantaged children). Dr. Church has managed numerous R&D projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, the Department of Justice, Missile Defense Agency (MDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), NASA and various private institutions. He has authored more than seventy-five technical papers and has given numerous invited presentations. He has more than a twenty patents/patents pending.