Innovative Materials for Additive Manufacturing II (IMAM II)

Tallin, Estonia

June 18-23, 2023
Tallinn, Estonia

About This Conference

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has attracted substantial interest in recent times, promising a broad range of benefits. Of all aspects of AM, the development of new materials is a major priority in this field. This is critically important because the products we rely on every day are manufactured using a huge variety of specialty materials compositions. For example, a typical polymer part may contain pigments, plasticizers, toughening agents and reinforcement. Similarly, a metallic material may contain alloying elements for improved high temperature strength, corrosion and creep resistance, and a ceramic may contain dopants providing specific optical or dielectric properties. Currently, each new composition used in AM requires a significant development effort. Likewise, while we have substantial freedom to alter the size and shape of parts, we have yet to gain an equivalent level of freedom to define materials properties and (multi)functionality within those parts, and we lack the tools necessary for simultaneous optimization of both.

This conference will serve as a platform to bring together researchers and industrial practitioners with an interest in seeing these needs addressed in the context of AM through:

  • New materials and materials development methodologies
  • New ways of combining existing materials or incorporating local variations in properties
  • New design tools aimed at maximizing the benefits of the aforementioned developments

The scope of the conference includes:

  • Development of new polymeric, metallic, ceramic, composite and / or bio-materials for AM
  • Characterization and validation of new (combinations of) materials for AM
  • Generation, handling and sharing of data to support development and characterization efforts
  • Processing characteristics of new (combinations of) materials under AM-relevant conditions
  • Optimization of AM parameters, post-processing and / or quality control approaches for new (combinations of) materials
  • Relations between properties of new AM-specific materials and parts prepared from them
  • Approaches to the creation and characterization of hybrid / functionally graded parts
  • Materials and process issues with strong relevance to hybrid / functionally graded parts (compatibility and interfacial bonding, fracture and fatigue, thermal expansion, etc.)
  • Modeling, prediction and design of part properties based on materials characteristics
  • Sustainable AM considering end-of-life issues, resource recovery and materials reuse     

Conference Organization

Daniel Schmidt, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
Nikhal Gupta, New York University
Eric Eastwood, US DOE
Brett Compton, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Gary Gladysz, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Call for Abstracts

Abstract Submission

The scope of the conference includes:

  • Preparation of new polymeric, metallic, ceramic and/or composite materials for AM
  • Characterization and validation of new (combinations of) materials for AM
  • Processing characteristics of new (combinations of) materials under AM-relevant conditions
  • Optimization of AM parameters for new (combinations of) materials
  • Relations between properties of new AM-specific materials and parts prepared from them
  • Approaches to the creation and characterization of hybrid / functionally graded parts
  • Materials and process issues with strong relevance to hybrid / functionally graded parts   (compatibility and interfacial bonding, fracture and fatigue, thermal expansion, etc.)
  • Modeling, prediction and design of part properties based on materials characteristics
  • Sustainable AM considering end-of-life issues, resource recovery and materials reuse

Please use these descriptions to pre-select up to two sessions where you believe your work fits best.

Abstracts (one page maximum) that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of the proposed oral presentation are invited.  Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically using the template provided at THIS LINK.

Oral abstract submission deadline:                March 31, 2023           

Poster abstract submission deadline:             March 31, 2023

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.

Note: Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available and thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

Awards will be presented to the top non-student poster as well as the top student poster.

Venue Information

Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia Tallinn

Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia is located in the city heart of Tallinn, only three kilometers from the Lennart Meri Airport. It is close to the Old Town, the opera house and shopping.  It features 26 floors of rooms and suites and offers dazzling views of the city. 

The rooms feature in-room coffee and tea-making provisions, free Wi-Fi, an in-room safe, hair dryer and TV. The hotel offers different options for dining ranging from an internatonal restaurant (Senso) to lighter meals or pastries at the Café Boulevard – considered to be the best café in the city.  In addition, there is a comfortable Lobby Bar. The fitness and health center Club 26 situated on the 26th floor offers the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in a pool, work out in a well-equipped gym or relax in a hot sauna while admiring magnificent and memorable views of Tallinn.

Our multifunctional conference center with 13 meeting rooms is a suitable venue for a variety of events. Our meeting rooms provide the latest audiovisual technology, translation equipment and free high-speed WiFi. The conference center was renovated in 2017 and can accommodate groups ranging up to 500 guests.

The Radisson Blu Hotel Olümpia holds a Green-key certificate, the largest global eco-label for accommodation. The hotel has also been awarded the internationally recognized Safehotels certification.

Tallinn, Estonia

Up by the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe lies a sorely overlooked city that is jam-packed with history and charming scenery: Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia, a photogenic walled coastal city.

Visitors to Tallinn (once known as Reval) will be pleased to hear that the city is an easy destination to get around.  The best of Tallinn is found within the city’s Old Town or immediately outside, so ultimately walking is the best way to get around when sightseeing.

The perfect place to begin your visit of Tallinn is with the medieval lower part of the UNESCO heritage-listed Old Town.  Making up most of Tallinn’s Old Town, Lower Town features quaint, meandering cobblestone streets and picture-perfect gabled houses.  Among the places you will find most interesting are:

Tallinn Town Hall Square

Town Hall Square

The main square at the core of Tallinn’s Old Town contains plenty of pretty buildings that call the square home, including Tallinn’s statuesque town Hall.  Between the various merchant houses, this market place as been the center of life in Tallinn for many centuries.  There are artisan workshops where visitors can peek in and see local craftspeople making and selling handmade goods like ceramics, glassware and leather items.

Tallinn Town Hall Pharmacy

Town Hall Pharmacy

Raeapteek Pharmacy: This old apothecary, open since 1422, is the oldest continuously running pharmacy in Europe.  Today it is a working pharmacy selling 21st-century medicine but they have a museum where you can learn about cures of old. 

Tallinn Old Town Walls

Old Town Walls

Working its way around the entirety of Tallinn’s Old Town, as well as dividing the Upper and Lower Towns, you’ll find medieval town walls.  Looking exactly as you probably would picture them, these walls are the final piece of the puzzle that sells the transformative old world atmosphere in the center of Tallinn. The 1.9 km long run of walls is broken up by great gates and towers like the Viru Gate and Fat Margaret Tower.  Visitors can walk along part of the wall’s ramparts over the Hellemann Tower on Old Town’s eastern edge.

St. Nicholas Church, Tallinn

St. Nicholas Church

One of the most noticeable towers to emerge from the rooftops of Tallinn is the spire of St. Nicolas Church.  This medieval church from the 13th century was nearly completely destroyed during World War II.  What’s impressive is that it was restored under Soviet rule, which firmly stood against the regime’s stance on religion.  Now it houses the Niguliste Museum which focues on religious art and is also a concert venue.

Freedom Square, Tallinn

Freedom Square

Sitting on the southern edge of Tallinn’s Lower Town, Freedom Square is worth visiting.  It shows the difference between the Old Town and the rest of Tallinn.  From there one can climb up to Tallinn’s Upper Town.  Its main attraction is the War of Independence Victory Column, honoring Estonia’s fight for independence from 1918-1920.  Made from a series of glass plates, this memorial, in the shape of the Cross of Liberty, glows from within at nighttime.

Upper Town – Toompea 

Perched over Lower Town, Upper Town sits upon Toompea Hill and is home of some of the best things to do in Tallinn.  The easiest ways to reach this part of the city center are taking the scenic Pikk Halg path up or slipping through a gap in the town walls past the Kiek in de Kõk Tower.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Tallinn

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

One of Tallinn’s most iconic landmarks is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral which dates from the era of the old Russian empire and its eclectic mix of architectural styles.  While its carillon and special church bells are a listening treat, the cathedral’s inner mosaics and icons are the true highlight as are its pretty onion-domed towers.

Toompea Castle, Tallinn

Toompea Castle

Directly across from the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral is the Toompea Castle, the centerpiece of the Upper Town.  This castle has always been the seat of power for the region of Estonia ever since the early 13th century.  Tradition states that whoever’s flag flies from the Tall Hermann Tower of the castle rules the region.  It is home to Estonia’s parliament and the Estonian flag is raised daily.

Kohtuotsa and Patkuli Viewpoints

The balcony viewing platforms run along Toompea Hill and Kohtuotsa offers views across the rooftops of Lower Town as well as Tallinn beyond the Old Town Walls while Patkuli shows the towers along the town walls and Tornide Väljak Park.  The Kohtuotsa platform is one of the best places to get photos over Tallinn and get a feel for the contrast between the medieval Old Town and the more modern architecture and newer neighborhoods that surround it.

Medieval Walking Tours

There are free walking tours (Tales of Reval) that usually depart at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, and 2:30 pm from the Town Hall Square.  (Tour donations are usually expected for the tour guide’s time)  The tour guides are dressed in medieval garb and are in character as they guide groups on an entertaining journey through 800 years of history.

Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn

Kumu Art Museum

Kumu Art Musuem is one of the largest museums in Estonia and one of the largest art museums in Northern Europe.

Estonian Open Air Museum

Estonian Open Air Museum

Estonian Open Air Museum is a life-sized reconstruction of an 18th-19th century rural/fishing village, which includes a church, tavern, schoolhouse, several mills, a fire station, twelve farmyards and net sheds.

Seaplane Harbor Museum, Tallinn

Seaplane Harbor Museum

Seaplane Harbor Museum is a modern maritime museum, it is a pleasant walk from the Old Town.  The route goes through one of Tallinn’s oldest quarters, Kalamaja (Fish House), known for its wooden architecture.  Unique seaplane hangars, a tour aboard a World War II era submarine, and an around-the-world virtual adventure are some of its attractions.

HopOn HopOff Bus, Tallinn

HoHo – HopOn HopOff

HoHo – HopOn HopOff Bus is one of the best ways to get an overview of Tallinn.  Audio commentary is in ten languages.  Free Wi-Fi.

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