Webinar: Design for Additive Manufacturing: Habits to Adopt and Habits to Leave Behind, Part 1

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Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) is an engineering methodology that focuses on reducing time-to-market and total production costs by prioritizing both the ease of manufacture for the product’s parts and the simplified assembly of those parts into the final product. But you already know this. You and your team have spent years learning design for manufacturing and assembly expertise for conventional processes, and each manufacturing process is associated with a different design technique.

Then one day, you hear about Design for Additive Manufacturing (DfAM).

The concept of DfAM emerged from the enormous design freedom and unique capabilities provided by additive technology, as opposed to traditional methods of manufacturing where some designs are impossible to make. Yet like all other manufacturing processes, understanding and designing for the process is critical for success. Perhaps the thought of learning this new skill set scares you. But with a little creative thinking, a willingness to shift your perception, and the intentional adoption of new habits, pivoting your designs for additive production isn’t as hard as you might imagine.

This webinar is part of a 3-part series. In this first Aerospace-focused webinar, Stephanie DePalma, customer success operations leader, and Dave Emmett, strategic account director, share their experience on habits to adopt and habits to leave behind, along with uncontrived and entertaining lessons learned along the way.



Stephanie DePalma
Operations Leader, Customer Success
GE Additive

Stephanie DePalma works with customers to deliver unique additive solutions unrestrained by previous manufacturing limitations as part of the GE Additive engineering team.
Stephanie began her career at GE Aviation in 2014 as an engineer supporting the industrialization of GE’s first polymer additive manufacturing process at GE Aviation’s Cores & Castings facility. She led the materials development effort to identify the optimal combination of materials, machine, and software to meet the process requirements and enable an automated factory solution for high volume manufacturing.  Stephanie has been part of the GE Additive AddWorks team since 2017 and has worked with customers with various applications and in numerous industries, spanning aerospace to the fashion industry.  She was part of the team to create the Discovery Workshop offering and has hosted many customer trainings on the Essentials of Design for Additive.
Prior to joining GE, Stephanie worked for Deceuninck North America, the leader in PVC extrusion for the fenestration industry, as a materials and process engineer.  She then worked for Cornerstone Research Group leading projects for government contract awards.
Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University.


Dave Emmett
Global Strategic Account Director
GE Additive

Dave Emmett holds a BSME and went on to work at BAe Systems and attended their Graduate Engineering Program. There, he developed a practical knowledge of Aerospace Engineering and processes. Specialties included high speed machining of aluminium, residual stress modeling and machine thermal compensation. In his next role at Renishaw, he further developed his knowledge of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) and measurement strategies using multiple metrology instruments including CMM’s and laser interferometry. With a new technology launch, support was driven by Dave as Business Manager of the Renishaw Equator team in the USA. Taking products from lab to industry requires rigor and expectation management that the team diligently delivered. Dave then moved to Arcam, which presented a similar challenge at an exciting time in a growing industry. Additive manufacturing is a great place to be constantly learning, pushing back the boundaries of known processes is exciting and lucrative. With a balance of commercial and technical experience Dave became a strategic account director for GE Additive. Focusing attention to specific industry requirements and applications allows GE to incrementally expand the capability of many AM processes developing value for both internal and external consumption.

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