Innovative Materials for Additive Manufacturing (IMAM)

An ECI Conference

March 8-12, 2020
Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, USA

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About This Conference

Additive Manufacturing (AM) has attracted substantial interest in recent times, promising a broad range of benefits and seeing real commercial development as well. Of all aspects of AM, however, the development and use of new materials is arguably the least well studied and the most in need of attention. 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 significant development. 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:

  • 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

Conference Organization


Prof.  Daniel Schmidt, Luxembourg Institute of Science & Technology / University of Massachusetts – Lowell ( /

Prof. Nikhil Gupta, NYU Tandon School of Engineering (

Prof. Chua Chee Kai, Nanyang Technologic University, Singapore

International Advisory Committee:

Leeanne Brown, Elkem Silicones,
Paolo Colombo –  University of Padova,
Gary M. Gladysz – University of Alabama at Birmingham,
Prof. Chua Chee Kai – NTU, Singapore,
Jennifer Lewis – Harvard University,
Dr.-Ing. Tassilo Moritz, Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS, Dresden, Germany,
Prof. Brian Pillay, UAB Department of Materials Science & Engineering
Kevan Rusk, Dixie Chemical Company,
Anna Terry – AWE,
John Wilczynski, AmericaMakes,

Conference Venue

Hyatt Regency Tamaya:  Nestled in the cottonwood forest on the banks of the Rio Grande, this uniquely New Mexican hotel is located on 500 acres of the Santa Ana Pueblo in central New Mexico; 25 minutes north of the Albuquerque International Airport and 45 minutes south of historic Santa Fe. It was created by the Santa Ana Pueblo Indians to showcase their ancient culture and traditions.

Situated at the base of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya is a unique destination unlike anything you have probably experienced before.  It combines the beauty and culture of the Southwest with convenience to the Albuquerque Airport.   The hotel has spacious pueblo-style guestrooms, outdoor pools and a golf course surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas.  Hot air balloon rides with soaring views of these scared lands are a very popular activity for hotel guests.

The hotel has 350 guestrooms (including 158 kings and 169 queen-doubles).  Each room has a private balcony or patio.  The pueblo-style room accommodations showcase traditional New Mexico designs 20AB Hyatt-Regency-Tamaya poolas they were created with natural materials. Every guest room includes a spacious work area with enhanced lighting and complimentary Wi-Fi. The in-room safes accommodate laptop computers.  Rooms also have bathrobes, in-room refrigerator and coffee-maker, and climate control. Laundry and dry cleaning are available.  The hotel facilities also include a Hyatt Stayfit fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, outdoor pools, a whirlpool, and a waterslide.  There are five miles of jogging/nature/bicycling trails.

Address:  1300 Tuyuna Trail, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico, USA, 87004  Tel: +1 505 867 1234  –  Fax: +1 505 771 6180

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

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