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The aerospace community has a need for replacement parts for aging aircraft, however original manufacturing pathways no longer exist or are expensive with long lead times. Additive Manufacturing (AM) now has the potential to address current supply challenges for cockpit interior components. 

A new tough, flame-retardant photopolymer for AM has been developed and tested in accordance with FAR 25.853 and additional requirements for cockpit components. 

Collaborators from University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) and 3D Systems will introduce the material, environmental/performance test results, and mechanical properties which enable qualification and use for aerospace applications.

Meet the Speakers...

  • Alexander Morgan

    Alexander B. Morgan, Ph.D

    Group Leader, Distinguished Research Scientist, University of Dayton Research Institute

    Dr. Morgan has over twenty eight years of experience in the areas of materials science, thermal protection systems, fire safety science & engineering with an emphasis on chemical structure property relationships and material design. He has helped academic, government, and industrial customers solve their flame retardant and fire safety needs in a wide range of applications.  Dr. Morgan is on the editorial review board for Fire and Materials, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Fire Science. He is also a member of ASTM, Sigma Xi, International Association of Fire Safety Scientists, and the American Chemical Society.

  • Allyson Cox

    Allyson Cox

    Research Engineer - AM Technology Development, University of Dayton Research Institute

    Allyson is experienced in a variety of additive technology including LPBF and FDM but focuses on photopolymer solutions through DLP and SLA systems. Through the Additive Manufacturing Technology Development group, she is focused on advancing AM machines and materials to meet current application-based challenges, many of which are in the aerospace field. This includes leading projects ranging from the development of high temperature elastomeric materials to testing of flame-resistant materials for cockpit applications.

  • Mike Shepard

    Mike Shepard, Ph.D.

    Vice President, Aerospace & Defense, 3D Systems

    Dr. Mike Shepard is an aerospace metallurgist, specializing in fatigue and fracture. Mike spent 16 years at Air Force Research Laboratory in Dayton, Ohio where he led the Behavior and Life Prediction Section and ultimately the Aircraft Structures Technology Branch. During his time in these organizations, he led efforts to both develop new technologies and solve field issues for turbine engines and airframe structures. He now leads 3D Systems’ Aerospace & Defense Segment, helping customers rapidly design and produce additively manufactured components for aerospace and defense applications, accelerate the certification process, and optimize their entire supply chain.