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US-Turkey Workshop

September 28, 2009

Filed under: additive manufacturing,education,event — Terry Wohlers @ 14:26

An event entitled “U.S.–Turkey Workshop on Rapid Technologies” was held last week (September 24-25) in Istanbul, a city of about 12 million people. The U.S. National Science Foundation provided financial support to conduct the workshop, which was held at Istanbul Technical University. ITU is the world’s third oldest technical university dedicated entirely to engineering sciences. The workshop was the first international event of its kind in Turkey and it could not have gone much better. More than 50 people attended from Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S.

Dr. Ismail Fidan of Tennessee Tech University did a fine job in organizing most of the speakers and topics. Eighteen presentations provided basic and advanced information around the science and application of additive manufacturing technology. An estimated 380 AM systems have been installed in the country through the end of last year, so a number of people in Turkey are quite familiar with the capabilities of the technology. It is believed that a significant percentage of those systems are from Solidscape and used for making jewelry.

I got the impression that Turkey as a whole is not yet applying AM technology at the same level as countries such as Germany, the UK, or the U.S. Industry and academic events, such as this one, will surely help accelerate the country’s understanding and adoption of the technology. A tentative plan is to hold a second conference, probably in two years. I could envision a second event with additional speakers, a portion of the conference dedicated to medical applications, and table-top displays and exhibits for those who have equipment, software, and services for sale. Overall, Dr. Fidan and the team at ITU did a very good job with the first one and I’m glad I attended.

1 Comment

  1. Dear Terry,

    Thank you for joining us for this Workshop. I also hope that there will be more events like this in the future…

    Please note that you can find workshop photos, video clips and presentations (pdf) from the below page:

    The offical web site of the workshop contains more photos:


    Erkut Negis
    Turkey’s CAD/CAM Portal

    Comment by enegis — September 29, 2009 @ 09:01