Additive manufacturing processes make products by adding materials layer by layer, in contrast to removing materials in the conventional subtractive manufacturing processes. Additive manufacturing technologies are developing rapidly, which will be an important component of the upcoming industrial revolution, Industry 4.0. This presentation will review and discuss and review the status and recent advances of additive manufacturing with special focuses on 3D printing technology and printed electronics. In addition, this presentation will give an overview of Industry 4.0 and introduce WIN 4.0 (Western's Industry 4.0 Network) and our recent activities in R&D and education related to Industry 4.0.
Jun Yang is Professor in Mechanical & Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and Director of WIN 4.0 (Western's Industry 4.0 Network) at Western University (The University of Western Ontario). He is Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE). He is also a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. His research interests include Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing, Printed Electronics, Metamaterials, MEMs, Internet of Things, Flexible/wearable Electronics, Sensors and Actuators, Biophysics and surface Science. He has published more than 130 papers including multiple cover articles in high quality journals. He holds 26 granted/pending patents. Three of his inventions have been licensed to industries for mass production. He has given ~90 plenary/keynote/invited talks on conferences, symposiums and workshops. Dr. Yang was a recipient of 2006 PetroCanada Young Innovators Award, 2009 Early Researcher Award, 2012 University's Faculty Scholar Award, 2012 and 2014 Western Innovation Funds Award, Second place, 3rd China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, 2015 Xerox UAC Award, 2016 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Award and 2017 & 2018 Western's Vanguard Awards.