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Sustainability is a hot topic with growing interest across industries. Additive manufacturing is perceived as a sustainable alternative to conventional manufacturing. But is AM sustainable across the board? AM powder manufacturing is one area that may not be the most environmentally friendly. Foresight Management has just completed the first life cycle assessment (LCA) for AM powder manufacturing, in which they did a deep dive into 6K Additive’s production process of their titanium and nickel powders to offer visibility into the energy, carbon and environmental impacts associated with these products. In this webinar, Foresight Management will discuss their process and methodology for creating this LCA and will go through high-level findings.

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  • What is an LCA and why is it relevant
  • Overview of LCA process from raw materials to end of life
  • Impact assessment with the ISO 14040 and 14044 standards
  • 6K Additive results and conclusions
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Bruce Bradshaw
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Leslie Frost
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Brad Van Valkenburg
Sustainability Manager, Foresight Management
Brad Van Valkenburg is a sustainability manager at Foresight Management, an energy and sustainability consulting company, where he focusses on product chemistry, raw material analysis, life cycle assessments (LCAs) and sustainability certifications. He has been a practitioner of LCAs for office furniture, steel construction structures, textiles and metal additives industries. He assists manufacturing organizations in identifying the material flows from raw material extraction to end-of-life (cradle-to-grave) and quantifies the environmental impacts throughout the entire lifecycle of the product. He also, collaborates with organizations' internal and external stakeholders to collect and assess product data—including product chemistry throughout the supply chain creating a database of information for manufacturers to use in responding to customer requests, informing the design process and pursuing sustainable certifications. Brad is an active member in the Chemical Committee of the Business Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA). Brad holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University where he focused on utilizing computation methods to model physical systems. Brad’s extensive modeling experience led to his published works in modeling including: LCAs, “Modeling Nutrient Uptake and Growth of Algae Farms Off the San Pedro Shelf” and “Modeling Heterogeneous Catalyst Reactions in Microreactors”.
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Frank Roberts
President, 6K Additive
Frank is the president of 6K Additive where he led the concept and construction of the recently built 6K Additive Global Manufacturing Center. The new facility is a 45-acre, 80,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art production facility for premium additive manufacturing powders. This facility is ISO9001 certified and is currently in the process of AS9100 certification. Frank has over 20 years of experience in the specialty metals industry where he was the CEO of AL Solutions (acquired by 6K in 2019) and he led his team in a greenfield development and facility construction for manufacturing of alloy additions for the aluminum industry. He has extensive experience in all facets of metals manufacturing including process design, project management, finance, and operations management. Frank holds a degree in metallurgical engineering from Penn State University.
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