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Anil K Sachdev

GM Global Research & Development

Can Metal Additive Manufacturing become the Automotive Game Changer?

Although metal additive manufacturing, aka 3D metal printing, is presenting itself as a disruptive manufacturing technology for many business sectors, infiltrating and displacing the well-optimized manufacturing processes of the automotive sector will require several innovations to address the well-recognized showstoppers. At a high level, impacting high volume implementation will require solving key impediments that are embodied in a simple evaluation-driven framework called SAM-CT: (Size, Accuracy, and Materials that represent technology challenges; “Can we make it” and Cost and Throughput that represent the economic barriers; “Should we make it”. The talk will examine each of the elements of this framework with reference to the automotive enterprise, and research opportunities in both materials and manufacturing will be elucidated. The need for standards as the technology expands to include multiple material and equipment suppliers will be emphasized.


Anil Sachdev started his GM career in 1977 with the GM Research Labs after receiving his doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his MSc in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University, and BSc in Metallurgical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University in India. He research interests include structure-property relationships and microstructure design of aluminum and magnesium alloys, metal matrix-composites, and high strength steels for structural applications. Most recently he is leading materials and process developments related to Additive Manufacturing to develop technologies that can become mainstay for high volume automotive applications. Dr. Sachdev is currently GM Principal Technical Fellow and Lab Group Manager in the Chemical and Materials Systems Lab at the GMR&D Center. The various advanced materials-related projects he is leading for next-generation lightweight body and powertrains are focused on improving performance of materials and designs to reduce component mass for improved fuel economy. He has presented several keynote and plenary talks in International conferences and has been a Key Reader for Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A for the past 35 years. He has 60+ patents and 100+ external publications related to light metal developments and has received best paper awards and product recognition awards from AFS, TMS, NADCA, IMA for his work. In addition to his research activities, Dr. Sachdev has been instrumental in setting up R&D facilities and Collaborative Research Labs in Shanghai, China.


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