Carpenter Technology's Emerging Technology Center

The ETC

Carpenter Technology's Emerging Technology Center

The Emerging Technology Center (ETC) Under One Roof

The Athens, Alabama-based ETC is the facility for demonstrating and driving the commercialization of new technologies within Carpenter Technology. Completed in November, 2019, the current development center is focused on expanding AM technologies by building out a 50,000-square foot production space.

The first phase of this world-class facility has the ability to take a range of metal alloy feedstock, atomize it into powder and then manufacture the powder into finished parts using AM technology. Underpinning the whole process is a digital thread that maintains full traceability and analytical insights from powder to finished metal part. Those parts can then be qualified for use in a range of cross-industry applications from aerospace and transportation to oil and gas and energy.

Meet the Speakers

Tony R Thene

President & CEO of Carpenter Technology

Tony R. Thene was appointed President CEO of Carpenter Technology Corporation in July 2015, and is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors. Before being named top executive of Carpenter’s $2.2 billion global manufacturing operation which serves the aerospace, energy, transportation, medical, and industrial markets, Thene joined the company in January 2013 as Senior Vice President Chief Financial Officer.

Thene has focused his efforts on providing customers with innovative material solutions for complex problems. His “voice of the customer” approach to business was the driving force behind the development of Carpenter’s strategy which focuses on Technology Development, Operational Excellence, Strategic Marketing, and Talent Engagement. Building upon Carpenter’s reputation as an established and respected powdered metals supplier, Thene recently expanded Carpenter’s additive manufacturing (AM) capabilities with the formation of Carpenter Additive, providing complete “powder-to-part” solutions and further establishing Carpenter as an influential industry leader. In addition, he embedded the “Carpenter Operating Model” into Carpenter’s culture, emphasizing safety and lean manufacturing principles to drive distinctive product and process capabilities, and also developed the organization’s values and vision, rounding out a clear direction and identity for the company. Currently, Thene continues to position Carpenter for strong growth in market segments where Carpenter can provide differentiated value.

Prior to joining Carpenter, Thene served as Vice President of Alcoa, Inc. and the Chief Financial Officer of the Engineered Products and Solutions Group, and was a member of Alcoa’s Executive Council. Previously, he served as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer for Alcoa. Thene also held the positions of Director, Investor Relations; Chief Financial Officer for the Flat Rolled Products Group; Chief Financial Officer for Alcoa World Alumina and Chemicals; and manufacturing manager for the Alumina Chemicals business among other roles during his 23 years with Alcoa.

Thene earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Indiana State University and his MBA from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Thene serves on the Board of Directors for Neenah, Inc, a leading global specialty materials company focused on premium niche markets that value performance and image. He also serves on Furman University’s Board of Trustees.

Carpenter Technology Corporation is a recognized leader in high-performance specialty alloy-based materials and process solutions for critical applications in the aerospace, defense, transportation, energy, industrial, medical, and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 1889, Carpenter has evolved to become a pioneer in premium specialty alloys, including titanium, nickel, and cobalt, as well as alloys specifically engineered for additive manufacturing (AM) processes and soft magnetics applications. Carpenter has expanded its AM capabilities to provide a complete “end-to-end” solution to accelerate materials innovation and streamline parts production.

Dr. David Graf

CTO of Carpenter Technology

David Graf was named Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Carpenter Technology Corporation in September 2018. David is responsible for the Research & Development (R&D) and Quality Assurance organizations.  In this role, David works in tandem with the Commercial and Operational organizations to expand process capabilities, advance product commercialization, manage the Stage-Gate New Product program and ensure products consistently meet the highest quality standards for all the markets Carpenter Technology serves.

Additionally, David oversees the ongoing technology platform advancements which includes oversight of the Additive Manufacturing Technology Center and Soft Mag Center of Expertise in Reading, PA, as well as the Emerging Technology Center in Athens, AL, which includes initiatives in Additive Manufacturing, Soft Magnetics, and Titanium Powder.

Prior to joining Carpenter Technology, David worked for W.R. Grace, a global leader in the development and manufacture of products and technologies used in energy, refining, polyolefins, plastics, petrochemical, and other chemical manufacturing applications. During his eight years with Grace, he worked in the Specialty Catalyst division and served as the Global R&D Director, General Manager of Americas, V.P. of Global Marketing as well as integration leader for a $0.5B strategic acquisition.

Prior to W.R. Grace, David worked for 13 years at the Dow Chemical Company, a global leader in polyolefins, plastics, petrochemical, and other chemical manufacturing applications. During this time, he worked in a variety of R&D leadership roles based in Midland, MI, and Freeport, TX.

David received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Michigan State University. He then earned his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, followed by Postdoctoral Associate position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carpenter Technology Corporation is a recognized leader in high-performance specialty alloy-based materials and process solutions for critical applications in the aerospace, defense, transportation, energy, industrial, medical, and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 1889, Carpenter Technology has evolved to become a pioneer in premium specialty alloys, including titanium, nickel, and cobalt, as well as alloys specifically engineered for additive manufacturing (AM) processes and soft magnetics applications. Carpenter Technology has expanded its AM capabilities to provide a complete “end-to-end” solution to accelerate materials innovation and streamline parts production.

Ben Ferrar

General Manager of Carpenter Additive

Ben Ferrar was appointed General Manager of Carpenter Additive in April 2019. In this role, he is responsible for the overall strategic leadership and operational execution of the Carpenter Additive business unit, a vertically integrated Additive Manufacturing (AM) partner providing complete “end-to-end” solutions to accelerate materials innovation and streamline parts production. Ben is driving Carpenter Additive’s global commercial strategy and delivering novel solutions to facilitate AM industrialization. 

Ben brings over 10 years’ experience in the metal AM industry, with extensive experience in AM system and application development. Prior to his current role, Ben was the Chief Operating Officer of LPW Technology Ltd., which Carpenter Technology acquired in October 2018. Prior, Ben was responsible for the design and development of Additive Manufacturing systems at Renishaw in his position of Research and Development Manager.

Ben is committed to expanding the knowledge base of metal AM to drive adoption of the technology.  Ben believes in developing the metal AM supply chain to ensure economic and long-term sustainability of the industry.

Ben earned his Master of Engineering (MEng) Mechanical Engineering from The University of Liverpool and has continued to volunteer at the university in his role on the Industrial Liaison Board.  In addition, Ben has supervised over 50 undergraduate and post-graduate projects in the AM arena and feels that the development of the next generation of engineers and material scientists is critical to the success of Additive Manufacturing.

Carpenter Technology Corporation is a recognized leader in high-performance specialty alloy-based materials and process solutions for critical applications in the aerospace, defense, transportation, energy, industrial, medical, and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 1889, Carpenter Technology has evolved to become a pioneer in premium specialty alloys, including titanium, nickel, and cobalt, as well as alloys specifically engineered for additive manufacturing (AM) processes and soft magnetics applications. Carpenter Technology has expanded its AM capabilities to provide a complete “end-to-end” solution to accelerate materials innovation and streamline parts production.

Dr. William Herbert

Director of AdditiveTechnology, R&D

William Herbert was appointed Director of Technology and Research & Development for Carpenter Additive in April 2019. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing Carpenter Technology’s development activities in additive manufacturing (AM) materials and processes, as well as scaling up newly-developed technologies to the production environment. Will manages Carpenter Additive’s global technical strategy, with three teams located across the USA and UK.  

Prior to his current role, Will was the Director of Corporate Development at Carpenter Technology, where he supported the Company’s mergers and acquisitions strategy and worked closely with the Finance division to develop deal models and perform financial and technical due diligence. Will played a leading role in the acquisitions of Puris LLC, CalRAM LLC, and LPW Technology Ltd businesses which accelerated Carpenter Technology’s entry into additive manufacturing and were later consolidated into the Carpenter Additive business unit. In addition, Will was the overall project lead on the Emerging Technology Center, a $52-million development in Athens, Alabama for advanced R&D, scale-up, and AM component production which opened in December 2019.

Prior to joining Carpenter Technology, Will worked at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) advising the materials and pharmaceutical sectors, specializing in post-merger integration and R&D strategy. Will has a passion for engineering and metallurgy, having earned his Master of Engineering (Meng) degree in Materials Science from The University of Oxford and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Carpenter Technology Corporation is a recognized leader in high-performance specialty alloy-based materials and process solutions for critical applications in the aerospace, defense, transportation, energy, industrial, medical, and consumer electronics markets. Founded in 1889, Carpenter Technology has evolved to become a pioneer in premium specialty alloys, including titanium, nickel, and cobalt, as well as alloys specifically engineered for additive manufacturing (AM) processes and soft magnetics applications. Carpenter Technology has expanded its AM capabilities to provide a complete “end-to-end” solution to accelerate materials innovation and streamline parts production.

Jason Oliver

President & CEO, GE Additive

Jason Oliver was named President & CEO, GE Additive in January 2018. In this role, he provides strategic direction and operational leadership across the GE Additive business.

Jason joined GE from Dover Corporation with more than 20 years of printing expertise. Jason is a printing industry veteran, who has spent his career commercializing digital equipment, consumables, software and services in the industry. He has started, sold and bought businesses and launched cutting-edge digital printers for three large publicly-held companies.

In 2003, Jason co-founded Jetrion, a digital label printer, which he sold in 2006, and then continued to market for EFI. In 2013, Jason joined Heidelberger Druckmaschinen GA as Senior Vice President, Digital Print Solutions, where he developed and implemented Heidelberg‘s digital vision and drove its expansion into the inkjet market.

In 2016, Jason became president, Digital Printing Group for Dover Corporation to build an industry-leading digital printing business.

Jason has a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the University of Kansas and did postgraduate work at the University of Paderborn in Germany. He is fluent in English and German.

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GE Additive – part of GE (NYSE: GE) is a world leader in additive design and manufacturing, a pioneering process that has the power and potential to transform businesses. Through our integrated offering of additive experts, advanced machines and quality materials, we empower our customers to build innovative new products. Products that solve manufacturing challenges, improve business outcomes and help change the world for the better. GE Additive includes additive machine providers Concept Laser and Arcam EBM; along with additive material provider AP&C.

John E. Barnes

Founder of the Barnes Group Advisors

John Barnes is the Founder of The Barnes Group Advisors, the leading independent consultancy and training provider in additive manufacturing. Previously, he was Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing & Strategy at Arconic where he helped shape the R&D budget and activities across manufacturing operations and influenced future business.  There he worked with Airbus to qualify the first Titanium additively manufactured parts for series production on the A350.  Prior to Arconic, he was Director of the High Performance Metals Program for the CSIRO, the national science agency for Australia where he oversaw the R&D and Commercialization activities and investments in the program’s two principal areas: Metal Production and Additive Manufacturing.  

His aerospace background includes lengthy positions at Honeywell Engines where he supported gas turbine Advanced Technology and was Program Manager of Marine Engines programs and as Senior Manager for Manufacturing Exploration and Development at Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.  At Lockheed Martin, he was responsible for developments in advanced polymers, composites, carbon nano tubes, novel titanium production and processing, additive manufacturing of both polymer and metallic systems and low observable manufacturing methods. Primarily, John has a background in materials performance and processing relationships, but has led groups to develop low emission combustors, advanced polymers and low observable technology.

John has 3 US patents, 7 International patents pending, has given numerous invited presentations is published internationally.  In 2014, he was awarded Purdue University’s Outstanding Materials Engineer of the Year and was given an Adjunct professorship at RMIT.  In 2015, he became an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at Monash University.  In the 2017, the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University appointed him an Adjunct Professor of Materials Engineering.  John holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and an M.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Purdue University.

Eric Gatlin

Executive Leader for Aviation’s Additive Integrated Product Team

Eric Gatlin was named the Executive Leader for Aviation’s Additive Integrated Product Team in March of 2017. He is responsible for providing the strategic direction and operational leadership for the supply chain, engineering, and material global operations. The IPT is responsible for the ambitious advancement of the use of additive for GE Aviation.  

Eric joined GE in 2014 as the Executive Quality Leader for the Aviation Electronic Systems division. In this role he was responsible for driving zero defect operational metrics across the supply chain’s 14 manufacturing locations.

Prior to joining GE, Eric spent 18 years in the automotive industry at ZF TRW. During that time he held a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities in Design Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Quality, Corporate Staff, and Program Management. Eric was also general manager of ZF TRW’s Asia Pacific electronics division and was based in Shanghai, China from 2011-2014. During his time in automotive Eric worked on multiple safety systems including: electronic crash systems, autonomous driving, electrically assisted steering, braking and other occupant safety systems.  

Eric has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lawrence Technological University and a master’s in Business Administration from the University of Michigan - Dearborn. 

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