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Whether in prototyping or series manufacturing, the rapidly increasing use of Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing processes in industry is generating high demand for qualified service providers. Rapid.Tech is staying abreast of this development with its new Trade Forum “Additive Contract Manufacturing”. The 13th international trade show and conference for Additive Manufacturing is taking place from June 14-16, 2016 in Erfurt, Germany.

There is probably no other technology sector that is developing as rapidly and successfully as Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing. “Whether we’re talking about prototyping, tooling or series manufacturing, more and more sectors and businesses are harnessing the huge potential of AM to manufacture products more quickly, with greater individualization, at lower cost and with improved resource efficiency,” reports Dr Eric Klemp, Managing Director of voestalpine Additive Manufacturing Center and programme coordinator of the new Trade Forum “Additive Contract Manufacturing” (June 16th) at the 13th Erfurt Rapid.Tech. The addition of this sector to the programme for the international trade show and conference for Additive Manufacturing reflects a significant market development. “The increased use of AM processes is resulting in higher demand for and more stringent requirements on contract manufacturers. Rapid.Tech’s new trade forum provides a valuable opportunity both for newcomers and for experts in the technologies to exchange information and experiences,” according to Klemp.

This is illustrated by a glance at the programme. In his talk, Stephan Kegelmann of Kegelmann Technik GmbH will highlight the advantages for a business of investing in 3D Printing and the relevant machinery. He will consider the knowledge required for optimal and reproducible as well as economic use use of these technologies, and will introduce the principle of “connected prototyping”. This entails a combination of manufacturing technologies and results not only in a high-grade component but also in a reproducible and high qualilty level. Moreover, Kegelmann will discuss the challenges service providers have to face in order to succeed in the market.

In his presentation entitled “From concept to certified Additive Manufacturing”, Jürgen Schmidt of Materialise will describe the varying types of support currently available from service providers. This ranges from advice on how to take advantage of the technology, to component design using AM, to series manufacturing, in which product features and quality are not only specified precisely but must also be guaranteed. Laser sintering of plastics enables small series manufacturing of complex components which could not be manufactured using conventional processes. The development and design parameters that need to be taken into account in this context will be considered by Andreas Kleinfeld of Hasenauer & Hesser GmbH, alongside the necessary steps that must be taken for quality assurance.

Andreas Berkau of Citim GmbH will draw on his wealth of experience to address the challenges facing a service provider in relation to the manufacture of metal components. Many products are protected by copyright and by patent. Legal issues faced by contract manufacturers and approaches to minimise risk will be the subject of the session led by Dr. Anke Allwandt of Kaminski Harmann Patentanwälte AG. The increasing use of Additive Manufacturing processes also brings new challenges in relation to health and safety at work – particularly due to the use of powdered materials. Dominik Schmid from the iwb Application Center at the Technical University of Munich will use his presentation to illustrate the significant dangers of selected powdered materials, evaluate the risk potential of processing stages and propose ways of improving safety when processing metals and polymers in powder bed-based Additive Manufacturing.

“Additive Contract Manufacturing is one of four new trade forums that will allow us to keep abreast of current trends and developments in Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing. Also new to this year’s Rapid.Tech are the trade forums “3D Metal Printing”, “Electronic Engineering” and “Automotive Industry”. We are also meeting the growing need for information with the extended, three-day duration of the event,” explains Wieland Kniffka, CEO of Messe Erfurt GmbH.

In addition to the well-established areas of “Design”, “Tools”, “Aviation”, “Medical Technology”, “Dental Technology” and “Science” and the User’s Conferences, the new trade forums will provide opportunities for intensive professional discussion on specific AM topics. All Rapid.Tech conference presentations will be simultaneously translated (German<>English).

For the fourth time FabCon 3.D, Germany’s 3D Printing fair for semi-professional users and prosumers, will be held in parallel with the event.

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Monday, 11 May 2015 13:09

12th Annual Rapid.Tech 2015

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For the keynote session at this year’s Rapid.Tech (June 10-11, 2015), Messe Erfurt has secured a top-class speaker from the aerospace industry in the form of Peter Sander, Head of Emerging Technologies & Concepts at Airbus Hamburg.

Airbus has been driving additive manufacturing forwards in the aerospace industry for many years now. As far back as 2010, Peter Sander – Head of Emerging Technologies & Concepts, Airbus Operations Hamburg GmbH – established, among other things, the Airbus Innovation Cell with a focus on additive layer manufacturing (ALM). Over the past few years, a wide variety of aircraft components in over 80 projects have been tested and reworked for manufacture in additive manufacturing processes. The aircraft manufacturer aims to have the first 3D-printed titanium components – first and foremost a cabin bracket – certified by 2016 and plans to launch these in service for the first time with the A350. Certifications for aluminum components are to follow by 2017. As of 2018, Airbus aims to have a monthly series production of around 30 tonnes of additively manufactured metal components. This results not only in widely varying requirements for manufacturers of ALM equipment and aviation industry suppliers. Component design and construction as well as manufacturing processes including assembly will also be revised.

In his keynote speech “On the Way to Additive Manufacturing: Chances and Challenges for Future Industrial Production”, Peter Sander will provide an overview of the key influencing factors in these developments and presents some of the company’s global activities in the field of ALM. In addition, Sander will shed light on various details in the materials and processes that make innovations possible. The ALM aeronautics expert will also discuss the opportunities open to a large corporation such as Airbus when it comes to making the most of innovative technologies under strict certification and safety requirements. His speech will also cover how to persuade management and design departments of the benefits of this new industrial value creation chain. Rounding off Sander’s lecture is a look at over 80 projects in various stages of completion and the resulting industrial requirements for the future.

The other four “Vision 3D” Keynote Sessions at Rapid.Tech 2015 include:

  • Adrian Lannin, Microsoft manager (USA) will discuss the effects of extensive support for 3D printing in Windows for additive manufacturing in existing and emerging market segments.
  • Mario Fleurinck, entrepreneur and founder of InnoCrowd (Belgium), will reveal how digital manufacturing can pave the way for innovation-driven and sustainable business models, illustrating this with a product life cycle analysis.
  • Frank Cooper (Birmingham City University School of Jewellery, GB) will focus on the direct metal laser melting (DMLM) of precious metals.
  • Francis Bitonti, a US designer, will describe the radical change triggered by the “displacing” technology of 3D printing in the fashion and lifestyle industry.

Visitors are guaranteed a concise overview with the Keynote Pass “Vision 3D”, which the trade fair management is offering for the first time in 2015. It grants pass holders entry to the five keynote presentations and the specialist trade fair on June 10, 2015.

Erfurt’s Rapid.Tech figures amongst the world’s most respected events in the field of additive manufacturing. Some 160 exhibitors and 4,000 trade visitors from 20 countries are expected. For the third time FabCon 3.D, Germany’s 3D printing fair for semi-professional users and prosumers, will be held in parallel with the event.

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 10:34

11th Annual Rapid.Tech 2014

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Rapid.Tech ranks among the leading international events in the field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. The conference and trade fair is scheduled to take place for the 11th time in Erfurt, Germany on May 14-15, 2014. With a user conference, design engineer day, specialist forums for the aviation, medical and dental technology industries, and the trade fair itself there will be ample opportunity for interchange among newcomers to the field, experts, researchers and users, covering both theory and practice. In tandem with Rapid.Tech, the second German Personal Fabrication Convention FabCon 3.D will be taking place in Erfurt from May 15–17, 2014.

Sustainability, the Industry 4.0 project and individualisation are all global trends, and there is one key technology required to implement them all: additive manufacturing (AM). To exploit the potential of AM effectively it is necessary to be fully informed about all the latest developments covering materials, processes and machines. “Generative manufacturing processes are becoming ever more relevant across multiple industries and are playing an increasingly important part in production processes. This is generating an enormous demand for information, as well as for an interchange of experiences and discussion”, reported Wieland Kniffka, Head of Messe Erfurt [Erfurt trade fair]. “Rapid.Tech sets the standard here, with its mix of think-tank, knowledge transfer and an exhibition geared toward practical applications.”

This view is backed up by the programme for this year’s event on May 14-15, 2014 and will feature over 60 presentations given by speakers from countries including Germany, Denmark, Great Britain, Switzerland and Spain, all simultaneously translated between German and English. The opening presentation at the keynote session will be on “The Future of 3D Printing at Siemens”. It will describe the rapid development of additive manufacturing processes in recent years, highlight the huge potential AM has for industry and examine the challenges involved in carrying out the necessary refinement of this innovative technology. There will also be discussion of what is needed with regard to standardisation so that these processes can be fully integrated into industrial manufacturing. In another talk, Dr.-Ing. Bernhard Langefeld of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants will be using findings from a recent study to answer the thought-provoking question: “Additive Manufacturing – A Game Changer for the Manufacturing Industry?” There will be a presentation by Dr.-Ing. Oliver Keßling on the Arburg Plastic Freeforming (Arburg Kunststoff-Freeformer – AKF) process, a new industrial procedure for additive manufacturing which enables even the most complex components to be created in mass-produced plastic materials. Friedemann Lell of Sauer GmbH / DMG Mori Seiki will be showcasing an innovative solution for the production of finished parts using additive manufacturing. This hybrid solution is the first in the world to combine additive laser cladding and a full-fledged 5-axis milling machine in one system.

Afterward, specialist forums under the headings of “Aviation”, “Medical Technology” and “CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping in Dental Technology” plus the user conference entitled “New Technologies” and the design engineer day will all give industry-insiders a chance to look at the latest applications, discuss the possibilities of additive processes in their specialist fields and cast an eye towards the future. This is also facilitated by the specialist trade fair, where around 100 exhibitors will be showcasing new developments and follow-up products.

Aviation specialist forum – established processes and great potential

What significance does additive manufacturing have for the aviation industry? This question finds an answer in the first session of this event, which will include a presentation entitled “Additive Manufacturing from the Perspective of Boeing”. Other topics covered in the specialist forum include current applications in the aviation industry such as additive manufacturing of heavy duty hydraulic valve blocks and series production of engine parts using metal laser sintering. The remaining presentations at the two-day event will cover RepAIR, a European joint research project into the use of additive manufacturing for aircraft maintenance, as well as scenarios regarding potential changes to MRO processes resulting from the use of AM. There will be a presentation about the possibilities created by new software for the additive manufacture of grid structures. The programme will also include the topics of certification in the aviation sector and economic aspects and influencing factors involved in additive manufacturing.

Medical technology specialist forum – new possibilities for individual solutions

One of the topics covered at the medical technology specialist forum will be new developments in the field of additive manufacture of artificial bone. This includes the manufacture of ceramic implants and modification of the active agent in them by means of powder-based 3D printing, as well as 3D printing of artificial bone based on calcium phosphate and the post-processing of 3D-printed ceramic bone replacements. There will also be a presentation on a process for the selective laser micro-melting of platinum-iridium. Participants at the “Clinical Applications” session will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of computer-aided orthopaedic operations with patient-specific targets, among other topics. Surgery planning, visualisations and implant manufacture are further topics in the programme of the two-day event.

CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping in dental technology – the latest trends

Generative manufacturing processes are already well-established in the field of dental technology, with new possibilities opening up all the time as a result of digital production. The CAD/CAM and rapid prototyping in dental technology specialist forum will be looking at the latest trends in dentistry, including hybrid manufacturing processes for making dental prosthetics. There will also be a presentation about incorporating virtual implant planning into the CAD/CAM workflow and new directions in immediate implant placement through the manufacture of custom implants via CAD/CAM and DVT. Other presentations will deal with monolithic materials, economic manufacture of complex non-metal prosthetic reconstructions and new analytical processes for patients with CMD.

User conference – discovering new technologies

The use of additive manufacturing processes in series production is increasing all the time, and with it the available choice of procedures, processes and machines. This conference will feature presentations and discussions about key issues such as 3D printing of aluminium oxide and silicon carbide ceramics, multi-material 3D colour printing and solutions in the fields of miniaturised additive manufacturing for large batch production as well as the additive manufacture of large-scale heterogeneous architectural components. An innovative rapid test enables parameters in the additive manufacturing process to be specified. Also on the agenda are reports from users on the application of additive manufacturing technologies (AMTs) at BMW, 3D printing of design items and e-commerce solutions for service providers.

Design engineer day – tools for exploiting new freedom

Almost unlimited freedom in terms of design and construction: this is simultaneously one of additive manufacturing’s greatest advantages and one of design engineers’ greatest challenges. Designing components to be built using additive manufacturing processes requires attention to a specific set of rules. This will be the subject of presentations at the design engineer day on 15 May 2014, where one of the specific issues will be the extension of the scope of previously calculated rules covering various boundary conditions in laser sintering. The programme will also include talks on product development using a combination of topology optimisation, rapid prototyping and precision casting, as well as talks on the load-compliant design of sandwich components for additive manufacturing. The event will also provide information on the methodology for using laser additive manufacturing to make production-ready bionic lightweight structures from titanium alloy.

FabCon 3.D – 3D printing for consumers and industry

Messe Erfurt will also be hosting the second German Personal Fabrication Convention, FabCon 3.D from May 15–17, 2014 . Numerous exhibitors will be showcasing current developments and products from the 3D printing sector for entrepreneurs, designers, hobbyists and any other interested parties. The combination of Rapid.Tech and the “Industrial Day" will give fans and industry experts a chance to engage in direct dialogue and provide insights into the latest developments for the consumer market in the up-and-coming technology of 3D printing.

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