Initially, additive parts were printed in traditional materials such as plastics and metals. Then, other materials such as ceramics, microchips and bio-masses have been used for 3d printing, too. Today, new composite materials are specially developed for it. With increasing material range, the application range gets wider. All this happens with increasing production speed for all materials, so AM becomes more and more attractive for small and large companies.
Development & Design
Traditional manufacturing methods have imposed many restrictions on product design, many of which no longer apply to additive manufacturing. AM offers developers and designers maximum design freedom and thus a high degree of functional optimization and integration. It allows to produce highly complex structures that can be extremely light and stable at the same time. The form no longer follows the producible but the function.
Does the new design freedom lead to a rethinking in the development and construction process? How will this be approached in the future?
Series PRODUCTION & ADDITIVE FACTORY
Additive manufacturing is one of the revolutionary production methods of the future. At the same time, additive and traditional production are not in competition, but often complement each other. Traditional production is suitable for large quantities of identical components with low complexity, AM for smaller quantities of different components with high complexity.
Currently, additive technologies are making their way into series production. How can stable series production with constant product quality be achieved? What are the challenges to be addressed? How can AM processes be automated and integrated in a digital factory?
AM will change the classic business models of companies and expand them in various ways with digital strategies. At the same time, additive technologies open up the possibility for companies to act as service providers and expand their own portfolio, for example through digital business models.
Which business models will work in the future?
In keynotes, master classes and workshops, leading experts will share their experiences from the manufacturer or user perspective at the ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING FORUM.