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The nine focus topics will provide orientation and show the expected 2,500 visitors how they can develop innovative products, as well as what it takes for efficient and successful production.
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Design for additive manufacturing
Additive manufacturing eliminates various design limitations of existing production methods. In other words: highly complex components that could not be produced using conventional methods are now possible with additive manufacturing. However, AM requires new thought and design approaches as well as the right software, properly deployed. Certain limitations also need consideration. This focus topic shows you how to get the most out of design for additive manufacturing.
New technologies and materials
3D printing stands for a broad palette of different, rapidly developing manufacturing methods. What was inconceivable just a few years ago is now standard practice. This focus topic shows you all you need to know about new technologies and materials and the options they have to offer.
Increased performance, lightweight construction and specialized design
Additive manufacturing enables the production of "better" components and products. "Better" in this regard stands for lighter, more stable or unusual components or fluid-dynamic optimization. This focus topic introduces you to some interesting examples of performance-enhancing components.
Customer and patient-specific solutions
Additive manufacturing produces components directly from digital data that can be customized for each individual client. It enables a much wider scope of product customization than was previously the case. In fact, it can go as far as co-creation where the customer is actively integrated in the design process. This focus topic looks at different solutions for product customization.
Small-volume production and digital spare parts management
In contrast to conventional production methods, economies of scale do not apply to additive manufacturing. This means unit cost is not dependent on the number of units, which makes cost-effective small series possible. In turn, this opens up new applications such as digital spare parts management. Spare parts are stored digitally and produced individually when called for. This focus topic presents interesting examples of small series.
Rapid prototyping and rapid tooling
Rapid prototyping stands for various additive manufacturing methods used for the rapid production of sample components – and that is where the origin of additive manufacturing lies. Rapid tooling is about fast product manufacturing. It takes advantage of additive manufacturing techniques in producing tools. This focus topic shows how you can benefit from rapid manufacturing methods.
Reworking and quality assurance
The majority of components made with additive manufacturing do not leave the printer in a ready-to-use condition. Some form of post-processing is often required. Quality assurance is another post-production challenge. Get to know these downstream processes in this focus topic.
Business cases, legal issues and approvals
Additive manufacturing techniques open up a world of new options, but are generally expensive. This is why it is important to start with a business case to analyze the benefits in comparison to the costs. Furthermore, manufacturing directly from digital data involves legal hurdles and gaining approval for processes in regulated markets such as medical technology or aviation – a huge challenge. Find out in this focus topic how to develop a successful business case and deal with legal issues.
3D scanning and digitalized process chains
3D data of the components to be produced forms the basis for additive manufacturing. That data must be creatable, processable, storable and traceable. Enterprises need to implement a largely digital process chain to simplify data handling processes. 3D scanning is a first step in the right direction: it is thus possible to digitize existing components. This focus topic looks at the challenges facing a digitized process chain and various ways of overcoming them.