Which companies buy additive manufacturing technologies

04.05.2018 08:00

Nothing works without 3D printing - additive manufacturing is the core topic of the MatX conference

Christoph Kirsch communication
Bayern Innovativ - Bavarian Society for Innovation and Knowledge Transfer mbH

Regardless of whether turbine blades, customized hip joints or shoe soles and spare parts - additive manufacturing is now present in all fields of application and industries: More and more products from 3D printing are used in mechanical engineering, aerospace and medical technology. Well-known companies and institutes will present the latest developments and innovations on June 27 and 28, 2018 at the international conference for material innovations "MatX" in Nuremberg.

The industry has long been relying on additive manufacturing and is investing considerable sums in this technology area. For example, General Electrics is investing at least € 100 million. to its subsidiary Concept Laser in Lichtenfels, a leading machine manufacturer for additive manufacturing technology for selective laser melting. The Dutch machine manufacturer Additive Industries is bursting at the seams and moves to a 7 times larger headquarters. The current report by the consulting company Wohlers on the subject of additive manufacturing confirms this development: According to this report, the number of systems sold for 3D printing of metal has increased by almost 80%, from 983 devices in 2016 to 1768 in 2017.

There is no question that additive manufacturing will also play an important role at the MatX conference for material innovations and that current developments and issues will be examined in more detail in numerous formats. Technical experts and innovation drivers present technologies and potentials of additive manufacturing, such as Prof. Dr. Dietmar Drummer, Chair of Plastics Technology, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg, one of the leading researchers in this field. Harry Kleijnen, Manager Process & Application Development, Additive Industries b.v., Netherlands, will also report on the additive manufacturing of metals and Bastian Weimer, 3D Printing Channel Manager, HP Deutschland GmbH, on the processing of plastics.

What about property rights?
In addition to the industrial sector, the technology is also growing in the private sector, the so-called maker movement. Digital platforms such as Thingiverse, a file format exchange for the production of 3D printed objects, have long existed. But what about the property rights of such 3D print data and what are the risks of digital production?
The workshop on the subject of "3D Printing - Data becomes products and business models" at MatX deals with these questions. In addition to legal issues, this also includes cyber security and challenges, risks and product liability in digital production. In addition, participants in the workshop will learn, using the example of industrial 3D printing, how data becomes the most valuable material for the manufacture of consumer and industrial goods and how companies must prepare for the resulting changes in their business model.

Additive manufacturing is conquering everyday life
The extent to which additive manufacturing has already found its way into everyday life will be discussed in the lecture series "Additive Manufacturing in Everyday Life": Dr. Alexander Vyhnal, Head of R&D, Staedtler Mars, reports on the individualized pen, which consumers can design themselves directly using an app and which is partly produced using 3D printing. Thomas Griesbeck, Deputy Managing Director, Bayerische Bergwacht, explains how drones from 3D printing are used in mountain rescue. Oliver Cynamon, Head of Business Development, FIT AG, technology leader in the field of additive manufacturing, will present further trends and application examples.

The MatX conference is a new future format from Bayern Innovativ GmbH and the New Materials Cluster for national and international thought leaders in the materials scene. The interdisciplinary and cross-sector meeting point with currently 150 participants brings together experts, innovation drivers, visionaries, research and development managers and scientists in Nuremberg and shows which materials will play a role in the future and where there are applications for them.
The program invites you to experience new materials and rethink material technologies. Numerous lectures, workshops and interactive formats shed light on, among other things, material technologies for energy storage, intelligent production processes, lightweight construction materials and multi-material design for the mobility of the future, bio-based materials and renewable raw materials. A particular focus is on current developments and issues in the field of additive manufacturing, which is also a core area in the New Materials Cluster at Bayern Innovativ

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