Overview lecture forums

Nine forums will be offered in the Rapid.Tech specialist conference 2021

Forum Software, Processes & Design
In this forum designers and development engineers receive inspirations and approaches how to use these
fascinating possibilities offered by using AM while designing components and thereby integrating new functions. This is not only essential for design aspects but also for calculation methods and the associated Software support. Important here is e.g. the form of data transfer between the individual process steps or Systems involved. In addition, the data must be managed accordingly. This leads to an extension of the existing PLM landscapes. The management of data over the entire life cycle of the component is therefore particularly important in additive manufacturing.

Forum Medical, Dental & Orthopaedic Technology
Additive Manufacturing was able to change a lot in medical and clinical applications. For example, additive manufactured individual bone implants, or jigs for bone correction and tools for customized dental solutions are stateof-the-art. Nevertheless, there are constantly new applications regarding the individual patient care. Among others a lot has been achieved in the orthopaedic technology in the past years so that first promising additive manufactured products like foot splints or leg prostheses are on the market today. The Forum deals with these trends and addresses especially this digital and software aided penetration of established market segments of medical technology which creates new product groups and Business models.

Forum Tool, Model & Mould making
In this forum participants will learn everything about relevant technologies, new materials and applications in tool and mould making. This includes not only simulation of 3D printed tools but also AM of embossing and cutting tools. High pressure die casting has great potential, which is also relevant for this forum as well as further progresses in the already established field of additive manufactured injection moulding tools. The possibilities and limits of different AM processes for the production of the named parts as well as the entry of these processes in series production will be shown. Moreover, examples will be considered that show the usage of the high design freedom of 3D printing when manufacturing fixtures which can help to optimize work processes. Presentations about business models, quality assurance, studies about the development of 3D printing in mould making as well as post-processing of AM parts with traditional methods are also sought.

Forum Aviation
The application of additively manufactured components is common in the aerospace industry by now, especially before the background of lightweight construction. The Forum Aviation will focus on technologies and applications of Additive Manufacturing processes within the civil and military aerospace sector. On the basis of practical examples for the production of technically demanding plastic and metal components for small-series production the relevance and the customer’s benefit will be shown. Here, also the production of spare parts plays an important role. Furthermore, this forum is dealing with the current challenges in the aviation industry from quality assurance to qualification of suppliers with all relevant aspects.

Forum Automotive & Mobility
Presentations in this forum will demonstrate where Additive Manufacturing is already used in the automotive industry and how this sector of industry will be changing in the future due to AM. On the basis of current case studies, this forum is supposed to address the entire automobile process chain in development, manufacturing and life cycle and can as well reflect the manufacturing of prototypes and pre-series parts, series production parts or spare parts on demand by AM as AM-supported tooling in terms of molds and dies for automotive mass production. Also logistics specialists are invited to talk about how AM can change warehousing in the automotive sector. Motorsports applications are as welcome as applications for alternative drive concepts (e-mobility). Besides representatives of automotive OEMs, automotive suppliers are as well invited to present as research institutions that focus on applied research for the automotive sector.

News from AM
The News from AM forum at Rapid.Tech 3D at Messe Erfurt will look to the future of additive manufacturing. This is a format that is an addition to the programme for Europe’s leading specialist conference for additive technologies. The forum will focus on processes and materials that go beyond the technologies that are currently in use but are already wellsuited to practical application. It will look in particular at novel, forwardlooking and innovative applications with a high level of practicality.

Forum AM in Construction Engineering & Architecture
The number of companies and research projects looking at the 3D printing of buildings, cladding or other public structures such as bridges has been on the increase for years. What is the potential of extrusion for designers and architects? What challenges are involved with printing concrete and other materials? Companies using these techniques are often in an early stage of development. House building is just one aspect of this emerging market. The construction sector has obviously discovered the wide range of benefits offered by 3D printing for the creation of complex shapes, for construction work in dangerous or remote areas, and for the reduction of waste and construction costs. Presentations of applications are invited both from conventional construction companies and innovative start-ups.

Forum AM Science
In addition to the user-oriented sessions Rapid.Tech conference also offers a purely scientific session. The Forum AM Science is therefore a platform to present the latest scientific developments and insights on additive manufacturing. The talks presented in this session have the run through a double-blind review process. With this leading expert of the field assure the scientific quality as well as the topicality of the talks held in this forum. The issues will include the complete additive manufacturing process chain.

Forum Fraunhofer Competence Field Additive Manufacturing
The world’s leading applied research organisation will host additive manufacturing forum again and sees Rapid.Tech 3D as an essential platform for industrial 3D printing. For several years now, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has used the Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference to present the latest developments in additive manufacturing to an audience of experts from around the world. In 2021, the world’s leading applied research organisation will again be represented in Erfurt. Scientists from six Fraunhofer Institutes will present new research results in industrial 3D printing in Erfurt. The talks will cover the development, application and implementation of additive manufacturing techniques and processes, as well as the associated materials. 

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