Forum Software, Processes & Design


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09:00 - 09:05

Welcome from the Rapid.Tech 3D Live-TV-Studio

Michael Kynast, Michael Eichmann und Prof. Gerd Witt | Messe Erfurt GmbH, Stratasys GmbH, Universität Duisburg-Essen

Michael Kynast, CEO Messe Erfurt GmbH
Michael Eichmann, Stratasys GmbH, Advisory Board Rapid.Tech 3D
Prof. Gerd Witt, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Lehrstuhl Fertigungstechnik, Advisory Board Rapid.Tech 3D

09:05 - 09:15

Welcome from the Rapid.Tech 3D Live-TV-Studio

Valentina Kerst | State Secretary Thuringian Ministry for Economy, Science and Digital Society
09:15 - 09:45

The aerospace industry is characterized by small quantities, the highest safety requirements and, more than almost any other industry, by the need to save weight. Every reduced kilogram of weight saves up to 3 kg of CO2 - and that on a daily basis. Moreover, the short-term supply of spare parts is quite challenging. That is why aerospace industry is ideal for the introduction of components that are topologically optimized and manufactured by 3D printing processes. For more than 10 years, parts have been converted from conventional design and manufacturing to additive processes. The results are clear: components become lighter, smaller and may even integrate more functions.

Nevertheless, the conversion process is progressing slowly. There are several reasons, starting first and foremost with the demand for maximum safety. With existing design and production processes, all necessary qualifications are available for the required safety of components. For 3D printing, unfortunately, we are still at the beginning and, therefore, invest a lot of time and energy in process qualifications. We have to ensure that the internal structures and the surfaces meet all the requirements for permanent, safe operations. In parallel, we are, of course, continuing to work on optimizing the processes, on new material combinations and design processes, because we are certain that 3D printing will be indispensable for the climate-neutral aircraft of the future.

Volker Thum | BDLI Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V.

Volker Thum

09:45 - 09:50
Greetings from the Rapid.Tech 3D Live-TV-Studio
09:50 - 10:00
Break & Chat Roulette
10:00 - 10:30

toolcraft is a medium-sized company with over 30 years experience and expertise in manufacturing of high-end precision parts and components. Since 2011, the company is producing 3D-printed components in metal and thereby offers the entire additive value chain.

With its ever-growing customer base and the expertise gained from it, toolcraft recognized that the powder bed technology (L-PBF) can be perfectly supplemented with a powder nozzle (LMD): From simple coating - to hybrid designs and armoring - to the application of complex contours, the Laser metal deposition technology enables a wide range of applications.

In our lecture we would like to explain both technologies and use an application component to show how the production technologies - powder bed and powder nozzle - complement each other in practice.

While powder bed technology is mostly used to build new components, LMD technology can be used to apply contours to existing metal components or even coat and repair entire surfaces. This increases the sustainability of the product life cycle enormously.

Uwe Schulmeister | toolcraft AG

Uwe Schulmeister

10:30 - 11:00

Experiences on the approach to introducing additive manufacturing in series production will be shared: There will be exclusive insights into TRUMPF's part identification project.
An application example will be used to clearly explain how components can be identified for metal 3D printing, how freedom in component design can result in new approaches to additive manufacturing, and what needs to be considered for series production.

Erik Schröder | TRUMPF Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH

Erik Schröder

11:00 - 11:30

Through connecting and networking additive manufacturing systems with automation and digital software modules, EOS GmbH expands AM production cells into large-scale industrial operations by offering turnkey solutions for automated AM production.
In order to show the operation and results of different factory configurations, the production processes were transferred to a factory simulation to visualize processes and calculate KPIs. The basis for the simulation, including the layout and the production processes, is taken from
an additive manufacturing production line at EOS GmbH. The production site is in Maisach, Germany, and it is used both as a research facility and for the manufacture of various internal components. The use of real data improves the simulation results, and it ensures reliability of the simulation in various production configurations. The production simulation also helps with the holistic consideration of all processes and the determination of the influencing factors. The expansion of the data measurement beyond the production process data, to include quality and process data, allows for the construction of the digital twin of the present system. The digital twin is to be seen as the overall goal to enable the investigation of many interacting systems for scalable, automated digital factories.

Fabian Tieck | EOS GmbH

Fabian Tieck

11:30 - 12:00

In the presentation we demonstrate a workflow from a CAD model of an IP-owning company (Weidmüller Interface GmbH& Co KG) to a physical printed part at a metal- AM machine vendor (SLM Solutions Group AG) with the help of an end to end blockchain process provided by the “SAMPL” project.

Marvin Krecht and Andreas Hoppe | Weidmüller Interface GmbH & Co. KG / SLM Solutions Group AG



12:00 - 12:30
Lunch break
12:30 - 16:15
Live-Stream: Forum "Medical, Dental & Orthopaedic Technology" and Forum "Aviation"
16:15 - 16:30
Coffee break and Chat Roulette
16:30 - 17:00

The Presentation highlights opportunities and challenges of incorporating AM technology on the Boeing 777X Folding Wingtip System Secondary Lock Actuator.

The Case Study shows how Liebherr addressed challenges like thermal stresses in production, pressure drops in operation, surface treatment and wear surfaces of titanium cylinders.
Furthermore, an outlook will be provided regarding the challenges of the technology and the implementation to serial production of highly integrated components.

Alexander Altmann | Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH
17:00 - 17:05
Farewell to the Rapid.Tech 3D Live-TV-Studio