A new process for 3D metal printing will be presented at Rapid.Tech 2018 in Erfurt


3D Metal Printing forum on 6 June 2018 will present the latest technological developments and application examples

Bound metal deposition (BMD) is a new process in 3D metal printing. It can be used to manufacture complex components from steel, stainless steel, copper and other alloys faster and more economically than other additive technologies. US company Desktop Metal, which has been developing BMD technology since 2015, will present the method and benefits of this process, still little known in Europe, at the 3D Metal Printing forum on 6 June 2018 at Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D.

Following 2016 and 2017, Messe Erfurt will be giving the recent field of 3D metal printing an extra platform this year, too. “There is a lot of future potential worth tapping into in metal processes. The forum is therefore the platform to present new developments and also to reflect process insights from applications, which in turn can be incorporated into future innovations,” explains Daniel Hund, Head of Communications at Concept Laser GmbH, part of GE Additive since late 2016, and the person responsible for the content of the 3D Metal Printing forum.

Current size limits for components is one technical limitation of additive manufacturing (AM). FIT AG overcomes this limitation with wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) and uses this additive welding procedure to manufacture large-volume metal parts. The solid blanks are post-processed using CNC technology. It is also possible to weld onto base units. The build-up rate in this case is significantly higher than the rate of powder-bed-based procedures. A user presentation in this forum will concentrate on how this procedure can be further optimised in practice. In another talk, Trumpf will demonstrate its AM industrialisation skills using a project for Bosch-Rexroth as an example. Tool- and mould-making service provider Jell will report on the use of 3D metal smelting from prototyping to series production. A presentation by Air Liquide from France will describe the effects of the gas atmosphere during laser melting. A contribution from GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies will demonstrate the performance of X-ray computer tomography in the quality assurance of additively manufactured components.

The Fraunhofer Research Institution for Casting, Composite and Processing Technology (IGCV) will present the current state of research into the multi-material processing of metals using additive processes. The Institute has developed a powder-coating mechanism and integrated it into both the hardware and software of a laser-melting system, making it possible to construct 3D multi-material components in a commercially available system.

The 3D Metal Printing forum is part of the Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D international trade fair and conference for additive technologies, which will take place from 5 to 7 June 2018 at Messe Erfurt. The event is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. It has been held in Erfurt since 2004, and is a pioneer of 3D printing technologies at international level. Its comprehensive conference programme, the only one of its kind, also includes the Users Conference and AM Science forum being held on 6 and 7 June respectively. New this year, held across both days, will be the Medical, Dental and Orthopaedic Technology forum. Another new forum on Law will be held on 5 June, alongside the Contract Additive Manufacturing, Design, Automotive Industry, and Tool, Mould and Fixture Making forums. The 3D-Printed Electronics & Functionality forum will follow on 6 June, with the Aviation forum on 7 June closing the three-day-long fair.

The 3D printing community will once again come together on all three days for the 3D Printing Conference. As well as discussing current issues and technical innovations, speakers will give behind-the-scenes insights into their research and development activities and selected competitions. Talks will cover everything from start-up financing to digital fabrication to education. Messe Erfurt is also once again looking for the most innovative company founders for its Start-Up Award and the best design ideas for its 3D Pioneers Challenge.

More than 200 exhibitors will be presenting the latest developments, products and services in additive manufacturing at the sold-out trade fair.

In 2017, 4,800 (2016: 4,500) trade visitors and conference participants, and 207 exhibitors (2016: 176) from 13 countries attended Rapid.Tech + FabCon 3.D in Erfurt.


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