Tweaking the parameters


Users showcase examples of sustainable AM solutions at the Rapid.Tech 3D forums on Software, Processes & Design and Tool, Model & Mould Making

(Erfurt, 26 May 2021) Enduringly successful additive manufacturing (AM) rests on the ability to prepare and link data, processes and systems in a tailored fashion. “It’s a complex topic with many facets and parameters. It starts with identifying parts for which additive manufacturing might be suitable, then looking at the specific design and safeguarding of processes with tried-and-tested tools, through to using new technologies such as blockchain. Within this framework, we will present innovative solutions at the Software, Processes & Design forum. The key selection criterion for these talks was to give users the opportunity to comment and introduce the best examples from practice, for practice,” emphasise Dr. Guido Adam, head of construction at DMG MORI Additive GmbH, and Dr. Martin Holland, board member of PROSTEP AG. The AM experts are responsible for shaping the content of the forum, which is set to take place on 23 June 2021. It is just one element of the Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference, which this year is being held online due to the pandemic and has chosen sustainability as its main theme.  

Uwe Schulmeister from toolcraft presents a new combination of processes. toolcraft specialises in metallic 3D printing, and has supplemented its powder bed technology (L-PBF) with a powder nozzle (LMD). This enables the company to broaden its range of AM applications from layered construction to hybrid designs through to the application of complex contours. Erik Schröder from TRUMPF will be there to 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 criteria need to be considered for series production. The talk by Fabian Tieck from 3D printing system manufacturer EOS looks at what effects simulating various production scenarios can have on the overall design of automated AM production. Demonstrating IP protection through blockchain technology in additive manufacturing are experts Marvin Krecht from Weidmüller Interface and Andreas Hoppe from SLM Solutions, using an example from switch-cabinet design.

For many years, AM has offered various advantages in tool, model and mould making, such as design freedom and resource efficiency. It centres on tools that can help users achieve significant value creation – unlike with components.  Current applications can be explored in the Tool, Model & Mould Making forum at the Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference on 22 June 2021. “We’ve put the focus on practical examples, demonstrating how AM solutions foster sustainable management even at the tool stage and during the production process,” explains programme manager Dr. Eric Klemp, CEO of 4D Concepts GmbH. 

Speaking about the right degree of individuality and standardisation needed to create outstanding products, and how to develop efficient and sustainable AM production – particularly for SMEs responding to daily challenges – is Ingrid Prestien from 3D-printing service provider CIPRES. The key here is resource management and material savings. Lucas Adler from Hermle Maschinenbau discusses how these kinds of possible savings can be further exploited with additive manufacturing. He presents MPA technology as well as example applications in tool making. Using this process, various materials in powder form can lead to graded tool properties. This makes it possible to modify component properties in a targeted, localised way. 

In addition to the Software, Processes & Design and Tool, Model & Mould Making forums, other popular sessions are back at this year’s Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference: Automotive & Mobility; Aviation; Medical, Dental & Orthopaedic Technology; AM Science as well as the Fraunhofer Competence Field for Additive Manufacturing. This year, two new subject areas will also be added: the AM in Construction Engineering & Architecture forum and the News From AM forum. 

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The Rapid.Tech 3D specialist conference and accompanying exhibition is being broadcast online thanks to a partnership with rooom AG from Jena. rooom AG provides all round 2D, 3D, Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) solutions, and this practical solution is enabling the event to go ahead, even in the context of the pandemic. rooom AG has won multiple awards for its unrivalled start-up idea and for individual flagship projects, including at the German Innovation Awards 2019 and the Thuringia Innovation Awards 2020.