3D printing on the threshold to mass production
by Hans Diederichs
Industrial 3D printing has now become an integral part of metalworking. EMO Hannover 2019 is reflecting this development by launching a compact new section to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state-of-the-art in this field. Service providers, machine and tool manufacturers as well as software providers will be presenting their latest innovations in the 300m2 additive manufacturing circle show area. The aim is to sensitise production planners and investors to 3D printing and to show visitors the wide range of possibilities already available today. The joint stand in Hall 9 also contains an area for discussing the technology with experts and networking.
Additive processes are now on the threshold of breaking into mass production within the manufacturing industry. Nevertheless, the use of generative manufacturing processes is still in its infancy in industrial production and many metalworking companies are currently reluctant to invest in plant and systems because they find it difficult to gauge the effects and benefits of these processes.
However, there are already many impressive examples of what is currently possible. Numerous products are already being printed, especially in the automotive and aircraft industries, but now also increasingly in medical engineering. Further additive processes will be ready for series production in the coming years. Yet if the full potential of 3D printing is to be exploited, it is important to identify new product features and applications that justify the higher costs of additive manufacturing. Visitors will discover completely new ways of thinking and production strategies in the additive manufacturing circle. There they will be presented with an overview of the entire spectrum of generatively manufactured workpieces. Visitors will be able to benefit from the collective expertise of the technology leaders and not just inspect several isolated solutions.
On a level with the experts
The exhibitors and experts come from Germany, the USA, Switzerland and Sweden. What they all have in common is their interest in innovative products and services that take the technology one step nearer to mass production in metalworking. They will be providing food for thought and interesting new ideas in the Expert Talks, for example. The presentations and discussions will take place in the Expert Talks Area at the centre of the round community stand. The area has deliberately been kept small in scale to promote communication between the audience and the speakers. There is no stage, the experts will give their 30-minute feasibility study presentations (including cost/benefit comparisons) on a level with the visitors. The aim is to encourage discussion and questions. Four presentations will be given each day, followed by a discussion with the experts.
Visitors to the additive manufacturing circle will also can engage in further discussions with the speakers. The proximity to the nine stands of service providers, machine manufacturers, software providers and tool manufacturers for workpiece post-processing will make it easy to obtain advice on very specific issues and to establish the necessary networks.
A vast amount of information is provided at EMO Hannover, yet visitors will usually only have a limited amount of time to spend at the additive manufacturing circle. For this reason a VDW media partner will be providing written information on all the presentations and exhibitors. The free conference reader contains profiles of the exhibiting companies together with an outline of their services and a summary of the Expert Talks in German and English. A limited number of copies of the reader will be available free of charge to all visitors on the joint stand (H20) in Hall 9.
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